House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too | Ars Technica


Congressman continues crusade against Exxon securities fraud investigations.

Source: House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too | Ars Technica

John Boehner Cashes Out, Joins Corporate Lobbying Firm That Represents China


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

After key donations, GOP tried to keep poisoned kids from suing lead makers | Ars Technica


Leaked documents reveal how $750,000 in donations led to laws in Wisconsin.

Source: After key donations, GOP tried to keep poisoned kids from suing lead makers | Ars Technica

Pharma Company Funding Anti-Pot Fight Worried About Losing Business, Filings Show


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

AT&T lectures Google Fiber about challenges of broadband investment | Ars Technica


Google Fiber’s reported struggles cause AT&T to take a victory lap.

Source: AT&T lectures Google Fiber about challenges of broadband investment | Ars Technica

Eric Holder’s Longtime Excuse for Not Prosecuting Banks Just Crashed and Burned


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

MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform – TorrentFreak


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

Charter explains why it doesn’t compete against other cable companies | Ars Technica


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

Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal


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

Trade Commission Report Reveals Few Benefits From the TPP and Ignores its Costs | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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