Congressman continues crusade against Exxon securities fraud investigations.
Source: House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too | Ars Technica
The news comes just a week after Boehner joined the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American for an estimated $400,000 a year.
Source: John Boehner Cashes Out, Joins Corporate Lobbying Firm That Represents China
PHARMACEUTICAL EXECUTIVES WHO recently made a major donation to an anti-marijuana legalization campaign claimed they were doing so out of concern for the safety of children — but their investor filings reveal that pot poses a direct threat to their plans to cash in on a synthetic cannabis product they have developed.
Source: Pharma Company Funding Anti-Pot Fight Worried About Losing Business, Filings Show
New evidence supports critique that Holder, for a combination of political, self-serving, and craven reasons, held his department back from prosecuting big banks.
Source: Eric Holder’s Longtime Excuse for Not Prosecuting Banks Just Crashed and Burned
The Democratic Party has appointed a committee tasked with drafting the party’s platform. The 15-member panel includes MPAA lobbyist Howard L Berman, an attorney and former U.S. Representative who not only co-sponsored SOPA and tried to enshrine P2P network sabotage in law, but has also been funded by Hollywood throughout his career.
Source: MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak
FCC would block mergers between cable companies that compete, Charter CEO says.
Source: Charter explains why it doesn’t compete against other cable companies | Ars Technica
Newly disclosed emails show Clinton State Department officials working alongside fossil fuel companies aggressively pushing for fracking even in countries where local objections were growing.
Source: Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal
The White House has been curiously quiet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership front, following its earlier fanfare about the agreement when it was signed in February. Yesterday with the release of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)’s almost 800-page report on the TPP’s Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors [PDF], we can expect the rhetoric to be ramped up again, in attempt to sell the agreement to an increasingly skeptical Congress and public.
Source: Trade Commission Report Reveals Few Benefits From the TPP and Ignores its Costs | Electronic Frontier Foundation