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October 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

  • Obama gives a big push to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency proposal in Congress (Wall Street Journal).
  • “Pro-growth” New Democrats ready legislation to let big banks ignore state regulations (Wonk Room).
  • Top Financial Service Committee members rely heavily on campaign money from the finance industry (Sunlight Foundation).
  • Republican Members of Congress mostly, but not entirely, silent on Obama’s Nobel win (TPM DC).
  • In Washington, revolving doors are bad for your health (Bill Moyers Journal).
  • House votes to expand hate crimes laws to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity New York Times).
  • Full roll call details for the hate crimes vote – see how your congressman voted (OpenCongress).
  • Sen. Schumer introduced an amendment to deny federal shield law protections to bloggers (Left to Chance).
  • Health care reform in the House will likely attract zero Republican votes (Washington Post).
  • CBO: medical malpractice reform would save $54 bn over 10 years (Kaiser Health News).
  • Democrats should start looking at the ethics allegations against Charlie Rangel (Eugene Robinson/WaPo).
  • Congress will take a look at the issue of texting while driving next week (The Hill).
  • Learn more about H.R. 3535, the “Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act of 2009” (OpenCongress).
  • Low Power FM bill advanced in a House subcommittee this week (New Public Media).
  • Learn more about H.R. 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (Open Congress).
  • Congress scraps funding for 300 miles of fencing on Mexican border (Washington Post).
  • Against Transparency – The perils of openness in government (Lawrence Lessig/TNR).
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