Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… large block letters that spelled “H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S,” the charismatic president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, explained …"

"… ember advisory board of the Well-Being Initiative includes Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University and Tyler Cowen, a popular libertarian professo …"

"… of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Company. A former fellow at the American …"

"… the American Enterprise Institute, Inboden was previously the senior vice president of the London-based Legatum Institute, which publishes the “Prosper …"

Toomey discloses trip after inquiry

By Michael Beckel

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey failed to disclose a March trip to an exclusive, 'off-the-record' conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… , Toomey’s office has submitted a tardy filing about the trip, which the American Enterprise Institute sponsored. “We did have an oversight in our post-trip reporting in this …"

"… k Zandi and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, among others. Including Toomey, the American Enterprise Institute spent more than $50,000 on travel, lodging and meals for 18 members of Con …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… discussed “how to fix the states.” Lobbying firm executive and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP stra …"

Super PAC for independents closes down

By Michael Beckel

Pro-independent group launched by Gateway co-founder Ted Waitt shuts down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… ce to the general election. icPurple also backed unsuccessful independent San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher; independent Chad Walsh, who failed in h …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… nuclear security in Washington. Former vice president Dick Cheney told the American Enterprise Institute the following year that a terrorist with nuclear materials and know-how wa …"

Small donors fueled Michele Bachmann's campaign

By Michael Beckel

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… onpartisan Campaign Finance Institute, and Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, disagree. When you raise political money, Ornstein told the Center for P …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., and Northwestern University based in Evanst …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… Bolton adviser. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… conservative think tanks, including Cato, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brooks, is on the Donors Trust board. In r …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil spill":

"… shore drilling imposed by the Obama administration after the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. …"

"… fter the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. According to the same report, though, oil p …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… clear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, energy conglomerate Koch Industries, oil refining giant Valero Energy and Exelon, which is the largest nuclear …"

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group goes after Dems in Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative nonprofit with mysterious origins goes after Democratic Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… nprofit American Future Fund announced the release of attack ads to run in Florida and Wisconsin, battlegrounds for control of the U.S. Senate.In Florida, De …"

"… in Florida and Wisconsin, battlegrounds for control of the U.S. Senate.In Florida, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is facing $1.9 million in outside spending fr …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Trammell":

"… t Romney), including $650,000 from Crow Holdings and $500,000 from brother Trammell Crow $250,000 to FreedomWorks for America (pro-conservative), all of whic …"

"… ings $25,000 to American Unity PAC (pro-Republican), all of which is from Trammell Crow $20,000 to Freedom PAC (pro-Connie Mack; pro-Allen West), all of whi …"

"… subsidiaries: Crow Investment Trust. Substantial stakes in Wyndham Hotels, Trammell Crow Residential and Trammel Crow Co. Total spent on lobbying (2007-2012) …"

"… rammel Crow Co. Total spent on lobbying (2007-2012): None found. Family: Trammell S. Crow (brother) Biography: Harlan Crow heads up Crow Family Holdings, …"

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… its rising costs before leaving the position last July. In a speech at The American Enterprise Institute, he called the military pay system a “rigid, one-size-fits-all approach …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… Trinity College in 1982, and picking up a master’s degree in business at Boston University, Dagres joined and prospered in the fast-growing financial services indust …"

Gingrich ventures took in more than $105 million over a decade's time

By Peter H. Stone

Proceeds from various ventures added up to more than $105 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… transformational policies.”Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute — where Gingrich held a part time perch before his campaign — said in …"

Bill sponsors get big campaign donations from corporations that want tax holiday

By Aaron Mehta

Companies seeking a tax holiday have given almost $1 million to bill sponsors

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… Nothing could be further from the truth.” The two cite studies from the American Enterprise Institute and former Bush-era Congressional Budget Office head Douglas Holtz-Eakin, …"

ANALYSIS: Republican field shies away from history on insurance mandate

By Wendell Potter

Individually-mandated health insurance began from within the Republican party

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… . …"

New GOP campaign is aimed at Hispanics

By Peter H. Stone

Initiative will focus on economic freedom to attract Hispanic votes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… onomic freedom,” such as the American Enterprise Institute, CATO and the Mercatus Center, Garza said. “We want to be a partner and a resource.”Other groups are …"

Controversial FAA program serves just 153 communities at a cost of $200 million

By Corbin Hiar

Controversial air service subsidy lives on despite years of criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Loren Smith":

"… e a long-term bill happening. This labor issue is just real tough,” said Loren Smith, a transportation and labor expert at Capital Alpha Partners, a political …"

2012 election + weak housing market = new White House policies?

By Shirley Gao and Julie Vorman

The fast-approaching 2012 election has the Obama administration eyeing new policies to breathe life into housing market

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… y into risky lending, not the private sector, writes Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute in a Wall Street Journal opinion column.  He says this view is suppor …"

Ahmed Ressam, mastermind of foiled LAX plot, gave up valuable details about al-Qaida without harsh interrogation

By David Heath

Fresh debate about interrogation tactics after bin Laden’s killing raises profile of foiled LAX bomber

Excerpts from this story referencing "Osama bin Laden":

"… saw harsh interrogation techniques in Iraq, but not specifically Abu Graib. …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "manufacturing facilities":

"… eatment, pesticide manufacturing, paper plants and other sources. With 165 manufacturing facilities across the United States, Georgia-Pacific “has a significant interest in …"

Conservative think tank's plan would limit securitization of mortgages

By Amy Biegelsen

The American Enterprise Institute offered a plan today to eliminate the “bubble-inducing distortion” it blames for the recent financial cris

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… annie and Freddie, as required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. …"

Reform reading: AEI urges closer look at derivatives, whistleblower, consumer agency rules

By Julie Vorman

A roundup of news and commentary to help consumers monitor the transparency and accountability of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… did here, it can hardly be said that such moral judgment is warranted. …"

Card games in the office — an unintended consequence of Dodd-Frank law?

By Julie Vorman

One unintended consequence of the Dodd-Frank law: A new FDIC team of bankruptcy specialists spends its days sitting in the office playing c

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… Baily said at a panel discussion about the Dodd-Frank law sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative thinktank. He was referring to the law’s mandate for the …"

Why Fannie and Freddie continue to cost taxpayers billions

By Ben Protess

Treasury secretary to testify Tuesday on mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac

Excerpts from this story referencing "mortgage finance giants":

"… sing finance.” …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… see if they also took a trip from a lobbyist," said Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. "[Not doing so] shows a real insensitivity to …"

"… nt process."The House ethics committee remains an abundant joke," said the American Enterprise Institute's Ornstein. "Everyone knows there is no ethics process. Nobody will hold [ …"

Traveling on the Abramoff plan

By Steve Henn

Dozens of members of Congress have accepted trips from non-profits with registered lobbyists on their boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Grover Norquist's Council for National …"

From government service to private practice

By Daniel Lathrop

Writers of telecom law move to K Street

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… t on to serve as an FCC commissioner and later as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Last year he started his own company, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprise …"

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