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Books for Our Times: This Town by Mark Leibovich

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Sadly, the book confirms our worst suspicions of how our nation's capital works -- or rather, doesn't. It also reflects a news media failing in its watchdog function. Still, there is hope beyond the book's negative portrait, about which, more later.

WATCH: Washington's Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

We've seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests but now, as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we're getting a refresher course in just how that inside game is played, gifts and all.

Christina Wilkie

Jill Kelley's Sister Got Hefty Loan From Defense Department Lobbyist

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jill Kelley, a central figure in the sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, tried to parlay her friendship with the g...

The No Lobbying Pledge

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

What reformers need is a Congress without conflict: Members who could not benefit from the bonus of being a lobbyist, and thus who could vote honestly and fairly about any proposals for reform. Enter the No Lobbying Pledge.

ALEC anti-union push includes key players from Michigan, Arizona think tanks

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThe American Legislative Exchange Council, which backs free-market legislation in the states, has been controversial in part...

Convergence in the Garden of Government Influence

Gary Hart | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

The influence business is no longer about votes up or down on particular measures that may emerge in Congress or policies made in the White House. This is about setting agendas, deciding what should, and should not, be brought up for hearings and legislation.

Paul Blumenthal

Would You Trust This Man?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He was once the most reviled man in Washington, the latest embodiment of Washington corruption. Now, ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is trying...

Jon Ward

Perry Aides' $3 Million Island Disappears From Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC that hopes to spend $55 million on Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's behalf is run by Mike Toomey, a long-tim...

Let's Get Money Out And Give America Its Government Back

Jimmy Williams | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Jimmy Williams

The Supreme Court continues to insist that corporations are people and that money is speech. I just don't agree. I don't think the Tea Party movement agrees. And I definitely don't think the Occupy Wall Street movement agrees that Exxon is a person.

Chris Cox's Failed Argument for Forced Concealed Carry

Cliff Schecter | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

If you live in a state that has common-sense laws for the issuance of a carry permit, consider that only 35 states require some type of training, certification or time at the firing range to carry a loaded, concealed weapon.

Paul Blumenthal

Rick Perry's K Street Project

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his 2010 book "Fed Up!" Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry explained his displeasure with what he called the spending culture in Washin...

Paul Blumenthal

Former Lobbyists Could Staff 'Super Congress'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With congressional leaders having finalized their selection of the 12-member, bicameral panel designed to pinpoint $1.5 trillion in defi...

Lobbying in American Politics

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

When did a politician's campaign cash reserves start to be called a "war chest?" It gives you a sense of what kind of attitude goes into how that money is being used.

Transparency Or Transparently Corrupt: What Kind Of Government Do We Want?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 07.18.2011 | Technology
Cliff Schecter

I had a client a few years back named Onvia. Onvia provided better and more timely information than the federal government, regarding where stimulus d...

No Matter Who Wins the White House in 2012, K Street Still Rules

Jane White | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Jane White

Wonder why we haven't seen any oversight over offshore drilling, the "public option" choice in health care coverage or financial services reform? The business lobby's ownership of Congress.

Explaining Taxes

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept of taxes, of course, is pretty easy to explain. Except when you look at it too closely.

Marcus Baram

Crisis Of Conscience: Lobbyist For Bahrain, Yemen Loses Top Execs

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated NEW YORK -- One of Washington's best-known lobbying and public relations firms has been upended in the wake of the turm...

Banksy's Wife Revealed?

Mail Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Working happily at her laptop, she looks like just another unremarkable young professional. But this is the first picture of Joy Millward, the very...

Senate Ethics Committee Lawyers Go To Las Vegas For John Ensign Investigation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS — Attorneys for the Senate Ethics Committee were in Las Vegas questioning executives from Nevada companies and others about U.S. Sen. ...

Cory Gardner Slammed By Rachel Maddow For BP Fundraiser

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Just when Cory Gardner thought the frenzy over his soiree with BP Lobbyist was over, Rachel Maddow weighs in. On Thursday night's program, the MSNBC ...

Jack Abramoff Out Of Prison: Disgraced Lobbyist Heads To Halfway House

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been released from prison to a halfway house in the mid-Atlantic region, the F...

Ryan Grim

Peter Roberson, Bank Lobbyist Turned House Staffer, Is Heading Back To K Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the House worked on financial regulatory reform legislation last year, 16 of the Financial Services Committee staffers -- 12 of them Democrats --...

John Ensign Emails Show Senator Sought Lobbying Work For Doug Hampton, Ex-Lover's Husband

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — E-mails turned over to the FBI and Senate ethics investigators provide new evidence about Sen. John Ensign's efforts to find lobbyi...

Banning Earmarks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.

Arthur Delaney

Bill Halter, Blanche Lincoln's Primary Opponent, Promises Never To Become A Lobbyist

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bill Halter, the lieutenant governor campaigning against Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary, announced Tuesday that he has never ...