Women become increasingly involved in gun groups

By Lauren Loftus and Natalie Krebs

Thanks in part to targeted marketing, more women are buying guns for protection and sport

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… r person, also a woman, Tara Mica-Reilly, the NRA state liaison for Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi. “I believe that women bring patience and lo …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… hots. …"

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 …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "top lobbyist":

"… l or signatures for a letter to regulators. Stivers, for instance, was the top lobbyist until 2002 for Bank One, where Jamie Dimon became CEO in 2000. (JPMorgan C …"

"… a community bank. He has a decades-old relationship with Camden Fine, the top lobbyist for small banks, and is sponsoring a package of rule changes sought by Fin …"

"… e message: “We may have a problem with Volcker.” Fine is the powerful top lobbyist for community banks and his regulation experts were warning him about an u …"

"… we want to help as much as we can,” said James Ballentine, ABA’s top lobbyist. Ballentine noted that ABA sent a banker from Capito’s home state of Wes …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… industry ties. At a hearing in June, Jeffrey Holmstead, head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air office under George W. Bush and now a partner at Bracewell & G …"

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 "Heritage Foundation":

"… ed the efforts of D.C.-based conservative think tanks, including Cato, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brook …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… n a report issued shortly before the president announced his gun plan, the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group, called the ATF a “beleaguered agency that is …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wyoming":

"… Thiel, who now runs an investment firm, Paul Singer of Elliott Management, Wyoming investor Foster Friess and John Childs, chairman and CEO of a private equi …"

New voting rules make getting Latinos to the polls harder than ever

By Lindsey Ruta and Annelise Russell

Latinos could be a potent voting force in the Southwest, but traditionally low voter turnout could get even lower with new ID laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Cole":

"… em that they can register by using federal forms.Arizona Solicitor General David Cole said the state plans to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.Tammy Pa …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… perience or a high school diploma.A separate report last month by the Center for American Progress, a non-partisan educational institution, concluded that the military' …"

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

The public supports reducing some military healthcare and personnel expenses, but not others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TRICARE":

"… challenge for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who opposed expanding TRICARE to National Guard members in 2003 and in 2006 pushed for raised fees simil …"

"… the Obama administration’s 2013 budget, non-active military employees in TRICARE, the main health system, would see an increase in co-pays for medicines am …"

"… ease in co-pays for medicines among as well as enrollment fees for special TRICARE programs. The administration believes these extra fees would save $34.5 bi …"

"… fees.But House Republicans have indicated they intend to do away with the TRICARE fee increase, and the issue is expected to be a point of heavy debate duri …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… a tall order.Michael Ettlinger, vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning research organization, said he couldn’t see that happeni …"

Bundlers on the inside

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top Obama fundraisers at Energy Department included an overseer of stimulus billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… legal fees related to the $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar company whose financial meltdown has prompted multiple investigat …"

"… e of the Obama administration’s green energy loan program in the wake of Solyndra’s bankruptcy, a key focus – and open question – is whether the presi …"

"… inner was in office. One of those law firm clients, SEC records show, was Solyndra – the California solar panel firm whose collapse put half a billion doll …"

"… company’s failed public offering, the records show. And it also provided Solyndra with outside counsel on the DOE loan guarantee transaction. The company wa …"

Top 5 lobbyist bundlers; power couple Tony and Heather Podesta top the list

By Aaron Mehta

Bundler lobbyists line up to bundle money from other lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… resident Obama’s transition team co-chair while running the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Anthony’s Podesta Group is one of the most powerful lobbying entities i …"

EPA appears firm on limiting air toxics at coal power plants

By Evan Bush

Industry, Republicans aim to stall what agency considers life-saving limits on mercury and other emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… thousands of Americans from cancer, heart attacks and other ailments.At a Center for American Progress forum on Tuesday, the agency’s deputy administrator, Bob Perciasepe, sai …"

Cost of pursuing bin Laden? Half a trillion and climbing

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

Cost of chasing bin Laden won't stop climbing with his death

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Aftergood":

"… ive at such a number even if the information needed were not classified.”Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of Americ …"

Coal is back, even as the Obama administration pushes green energy

By Jeremy Borden and Jim Morris

Improving economy requires electricity, so Big Coal is back

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… he needs of the American public.”Tom Kenworthy, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress who specializes in natural resource issues, said a sizable portion of the …"

Analysis — Death panels, fact and fiction

By Wendell Potter

“Death panels” are back in the news and Congress is turning its attention to them once again. The problem is, lawmakers are looking in all t

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nataline":

