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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

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 "Congress":

"… ute spent more than $50,000 on travel, lodging and meals for 18 members of Congress to attend the event, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reporte …"

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 "John Bolton":

"… nt Dick Cheney, former CIA Director David Petraeus, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former World Bank president and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowit …"

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 "senior official":

"… creation of more separated plutonium, not less,” said Tom Z. Collina, a senior official with the Arms Control Association. “That’s one of the dangers of the a …"

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 "deputy director":

"… p;1993 report titled “Justice for Sale.” Russell Wheeler, former deputy director of the Federal Judicial Center, an education and research agency for the f …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Bolton":

"… ya. Clinton had sustained a concussion after taking a fall.     …"

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 "California":

"… state Rep. Tom McMillin, who is also an ALEC member. Against the tide The California-based Tides Foundation, which Ball calls the “ideological opposite” of …"

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 "electricity":

"… au County was about $1.86 a gallon. Now, it's $4.00 a gallon. The price of electricity is up. If the president's energy policies are working, you're going to see …"

"… ing prices both for homeowners and for utilities that burn gas to generate electricity. ___ OBAMA: "What I've also said is, for (thos …"

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 "Wisconsin":

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

"… p. Connie Mack, R-Fla., according to the Center for Responsive Politics.In Wisconsin, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin faces former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who won a …"

"… lag. The flag features illustrations of a miner and a sailor who represent Wisconsin’s connection to both land and sea. The two come to life in an animated f …"

"… s, according to the Daily Beast, and has received significant funding from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Issues Mobilization Inc., according to that gro …"

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 "Secretary of Defense":

"… s begun in 2004 — and a swelling of the armed forces’ top ranks.Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pushed, to no avail, for major changes to Pentagon compensati …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… nstitute joined conservative scholars from the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. “The view that America is `the land of opportunity’ doesn’t entirel …"

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 "America":

"… mes on top of more than $50 million that Gingrich’s political committee, American Solutions for Winning the Future, roped in over about four years before g …"

"… it groups — some of which have not been previously reported — include: America’s Health Insurance Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPo …"

"… ebsite. Also on the list: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the American Hospital Association.Some of these members paid fees as h …"

"… the list: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the American Hospital Association.Some of these members paid fees as high as $200,000 …"

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 "Google":

"… campaign, a coalition of trade groups and companies like Apple, Pfizer and Google. An iWatch News analysis of campaign finance data has found that 68 of the …"

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 "House":

"… that long ago. …"

"… heir way through Congress that it sent a pro-mandate emissary to the White House several times to persuade President Obama to embrace the concept — which …"

"… , according to visitor logs, made at least a half dozen trips to the White House after Obama was elected, carried the insurance industry’s message that a …"

"… overage would solve the problem of affordability.Thus persuaded, the White House threw its weight behind the concept, and, of course, the bill Obama signed …"

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 "Congressional Research Service":

"… ushing the program’s budget up to $200 million in 2010, according to the Congressional Research Service.In a July 2009 GAO report, auditors warned that “current conditions rais …"

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 "David Koch":

"… — deployed a phalanx of lobbyists to resist proposed changes.Charles and David Koch, the owners of the country’s second-largest private corporation, are lib …"

"… ax breaks had special meaning for the Koch brothers. Charles Koch, 75, and David Koch, 70, are tied for fifth place, each with a net worth of $21.5 billion, 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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… private entities, said Peter Wallison, who follows housing finance for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank.“There aren’t any real good answers,” sai …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "trips lobbyist":

"… ivity to the implications of the rules and laws."Ornstein was referring to trips lobbyist Jack Abramoff reportedly financed for former House Majority Leader Tom DeL …"

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 "board member":

"… name from the section of the tax code under which they are authorized. As board members, these lobbyists can help set policies for the groups and are privy to in …"

"… ed, along with more than 100 corporate representatives, according to Ripon board members. That same year the Ripon Educational Fund spent just $10,000 underwritin …"

"… f the trip's sponsor from the lobbyist to the non-profit group.As a former board member of the Ripon Educational Fund and the current president of the Ripon Socie …"

"… an. 2000 and mid-2004. This analysis was done on the most current lists of board members the Center could obtain.Among the findings:At least 850 trips with a tota …"

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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