Business: Cool Carol and the Dragon Lady

Two activist regulators draw fire from Nader and industry

It seems hard to believe, but a Ralph Nader lieutenant now bears the chief responsibility for U.S. auto safety as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As if that were not enough, the consumerist who once sued the Agriculture Department over its beef grading and food-stamp rules is now Assistant Agriculture Secretary for Food and Consumer Services, overseeing the same grading of meat and food-stamp programs.

These two regulators, Joan Claybrook, 41, and Carol Foreman, 40, were among Washington's most feared and revered consumer interest...

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