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The US Chamber of Commerce Is Killing the Copenhagen Climate Treaty

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already done everything it can to kill the chances of a legally binding agreement emerging from the Copenhagen climate change summit.

Medicare Part D Creators Now Working For Lobbyists With Billions At Stake

ProPublica | Olga Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollar...

CFTC Gets Derivatives Advice From Industry Insiders

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein And Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Like many federal agencies contemplating reform these days, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is hearing a lot from the industry it regulates...

Goodbye/Hello 14 "Burning The Ships "

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Cottingham

In 1519 the Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez anchored his 11 ships off the Yucatan Peninsula. Thousands of miles of ocean separated him from Spain...

Shadow Elite: Are They Responsible For The Subprime Mortgage Crisis?

Jack Blum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Blum

The approach of looking to the roles, activities, sponsors, and networks of players--be they organized crime figures, politicians, experts, influencers, or some combination thereof--is today, more than ever, imperative.

Obama's Magical Surrealism in Honduras

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

In light of the Honduran elections, Obama's representative decided that might be a good time to ridicule all the Latin American democracies.

Obama Slaps Congress, Lobbyists In Push For Consumer Protection Agency (VIDEO, REMARKS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The White House on Friday renewed its push for a consumer financial protection agency with President Obama and a senior economic official warning Cong...

Supreme Court Ruling Expected To End Limits On Political Contribution From Corporations, Unions

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political...

My Electric Summer, When Washington Helped Resurrect the EV

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

If this summer was the coming out party for the electric car, Washington was the host. They may seem unlikely bedfellows, but I'm convinced the EV companies have learned how to play politics.

Congress: We Need You to Lead

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

We need Congress to lead, so what do we do? Should we throw them out? Do we shut down the national political party committees, outlaw high-priced professional lobbying and ban PACs once and for all?

Jason Linkins

David Simon On Health Care Bill: "Only One Thing Can Make People This Stupid, And That's Money"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The most recent issue of Vice Magazine features an interview with David Simon, who unpacks at length on the television show he's best known for creati...

VIDEO: Vote Against Corporate Agribusiness

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

Issue 2 will amend Ohio's state constitution to create a small regulatory panel to oversee all of Ohio's livestock. Corporate agribusinesses love the idea, but family farms will be crushed.

Person of the Year: Let's Vote!

Mark Setton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Setton

Let's get straight to the point. Today Arianna Huffington suggested that Time magazine designate the Washington lobbyists "Persons of the Year." I t...

Ken Raske, Hospital Group CEO, Tops Lobbyist Bundling List

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Hill reports that the biggest fundraiser for Senate Democrats this fall also plays an influential role in the health care industry. Ken Raske, pr...

Barack Obama, Inc.

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The man who said he was going to challenge the system, fight corporate lobbyists and change the system now appears to be fighting for the status quo and corporate America at every turn.

Congressional Research Service Praises Lobbying Reforms Under Obama

politico.com | KENNETH P. VOGEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Critics across the political spectrum have lambasted the Obama administration's restrictions on lobbying as everything from a loophole-ridden politica...

Showdown in Chicago

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Trumka

We're gathering outside the American Bankers Association meeting to demand reform that will allow us to rebuild our communities, our lives and the real economy. We've got a lot to rebuild.

Oil Giant Chevron Accused of "Extortion" on Capitol Hill

Han Shan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Han Shan

Chevron is making an extraordinary lobbying effort to evade responsibility for its massive toxic contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon. In solidarity with all communities where Big Oil puts profit ahead of people, we must say "no more."

Big Financial Firms Losing Power On Capitol Hill

Washington Post | Binyamin Appelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Large banks are on the verge of losing a key legislative battle over the shape of financial reform, an unusual setback that reflects the continued pol...

Obama's First Fault as President

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Most Americans are prepared for the departure of analog TV. Those lost in transition would start screaming on 2/18, and within 24 hours, 90% of them would be assisted by someone.

Arthur Delaney

Mad Dash For Cash: Members Of Congress Crammed Over 20 Fundraisers Into Last Day Of Quarter

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.01.2009 | Politics

Members of Congress crammed more than 20 fundraisers into the last day of the quarter on Wednesday, according to invitations obtained by the nonpartis...

Shining Light On County Lobbyists

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative passed the finance committee unanimously on Thursday. It goes to a full vote at the Board's Oct. 6 meeting. ...

The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

In just the first half of 2009, the 15 New Democrats on Financial Services committee "received about $1.9 million in contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate industries."

Jason Linkins

WSJ's Thomas Frank Assails WaPo's Coverage Of Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In today's Wall Street Journal, columnist Thomas Frank calls out the Washington Post at length for its fawning, frolicsome coverage of the way lobbyists infect every single corner of Capitol Hill like a lycanthropic plague.

Obama and the K Street Set

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Barack Obama's Washington was not supposed to be the lobbyists' Washington, the place we learned to despise during the last administration.