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 "Minnesota":

"… Committee hearing, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both Democrats from Minnesota, announced plans to oppose him. Minnesota is home to the largest populatio …"

"… Al Franken, both Democrats from Minnesota, announced plans to oppose him. Minnesota is home to the largest population of Norwegian-Americans. All the while, …"

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 "Wendy Davis":

"… ly back to Texas immediately after the luncheon.     …"

"… og item entitled “Beyond the Filibuster: 10 Things You Should Know About Wendy Davis,” which argues why Davis was a “rising star” long before this year. …"

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 "News Corp.":

"… ' parent company is lately catering to liberals as much as conservatives. News Corp.'s News America-FOXPAC political action committee contributed to five  …"

"… to Fox News for three years until the network dumped her this last month. News Corp. officials did not return requests for comment, but the company details its …"

"… details its political participation philosophy on its corporate website. News Corp. is "active in the public policy process protecting the interests of our em …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… ns," he said in a separate statement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the voters have not endorsed the "failures or excesses of the …"

FACT CHECK: New Hampshire debates, take 2

By FactCheck.Org

Fact-checking the second GOP debate of the weekend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… , job creation, gasoline prices and environmental regulations.Gingrich vs. Romney on Attack AdsFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed The Washingto …"

"… irtually nothing accurate” in a TV spot attacking him, produced by a pro-Romney group. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ticked off a number of statem …"

"… acking him, produced by a pro-Romney group. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ticked off a number of statements from the ad that he said were true.Romne …"

"… omney ticked off a number of statements from the ad that he said were true.Romney is mostly correct, and Gingrich is wrong. We found that ad had a few false …"

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 "Jon Tester":

"… s own party and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).On June 29, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to protest …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… l devices, the most widely supported of which are bills introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn. Hatch’s bill has 14 Republican c …"

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 "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… day and a one-day stay at a hospital costs about $6,200, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics."It's a tough year in terms of spending money," said Neal Neuberger, execu …"

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 "Amy Klobuchar":

"… cts from reaching the market, they fall short,” Senators Dick Durbin and Amy Klobuchar wrote to Nord in August 2007. “We must get to the bottom of how this is …"

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 "Israel":

"… ng congressional travel:American Association of Airport ExecutivesAmerican Israel Education FoundationAspen InstituteBrookings InstitutionCongressional Econ …"

"… 00 apiece on travel for the year studied. Leading the way was the American Israel Education Foundation, which spent more than $500,000 on 57 trips — 55 of …"

"… n Foundation, which spent more than $500,000 on 57 trips — 55 of them to Israel — for travelers from both major political parties. By comparison, the fo …"

"… p's sponsorship of the trips, characterizing them as educational."While in Israel, members have the opportunity to meet with both Israeli and Palestinian of …"