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 "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… xpanded background checks. In 2013, Moms Demand Action partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown for Gun Safety to advocate for gun-contro …"

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 "Frank Luntz":

"… n office more than four months when pre-eminent pollster and message-maker Frank Luntz sent Republican politicians and operatives a 28-page document entitled “ …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… ose well-being are we talking about?” asks Tony Carrk, a director at the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group that serves as a counterweight to the Koch broth …"

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 "St. Regis":

"… ican on the committee. He hosted a fundraising ski trip in February at the St. Regis Deer Valley resort that boasts uniformed “ski valets,” a “private sk …"

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 "Foundation":

"… d. Nearly half of the revenue for David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Foundation came from Donors Trust in 2010, in the form of $7.6 million in grants. Re …"

"… thropies have Donors Trust accounts, including the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Coors family’s Castle Roc …"

"… s, including the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Coors family’s Castle Rock Foundation, according to IR …"

"… nbsp;the John M. Olin Foundation and the Coors family’s Castle Rock Foundation, according to IRS records. Money in the states For a decade, Donors …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… — with some healthy assistance from ATF’s own missteps. In 1981, when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the NRA produced a film called It Can Happen Here …"

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 "John Childs":

"… irm, Paul Singer of Elliott Management, Wyoming investor Foster Friess and John Childs, chairman and CEO of a private equity firm.Eighty percent of super PAC con …"

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 "Brennan Center for Justice":

"… to the Pew Hispanic Center; 22 percent said they would vote Republican.The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a group opposing strict photo ID law …"

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 "Congress":

"… ompensation confirms that after years of special benefits provided by Congress, it's now much more lucrative to be a soldier than a civilian. While avera …"

"… om $64,606 to $80,292 in 2012. Defense personnel experts attribute this to Congress’ desire to reward troops for their service in recent wars — including …"

"… se pay was pegged to civilian pay, and meant to rise at the same rate. But Congress changed the rules in 2004 by mandating that soldiers’ pay increase at th …"

"… when the Pentagon’s pay was often worse than the private sector’s. But Congress’ rationale has been weak for some time, according to critics. Since 2006 …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ard members in 2003 and in 2006 pushed for raised fees similar to what the Obama administration has called for in its latest budget. The problem also haunted Secretary of …"

"… Everybody knows that we’re being eaten alive by health care.”Under the Obama administration’s 2013 budget, non-active military employees in TRICARE, the main health …"

"… t than cutting other military programs.But overall, a proposal by the Obama administration to raise the annual premium on the families of military retirees younger t …"

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 "Health":

"… gister and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

"… hat is bound to be controversial.The eagerly anticipated report, titled “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” will be …"

"… he findings from the report were presented October 28 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies.The question of who should regul …"

"… f Medicine (IOM) a year ago to establish a Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology to make recommendations to the government about how …"

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 "House committee":

"… rogress titled “Don’t Let Clean Energy Funding Die on the Vine.” The House committee’s investigation of the Solyndra financing was just heating up. “This …"

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 "Lisa Jackson":

"… country lack scrubbers encouraged by Clear Air Act amendments decades ago.Lisa Jackson, the EPA's top official, in congressional testimony last week, complained …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… rderer is too hard to catch,” said Scott Lilly, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. “The fact that bin Laden continued to operate a terrorist network conti …"

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 "Upper Big Branch mine":

"… tters to families of the 29 miners killed in an explosion last year at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, confirming that the bureau was attempting to determine …"

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 "Medicare":

"… le” on physician reimbursement.The proposed provision would have allowed Medicare to pay doctors to counsel patients about their end-of-life medical wishes. …"

"… November, however, the provision was included in a rule that was issued by Medicare on physician payment rates. When the rule became public, Republicans pounc …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… Joseph Romm, a senior fellow specializing in climate change at the liberal Center for American Progress, said the report provides “just another piece in a very dire puzzle” 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 "Senate":

"… nally did not press hard enough for climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate, hardly uttering the words “carbon caps” in the final weeks before sen …"

"… ts need every vote to try to retain their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, environmental groups may feel inspired to sit on the sidelines in protest …"

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 "Iowa":

"… necessary to successfully fulfill its missions.”Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said the Coast Gua …"

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 "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… e same period, he bundled $142,900 for the DCCC and $102,000 to its sister Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). His wife, Heather, is a successful lobbyist in her own right and b …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… il-fueled power companies are among the leading donors so far this year to Newt Gingrich’s political advocacy group, which has been fighting climate legislation …"

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 "Heather":

"… District.Also working hard on lobbying the climate bill is Tony’s wife, Heather, a former aide to ex-New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and other Hill Democrats …"

"… ide to ex-New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and other Hill Democrats. Her firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC, represents Southern Company, Marathon Oil, United …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… dentally, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, happens to have come out of the Center for American Progress (CAP). That’s the influential think tank headed by John Podesta until he …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… Alyse Campaigne, vice president for federal affairs at the liberal leaning Center for American Progress.Charli Coon, an energy policy analyst with the conservative Heritage Found …"

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