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Logging Law Rocked Hard as Tea Party, Enviros Battle Over Gibson Guitar

From The New York Times: As lawmakers tangle over the economic impact of government regulations, the sight of a prominent U.S. company asserting innocence amid scrutiny tied to a little-known environmental law — in this case, an expansion of the century-old Lacey Act to curb illegal logging — drew a surge of conservative sympathy to Gibson. But that pro-Gibson rhetoric, echoed by House Republicans and set to culminate at an Oct. 8 tea party rally for the guitarmaker, is drawing strong pushback from Lacey backers in industry as well as conservation groups.

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