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Revealed: Former Goldman Sachs VP Turned Issa Staffer Supervised Scheduling Of Elizabeth Warren Incident

“ThinkProgress has now obtained more evidence that suggests that Haller’s employment under Issa is more akin to a bank lobbyist than a public servant entrusted with protecting the public interest. In May, GOP members on the Oversight Committee invited Professor Elizabeth Warren, then a special advisor working on the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to testify about the new agency. The hearing quickly became a media sideshow, with Republican lawmakers trying to trip Warren up and embarrass her. One congressman, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), became infamous overnight for berating Warren and accusing her of lying about her scheduling with the committee. It turns out that Haller, again carrying water for financial corporations afraid of new regulations, was behind the scheduling controversy at the heart of the McHenry confrontation with Warren.”

Paul Ryan Tried To Carve Out Tax Loopholes For Biggest Campaign Donors

“House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has tried to “create an array of special loopholes for his top contributors,” the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery reports. For instance, household cleaner giant S.C. Johnson & Son is one of Ryan’s biggest donors, giving him more than $41,000 over his career, and Ryan crafted two bills that would have given the company special exemptions from trade tariffs. The bills, which did not pass, specially mentioned the company, with one exempting “unique air freshener products…assembled by S.C. Johnson in the United States.” Likewise, Ryan created bills that would have carved out tax exemptions for the beer industry after the National Wholesalers Association, his second biggest contributor, gave him more than $72,000. Another bill would have created tax loopholes for fraternity and sororities after Fraternity & Sorority PAC gave Ryan over $24,500.”

Debt owed to Calif. lawmaker looms over re-election bid

“WASHINGTON — Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, Calif., enters her next re-election race owed nearly $120,000 from a woman in Boise, Idaho, a former employee who admitted wrongdoing long ago. ”

Do U.S., Mexican officials favor one cartel over another?

“MEXICO CITY — As the U.S. and Mexican governments increasingly target the brutal criminal gang known as Los Zetas, questions are being asked about why law enforcement officials don’t seem to be paying equal attention to an older and larger cartel that’s the largest provider of illegal drugs smuggled into the United States.”

North Korea ready to discuss nuclear moratorium: Kremlin

“(Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is ready to discuss suspending Pyongyang’s nuclear arms testing and production if international talks on its atomic program resume, a Kremlin spokeswoman said on Wednesday.”

What the east coast earthquake means for US nuclear plants

“Tuesday’s earthquake on the US east coast shut down several nuclear plants. Seismic activity in the US is unlikely to cause a meltdown, but it poses serious engineering challenges.”

Parents, ACLU Sue N.J. City Over Facebook Records

“The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state’s biggest city for refusing to release records related to a $100 million gift pledged to its schools by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit against Newark on behalf of a parents group denied access to records requested under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.”

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