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Quick Picks: Business-Boosting Lawmakers

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • Does "Congressman Fuji" ring a bell? That’s the moniker FDA scientists gave to ex-Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), who called the agency to express concern about the status of a breast-imaging device made by Connecticut-based Fujifilm Medical Systems, according to internal FDA documents provided to the New York Times. After that phone call, an FDA official ignored agency scientists and approved the device, the documents allege. FDA scientists wrote a letter to President-elect Obama last week alleging a pattern of "corruption" in the FDA division that reviews and approves medical devices. A spokeswoman for that division told ProPublica, "We’re working directly with the transition team and we’ll address their issues directly."
  • According to the AP, Hillary Clinton acted in the interest of her husband’s donors at least six times. In one instance, she wrote to the FCC about a rate change she feared would hurt telecoms, citing a New York-based company whose chief executive later donated to her husband’s foundation.

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