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Entries by Dan Froomkin from 08/2011

Austerity Top Priority As Economy Sputters, Americans Suffer

Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This week's big debt deal has left progressives despairing over a disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country that they sa...

Obama U.S. Attorney Nominee David Barlow Is Tea Party Senator's General Counsel

Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidents routinely choose party loyalists as their U.S. attorneys. But normally, they choose nominees from their own party. Presid...

U.S. Credit Downgrade's Direct Effect Could Be Negligible, History Suggests

Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The downgrade of the U.S.'s AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor's on Friday may end up having little to no effect on interest rates for...

IRS Buckled To GOP Pressure On Secret Donations, Lawyer Says

Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

The Internal Revenue Service succumbed to pressure from Republican members of Congress last month when it suddenly shut down its examinations into whe...

American Bar Association Takes Aim At Lobbying Law Loopholes

Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

Under current law, lobbyists seeking consideration for their clients can sweeten the pot by throwing massive fundraisers for the members of Congress t...

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Battles Anti-Bribery Statute

Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than three decades after the United States Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- striking a major blow against inter...

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Calls For Boycott On Campaign Contributions

Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

The CEO of Starbucks wants Washington to wake up and smell the coffee. Infuriated by what he described as irresponsible behavior, Howard Schultz is...

As Defense Industry Lobbies Against Cuts, Rhetoric Overshoots Reality

Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics

Facing the possibility of actual defense spending cuts for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the nation's biggest defense contractors have...

Dick Cheney Book Tour: 11 Questions Reporters Should Be Asking

Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney has spent his career not revealing himself, and in his new memoir and the ensuing PR blitz, he appears to be staying largely in character....