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Proposed GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Backfires, Helps Democrats Raise Millions

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million in a single day on Monday, chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said. The fundraising juggernaut was driven by Democratic opposition to a lawsuit House Republicans intend to file against President Barack Obama related to the enforcement of certain...

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Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer: Gaza Human Rights Report A 'Kangaroo Court'

(21) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer argued on Tuesday that Israel is obeying the laws of war and using proportionate force to counter rockets fired from Gaza settlements by members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"Israel does not target innocent civilians," he said. "But when...

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Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

(1000) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advancing agents." (Photo: Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)

In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland...

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House Approves Modest Funding Boost For Gun Background Checks

(551) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less than one week after another mass shooting shined the spotlight on congressional inaction on gun control.

The amendment, which passed by a vote of 260 to 145, would...

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Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book

(2377) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 12:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Charles and David Koch are the unofficial standard-bearers of a new generation of billionaires, willing to spend immense sums to influence politics. Best known for bankrolling the tea party movement, the fiercely private Koch family has achieved a quasi-mythical status in political circles. Yet they remain an enigma...

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Food Lobby Creates Stealth Campaign To Attack Anti-Obesity Film

(637) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest food industry lobbying group is waging a stealth campaign to discredit the highly anticipated anti-obesity documentary "Fed Up," which opens in theaters Friday.

The film was produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, who was a producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."...

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The NRA Quietly Backs Down On Domestic Violence

(1596) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those actually convicted of felony domestic violence, the nation's largest gun lobby argued, should...

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Lyft Prepares To Fight Ride Share Regulation By Hiring GOP-Linked Lobbyists

(21) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The ride-sharing service Lyft has hired two well-connected Washington lobbying firms to help it fight a looming battle in Congress and the executive branch over how to regulate ride-share and private taxi services.

The two boutique firms retained by Lyft have strong ties to Republicans. In disclosure...

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Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule Struck Down By Appeals Court

(34) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Business groups won a partial victory Monday when a U.S. appeals court struck down part of a regulation designed to discourage the trade in "conflict minerals" from war-torn parts of Africa.

The rule would have required public companies to disclose whether their products contain certain...

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Rand Paul: 'We Can't Invite The Whole World' To Immigrate To U.S.

(1281) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said that America "can't invite the whole world" to enter the country, no matter how much some immigrants may love the U.S.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Paul said that when lawmakers focus only on the reasons immigrants enter...

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Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist

(2696) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- "Not all" Republicans are racist, said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, but "to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

Israel's comment was in response to a question from CNN's Candy Crowley, who asked the chairman of...

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Sebelius: Remaining At HHS 'Wasn't An Option'

(333) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned on Thursday, said Sunday that staying in the job following the flawed rollout of the Obamacare website last fall "wasn't an option."

Speaking on NBC's "Meet The Press," Sebelius said she decided in January to remain in...

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Member Of Congress Unloads Russian Stocks Following HuffPost Report

(11) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- A member of Congress who held stocks in Russian companies has requested that her broker sell them "forthwith" after the investments were revealed on Tuesday by The Huffington Post.

Freshman Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) was one of six members of Congress who owned stock in Russian...

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Six Members Of Congress Have Financial Stake In Russian Sanctions

(249) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- As members of Congress and the Obama administration scramble to respond to the increasing threat posed by the Russian military in Ukraine, economic sanctions are emerging as the United States' preferred method of exercising its leverage.

Late Monday, the Senate moved ahead on approving President Barack Obama's...

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For The Second Time Ever, A Lobbyist Is Charged With Violating Lobbying Rules

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyist Alan Mauk is facing a possible fine of up to $5.2 million for allegedly failing to report his lobbying activities, according to a complaint filed last week by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

The civil complaint, first reported by Legal Times, is...

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Obama's Russia Sanctions Elicit A 'Meh' From Moscow To Washington

(934) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States responded Monday to Crimea's secession vote by announcing sanctions against seven Russian and four Ukrainian officials. The goal was to impose costs on Russia for making military moves in Ukrainian territory and encouraging Crimea to rejoin the Russian Federation.

"The actions we're taking...

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John Kerry Gets Pressed To Grant Asylum To Former Terrorist Group MEK

(19) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 9:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- In what has become an all-too-familiar sight on Capitol Hill, at least a half-dozen members of the exiled Iranian group Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, arrived at Thursday's hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, all dressed in their trademark yellow shirts.

For most of the past 15 years,...

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U.S. Push For Natural Gas Exports To Help Ukraine Won't Actually Help Ukraine

(21) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- As much of the world focuses on Ukraine's political turmoil and Russia's military response, those at the top of the K Street influence tower see an opportunity to shape oil and gas legislation now moving through Congress with alarming speed.

Led by the powerhouse lobbying of the American...

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Ukraine Crisis Forces K Street Firms Into Scramble To Save Millions In Business

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Russian forces storm through Crimea, Washington lobbying firms representing both the pro-Russian and pro-European factions in Ukraine are watching closely. The political proxy war they've been waging for years is turning into a real-life battle.

Since 2011, K Street has become a major battleground for Ukrainian political...

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Michelle Obama Wins Big Against Powerful Corporate Interests

(234) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama announced sweeping changes to the "Nutrition Facts" label on most packaged foods on Thursday, marking a major victory against some of the most powerful lobbies in Washington: the sugar farming and refining and processed food industries.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius...

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