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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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.

Ferguson Can Teach Us About Protest and Activism

Heath Brown | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

The police force and public officials, more generally, showed a deep misunderstanding of protest and public activism, consistently unable to distinguish between the large number of protesters and small number of looters. Unfortunately, they are not alone.

Disclosure Needed as Obama Administration Reverses Lobbyist Ban

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.

Forty Years After Nixon Resigned: How Lobbyists Prepared for the Ford Transition

Heath Brown | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

There's an irony to how Ford ended up in the White House. The secretive nature of the Nixon White House was its ultimate downfall, but those chosen to rebuild the institution approached the transition with a similar level of secrecy.

The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

One of the most persistent lies told in Washington is the notion that common carriage is a heavy-handed regulation that transforms innovative businesses into antiquated, government-run utilities.

Top D.C. Lobbyist Reveals The Craziest Request She's Ever Gotten

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Lobbyists are hired to affect legislation, secure government contracts or influence votes. On occasion, however, they take on the tasks and persona of...

Jason Linkins

How The Internet Beat Lobbyists At Their Own Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

When advocates of the open Internet rose up to thwart Congress' efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (known more colloqui...

10 Percent of You Will Drink Yourselves to Death, But 99 Percent of You Probably Don't Know It

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

About a month ago, the Centers for Disease control told Americans that, in no uncertain terms, one in 10 of us will die as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. One in 10. Yes, you read that right. And yes, it's a big number.

'Drinking And Talking' Exposes The Secret Lives Of D.C. Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbying. Depending on who you talk to, it is either the most reviled of political trades or a dramatically misunderstood and overly sti...

Senators Took Donations From Lobbyists Representing Pro-Keystone Alberta Government

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-powered Washington lobbying firm representing the government of Alberta, Canada, made $17,000 in donations to senators it was cou...

Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.

The End of Thinking?

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Henry Mintzberg

History did not end in 1989, but for too many of the people who bought into Francis Fukuyama's influential "End of History?" article, what ended then was thinking. A failure to understand that successful countries of the West maintain a balance of power across the public, private, and plural sectors of society has been throwing the U.S. and many other countries out of balance ever since.

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Chamber Lobbies To Kill Measure That Would Punish Wage Theft

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 8 p.m. -- Despite the lobbying from business groups, the wage theft amendment passed the House with bipartisan support Thursday afternoon. ...

House Ethics Committee To Reinstate Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts

AP | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an abrupt retreat, the House Ethics Committee said Thursday that it was dropping changes it had made in how lawmakers publicly r...