Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Lobbyists literally writing the laws - political snippets for Tuesday 12 November

When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill - “It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word. In an example a week and a half ago, the House passed a measure that would roll back a portion of the 2010 financial reforms known as Dodd-Frank. And reports from The New York Times and Mother Jones revealed that language in the final legislation was nearly identical to language suggested by lobbyists.”

'Stop This Madness,' Tearful Filipino Pleads At Climate Talks

For Obama, and Democrats, it’s crunch time - “President Obama likes to say he will never again be running for office, but every Democrat knows he will be on the ballot figuratively in 2014, and 2016, as well. Right now they are rightly nervous about that prospect.”

US biologist Randy Schekman on being a Nobel Prize winner - “The US biologist talks about winning the ultimate accolade and his campaign to ensure the free dissemination of scientific information.”

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