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Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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...

Group That Wants To Save The Penny Has Big Interest In Doing So

Center for Public Integrity | Erin Quinn | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

By Erin Quinn This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, ...

U.S. Gas Exports Flow Through DC Lobbying's Revolving Door

David Halperin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
David Halperin

Even as Obama pursues a new public effort to fight global warming, his administration is quietly advancing an energy policy that may well raise the volume of climate-increasing greenhouse gases, while at the same time polluting U.S. communities through increased use of the controversial practice of fracking.

NBA Star's Simple Explanation For What's Wrong With Washington

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Steve Nash thinks about much more than pick-and-rolls, backdoor cuts and passing lanes in his everyday life. When it comes to politics, however, he wo...

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado

Michele Simon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

As we learned in California and Washington (states that narrowly lost GMO labeling initiatives despite being massively outspent) every debate draws more attention to the issue and weakens Big Biotech's undue influence over our food supply.

Lessons of the Cantor: Arrogant Insiders, Angry Outsiders

Mike Lux | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Eric Cantor's upset shows that big money doesn't always win, and that K St-bashing populism wins elections. Let's hope that Democrats across the country take that to heart and fight back against the big money flooding their races.