USDA comes under fire for beef recall debacle during House hearing
by BRENDAN McKENNA
, The Press Enterprise
March 7th, 2008
Federal lawmakers Thursday insisted that USDA food inspectors reveal the names of distributors, restaurants and school lunch programs that received 143 million pounds of beef recalled by a Chino meat-packing company.
Despite crisis, mortgage modifications rare
by Caroline Said
, San Francisco Chronicle
March 4th, 2008
In December, the California Reinvestment Coalition surveyed 38 California housing counseling agencies, which try to assist struggling homeowners. It found that foreclosure was the most common outcome, while loan modifications are still relatively rare. A previous survey in late summer found similar results.
California Senate Approves Bill To Outlaw Skimming RFID Tags
by K.C. Jones
, Information Week
March 1st, 2008
The California State Senate voted to make it a crime to skim information stored on RFID tags. The Senate voted 36 to 3 to pass the bill, introduced by State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). The bill, SB 31, goes to the California State Assembly.
House Leaves Surveillance Law to Expire
by CARL HULSE
, New York Times
February 15th, 2008
The House broke for a week¿s recess Thursday without renewing terrorist surveillance authority demanded by President Bush, leading him to warn of risky intelligence gaps while Democrats accused him of reckless fear mongering.
Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime
by Eliot Spitzer
, Washington Post
February 14th, 2008
Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers.