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Occupy Wall Street Protests Ignite Progressive Political Fire In Washington (VIDEO)

Zach Carter | December 5, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations inspiring scores of similar protests nationwide, a progressive conference in the nation's capital has drawn thousands of activists dedicated to harnessing that energy into a full-blooded political movement. The conference is an overhaul of the annual progressive event hosted by Campaign for...

Occupy Wall Street Protests Ignite Progressive Political Fire In Washington (VIDEO)

Zach Carter | December 5, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations inspiring scores of similar protests nationwide, a progressive conference in the nation's capital has drawn thousands of activists dedicated to harnessing that energy into a full-blooded political movement. The conference is an overhaul of the annual progressive event hosted by Campaign for...

Occupy Wall Street Protests Spark Optimism At Campaign For America's Future Conference

Zach Carter | December 3, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Progressive leaders have flocked to the nation's capital for a conference devoted to organizing a political movement to overwhelm the Tea Party. They are tapping into the national energy surrounding the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations in New York, which have sparked other demonstrations in cities around...

Patent Reform Bill Signed Into Law After Years Of Debate

Zach Carter | November 16, 2011 | Politics
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- President Barack Obama signed the long-debated patent reform bill into law on Friday, finally ending a seven-year nightmare for innovation advocates who had initially hoped to significantly overhaul the patent system. Obama has repeatedly said the bill will spur job growth, a characterization that has been

Patent Reform Bill Signed Into Law After Years Of Debate

Zach Carter | November 16, 2011 | Politics
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- President Barack Obama signed the long-debated patent reform bill into law on Friday, finally ending a seven-year nightmare for innovation advocates who had initially hoped to significantly overhaul the patent system. Obama has repeatedly said the bill will spur job growth, a characterization that has been

Obama Pushes Medicare Cuts In Jobs Speech

Zach Carter | November 8, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- In his jobs speech before Congress Thursday night, President Barack Obama appeared to call on congressional Democrats to cut Medicare, a politically toxic proposal that undercuts a previous Democratic campaign strategy. Obama pushed to cut Medicare during the debate over raising the federal debt ceiling, urging...

Patent Reform Bill Passes Congress After Final Round Of Votes On Special Interest Favors

Zach Carter | November 8, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- As expected, the U.S. Senate passed patent reform legislation by a vote of 89 to 9 on Thursday evening, paving the way for the bill to be signed into law by President Barack Obama. But the bill, which has spent the better part of a decade working its...

Patent Reform Refuses To Die, Congress Keeps Cashing In [UPDATED]

Zach Carter | November 6, 2011 | Politics
UPDATE: The patent reform bill cleared a filibuster on Tuesday by a vote of 93 to 5. WASHINGTON -- The seemingly endless congressional circus known as patent reform still carries on. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would allow senators to submit amendments to the legislation...

Patent Reform Refuses To Die, Congress Keeps Cashing In [UPDATED]

Zach Carter | November 6, 2011 | Politics
UPDATE: The patent reform bill cleared a filibuster on Tuesday by a vote of 93 to 5. WASHINGTON -- The seemingly endless congressional circus known as patent reform still carries on. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would allow senators to submit amendments to the legislation...

Obama's Close Ties To CEOs Whose Firms Dodge Taxes

Zach Carter | November 1, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- As the nation struggles with a stagnant economy, President Barack Obama has preached overhauling the U.S. tax code to spur economic growth. But as he gears up for what looks to be a tough reelection campaign, the president has surrounded himself with the current loophole-riddled system's prime offenders:...

Obama Must Act On Foreclosure Crisis, Democratic Senator Says

Zach Carter | October 30, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday urging him to address the nation's devastating foreclosure crisis as part of a new plan to create jobs. "We can and should adopt an aggressive strategy to reduce foreclosures nationally," Merkley wrote. "There are as...

Another Rick Perry Staffer Ensnared In Teacher Death Bond Scheme

Zach Carter | October 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to Swiss banking giant UBS go beyond his relationship with former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Perry's current chief of staff and top press person for his campaign, Ray Sullivan, spent five years as a lobbyist for UBS in Texas -- a tenure that...

Another Rick Perry Staffer Ensnared In Teacher Death Bond Scheme

Zach Carter | October 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to Swiss banking giant UBS go beyond his relationship with former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Perry's current chief of staff and top press person for his campaign, Ray Sullivan, spent five years as a lobbyist for UBS in Texas -- a tenure that...

Corporate Power Decried By Former Lawmaker

Zach Carter | October 24, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers rarely speak candidly about the relationship between large corporations and government, avoiding the ugly realities surrounding campaign contributions and legalized corruption. But occasionally when lawmakers leave office, they're more frank about the intersection of business and politics. In an interview with The Huffington Post, former Rep. Paul...

Did Mike Pence's Office Edit His Wikipedia Page To Make It More Flattering?

Zach Carter | October 18, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The office of Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) appears to have been editing the congressman's Wikipedia page to present a more flattering portrait of the hardline conservative lawmaker. According to the entry editing history for the Mike Pence Wikipedia page, a user named "HouseofRep." made...

Michele Bachmann's Misleading Talking Point On Federal Pay

Zach Carter | October 17, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- While stumping on a platform of limited government, Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has focused on the growth of federal pay under the Obama administration, saying it is representative of broader government excess. But Bachmann's go-to talking point on the subject is grossly misleading and obscures...

Michele Bachmann Says More Stimulus Money Would Have Helped Her District (VIDEO) [UPDATE]

Zach Carter | October 14, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Fresh from her victory in the Ames Straw Poll, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had to defend her positions on government spending and economic policy on Sunday. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Bachmann insisted that her prior eagerness to accept funds from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus...

Panama Trade Deal Would Undercut Efforts To Get Rich Americans To Pay Taxes (VIDEO)

Zach Carter | October 9, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- During a Monday press conference addressing Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to raising taxes on the wealthy. But as he pushes to get the rich to pay more into federal coffers, Obama is also urging Congress to approve a trade...

Panama Trade Deal Would Undercut Efforts To Get Rich Americans To Pay Taxes (VIDEO)

Zach Carter | October 9, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- During a Monday press conference addressing Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to raising taxes on the wealthy. But as he pushes to get the rich to pay more into federal coffers, Obama is also urging Congress to approve a trade...

Small Businesses Demand Debt Deal Address Corporate Tax Dodging

Zach Carter | September 26, 2011 | Business
WASHINGTON -- As political leaders push to reduce the nation's deficit with dramatic spending cuts, small business owners are asking Washington to lower the deficit by closing offshore tax loopholes, which cost the United States as much as $100 billion a year. "This is just another example of...
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