Battle Lines Drawn on New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 11:45 am

Implementing proposed EPA rules could cut carbon emissions from the coal-fired plants by up to 20%. A considerable reduction given how ubiquitous coal is, even in 2014, to America’s energy system. Part of Obama’s plan is reportedly based on a cap-and-trade system that he was unable to pass through Congress.


NLRB Proposal for Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 12:07 pm

The National Labor Relations Board is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace.

$250 Million Is a Relatively Cheap Price for Influence

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 9:20 am

I don’t know why Jeff Bezos decided to personally buy the Washington Post. If the plan was to just make money then it seems like a bad investment. Most papers are suffering from declining circulation, falling revenues and increased online competition. Even if Bezos turns it around, it is hard to see any newspaper becoming a major money maker. Plus, why try to re-invent the newspaper personally instead of buying it with Amazon to give it real synergy potential?

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Drops Yes Men Lawsuit, Avoids Discovery Process

By: Friday June 14, 2013 11:27 am

Shenanigans at the front door of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday reveal that the Chamber has dropped its lawsuit against the Yes Men, the activist duo famous for their elaborate prime-time pranks against Dow Chemical, Chevron, the World Trade Organization, and other giant entities known for putting their profit margins before people and the planet.

The Yes Men went to the Chamber yesterday morning in attempts to convince the business front group not to drop the lawsuit.

That’s right. The Yes Men want to be sued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

As Port Strike Deadline Approaches Obama Pressured To Use Taft-Hartley

By: Friday December 28, 2012 7:12 am

UPDATE 1:10PM EST: There has been a 30 day extension to the ILA contract postponing the strike.

At 12:01 am on December 30th 14 ports from Boston to Houston will close as members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) covering the the East and Gulf coasts go on strike. At issue is whether Longshoremen will continue to get the per-container royalty payments previously agreed to by management.

NY AG Schneiderman Announces Subpoenas, But on Campaign Finance

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 2:15 pm

Good news, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a wide-ranging subpoena yesterday. Only it had nothing to do with the financial fraud task force he’s co-chairing. Instead, this was a subpoena about campaign contributions to tax-exempt groups.

Chamber of Commerce Pitching Perfect Game at Supreme Court This Session

By: Saturday June 23, 2012 4:00 pm

Here in California, the state Chamber of Commerce designates a certain number of bills as “job killers.” When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor, he would routinely veto almost every bill with such a designation that made it through the legislature. One year he vetoed all of them. The situation hasn’t improved all that much with Jerry Brown. The implication is clear – whatever the Chamber wants, the Chamber gets.

And that’s doubly true on the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts.

Chamber of Commerce Finds Loophole Around Campaign Spending Disclosure

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 10:07 am

An important ruling earlier this month appeared to pave the way for independent expenditure campaigns to have to declare their donors. However, the US Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest groups affected by this, believes they have found a way around it that would keep their donors secret.

Will Chamber of Commerce Call for Walmart Corrupters to Be Purged?

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 12:00 pm

After reading the New York Time’s excellent reporting on Walmart’s pervasive bribery of foreign officials (Mexico in this case, but it’s hardly isolated to them), I remembered reading stories last year, including this excellent piece by Dan Froomkin, about how the Chamber of Commerce and major corporations were quietly but persistently lobbying Congress to water down the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

FDL Movie Night: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

By: Monday April 2, 2012 5:00 pm

You know things are bad when Paul Craig Roberts, one of the founders of Reaganomics, says about deregulation and the current state of the economy:

It’s gone too far.

With Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, directors Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher trace the roots of today’s current economic crisis back to a 1971 memorandum written by Lewis F. Powell Jr.– a Virginia lawyer and representative of the tobacco industry who later became an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Powell Memo, written for the Chamber of Commerce, lays out a very solid, point by point plan for corporations to loosen regulations and gain greater and greater control of the economy for their own benefit at the expense of of the American people.

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