Sign of the Times: Hearings on “Scientific Fraud” of Global Warming Expected

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 12:27 pm

So the Republicans run and win a campaign in a treacherous economic environment, when people are desperate for something tangible to improve their situation in life. And the Republicans will start that new era by putting science on trial. Fresh off a dramatic victory in which it retook the House leadership, the Republican Party intends [...]

Pence Resigns as House Republicans Ready Themselves

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:02 am

Mike Pence has stepped down as the number 3 in the GOP leadership to pursue “other opportunities,” which many believe could culminate in running for Governor of Indiana or President. While the leadership at the top of the House GOP is pretty clear – John Boehner as Speaker of the House, Eric Cantor as Majority [...]

Pelosi Gets Additional Intelligence Oversight for Congress

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 1:23 pm

This is more Marcy’s bailiwick than mine, and I’m eager to see what she thinks of this, but it’s worth noting that, if Nancy Pelosi does happen to lose the Speaker’s gavel after November, one of her final acts was to at least achieve some more accountability on the executive branch as it relates to [...]

Jack Conway: Break Up the Big Banks

By: Monday July 26, 2010 11:17 am

The Senate election in Kentucky offers a pretty stark choice – hardcore glibertarian Rand Paul, or mainstream Democrat Jack Conway. Conway, the state’s Attorney General, sat down with FDL News while at Netroots Nation, and I was impressed with his ability to describe common-sense issues in populist terms, and his insight on people’s anger with [...]

Imagining a 2011 Government Shutdown

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 5:52 pm

For a late Sunday afternoon right before I’m headed out to a concert, this seems like an excellent launching point for discussion from John Quiggin: I’ve been too absorbed by my book projects and by Australian politics (of which more soon) to pay a lot of attention to the forthcoming US elections, but it seems [...]

The Slow Leak of Government Itself

By: Tuesday June 1, 2010 10:54 am

Bob Herbert sums up a lot of what I’m feeling in reaction to the BP oil disaster: If a bank is too big to fail, it’s way too big to exist. If an oil well is too far beneath the sea to be plugged when something goes wrong, it’s too deep to be drilled in [...]

BP Wants Pet Judge to Adjudicate All Oil Spill Lawsuits

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 7:54 am

Experts believe that crimes have been committed by BP, Transocean and possibly Halliburton in the Gulf of Mexico. Criminal prosecutions could ensue under the Clean Water Act, 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the 1899 Rivers and Harbors Act, which would force escalating fines and blow past the current $75 million liability cap for damages. [...]

Napolitano Admits: Feds Don’t Have “Resources or Expertise” to Stop Oil Gusher

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 12:53 pm

The President wants to create a blue-ribbon commission to study the growing Gulf oil spill. But investigations are ongoing right now. The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week found multiple problems with the various companies involved in Deepwater Horizon, as well as the regulatory failures surrounding them. The Senate is involved in hearings today [...]

Regulatory Failure Marks Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 11:19 am

The President is reportedly frustrated by the continuing underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Hopefully he is just as frustrated by the almost non-existent regulatory regime in the run-up to this disaster. We’ve known about the failures of the Minerals Management Service for many years before the Obama Administration even came into power. Yet [...]

Vitter: Don’t Bother Those Nice BP Executives While They Coat The Louisiana Coast, ‘Kay?

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 6:57 am

Pretty much everything David Vitter says as a United States Senator, after what we know about him, takes chutzpah. But this comment is even more galling than most: Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) Monday requested that a Senate committee not immediately hold a hearing on a massive oil spill threatening the coastline of his state. [...]

AIG Hearings – A Preview

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 4:00 am

This morning at 10am ET, the House Oversight Committee will hold three separate panels on the AIG bailout. The first features Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who chaired the New York Federal Reserve Board at the time, which was instrumental in managing the bailout. The second panel will feature former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who was [...]

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