Unlocking Regulatory Capture

Obama’s choice to head FCC is a longtime telecom lobbyist
Tom Wheeler / mobilemusings.net

President Barack Obama’s top choice to chair the Federal Communications Commission spent decades at the helm of two major communications industry lobbying organizations, sparking backlash from tech policy groups and internet freedom activists.

Off the Rails

Obamacare a ‘train wreck,’ according to bill’s supporters
Sen. Max Baucus / AP

Opponents of Obamacare on Thursday seized on warnings from two of its legislative architects that implementation of the law could be disastrous. “I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” said Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.), who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and wrote large portions of the law.

Jammed Benefits

Veterans Affairs secretary faces questions about backlog in veterans’ benefit claims
AP

The massive backlog of veterans’ benefit claims came under scrutiny at a Senate Veterans Affairs hearing on Monday afternoon about President Barack Obama’s federal budget and its Veterans Affairs component.

Gumming up the Works

Difficulty in implementing Obamacare provides ammunition for critics
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius / AP

The Obama administration’s ongoing difficulty in implementing Obamacare is forcing the president to chip away at other parts of the law, rankling allies and potentially giving its critics more ammunition to criticize and even undo the law.