Monthly Archives: February 2011

Truthout: We’re All Mad Here

February 20, 2011- As Alice (in Wonderland) stumbles upon the Matter Hatter's tea party, the Cheshire Cat greets her with, "Come on in, we're all mad here." The Cheshire Cat should be posted at the door of the new House of Representatives. With the Republicans turning Congress into a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, first in line to receive the sentence of "off with their heads" are environmental regulations and the scientific community, if not the scientific method itself.

Truthout: Back to the Future With Comcast

February 20, 2011- After hammering out the details in daily meetings with Comcast over a three-month period in late 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the $30 billion merger of Comcast and NBC/Universal in January 2011. The nation's largest Internet and TV provider is about to get much bigger. The public can comment for 60 days, but it's pretty much a done deal.

Coriell Wright, an attorney with Free Press, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) opposed to the merger, watched it all go down.

Politico: GOP tries to slash Wall Street law

February 18, 2011- The federal agencies charged with enforcing last year’s Wall Street reform law are starving for money, short staffed and worried about being able to implement the far-reaching crackdown on the financial industry.

And that’s exactly what top Republicans in charge of banking and Wall Street oversight want.

FireDogLake: Astroforging Returns: Lobbyists Write Fake Letters in Support of Derivatives Rules

-By David Dayen

February 11, 2011- Way back in the day when I was just a mere independent blogger and not THE MEDIA ENTIRE I wrote about the practice lobbyists engaged in on the climate change bill, forging letters to members of Congress and claiming they came from grassroots organizations. I labeled the practice “astroforging.”

"As U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was considering how to vote on an important piece of climate change legislation in June, the freshman congressman’s office received at least six letters from two Charlottesville-based minority organizations voicing opposition to the measure.

Politico: Justice Thomas’s wife Virginia Thomas now a lobbyist

February 4, 2011- She started as a congressional aide in the 1980s, became a midlevel Republican operative, then briefly left politics, reemerging in 2009 as founder of a tea party group before stepping down amid continued questions about whether her actions were appropriate for the spouse of a Supreme Court justice.

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