GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… by about five percentage points. Ultimately, the current occupant of the White House decided the 2014 election, said Steven Law, president of American Crossroa …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… ers that spelled “H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S,” the charismatic president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, explained how genetics, major life events and …"

"… York Times titled, “A Formula for Happiness,” which mirrored his American Enterprise Institute speech. A few months later, in a Times op-ed about income inequa …"

"… thinkable: He got the Dalai Lama, a self-described socialist, to visit the American Enterprise Institute, which decries socialism. The title of the panel discussion fea …"

"… president and founder of the Morning Star Company. A former fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Inboden was previously the senior vice president of the London-based  …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… setting.  Republican politicians such as former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Go …"

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 "Bob Corker":

"… er Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ement.” Tom Grueskin, treasurer of icPurple, declined to comment to the Center for Public Integrity. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integr …"

"… ter for Public Integrity. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integrity investigation on campaign finance, super PACs, and political contributions …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ong the top beneficiaries of small-dollar political donors, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal records. It’s firm evidence that neither Democrats …"

"… than any other incumbent politician at the federal level, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis. Donations of $200 or less, the threshold at which the Feder …"

"… iciaries — percentage-wise — of small-dollar support, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis. Each reported raising at least half of their funds as comin …"

"… se Institute, disagree. When you raise political money, Ornstein told the Center for Public Integrity, you “naturally” attract support first from partisans. But you can cha …"

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 "BP spokesman":

"… most popular George Mason conference, drawing at least 10 federal judges. BP spokesman Scott Dean says the company has no record of ever directly contributing to …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… cretary and undersecretary, currently works as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and is a frequent commentator on news talk shows as well as author of nume …"

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 "Energy":

"… more correctly describes the bigger picture. According to an Energy Department study published in the spring, sales of oil from federal areas …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… as Holtz-Eakin, who headed the Congressional Budget Office under President George W. Bush, served as top adviser to 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain and ha …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… egislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Center for Individual Freedom, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, according to its website.The group is a vehem …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Dan Boren":

"… ing coalition leaders Reps. John Barrow of Georgia, Mike Ross of Arkansas, Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Jim Matheson of Utah, a primary sponsor on the bill. On Oc …"

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 "Insurance":

"… l mandate, which was the cornerstone of its “Responsible National Health Insurance” plan back in 1991. It was also endorsed by one of the other preeminent …"

"… National Health System in America. The moniker Responsible National Health Insurance debuted two years later when economists Mark Pauly, Patricia Danzon, Paul …"

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 "Jay Rockefeller":

"… is a smart use of limited resources to support rural communities,” said Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate transportation committee, in a USA Today …"

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 "bank":

"… he property glut.  The administration could also offer incentives for banks to reduce the principal of mortgages for borrowers who owe more than thei …"

"… that Fannie Mae and government housing policies – not greedy Wall Street banks and lax regulation – are to blame for the 2008 financial meltdown.Fanni …"

"… ent wrong at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission?”.CFPB prepares for bank exams – Big U.S. banks can expect to receive a greeting on July 21 from …"

"… al Crisis Inquiry Commission?”.CFPB prepares for bank exams – Big U.S. banks can expect to receive a greeting on July 21 from the Consumer Financial P …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… he U.S. They make jet fuel in Alaska from North Slope oil, and gasoline in Minnesota from the oil sands of Canada. They raise cattle in Montana and manufacture …"

"… eyond its new Iowa plants. Koch blends ethanol and gasoline nearby, in its Minnesota refinery. By its own account, the company’s subsidiaries, Flint Hills an …"

"… , a widespread distribution network that includes Iowa, and the Pine Bend [Minnesota] refinery.”“We are not going to place our company and our employees at …"

"… e, contribute less than other fuels to global warming.The Koch refinery in Minnesota is designed to process heavy “high-carbon” Canadian crude oil, and is …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

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

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 International Group":

"… tabs for rescuing the big banks, the automakers or even insurance behemoth American International Group (AIG).“These calls on taxpayer funds are troubling to all of us,” Edwa …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… ington lobby shop. It is also a Law firm. …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… hey include such policy influence heavyweights as the Aspen Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Cit …"

"… n, William Sweeney, Lloyd Hand, William Ris, John Weinfurter, Joann PiccoloAmerican Enterprise Institute$ 57,699John W. Rowe, Kevin B. RollinsCongressional Black Caucus Foundation …"

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