Quid Pro Quo, Richard Clarke?

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 12:40 pm

Shortly before the August recess, Alan Grayson and a bipartisan group of his fellow members of congress organized a hearing at which critics of the NSA’s surveillance practices would finally have their concerns voiced.


Sunstein Pretends Not to Understand Cronyism

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 5:22 pm

Pretending that Summers’ personal friends’ support of him is somehow a noteworthy proof of his ability is just insulting. A big complaint against Summers is that only big supporters are his friends. Clearly, Summers is just lucky he has powerful friends, since no one who doesn’t have a personal connection has offered a real case for Summers based on merit.

Portman Conspiracy Theory Neglects Fact That Obama Administration Has Consistently Dragged Feet on Regulations

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 1:00 pm

If I thought that the Administration were dragging their feet on regulatory matters for political reasons I would say something. I think it’s far more likely that they’re dragging their feet because they’re dragging their feet. In other words, they’re not all that interested in regulation. So don’t worry, Senator Portman. Your corporatocracy is in safe hands.

Cass Sunstein’s Legacy of Distributing Industry Attacks on Regulation Inside the White House

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 5:00 pm

Basically, then-Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Cass Sunstein met with a bunch of oil and chemical lobbyists, Sunstein sent around objections to the rule from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable, and even quotes from House Republicans opposed to the standards, and all that was enough to make the case for delay. Lucky for the White House, Cass Sunstein was hyping business community attacks to help them make their decision.

In addition to passing around oil industry talking points inside the White House, Sunstein also forwarded along more obscure industry talking points.

Great News: Cass Sunstein Leaving Government

By: Friday August 3, 2012 11:35 am

Regardless of what happens in November, we are guaranteed to have a much more functional federal government in the near future. That’s because Cass Sunstein is taking his boot off the neck of the federal regulatory state and leaving government. I couldn’t be happier.

Administration Meets With Industry Trade Reps Moments After Announcing Interagency Group on Fracking

By: Friday April 13, 2012 3:30 pm

I mentioned earlier today that the President issued an executive order to create an interagency working group to oversee hydraulic fracturing, the process used in extracting natural gas. This order creates no regulations on fracking on federal lands, or on the development of environmental and public health standards associated with fracking generally. It just coordinates the “Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources,” between 13 different federal agencies and headed up by the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The Administration’s Muzzling of the FDA

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 9:45 am

A NYT story describes an FDA desiring to use its regulatory power and a White House dedicated to constraining them. When you look at the results, however, either some FDA officials are trying to tell their side of the story, or the article is dead-on about the White House’s love affair with deregulation or its fear of being seen as too zealous in regulation.

Privatization and Oligarchy

By: Sunday December 11, 2011 10:30 am

Water down regulation of for-profit schools to the detriment of striving students? Sure, just another day at the office.

Cass Sunstein’s OIRA: The Most Powerful Regulation-Smiting Agency You’ve Never Heard Of

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 3:40 pm

The upshot of this is that regulatory policymaking has become centralized in the White House. Obama has appointed some decent regulators at the various agencies, but all of their work gets funneled through Cass Sunstein. The regulators are just trying to make do with too-small budgets to fulfill their responsibilities. They also have to constantly look over their shoulders to see how Cass Sunstein is kneecapping their recommendations. And the real-world effects of all this are huge.

Is Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Pick to Regulate Regulations, Too Fond of Cost-Benefit Analysis?

By: Wednesday January 28, 2009 2:40 pm

The good folks at Center For Progressive Reform recently released their report on the issues surrounding Cass Sunstein, Obama’s pick for OIRA – the part of OMB with the power to kill off health, food, enviro, and any other regulation intended to protect us and the living world we depend upon.

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