In tribute to the unfolding Murdoch scandal, I'm going to start off today's Underbuzzed with a little nepotism -- a story of my own. You can add your own to today's Underbuzzed in the comments.Is it against the law for US corporations to bribe foreign officials as Rupert Murdoch's people are accused of doing? You bet it is. But not everyone thinks it should be. One of the most powerful lobbyists against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been the US Chamber of Commerce. And who's one of their biggest bankrollers? read more
Legal experts say that News Corp., Rupert Murdoch's media empire -- which owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News and the now-shuttered News of the World -- could face charges in the US for bribing officials overseas. US companies engaging in corrupt practices overseas can be prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.So guess who was lobbying against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the same times its executives were engaging in conduct that could open them to prosecution under it?The US Chamber of Commerce. read more
The debt-ceiling fight continues to dominate the headlines -- and that's a phrase I expect to use for the rest of the month. The Murdoch scandal is also expanding -- and I've got a point to make on that in today's Outlook that I haven't seen anywhere else, so check on back. Meantime, here's your Morning EDition for today:TODAYPres. Obama gives interview to CBS News.The president meets with congressional leaders this afternoon.The GOP House votes on America's #1 issue today: Light bulbs.
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John Becker, Truth Wins Out activist and op-ed contributor for The Advocate, spent eight days undercover at Marcus Bachmann's Minnesota therapy practice and tonight video from his therapy sessions there will air on ABC World News. Check out The Nation article where the first-hand accounts of the controversial practice broke and tune in tomorrow night for our exclusive interview with Becker himself. read more
Ezra Klein, Washington Post Columnist and msnbc Policy AnalystDr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh UniversityJoan Walsh, Salon’s Editor-at-Large The debt ceiling negotaions are continuing and it's getting down to the wire... The President has put everything on the table and the Republicans still won't budge on a compromise. Our panel gets into the discussion. Former Rep. read more