Put the Brakes on Bush/NAFTA Trucks Program: The
Bush administration is barreling ahead with a so-called "pilot project"
to allow 100 Mexico-based companies to send their trucks into the U.S.
— even though congressional demands for safety guarantees have not been
satisfied. This gives a green light for unsafe and polluting trucks to
access highways throughout the country. Everybody loses, except maybe
the Wal-Marts of the world. They would get cheap deliveries out of the
dangerous deal. Act now.
Support Our Fight Against Bush Secrecy
Federal Court Strikes Down Presidential Order: Six
years ago, President Bush signed an executive order to limit public
access to the records of past presidents. This order was one of the
first actions Bush took that demonstrated his obsession with secrecy.
after, Public Citizen challenged the executive order in court. We told
the court that the order violated the Presidential Records Act, which
gives the National Archives control over records of former presidents
and vice presidents and requires the Archives to make most of these
records public within 12 years after a president or vice president
On October. 1, 2007, a federal court agreed with Public Citizen and struck down a key part of Bush's order.
court has begun the process of dismantling the web of secrecy Bush has
been building over the past six years. But it is only a beginning. Help
us continue this fight against Bush secrecy and do all the important
work we do. We won a battle this month. We are in it for the long
haul. Make a generous contribution to Public Citizen today. Support our work by donating now.
Public Interest Law
DECISION: Hold the pickles — not the calorie count. If
you want to know the number of calories in your next fast food meal,
ask your city to require that the information be posted. Following a
court decision that agrees with Public Citizen, a federal judge has
ruled that cities and states may require restaurants . . . continue.
What's In YOUR Wallet?
Your credit card may trap you into binding mandatory arbitration, an
anti-consumer strategy that gives credit card companies the upper hand
and enables them to win disputes with their customers 95% of the time,
according to a new Public Citizen report,
"The Arbitration Trap: How Credit Card Companies Ensnare Consumers."
You should know how credit card companies rig their contracts with
consumers, using mandatory arbitration to evade accountability and
strip consumers of their rights. Learn how you can avoid the
arbitration trap and put an end to this predatory practice . . . continue/act.
Ask a Public Citizen Staffer
||Staff on Your Behalf. This
month, Robert Shull, the deputy director of Public Citizen's Auto
Safety and Regulatory Policy division, is taking your questions. Bob
recently authored the Public Citizen exposé, "Slip-Sliding Away: The Cheney Sliding Scale for Fuel Economy."
In the report he details how Vice-President Dick Cheney's staff and
high-level White House officials bullied the Department of
Transportation into hatching a plan to end fuel economy as we know it. Ask Bob your question about fuel economy standards. See Peter Lurie's response to last month's question below.|
Spied on Eyes on Trade
Close CAFTA Vote Shows Failure of NAFTA Model. Just
hours before Costa Ricans went to the polls in the world's first-ever
popular referendum on a NAFTA expansion, the Bush administration
intervened in the country's sovereign election by threatening economic
retaliation if citizens rejected CAFTA. Although Costa Ricans narrowly
approved the pact, the super-close vote debunks Bush's spin that Latin
Americans are crying out for NAFTA-style deals. Bush is trotting out
the same tired argument to gain support for NAFTA expansion to Peru,
which is opposed by religious, labor and retiree groups there. Continue.
Can an Entrepreneur Sue to Uncover the Identities of Disgruntled Online Posters? "It’s
outrageous that the Video Professor is suing his own customers," Public
Citizen attorney Paul Levy said. Yet again, Public Citizen defends your
right to Internet anonymity. Read how.
Activist Spotlight: Troy Cornock, a consumer victimized by binding mandatory arbitration, testifies: "If you had told me 10 years ago I’d be on Capitol Hill, telling people about my own personal finances, I’d have laughed. But the reason this regular guy" . . . continue.
Public Citizen Health Clinic: Good Health Policy Leading to Good Personal Health
Staff on Your Behalf. Last
month, our health expert Dr. Peter Lurie took questions about health
policy. This month he answers a question from Gary in Washington state:
Dear Dr. Lurie: It amazes me that the FDA is basically funded by the
drug companies. Why is this and why doesn't Congress fix it? The FDA
should be free of any influence from drug companies or manufacturers of
Dr. Lurie answers: As amazing as it is that fully 50% of the
funding for the drug review divisions at the FDA comes from the very
industry the agency is supposed to be regulating . . continue.
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