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Ryan Grim

Tea Partiers Lavished Government Money On Staff After Losing Reelection

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Todd Akin lost the Missouri Senate race to Democrat Claire McCaskill in November, he had one final piece of business to take care ...

Jason Linkins

Lobbyist/Lawmaker Revolving Door Still Spinning With Same Constancy As Planet Earth

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

Ever get the feeling that your interests are just outnumbered and outgunned in Washington, such as we'll likely see in the upcoming super committee deliberations? Well, there's good reason to feel that way, as so many lobbyists funnel into Congressional staff positions, and vice versa. These same individuals would have you believe that Washington is a hyper-functional place, just purring along, success after success, riding high on the collective body of "experience" that's on hand as a result of the Capitol Hill-to-K Street-and-back again cycle. And yet, Congressional job approval is at a meager 15 percent, for some reason.