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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 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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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 [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White After President Obama spent Monday wooing the American Medical Association in Chicago, the healthcare story in the media turned swiftly to the conflict between doctors, who don’t want to take a pay cut, and Democrats, who want to get the government involved in providing cheaper health insurance coverage [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White In the protection of a product she deems “more American than apple pie,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said today that “your government failed you.” Not to be upstaged, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) held up a container of recalled products wrapped in yellow crime scene tape, challenging a food [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White Though the name of the hearing — Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations — didn’t include the hot-button word, impeachment was on the minds of judiciary committee members and witnesses Friday.