Investigation Nation: The Times reports this morning that the Justice Department’s internal investigator is examining whether Gonzales’ congressional testimony was false or misleading. Members of both parties have been suspicious of his nothing-but-the-truth testimony, including his statements on NSA wiretapping and the U.S. attorney firings.
Subprime Plans: President Bush is proposing plans to alleviate the subprime mortgage crisis by helping families who face rising interest rates keep their homes. One method he proposes would be changing the Federal Housing Administration’s federal mortgage insurance program.
A Winning Formula: Lobbyists and breast-feeding. What a combination. This morning’s Post details how lobbyists for the infant formula industry pushed hard for the Department of Health and Human Services to tone down a breast-feeding campaign. In an effort to encourage more American mothers to breast-feed their babies, HHS developed a blunt ads that detailed the health risks associated with not breast-feeding. The lobbying worked. The toned-down ad campaign, not so much.
Settled Suit: Microsoft has settled an eight-year patent dispute over a feature in Internet Explorer that allows for embedded links. The dispute was with the University of California, which owns the patent. In 2003, a jury in Chicago agreed with the plaintiff and dispensed a $521 million verdict against Microsoft, which was then appealed.