White House officials don’t want to alienate the chemical industry, and Phillip Perry, Cheney’s son-in-law, is just the man to help them not do it.
Politics & Government
The executive branch is systematically being replaced by a conservative cadre hired by the Bush administration for their political views, not their merits.
Sarah Karp investigates the state of welfare in Chicago: thousands are now off the welfare system because they can’t navigate the new rules or have trouble getting onto welfare.
Shorrock reports that AT&T, Sprint, MCI and other telecommunications giants are cooperating with the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.
The government is planning on building detention and relocation centers with 40,000 beds and barracks for an undetermined “immigration emergency” — courtesy Kellogg, Brown and Root.
As Medicaid payments to nursing homes stagnate, regulation is weakened, and a Texas law capping damages for pain and suffering in all medical malpractice suits is enacted, the death of Noe Martinez Sr. reveals a coming crisis in the nursing home industry.
Bush’s Special Presidential Envoy to Iraq, James Baker, has a classic conflict of interest: to reduce — and to maximize — the country’s debt burden.