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Video
8/1/2011
Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller discusses how most airlines are raising their rates just as they should be dropping them due to reduced taxes.
Blog Post
7/25/2011
By John M. Simpson
Actions speak louder than words. That's why I'm not putting much stock in what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says anymore. Speaking at The All Things Digital Conference on May 31 Schmidt said Google decided not to implement facial recognition technology because of privacy concerns.  He said he thought it's something...
Blog Post
7/23/2011
By Carmen Balber
10 Days to Default? Washington has been consumed by debt negotiations that escalated again last night when House Speaker Boehner walked out of discussions with the President. The two-fold debate is one half inconceivable -- will House Republicans cling so stubbornly to their anti-tax rhetoric they they remain willfully blind to the consequences...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
By Carmen Balber
A year ago this Saturday, German authorities revealed that Google’s Street View cars had been surreptitiously collecting data from home wireless networks in 30 countries around the world. Our friends at EPIC held a briefing in the Capitol today marking the one-year anniversary of what was presumably the largest data breach in world...
Blog Post
4/21/2011
By Carmen Balber
It took nearly two years after the nation’s economic meltdown for Congress to finally pass a law reining in some of the most reckless Wall Street practices that caused the crisis. The financial reform law created a strong new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, required transparency and accountability in derivatives trading, and set new...
Blog Post
3/17/2011
By Judy Dugan
I remember days and nights spent at a rewrite desk in Washington 25 years ago, taking in and editing nearly unbelievable information from reporters in Russia and Western Europe. Where was this place, Chernobyl? Was the meltdown first, or the explosion? Was radiation really spreading across Europe? Do we have a stringer in Norway? How could this...
Blog Post
2/2/2011
John M. Simpson
Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft's search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in "a spy-novelesque stunt." I always like a good media stunt and have been accused of committing a few myself by none other than the Internet giant...
News Release
2/1/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller + Jamie Court
San Francisco, CA – Just as Blue Shield policyholders, nurses and consumer advocates arrived at Blue Shield's San Francisco headquarters today, the company announced it would delay its massive rate hikes by 60 days. Previously, the company had refused Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' request for a delay, even as several other...
Blog Post
1/31/2011
By Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- A year ago, it's unlikely that 15 people would have shown up for a rally against the Koch brothers, owners of the largest privately owned corporation in the U.S, even in the middle of L.A. or New York. Today, in the desert town of Rancho Mirage, 1,500 showed up, protesting the brothers' plutocratic, climate-change-...
Blog Post
1/30/2011
By Judy Dugan
(Rancho Mirage, CA) -- Here in sunny Rancho Mirage, it’s a typical progressive gathering–lots of energy, but the wifi in the conference room was kaput. Oh, well, we still heard a great panel to kick off the rally against the Koch Bros. not-so-secret political gathering at a posh resort East of Palm Springs. In a nutshell: We must...