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A Data Driven Approach To Washington

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Alex Wirth

For the past year, my roommate Jonathan Marks and I, with the help of a team of Harvard, MIT, and George Washington University undergraduates have bee...

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Money, and Harmful Chemicals, in Politics

Michael Green | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Supreme Court did more than open the door to the undoing of democracy in Citizens United. They also opened a potential floodgate of new chemical health threats backed by unbridled chemical industry spending.

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

William Hartung | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary.

Will It Be As Always?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Thomas B. Reed, a Republican politician and Speaker of the House at the end of the 19th century, warned: "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."

The End of the American Middle Class?

Steven Strauss | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Steven Strauss

In the brave new world envisioned by pundits, we will all be micro-entrepreneurs with personal brands -- each of us controlling our own destiny, selling our services into digitally enabled markets. Traditional employers and wage slavery will be extinct.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

eBay Splits From Controversial Political Group ALEC

Reuters | Deepa Seethharaman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Dec 18 (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that o...

The Internet Tax Hoax of 2014

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Cable lobbyists will continue to spread lies about Net Neutrality as long as members of the media and Congress are willing to repeat them. It's the FCC's job to see through the propaganda, do right by Internet users and protect Net Neutrality once and for all.

Mr. Walton Goes to Washington

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

When retail workers want something, they ask their employers, get denied, get bullied and sometimes fired. Sometimes, they take to the streets, as they have for the last three years on Black Friday. By contrast, when retailers want something, they scurry to the halls of Congress, where they purchase influence with their exorbitant profits.

Government, Not Taxes, Should Set Our Priority

Martin Lobel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Until we decide what we want government to do, "tax reform" will merely shift the tax burden from those who can afford expensive lobbyists to those who can't. One result will be a more complex and inefficient tax code that cannot be administered by the IRS because of deliberate cuts to its budget.

As Bricks and Clicks Merge, Geeks Are Discovering Politics

Steven Strauss | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Steven Strauss

America's statutes, policies and regulations (Laws) are designed for a non-digital world -- a world where a taxi was something you hailed on the street, not by clicking a smartphone app. The world of Bricks (i.e., the older traditional economy) and Clicks (i.e, the newer tech-fueled economy) are merging.

Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices. That's partially because something felt intimidating about it.

Christina Wilkie

Diplomatic Dust-Up Means Big Bucks For Former GOP Congressman Connie Mack IV

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the United States and Hungary have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, following news that the U.S. imposed travel b...

Booted by Voters? Still in Hot Demand: 5 Places Former Pols Go After Leaving Congress

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Luckily for those who won't be returning to Congress -- the tally is 75 -- their power and influence is more sought after than ever, and many "fail up." For them, the days of being lobbied are over. Now some will make the classic switch, joining the ranks of the lobbyists of K Street.

Paul Blumenthal

Where Campaign Finance Reformers Actually Won On Election Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midterm voters boosted Republican power in Arkansas by electing all Republicans to statewide office, enhancing the party's control of th...

Left and Right Must Work Together to Battle Government Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Just as both parties are complicit in corruption, ordinary people from all across the political spectrum are fed up with it. We just express it differently.

Is Your Doctor on Big Pharma's Dole?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

An elite few who take large sums from Big Pharma very likely sway decision making by countless other physicians, who might not even know they are getting a choreographed, yet subtle, sell-job.

How Wall Street Still Gets Its Way in Washington, DC

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

The Boston Globe about Wall Street's secretly purchased influence in Washington, D.C. was somewhat mistitled as being about the "struggle for the Democratic Party's Soul." It's also about how Wall Street's virtually unlimited cash secretly influences the key debates as well as the policy outcomes in the nation's capital.

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Beltway policy wonks of all stripes are in a flurry after the New York Times published an article last Sunday alleging that foreign governments "buy influence" by funding U.S. think tanks.

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.

Obama: We'll Protect You Against Predatory Colleges. Students: Please Do

David Halperin | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
David Halperin

The president has made clear that he understands the scam perpetrated by many for-profit colleges against our vets, against single mothers, against working-class young people of color -- deceptive recruiting, high prices, poor quality, weak job placement.

Lobbying Disclosures Leave Public In The Dark

Center for Public Integrity | Marcelo Rochabrun & Dave Levinthal | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Every thr...

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.