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Pet Peeve Week

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

I know that everyone reading this has a laundry list of things that leave them twisted and bitter just like me -- and this is your week to let it all out -- it's National Pet Peeve Week.

'The Politics of Terror' Strikes the Economy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As with 9/11, the administration tried to exploit a tragic situation for their own ends. And this five-day stock market plunge shows that, as with 9/11, they've made a grave situation even worse.

The Case for Not Going Negative

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Obama has learned all the wrong lessons from the swift boat debacle. Kerry got spanked in 2004 because he has the personality of the thimble.

McCain Campaign Rewrites Keating Scandal

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The Keating Five connections are very troubling for what they mean today -- both on economic philosophy and on McCain's willingness to get cozy with special interests.

10 Things We Now Look For In A Guy Because Of Barack Obama

Twisted Sisters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Twisted Sisters

10. He doesn't date lobbyists 9. Likes Spike Lee 8. Doesn't mind if we're taller than him in heels 7. Likes a little fist action. Bump! Bump! 6. He...

The Chicken Little Lobby Comes to New York

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

An unusual skirmish over the future of the Internet is being waged this week at New York City Hall, where city council members are weighing whether vacant television airwaves should be opened to the Internet.

Got Change?

Jonathan Neil Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Neil Schneider

While we may have figured out that Washington is inept, we would be foolish to think they are incompetent, at least when it comes to running for office.

Debate Prep#2: Some Lines of Attack on McCain

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

As a follow up to my earlier blog on debate prep (McCain's likely lines of attack), forthwith are just a few suggested lines of attack against McCain'...

McCain's Straight Mess Express

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

The shaky foundations of the McCain platform continue to quiver as McCain appears to be flip-flopping from one position to the next on a variety of issues.

Why Should We Pay for All the Bad Loans of All the Banks in the World?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cenk Uygur

The lobbyists have already gotten their claws into this and the bill has been expanded from bad mortgage assets to all of their bad loans. That's insane.

Not All Lobbyists Are Created Equal: The Current Energy Bills

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

I am an environmental advocate. Sometimes I travel to D.C. to lobby on behalf of issues NRDC cares about. Big Oil companies dispatch lobbyists to the Hill as well. Does that make us equals?

Recklessness, Corruption, and Greed is Not Only Found on Wall Street, Sen. McCain

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

He's right about the cause of the crisis, but the recklessness, corruption, and greed also happened about 225 miles or so to the south, in Washington. And it hits very, very close to home for McCain.

Earthjustice Lobbyist Reacts to Offshore Drilling Ban Bill

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eric Kuhn

A day after the House passed plans to ease the offshore drilling ban, I spoke with prominent environmental lobbyist Martin Hayden on the legislation and his reactions.

Keating 5 Survivor John McCain Now Favors Regulating Same Industry He De-Regulated When Lobbied 15 Years Ago

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

All Obama-Biden have to do now is talk about the banking crisis and the change in position of former deregulation champion John McCain.

Obama: "If You Believe That, I've Got A Bridge In Alaska To Sell You"

Daily Kos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"But now suddenly, John McCain says he is about change, too. He even started using some of my lines. Suddenly he says he wants 'to turn the page.' He ...

Obama Launches New Attack On McCain's Ties To Lobbyists

Politico | Mike Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in a new bid to strip his opponent of maverick credentials, on Saturday launched an ad, website and road show designed to ...

Friday Talking Points [47] -- Our First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Surprise! It's our first anniversary column! But before we get to that, I have to pass on this information, in the hopes nobody will get stung by a v...

Fun facts With John McCain

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

McCain's record doesn't look like the record of a change-maker by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, looks like he's dominated by the same lobbyists Bush has been beholden to for the last eight years.

John McCain: Campaign Lobbyist in Chief

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

John McCain's attempted co-opt of the Obama campaign's change message avoids the fact that McCain has surrounded himself with a campaign staff of top ...

Obama Online: Preaching to the Choir Could Cost Him the Election

Joshua Stylman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joshua Stylman

In addition to whatever organic results Google or Yahoo pulls up there is a McCain ad up top or on the right side that addresses the topic.

Lobbyist Giftwrap: "As Long As The Gifts Are Small, I Don't Mind Wrapping Them In Money" (VIDEO)

The Wealth Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Edwina Rogers, the wife of Washington lobbyist Ed Rogers, is a master of the form and has developed her own signature specialty. She wraps her thank-y...

Denver - Your Protestors Should Be Greeted With Flowers!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

At the very core of patriotism is the desire to preserve and enhance democracy. For true patriots - those who take their love of nation beyond the c...

Seth Colter Walls

McCain's Lobbyists Raked In $1 Billion From U.S. Clients, Study Says | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The non-partisan group Campaign Money Watch has come up with another startling figure for those who follow the presidential money chase. According to...

Seth Colter Walls

Track The Lobbyist Money That Bankrolls McCain's Campaign (And His Advisers) | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it comes to tracking the lobbyists and companies who either work for or have contributed to John McCain's presidential campaign, now you can play...

Fannie's Lesson: The Real Scandals Are Legal

Dick Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dick Meyer

The government is putting taxpayer funds at risk to stabilize Fannie Mae -- another episode in a long-running legal scandal. There are no hookers, embezzlers and slush funds. Just laws, lobbyists and pay packages.