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

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

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

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

My Surprising Conversation With Dick Fuld (Yes, That Dick Fuld) and the Future of America

Peter Sims | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business
Peter Sims

Now, America has long been an exceptionally redemptive society. Even if you screw up really badly, if you are willing to reflect long and hard, learn from your mistakes, and demonstrate a commitment to a larger purpose than your own ego, you can emerge on the other side and begin anew.

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.

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.

White House Changes Course On Key Piece Of Lobbyist Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

More than four years after prohibiting lobbyists from serving on some federal agency boards, the White House appears to be changing course. Politic...

Save the Lobbyists!

Craig Holman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Craig Holman

K Street has taken to the courts, insisting that somewhere in the Constitution it reads that lobbyists have a right to serve on government-established advisory committees that provide consultation to government agencies.

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...

GOP Leader Let Lobbyist Help Interview Potential New Staffers

www.politico.com | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got some help interviewing potential new hires for his press shop from an unlikely source: a federal lobbyist. ...

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...

'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...

Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really.

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...

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...

Relational Leadership: Where Relationships Lead and Capital Follows

Robert Hall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Robert Hall

We have transient customers, served by transient employees, working for transient leaders, owned by transient shareholders. Disengagement is overpowering today's leaders.

Defenders of Dirty Power Plants Use Doublespeak to Shape Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they're apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways.

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...

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.

'Net Neutrality' Proves We Need Stronger Government, Higher Taxes

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

In government, that strength is a function of money as well as laws, and government's income is taxes. If a company, or industry, disagrees with a regulation, it should be able to be heard; but they shouldn't be able to write the rules.

Paul Blumenthal

Where There's Money To Be Had, Republicans Lobby For Soros, Democrats Lobby For Adelson

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan lines are blurring as money pours into Washington in the fight over Internet gambling. Republican lobbyists are signing up to a...

Jack Abramoff Slams Bloomberg's Gun Control Push: 'Stop Wasting Your Money'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff is not behind Michael Bloomberg's $50 million investment in a gun control organization posed to challenge t...

Jason Linkins

Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

Political Entrepreneurship and 'The Fear Factor'

Kahlil Byrd | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Kahlil Byrd

Political entrepreneurs, fighting every day to improve the republic, are wrestling with a particular and ever-present bruiser: our own fear.

Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Push For Natural Gas Exports To Help Ukraine Won't Actually Help Ukraine

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As much of the world focuses on Ukraine's political turmoil and Russia's military response, those at the top of the K Street influence t...

Christina Wilkie

Ukraine Crisis Forces K Street Into Scramble To Save Millions In Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Russian forces storm through Crimea, Washington lobbying firms representing both the pro-Russian and pro-European factions in Ukraine...