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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.

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

White House To Release Budget Data

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

(Corrects first name to Sylvia from Sheila in paragraph 8) By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - In an unusu...

Obama Administration Braces For Government Shutdown

AP | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is telling federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown. The Office of Management and Budget...

Obama Administration Quietly Approved Big Change

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Back in January, President Barack Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech that if Congress did not act on climate change, his administration...

'This Wasteful Expenditure Of Taxpayer Resources Must Stop'

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The White House proposed legislation on Thursday to cap the pay of federal government contractors at no more than the...

Sequestration Shuts Down The IRS

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Spending cuts have left the IRS shuttered Friday as it faces a controversy over the targeting of tea party groups. The furloughs were put in place ...

White House Slams Bill As 'Political Gamesmanship'

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics

* White House calls House bill "political gamesmanship" * Debt limit issue comes to a head late July or later * Prioriti...

Obama's Nominee for OIRA Director

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

President Obama announced yesterday his selection of Howard Shelanski as the next Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. OIRA, although not widely known, reviews the regulations that are adopted by nearly all federal agencies.

Obama Selects Senior Adviser For Budget Post

AP | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated one of his senior economic advisers as deputy director of the White House budget office. Obama has...

Joe Satran

Agencies Axe Food Safety Requirement Aimed To Prevent 1 Million Illnesses A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

At the very beginning of 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its proposals for the most important food safety regulations in a genera...

House Democrats To Obama, OMB: Repeal Tiahrt Amendment

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic congressmen are urging the Obama administration and the Office of Management and Budget to remove an amendment to ...

White House Inaction on Silica Is Deadly for Workers

Richard Trumka | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The delay in job safety protections for silica is inexcusable and heartless. It's time for industry opponents to stand down and time for the White House to stand up for working men and women.

Zach Carter

Top Progressive Economist Defends Jack Lew As Treasury Pick

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Only a few senators have publicly announced opposition to Jack Lew's nomination for Treasury secretary, and the staunchest resistance ha...

Joe Satran

With Election Over, Experts Hope Obama Will Stop Delaying Food Safety Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 11.20.2012 | Home

Usually, when President Barack Obama has been criticized for moving too cautiously on a given issue, he's been able to blame a divided, obstinate Cong...

Key Rule Could Delay Crucial Disclosure

ProPublica | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, May 29, 2012, 10:32 a.m.After years of consideration, the Federal Communications Commission finally voted last month t...

Turning 40: Avoiding a Midlife Crisis for the Clean Water Act

Mekell Mikell | Posted 06.30.2012 | Green
Mekell Mikell

Before the Clean Water Act, pollution was so bad that water bodies like the Cuyahoga River in Ohio and the Charles River in Massachusetts caught on fire faster than a batch of birthday candles.

Zach Carter

Republican Financial Regulator Goes Crying To OMB

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a signal that partisan squabbling in the nation's capital may be reaching new levels of rancor, a key Republican regulator is pursuin...

Obama Makes New Appointment

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Jeffrey Zients as his acting budget chief but held off on nominating him for the permanent ...

Review Of Obama Regulations Reveals Surprising Result

Bloomberg | Mark Drajem And Catherine Dodge | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's "tsunami" of new government regulations looks more like a summer swell. Obama's White House has approved fewer regulations...

Lucia Graves

Energy Dept. 'Not Poised To Approve' Second Solyndra Loan

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy considered granting Solyndra a second loan even as the company's dire financial situation became increasingly a...

Outrage Over $16 Muffin Was Half Baked

Wyatt Kash | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Wyatt Kash

Trying to hold a legitimate off-site meeting doesn't come cheaply in Washington whether you're organizing it for the Department of Justice or private industry.

Lucia Graves

House Republicans See Rushed Review In Solyndra Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Wednesday charged top administration officials with rushing the review of more than $500 million in loan guarantees...

Dan Froomkin

OBAMA'S BIG MISTAKE: Ambivalent Regulator Cass Sunstein

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

When President Barack Obama let it be known in January 2009 that he had selected Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein to be his regulatory czar, it was...

White House Budget Staffers Seek To Join Labor Union

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Staffers at the White House budget office filed a petition Monday to join a labor union, seeking to gain more input over their working c...