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Debt and Tribal Payday Lenders

dailyyonder.com — In the battle to shield themselves from lawsuits and government oversight, some high-interest payday lenders have found unlikely allies: Native American tribes. In legal fights in California, New Mexico, West Virginia and Colorado, a group of Internet-based payday lenders have argued they are immune from lawsuits and regulation because they are "tribal enterprises."

Scientist with industry ties won't lead EPA chemical risk-assessment program

publicintegrity.org — The Environmental Protection Agency won't be hiring a scientist with strong ties to industry to run its chemical assessment program. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in December, one of two finalists for director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which evaluates the health risks of toxic chemicals, runs a nonprofit that does substantial work for the chemical industry.

Hear how politics beat science on chemical research

publicintegrity.org — Al Letson: When you think of hot button political issues scientific integrity probably doesn't make your list, but it was a priority for Barack Obama. During his first presidential campaign Obama promised he wouldn't let politics interfere with science. He repeated that pledge when he became president. Pres.

Burma: Amazing Shots From a Photographer's Paradise

outsideonline.com — After 5 years of work, 38 flights, and 10 separate visas to Burma, photographer David Heath released his first book late last year. Undeniably one of the most raw and photogenic places on earth, Heath brought an eye to the region that can only be explained by his hours logged behind the lens and devotion to this project.

Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

publicintegrity.org — H.R. 1422, which also passed the House late last year, sets new rules for who can advise the EPA on scientific matters. "Despite a statutory requirement that EPA's advisory panels be 'fairly balanced in terms of point of view represented,' the Agency routinely excludes private sector expertise," said Rep.

Environmental Protection Agency Still Slow to Study Toxic Chemicals

time.com — In his first inaugural address, between promising to fix the economy and lower the cost of health care, President Barack Obama made this pledge: "We'll restore science to its rightful place." It might sound arcane as a presidential priority, but it was a big deal at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

publicintegrity.org — Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog email and get the news you want from the Center when you want it. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that during the Bush administration the White House was delaying the EPA's efforts to assess whether chemicals posed a public health risk.

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

publicintegrity.org — Dourson left the EPA in 1994 to start TERA, based in Ohio. The group's website notes that 63 percent of TERA's revenue in 2013 came from government agencies and nonprofits, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The rest came from for-profit companies.

Payday lending bankrolls auto racer's fortune

publicintegrity.org — In partnership with iWatch News, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian finds out who is behind the big business of online payday loans that provide an advance on a paycheck attached with crippling interest rates. The exterior of Miami Nation Enterprises, which has an online payday lending business that has sovereign status beyond the reach of state regulators.

National Academy of Sciences agrees with EPA that formaldehyde causes cancer

publicintegrity.org — For years, the chemical industry has been winning a political battle to keep formaldehyde from being declared a known carcinogen. The industry's chief lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, has persuaded members of Congress that the findings of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services were wrong and should be reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences.
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Apr 17, 2015

Clay Aikens: Reason we can't improve the environment is because people are paying to make sure nothing gets done.

Apr 15, 2015

RT @bill_allison: If share of taxes paid by corporations were the same as paid in 1950s, they'd pay $560 billion more. sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2015/04/0…

Apr 14, 2015

RT @samrpearson: . @EPA's Jim Jones says existing chemicals funding would need to be doubled if it wants to review at least 20 chemicals per year #TSCA

Apr 14, 2015

Chess grandmaster facing ban as tournament officials find iPhone w/chess program hidden behind a toilet. washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m…

Apr 14, 2015

Here's a primer on why you have no idea what's in your food and why the FDA is doing nothing about it. publicintegrity.org/2015/04/14/171…

Apr 14, 2015

Have a peanut allergy? Beware! The FDA is doing nothing to protect you from a food additive that could harm you. publicintegrity.org/2015/04/13/171…

Apr 13, 2015

The "slips-and-capture" defense was used in the trial of a BART officer who shot Oscar Grant. That led to a manslaughter conviction.

Apr 13, 2015

The phrase "slips-and-capture" does not appear once in PubMed, a vast database of articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Apr 10, 2015

Outrageous story starting with an 11-y-o autistic child arrested for kicking a trash can publicintegrity.org/2015/04/10/170… via @PublicI

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