"… a and Grigor Sarkisyan, who very possibly would be helping their daughter, Nataline, plan her 21st birthday about now had a corporate medical director not ref …"

"… had a corporate medical director not refused to pay for a liver transplant Nataline’s doctors believed would save her life.Nataline was diagnosed with leuke …"

"… y for a liver transplant Nataline’s doctors believed would save her life.Nataline was diagnosed with leukemia at 14. Initial treatments were successful and …"

"… ant. They asked for prior approval from her insurer, CIGNA, to pay for it. Nataline’s doctors said they believed she had at least a 65 percent chance of liv …"

Oxygen-starved “dead zones” in U.S. waters growing, report warns

By John Solomon

The number of “dead zones” in U.S. coastal waters — where oxygen is so depleted that it can harm marine life — has soared 30-fold over the l

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… north to Boston Harbor. One of the largest dead zones is off the Texas and Louisiana shorelines in the Gulf of Mexico, where farm runoff from the Mississippi a …"

Green groups see red in recent administration actions

By Laurel Adams and John Solomon

The environmental groups that helped propel Barack Obama to the White House are feeling betrayed during a summer of discontent and climate i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… g to do and a political blunder,” said Joseph Romm, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank in Washington. …"

Free repository offers copies of PACER federal court records

By Traver Riggins

Want to see the federal indictment of a mortgage fraudster? You got it. Need the docket for a U.S. appeals court case? It’s yours. All with

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… , but the profits have grown dramatically,” Schultze said last week at a Center for American Progress meeting to discuss Law.gov, a series of workshops discussing the potential …"

Coast Guard fleet slowed by mechanical woes during BP, Haiti rescues

By Aaron Mehta and John Solomon

In the wee-morning hours after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter being dispatched to pluck oil rig survivors f

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf of Mexico":

"… s so that its fleet can be modernized without money being wasted, said the Gulf of Mexico and Haiti problems give reason for alarm.“The mechanical problems noted …"

"… man, told the Center that the craft that suffered mechanical issues in the Gulf of Mexico varied in age.Two of the problem aircraft were a quarter-century old, whil …"

"… nspector general’s report said.Despite the mechanical failures after the Gulf of Mexico rig accident on the evening of April 20, the Coast Guard logs show search …"

Top five lobbyist bundlers revealed; four worked exclusively for Democrats

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Only in Washington, D.C., would "bundling" be a highly prized skill. And perhaps only in the nation's capital would an exclusive ranking of

Excerpts from this story referencing "lieutenant governor":

"… g state Speaker of the House in 1965, at the age of 26. After two-terms as lieutenant governor, Barnes was tarred by the “Sharpstown Scandal,” a major Texas state go …"

Newt’s new money to fight climate change bill

By Marianne Lavelle

The world’s largest coal company and one of the nation’s top fossil-fueled power companies are among the leading donors so far this year to

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Donald":

"… , and in interviews has left the door open to a future run for high office.David Donald and Tuan Le contributed to this post. …"

The Podestas' hot seats on climate change

By Marianne Lavelle

It’s Washington’s version of Family Feud, starring those well-connected Podestas. Today’s category: global warming....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… ouse chief of staff to President Clinton. John Podesta’s think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been an ardent voice in favor of Congress taking bold steps to addres …"

"… oble cause,” said Dan Weiss, director of climate change strategy for the Center for American Progress and its action fund. “But I’m confident that the majority of the Senat …"

The green energy revolution may already be underway

By Marianne Lavelle

The idea of an “energy stimulus” is picking up momentum in the corridors of power, along with a fancy new title. Look for such a plan, perha

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… n “green prosperity,” to be the first climate change initiative of the Obama administration and the newly bolstered Democratic leadership of the 111th Congress.The mo …"

Battling over social security

By Kevin Bogardus

Several groups associated with 527s are now engaged in the dispute over Bush's plan to overhaul the entitlement program

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for American Progress":

"… al groups, such as the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, and the Center for American Progress, to campaign against private accounts. On the day of Bush's State of the U …"

The politics of energy: Oil and gas

By Kevin Bogardus

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2003 — The sweeping energy bill now pending in Congress offers a geyser of new tax breaks and other government good

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chevron":

"… ies have also been named in the liability lawsuits, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco and Conoco Philips. All have major operations in DeLay’s Houston …"

"… cs, as well as its well-publicized connections in Washington. Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, and Conoco Phillips together amassed more than $300 billion in 200 …"

"… . Exxon Mobil’s $39.1 million led the way in lobbying expenditures, with Chevron Texaco close behind, spending $22.3 million on lobbying the federal govern …"