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Big companies in legal scrapes turn to science-for-hire giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc., is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems – even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale. Among other facilities, the company has a 147-acre vehicle test track in Phoenix.... Read more»

More children dying of heat after being left in cars

With the hottest months yet to come, 13 young children already have died in unattended cars this year in the U.S., prompting safety groups to warn parents against leaving children in vehicles for even a few minutes. Cars heat up quickly, reaching deadly temperatures in a mere 10 minutes even when the outside level is in the low 80s and a window is slightly open.... Read more»

The bailout: By the actual numbers

While Democrats paint a glowing picture of the bailout, this Bailout Tracker database tells the whole story. A look at the biggest losses and gains stemming from the TARP and Fannie, Freddie bailout. ... Read more»1

Factcheck

Stimulus money for jobs overseas?

An ad from the conservative Americans for Prosperity distorts the truth about stimulus money for “green jobs” going overseas. The ad, titled “Wasteful Spending,” introduces some new wrinkles to this well-used line of attack.... Read more»

Analysis

While assailing driving distractions, automakers pack in tempting gadgets

Even as they tell drivers to act responsibly and pay attention to the road, automakers are seeking to pump up sales by packing their new models with cutting-edge infotainment systems that encourage multi-tasking behind the wheel.... Read more»

As kids keep dying in car trunks, GM fix is elusive

Nearly 10 years after the federal government mandated interior trunk releases in new autos, older cars never equipped with the safety devices continue to kill children drawn by curiosity into a little-known hazard.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The lingering Bush hangover

A new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities lays the blame for our current fiscal woes squarely at the feet of the Bush administration. It also offers clear cut solutions.... Read more»2

Analysis

Why is the public suddenly down on unions?

Americans have expressed positive attitudes toward unions for as long as pollsters have been asking, and for decades approval of labor unions has hovered around 60%. But starting in 2009 public opinion toward labor unions dropped. Why?... Read more»

The return of Detroit?

Detroit is an easy target for anyone looking to skewer the city as some kind of Motown-meets-Mogadishu. The story is, of course, an old one. So it was encouraging to hear the news out of "The D" this week.... Read more»