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 August 3, 2007

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 Hot from the Hill: A Big Win

With your help we are cleaning up Washington.Landmark Legislation Awaits the President's Signature:  On Thursday, the Senate, following in the footsteps of the House of Representatives, overwhelming approved S. 1 - the "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007." Congratulations activists on your efforts -- you did it! See what it means for our government.

 Public Interest Law

Hold the pickles but not the calorie count.

Hold the pickles not the calorie count. A restaurant industry group has filed a lawsuit claiming that a New York City health code rule requiring fast-food restaurants to post calorie information on their menus is pre-empted by federal law and violates the First Amendment. Public Citizen is protecting your right to get the calorie facts. Learn more.

Activist Spotlight

Lisa Lipin, a mother and consumer advocate says, "It is high time that the administration put people before profit!" Learn more about her and see her published letter in our Watchdog Blog.

We work to ensure that Congress represents citizens by exposing the harmful impact of money in politics and fighting for an improved democracy.

 Ask a Public Citizen Staffer

Tyson is taking questions. Staff on Your Behalf. There is an expert at every turn here at Public Citizen. Experts on auto safety, trade, government ethics, energy, First Amendment rights on the Internet, medications, health policy and more. This month, Tyson Slocum, director of our Energy Program, is taking your questions AND making a recommendation. Tyson suggests you and your friends go see Leonardo Di Caprio's documentary The 11th Hour, which looks at global warming and other problems facing our planet and inspires us with solutions. Got a question about your energy costs, the country's energy policy or our energy future? Ask Tyson. Check back next month for answers.

Spied on Eyes on Trade

Mirror, Mirror, on the Hill, Who Is the Fairest Trader of Them All? 
The Hill newspaper has revealed its much-awaited annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill. It turns out that supporters of fair trade are just more beautiful than the rest. All the senators and the majority of the representatives on the list are fair traders, with the most beautiful person on Capitol Hill none other than Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who campaigned last year with a lot of fair trade love. Check out the honored rep's photo and find about some not-so-beautiful trade machinations of the not-so-beautiful unfair traders in Public Citizen's Eyes on Trade blog.

We promote democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor

 Press Room

Congress Should Not Bow to Nuclear Industry Demands for More Than $50 Billion in Loan Guarantees to Build New Nuclear Reactors:
The Senate-passed energy bill would allow the Bush administration to bypass Congress' authorization and grant guarantees on unlimited number of highly risky projects. Learn more.

White House for Sale:  Public Citizen has unveiled an updated version of our Web site to keep track of the bundlers -- or super-fundraisers -- who are raising money for the 2008 presidential candidates. Find out who the bundlers are and which candidates are coming clean about their big fundraisers. Get details in the Press Room or visit

Public Citizen Health Clinic: Good Health Policy Leading to Good Personal Health

The Justice Department's criminal probe into the maker of OxyContin fell short, which let the pharmaceutical company and its officials off the hook, allowed them to keep most of their enormous profits and kept company officials from going to jail, Public Citizen told a Senate panel this week. Find out more about this and other ways Public Citizen protects your health and safety at Our doctors and pharmacists analyze the FDA's own data so you get the second opinion YOU need.

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