Obama nominates campaign fundraiser as next ambassador to France

By Michael Beckel

Jane Hartley, a major Obama campaign bundler, nominated to be next U.S. ambassador to France.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paraguay":

"… to ambassadorships in far-flung nations such as Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Paraguay. For years, both Democratic and Republican presidents have awarded some p …"

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s capital for a heavy fundraising push — and confirmed she may run for Texas governor. This time around, Davis, who rose to political stardom in late …"

"… olitical stardom in late June following her 11th-hour filibuster against a Texas anti-abortion bill, spoke this afternoon about her political prospects&nbs …"

"… Davis raised more than $933,000 in the final two weeks of June, a recent Texas Ethics Commission report shows. About one-third of that money came from o …"

"… bout one-third of that money came from outside the state, according to the Texas Tribune.  Her total haul, while impressive for a state senator, stil …"

News Corp. leans left by donating to Democrats

By Dave Levinthal

Media powerhouse's PAC bankrolls liberals despite reputation for conservatism.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amy Klobuchar":

"… s. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as House Minority Whip James Clyburn of South Caroli …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Menendez":

"… Hutchison. Cruz will become the third Hispanic in the Senate, joining Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. In Florida, Democratic Sen. …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amy Klobuchar":

"… in place.” Then, in letters to Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Amy Klobuchar in October, Jackson announced her final decision, saying she would pr …"

BARR battle: Obama administration to make more corporate jet data public despite flak

By Corbin Hiar

The Obama administration's plan to make even more data available on corporate jet flights is drawing heat from some strange bedfellows

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… .Journalists are frequent users of the data. Last month, for instance, the Wall Street Journal published a  story about how corporate executives might be illegally …"

Medical device industry lobbies IRS, Congress to dodge health law tax

By Joe Eaton

Device makers lobbying to get out from under tax imposed by health care reform law

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amy Klobuchar":

"… riends the device industry is counting on for help.In late March, Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts, launched a new S …"

Telehealth bill aims to expand health IT access for home care providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

A proposed new Senate bill would give home care providers in rural areas access to Medicare payments for audio and video home monitoring. ..

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amy Klobuchar":

"… t sessions of Congress.Sponsors John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, hope the fourth try will yield success for the meas …"

Limited ability to block dangerous imports

By The Center for Public Integrity

Consumer Product Safety Commission is overstretched, allowing unsafe products in

Excerpts from this story referencing "CPSC":

"… strained the agency’s resources,” Nancy Nord, acting chairman of the CPSC, testified in July 2007. The agency recalled 473 products — more than 80 …"

"… in fiscal year 2007. But according to watchdog group OMBWatch, “neither CPSC regulations nor enforcement practices have kept up with a changing marketp …"

"… rd issued a statement that “vital talks” were taking place between the CPSC and the Chinese government. Nonetheless, watchdogs say that major blame fa …"

"… on, and sales of toxic products to American consumers. “When it comes to CPSC’s ability to stop unsafe products from reaching the market, they fall sh …"

With change on the horizon, privately funded travel plummets

By Robert Brodsky

Trips by lawmakers and staffers decline by nearly 50 percent, recent data show

Excerpts from this story referencing "Microsoft":

"… or example, two Barton staffers went to Los Angeles on a trip sponsored by Microsoft. On their disclosure forms one aide listed the purpose of the trip as "rat …"

"… s. [Briefings]/XBox launch," referring to the unveiling of the Xbox 360, a Microsoft video game system.Barton's office, which declined to comment for this repo …"