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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When she heard about the boom chemicals being used to disperse oil from the sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the thoughts of Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) were far away. She was thinking about her hometown Santa Barbara in the late 1960s when Union Oil’s Platform A had [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In the first of what will be an ongoing series of hearings on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, leaders at BP, Transocean and Halliburton played an interesting form of the ever-popular corporate blame game. In news accounts previewing the hearing before the Senate Energy Committee [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As you may have seen in my piece from earlier today, I was impressed by the eloquence of the Anthem Blue Cross policy holders who testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today. I was significantly less impressed with the arguments offered by the second panel of [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As Democrats scramble to assemble a slate of legislative and constitutional fixes to counter the effects of the Supreme Court decision, conservatives suggest Congress allow even more money to flow into campaigns. With the president’s budget proposal and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” occupying the time of C-SPAN crews in [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Sometimes all it takes is a few minutes with a researcher to find out that you’re spending too much time watching congressional testimony. While politicians strive to make this healthcare reform debate about the always sympathetic middle class, as well as about what people who already have private insurance [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White If you’ve been following the healthcare debate, you’ve probably heard that there are 45 million uninsured Americans in this country, and that 62 percent of bankruptcies occur due to medical expenses. What you may not have heard is that there are 25 million Americans who pay for insurance but [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White Hidden away in the Scranton Times-Tribune “Arts and Living” section Tuesday was a bombshell from former Democratic Representative of Texas Charlie Wilson. The man whose adopted mission to save Afghanistan from the Soviet incursion in the 1980s spawned the notion of “Afghan freedom fighters,” a book and a Hollywood [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, local leaders warn a storm of a very different kind is brewing. This torrent threatens a blizzard of empty government forms and unclaimed federal funding. The census cyclone is coming, and much as it did back in August 2005, New [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When you think back on it, the commoditization of a resource that humans literally cannot live without happened relatively easily. After a year or two of people laughing off the idea of bottled water, it was accepted as a fact of life, and now has become the way [...]