Obama issues credit card industry bailout by executive order

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org The credit card industry got a huge boost from President Obama last month when he signed an executive order requiring a switch to chip-and-pin technology for government vendors and agencies. It dictates the Department of the Treasury “take necessary steps” to guarantee payment terminals authorized by the agency have “enhanced security features” […]

‘Risky Business’ billionaire bankers prop up federal carbon taxes

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org Ramping up the focus on the economic consequences of global warming, the newly minted Risky Business Project has unveiled a report predicting billions of dollars in damage if government fails to intervene. The report is laden with photos of recent hurricanes, floods, and storms, hoping to connect these weather events to the burning of fossil fuels and […]

‘Nation of random enforcement’: Is America’s chief executive too powerful?

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org When President Barack Obama chooses to enforce select portions of federal law, is he playing the part of chief executive or skirting around Congress and, by extension, the U.S. Constitution? That’s the question House Republicans put forth in a House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday, stacking the witness panel with four fellow House GOP members and three law professors all too […]

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