by Robert Kuttner
The oil spill can be traced back in part to federal agencies that were thoroughly under the sway of oil companies and their lobbyists. This hijacking of the regulatory apparatus also occurred on the financial front, and it's a bipartisan problem—prior to the spill, restoring vigilant supervision was not a priority for Obama. Congress needs to exercise its countervailing power against big business, or big business will continue running the show with disastrous results.
Right-wing pundits should be the last people celebrating Helen Thomas' anti-Semitic gaffe.
A look at who to watch in this year's World Cup, the US' chances, and at what soccer means to South Africa.
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