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October 4, 2013 The Shutdown: Our Food Safety, Health and Welfare at Stake

Source: Huff Post

While Congress battles it out over health care reform, the resulting government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts on food safety, environmental protections, food production and farming. It also has serious implications for...

October 2, 2013 News analysis: Can this government be saved? -text/video

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON — Count on the Greatest Generation to storm the shutdown. A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi, on a long-scheduled excursion to Washington, managed to push past the metal barricades that were blocking...

October 1, 2013 Those Banana Republicans

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim?

September 30, 2013 Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care - Editorial

Source: NY Times

The United States is embarking on a truly historic journey toward near-universal health care coverage this week. Starting Tuesday, the federal government will make it possible for millions of uninsured Americans who can’t get...

September 23, 2013 A Better Way to Compare C.E.O. Pay

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has dipped its toe into the executive pay pool with a rule issued last week that would require companies to publish a comparison of their chief executives’ pay to the median compensation...

September 18, 2013 Capitalism vs Cannibalism

Source: Larry Checco

We are eating our own—and it’s all perfectly legal. Millions of Americans are still reeling from the aftermath of predatory mortgage lenders who would do or say anything to make a commission. Some preyed on first-time homebuyers...[more]

September 17, 2013 5 years after the crisis: Blame Washington or Wall Street'

MSN Money - The financial institutions were playing a giant and -- while it lasted -- very lucrative game of hot potato, all of them willing to bet that when the music (and the dancing) stopped, they wouldn't be the one stuck...

September 16, 2013 Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

“Employment down by 0.1% in euro area” That was the headline of a news release on Friday from Eurostat, the European Statistical Agency. The figures were for the second quarter, compared to the first. (Speed of release is not a...

September 1, 2013 Federal Reserve seen lighting the September volatility fuse

Gulf Times - The broad îStoxxî Europe 600 index has dipped 0.35% in August as all risk asset markets were hit by a flare up in the Syrian crisis, compared with a drop in Wall Street's S&P 500 index of about 2.8%....

August 27, 2013 A Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Food Safety Could Save Lives - editorial

Source: Food Safety News

Bill Marler and I speak to senior executives of food manufacturing companies and restaurant operators many times each year. We are almost always surprised (yes, even we can be naive sometimes) by how little they know about the...

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