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December 20, 2011 Even Canada doesn't believe its own spin on tar sands

Source: Guardian.co.uk

It's time to pitch back into the controversy over Canada's lobbying offensive against proposed European penalties on fuels from tar sands. But this time we're going through the looking glass, with Canada secretly admitting it has...

December 20, 2011 Supreme Court to hear arguments in March on healthcare law

Source: LA Times

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would hear arguments over three days in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare law, another sign the justices see the case as a once-in-a-generation...

December 20, 2011 Fed Rules Redefining Bank Oversight Said to Be Issued This Week

Source: BusinessWeek

The Federal Reserve will issue capital and liquidity rules this week reshaping supervision of the riskiest, largest banks and those with more than $50 billion in assets, a government official familiar with the matter said.

December 19, 2011 Feds’ GM Food Proposal Compromises Food Safety, Say Groups

Source: The Epoch Times

A federal government proposal that would allow low levels of contamination from genetically modified foods from other countries is raising concerns among activist groups. The proposed policy on “low level presence” (LLP) relates...

December 19, 2011 Fitch: comprehensive euro zone deal "beyond reach"

Source: Reuters

The credit rating agency Fitch said on Friday it thought a comprehensive solution to the euro zone's debt crisis was beyond reach, putting six euro zone economies including Italy on watch for potential near-term downgrades.

December 19, 2011 Minimum essential health benefits will be largely set by states

Source: Washington Post

The Obama administration will give states broad latitude to define the minimum benefits that many health insurance policies will be required to offer under the 2010 health-care law, officials announced Friday.

December 16, 2011 Euro carbon taxes are coming: How airlines can stay airborne

Source: Fortune

The U.S. government is fighting to keep American companies from having to comply with new EU carbon taxes, but airlines must prepare for the worst-case scenario. Here are a few options.

December 16, 2011 USDA Unveils Online Tool to Help Farmers With Food Safety

Source: Food Safety News

During the heated debate last year over the newly enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, small farmers were loud and clear with their concerns about burdensome food safety regulations. Farmers across the country, along with...

December 16, 2011 Corzine: MF Staff Said Fund Transfer Was Legal

Source: Bloomberg

Jon S. Corzine, former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., told lawmakers today that the firm’s back-office staff “explicitly” informed him that fund transfers made before the company filed for...

December 16, 2011 White House blasts new Medicare overhaul proposal as "radical" - text\video

Source: CBS News

A Democratic senator and a Republican congressman today unveiled a new proposal to strengthen Medicare today, but the White House rebuffed the plan, arguing it would "end Medicare as we know it for millions of seniors."

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