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 "Koch":

"… by America’s most high-profile free-market advocates: Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have built a powerful political empire based …"

"… on libertarian principles. Brooks, whose high-profile think tank receives Koch funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles …"

"… funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles Koch Institute’s “Well-Being Initiative,” which “aims to advance our un …"

"… tive may be billed as a way to explore well-being, but some critics of the Koch brothers are skeptical. “The question needs to be: Whose well-being are …"

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 "United States":

"… et Office; and Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, were also featured at the forum, according to event documents. So, too, …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… idacies are doomed from the start,” said Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “That could change as the Republican Party moves so far to the edge tha …"

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 "America":

"… ed into a classic Washington disaster. The plant here — the core of the American half of the bargain — is so grossly over its original budget and so unl …"

"… s a clear and present danger, to the international community as well as to American lives and liberties.” Nor has the risk of nuclear terror diminished si …"

"… nuclear security in Washington. Former vice president Dick Cheney told the American Enterprise Institute the following year that a terrorist with nuclear mat …"

"… the deputy minister at Russia’s Ministry of Atomic Energy, described the American plan to immobilize the plutonium in ceramic and glass as foolhardy. Yeger …"

Small donors fueled Michele Bachmann's campaign

By Michael Beckel

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Malbin":

"… ip that, for better and worse, is required for the system to function.” Michael Malbin, executive director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute, and Nor …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… h regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to George Mason’s judicial education pr …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

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

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 "board member":

"… hropist and pharmaceutical executive who was one of Donors Trust’s early board members. In 1998, with help from Donors Trust co-founder and board chairman Kim …"

"… has numerous ties to the Koch-connected Americans for Prosperity like board member Rudie Martinson, a former assistant state director for AFP’s North Dakot …"

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 "natural gas":

"… oil from federal areas fell 14 percent between 2010 and 2011 and sales of natural gas production fell 9 percent, supporting Romney's point. The lower oil produc …"

"… has been declining for years because drillers have found vast reserves of natural gas in formations under several states that are cheaper to access than most fe …"

"… down, and homeowners are finding it much cheaper to heat their homes with natural gas. That's because natural gas production has surged, reducing prices both fo …"

"… nding it much cheaper to heat their homes with natural gas. That's because natural gas production has surged, reducing prices both for homeowners and for utiliti …"

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 "Norm Coleman":

"… ute. Its board includes former Nixon operative Fred Malek, former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov …"

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 "House":

"… en in Washington since 1979.”Well, not quite. Nelson was a member of the House from 1979 to 1991, when he ran for governor. He then won election as insur …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… Responsive Politics. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market, conservative think tank. The American Enterprise Institut …"

"… merican Enterprise Institute, a free-market, conservative think tank. The American Enterprise Institute, and Club for Growth, in particular, favor tea party candidates, but not a …"

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 "Robert Gates":

"… nd a swelling of the armed forces’ top ranks.Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pushed, to no avail, for major changes to Pentagon compensation and warned …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Hensarling":

"… 903,000), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy ($455,000), GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling ($525,000) and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp ($527,000) are all …"

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 "government professor":

"… financial ties suggest he’s very much an insider,” said John Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.Ornstein concurred. “This is …"

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 "Clinton health care plan":

"… other Republicans introduced legislation during the 1993-94 debate on the Clinton health care plan to require individual households to obtain coverage for acute and emergenc …"

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 "Colorado":

"… etwork. Garza previously was president of Hispanic and Poder magazines.The Colorado-based Barrera will focus on reaching out to small business and entrepreneu …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… uesting additional subsidies from Peter Orszag, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget. They asked that the Obama administration’s budget “reflect the priori …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… cessary. John Rizzo, the CIA’s former acting general counsel, said at an American Enterprise Institute forum recently that the techniques were needed to force the most hard-core …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… rothers are renowned as free market libertarians. But as a major trader in energy and financial markets, Koch Industries also knows how to hedge.As its corp …"

"… hs’ commercial interest to preserve America’s reliance on carbon-based energy sources. Despite recent diversification, Koch remains a major petrochemica …"

"… ures to encourage or require the use of low-carbon fuels. These sources of energy, in their manufacture and use, contribute less than other fuels to global …"

"… ouse gases from peat lands and boreal forest, and requires a great deal of energy to heat and sweat the oil out.“Canadian crude generates more greenhouse …"

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… ion” it blames for the recent financial crisis – mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The assessment stands at odds with the Center’s recent …"

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… reported in August by the Center for Public Integrity, which described how Fannie Mae executives bungled their stewardship of the HAMP program. Fannie and Fredd …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… panies and how to limit banks’ risky trading for their own accounts; the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to give investors more information about the underlying assets in …"

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… he companies bailed out by the federal government, mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are shaping up as the deepest money pits. A close look at …"

"… filings, congressional testimony and interviews with economists and former Fannie Mae employees. Fannie and Freddie uncharacteristically collected more than $1 …"

"… riting standards,” said Thomas Lawler, a former senior vice president of Fannie Mae who left in 2006 to start a consulting business. “A disturbingly high sh …"

"… from scratch. “I believe this committee will be recommending abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form," Frank said, "and coming up with a …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… ]," the trip seems fairly routine. Maintaining normal trade relations with China was among the committee's top priorities, and Ellard's form was signed by …"

"… registered as a foreign agent for the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, representing its commercial office on "Chinese accession to the WTO" and …"

"… ertainment or travel" for public officials. Daniels said that although the China Chamber of Commerce in USA organized the symposium, Ellard's role there wa …"

"… Ellard's role there was not part of his former firm's efforts on behalf of China. Rather, he said, her involvement was intended to promote Powell Goldstein …"

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 "Texas":

"… y paid for travel and entertainment for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). DeLay's office has said he was unaware that Abramoff had personally paid …"

From government service to private practice

By Daniel Lathrop

Writers of telecom law move to K Street

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ppear to be the ultimate winners from the law: former Reps. Jack Fields (R-Texas) and Thomas Bliley (R-Va.) and former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.). At the …"