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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...

Here's How Lobbying Went Into The Shadows

The Nation | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and I found myself hanging around the House-side entrance to the Capitol building, hoping to interview lawmakers ...

The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

7 Valentine's Day Cards From Congress to You

James Napoli | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day?

Jason Linkins

The Kronies Love Small Business And Hate Crony Capitalism, But Can They Bring People Together?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Here comes the populist right! A mysterious new online entity calling itself Chimera Global Holdings is pushing a new comedy video/action figure marke...

Christina Wilkie

Angry Lobbyists Get Their Way In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's ban on registered lobbyists serving on government advisory panels suffered a blow Friday, when a federal appeal...

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

American Versailles

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I first saw Washington, D.C. in 1974. I was astonished with the Greek vision of architecture on Capitol Hill. I could not get over my admiration for t...

Obama Team Must Be Fair, but Tough, on For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
David Halperin

If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.

'Lobbyist' Not Curse Word to All Influencers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Thank high-profile scandals and ethical rows for painting lobbyists as unscrupulous hacks or conniving arm-twisters -- not as principled advocates for worthy clients, exercising their constitutional right to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

The 'Lobbyist' Is Dead

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

The lobbyist, like Philip Morris, ValuJet and the World Wrestling Federation before him, died today. He was 150 years old, give or take a decade, the victim of relentless pejorativation and transmogrification.

American League of Lobbyists Changes Name

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

The American League of Lobbyists -- known as such since its founding in 1979 -- will now call itself the Association of Government Relations Professionals, organization officials confirm to the Center for Public Integrity.

Paul Blumenthal

Liz Cheney, Mike Enzi Running For Wyoming Senate With Little Support From Wyoming

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two different fundraising strategies are emerging in the increasingly bitter Republican primary battle for a Wyoming U.S. Senate seat be...

There's Something Absolutely Insane Happening In The House Right Now

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

We have a bill that would roll back protections put in place after the financial crisis that was literally written by lobbyists for one of the major players in that same financial crisis.

Gun Lobby, Big Pharma Top Special Interest Spending

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

By Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity Pharmaceutical behemoths, gun advocates and corporate agriculture interests are notable outliers amo...

WATCH: A Hilariously Accurate Depiction of How Politics Actually Works

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

You'd think a situation this dire wouldn't be something you could laugh about. And you'd be wrong.

Kate Sheppard

Monsanto Hires Former Senator As Lobbyist

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln's new lobbying group got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement that three prominent corporations, inclu...

Got Science? Who's Afraid of a 'Science Laureate?'

Seth Shulman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Seth Shulman

It is worth noting that, last month, a noncontroversial bill authorizing the president to appoint an annual "science laureate" was moving swiftly through the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support.

Women and Children First -- Thrown Overboard by the Government Shutdown

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

If there was ever any doubt that the Tea Party is the most destructive force to dominate politics in generations, these past few weeks have underlined the message.

A Better World With Ted Turner's Money

Ladan Rafii | Posted 11.02.2013 | World
Ladan Rafii

A better world means having a better UN -- one that's healthy, dynamic and vibrant enough to tackle the many global challenges we face.

Big Tobacco's Recipe for Success

Kapil Khatter | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Kapil Khatter

If Phillip Morris is indeed Satan, there appears to be no shortage of people willing to sleep in the devil's bed.