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Diane M. Grassi is an investigative journalist and reporter providing topical and in-depth articles and analysis on U.S. public policy and governmental affairs, including key federal and state legislation as well as court decisions relative to the public interests of average Americans. Ms. Grassi sticks to the facts on myriad issues, often given short shrift by the mainstream press and broadcast media. With a passion for holding U.S. lawmakers and government officials accountable for their legislative and policy decisions, Ms. Grassi has an undying resolve to awaken others to these facts in order to promote an educated electorate.
SHARE Wednesday, May 12, 2010 MLB Gaming Sale of Texas Rangers
MLB has invoked its "not in the best interests of baseball" rule, by virtue of the commissioner's charter, as reason to interfere with the proposed sale of the Texas Rangers. And in that effort, it is willing to accept the least lucrative bid made for the club's purchase.
SHARE Wednesday, April 19, 2006 China Sole Manufacturer of Material for U.S. Missiles
During this weeks U.S. visit of China President, Hu Jintao, and his meetings with President Bush, it would be apropos to revisit a deal finalized in 2004, which leaves the U.S. totally dependent upon China for key rare earth metals and their production necessary in the manufacture of the most crucial of U.S. military warfare.
SHARE Friday, June 9, 2006 Breach of Trust Undermines Active & Retired Military
The long history of security flaws within the VA does not come as news to many within the Government Accountability Office or within the VAs Office of the Inspector General. And for that reason, it makes it even more difficult for lawmakers to fathom.
SHARE Friday, May 4, 2007 NAFTA Superhighway Has Giuliani As Key Player
Interesting to this story is not only Rudolph Giuliani's involvement with the NAFTA Superhighway, not ever having been publicly addressed, but how a foreign compnay is awarded the building of a mass highway system, versus maintaining it for the first time in U.S. history and negotiated by the law firm of the top Republican candidate running for President of the United States.
SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2008 Fallout from Energy Policy Act of 2005
As the direct result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, no individual state or federal agency will have the jurisdictional teeth to effectively regulate the finances of U.S. public utility assets totaling more than one trillion U.S. dollars.
SHARE Thursday, November 16, 2006 Offshoring U.S. Patients No Cure For Ailing Healthcare System
With more and more corporations adding select foreign hospitals as Preferred Providers to their employees' health insurance plans, it remains difficult for patients to get the necessary information needed to make a reasoned decision on whether to have surgery performed, let alone halfway around the world.
SHARE Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Loss of Jamiel Shaw's Life Transcends Sports
Had the system worked properly, Pedro Espinoza would not have been let back into the community from which he was supposed to have been deported, and within 24 hours of his release he would not have been able to acquire another handgun, only to murder Jamiel Shaw, Jr.
SHARE Wednesday, August 9, 2006 U.S. Power Grid Unreliability Enabled By Legislation
While it seems that most everyone believes that the power grid woes culminated with the rolling blackouts of 2000-2001 in California, the initial concerns with major outages go back to November 1965 when power went out throughout most of the Northeast.
SHARE Wednesday, July 19, 2006 New Orleans Remains Problematic for Army Corps of Engineers
So far over $20 billion has been allocated by the federal government to assist in New Orleans and Gulf Coast restorations. Yet, such appropriations do not solve the most desperate problem New Orleans faces which is the restoration and reformation of its levee system.
SHARE Wednesday, May 10, 2006 EU Renews Pressure Over U.S. Airline Ownership
Should the latest proposal be adopted, with exception of few areas, all airline operations, including prices, scheduling markets, fleet structure, marketing and alliances have the option of being controlled by foreign investors.
SHARE Wednesday, April 5, 2006 IRS Proposal Allows Income Tax Info To Be Sold
According to IRS Commissioner, Mark Everson, the proposed changes actually improve the safeguards of taxpayer information and are not significant. But upon closer examination, they increase the chances of identity theft and fraud not only throughout the U.S. but across the globe.
SHARE Thursday, May 4, 2006 Congressional Recoil From Latest Dubai Takeover
The national security implications of a foreign entity operating key factories that are Department of Defense suppliers might well have demanded the same call for scrutiny from the Congress as the Dubai ports deal.
SHARE Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Free Trade Agreement With Oman Disregards Best Interests of U.S.
Since the United States became a party to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, U.S. construct of the Foreign Trade Agreement (FTA) has changed considerably. Such agreements now have a much more profound impact on state and local economies across the country.