Japan: Tap Water in Tokyo Too Radioactive for Infants

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 8:40 am

This is the first time I’ve seen Japanese officials admit that any radiation existed above recommended levels, if only for infants. Older children and adults are supposedly OK. In fact, they’re still trying to say that any water consumed prior to this point by babies is fine. But they are cautioning against it now because of the presence of cancer-causing radioactive iodine. And that’s in Tokyo – 150 miles from Fukushima.


A Little Speechwriting Help for the State of the Union

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 9:00 am

Next week is the State of the Union address, and I thought I’d offer a little last minute, unsolicited advice to the president and the White House speechwriters. Some may think it presumptuous, but as one of “we, the people,” I think it’s allowable. It’s not like they have to take the advice, after all . . . but it sure would be nice to see and hear something like this.

Issa Asks Corporate Players to Pick Regulations to Target

By: Tuesday January 4, 2011 3:20 pm

We know about Darrell Issa’s steady stream of investigations. What we didn’t know is how central federal regulations were to that list. In fact, in determining how to proceed on the regulatory aspect of his oversight hearings, he has enlisted the industries themselves to tell him which regulations to jettison. Because there’s nothing corporations do better than act in the public interest.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 7:00 pm

The Senate continued a mad rush in their fairly productive lame duck session today, passing a food safety bill and filing cloture to end debate on ratification of the new START treaty.

Whither the Food Safety Bill?

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 11:00 am

So would there be another opportunity for the bill? Senate leadership aides tell FDL News that they will try to include the bill in their version of a continuing resolution. The Senate’s continuing resolution would only fund the government through February 18, in all likelihood, giving the more conservative incoming Congress an early opportunity to slash federal spending. But the Senate leadership does want to move that along with the food safety bill.

Setting Sights Low: Lame Duck Session Not Expected to Generate Much Legislation

By: Monday November 15, 2010 8:35 am

Today begins the final two months of the Democratic majority in the House, and the large majority in the Senate. So what do Democrats plan to do with that majority, as well as their 255-178 spread in the House? Not a heck of a lot. The lame duck session will be dominated by talk about what to do on the Bush tax cuts, but there are some other issues that are likely to get taken up as well.

Lame Duck Narrows to Bush Tax Cuts

By: Monday November 8, 2010 7:45 am

It’s worth noting that there are enough “emergency” pieces of legislation to tide over a session that could be as small as three weeks (one week before Thanksgiving, and perhaps only two weeks after). Congress needs to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running. There are several pieces of legislation that expire on November 30, like extended unemployment benefits and the “doctor’s fix” for Medicare reimbursement rates. And then there are the Bush tax cuts, which expire at the end of the year. Clearly that doesn’t leave much room for energy, child nutrition, DADT, the DREAM Act, labor bills, a Chinese currency measure, the new START treaty or even the deficit commission recommendations, parts or all of which had been promised a vote in the lame duck.

Coburn Tries to Sneak Food Safety Bill Changes Past Senate

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 7:50 am

If you want an example of the broken Senate, you could do worse than read Meredith Shiner’s story on the food safety bill. The background: A food safety bill has been bottled up in the Senate since last summer, when the House passed it. It has overwhelming support from both consumer groups and even industry. [...]

Gulf Seafood Buyer: “I Don’t Want to Hurt Nobody”

By: Saturday September 18, 2010 7:00 pm

Seafood buyer Bruce Guerra, owner of Yscloskey Seafood, sums up the dilemma faced by everyone in his industry. If the state prohibits its summoned biologist from coming to test seafood about which everyone involved has questions, how can he be sure he’s buying — and selling — safe seafood?

Stop Kids From Eating Cancer Causing Shrimp? Not My Job!

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 11:15 am

The White House, the FDA and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board are teaming up with a group of celebrity chefs to promote the eating of Gulf Seafood.

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