Jamie Dimon and the Anniversary of Glass-Steagall

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by Wallace Turbeville Jamie Dimon’s testimony yesterday before the Senate Banking Committee — the week of the anniversary of the passage of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1933 — is ironic, to say the least. He objected to the Volcker Rule’s prohibitions against proprietary trading by...
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Home Care Workers Deserve Protections

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By Catherine Ruckelshaus, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Catherine Ruckelshaus is legal co-director at the National Employment Law Project. She is a co-author of the report, “Fair Pay for Home Care Workers.” (CNN) — Five years ago Monday, the Supreme Court dealt a...
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How to Save a Trillion Dollars

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by Peter Lehner According to the latest forecast from Weather Channel meteorologists, most of the country is in for a hot summer this year. This is more than a matter of personal discomfort. It also means skyrocketing energy bills, lost work days due to air pollution, and possibly heat-related...
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Tell Jamie Dimon: “Leave the Fed” and Other Bank News

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by Ed Mierzwinski JP Morgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon (photo) has been one of the leading opponents of strong bank regulations but still sits on the board of one of his bank’s chief regulators– the New York Fed — despite his bank’s recent gambling losses which probably...
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Groups to FDA: Get Toxic Chemicals Away From Drugs and Biological Products

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By: Christine Hines Public Citizen recently joined with other consumer and patient groups in a letter urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban phthalates from drugs and biologic products. Phthalates are a family of chemicals known as “plasticizers” that are used in consumer and...
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GE Mosquitoes and Salmon Show the Need for Better Regulation

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By Prashanth Kamalakanthan There’s been a lot of news lately about risky genetically engineered animals in the queue for federal review. British biotechnology firm Oxitec continues to pursue permission to release its genetically engineered mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in what would be the...
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Center for Public Integrity Makes a Strong Case for More Regulation and Better Enforcement

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By Ross Eisenbrey Business groups and conservatives constantly attack the federal government for overregulating. They claim that businesses are “drowning in a sea of regulations” and that job creation and profitability are being sacrificed in favor of a nanny state. Workplace safety rules, in...
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Crystal Clear and Beautiful, but Endangered

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By Jessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers Today is Crystal River Day! The Crystal River appeared as #8 on American Rivers’ 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Today we are talking about ways to help the Crystal River in order to give it a boost on the road to Wild...
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Regulation Reporting Malpractice Continues: Newspapers Increase Use of “Job-Killing Regulation” Language by 17,550%

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ET by Oliver Willis A new study from NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity found that usage of the phrase “job-killing regulation” in newspapers has increased 17,550% between 2007 and 2011. The Institute’s executive director, Michael A. Livermore, notes: Claims that...
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Dirty Secrets Behind the Campaign to Poison Your Air

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By John Walke, Clean Air Director/Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council Sometimes a moment captures dirty, squirming truths like a rat trap. That happened last week in the Senate. The Senate’s clean air subcommittee convened a hearing on EPA’s mercury and air toxics...
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Why Women Need a Buffett Rule

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On Monday, the Senate is set to vote on whether to begin debate on the Paying a Fair Share Act (S. 2232) sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI). By requiring that all households with incomes above $1 million pay at least a 30 percent tax rate (with a phase-in for incomes...
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Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse — Literally

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the front page of The New York Times this week for its proposal to change the way chickens and other poultry are inspected in processing plants before they are sent to supermarkets and butcher shops...
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