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 "Louisiana":

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

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 "House Speaker":

"… he White House when Jimmy Carter was president, Democrat Tip O’Neill was House Speaker and Republican Howard Baker of Tennessee was Senate Minority Leader. Baker …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… rs served to amplify the messages regulators were receiving from JPMorgan, Bank of America,  the American Bankers Association and dozens of others asking them t …"

"… rett wrote another letter, reiterating their demands and citing reports by Bank of America and Moody’s Analytics that were also cited in at least three bank and tr …"

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 "District of Columbia":

"… at it be struck from the report. This May, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in HHS’s favor, saying the report’s conclusions were w …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… ended up is a mystery, though some Donors Trust recipients, including the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in V …"

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 "Carter":

"… firearms. The rider, which dates back to 1978, was a response to President Carter’s attempt to create a national registry of handguns. A related rider, da …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… llion, again a category dominated by a single wealthy individual — Texan Bob Perry. He has given $21.5 million to conservative super PACs to date.Perry is pe …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… 1 percent of all population growth between 2000 and 2009, according to the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based, non-partisan progressive think tank.One in five …"

"… five registered Texas voters is Latino, according to the 2010 Census. The Center for American Progress estimates that nearly 2.15 million eligible Texas Latinos are not register …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… ot the special pay, is responsible for the military’s recruiting success.The Pentagon has proposed leveling off pay increases starting in fiscal year 2015 and h …"

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 "Reagan":

"… rican Progress and a former assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan. If the costs are not controlled, Korb says, they will eat away at the mil …"

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 "Mackey Dykes":

"… green energy issues as a member of a high-level volunteer advisory panel. Mackey Dykes, who was a finance manager for the Obama campaign, was hired to be the lia …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… ho combined for more than half a million dollars to the former governor of Massachusetts. Durkin, a long-time financial executive, has lobbied for Barclays on fina …"

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 "Clean Air Act":

"… the EPA’s proposed changes, even as their own practices to sidestep the Clean Air Act were highlighted in a government study.On Capitol Hill, industry represent …"

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 "Islam":

"… an,” the report concluded. “Pakistan is the setting for multiple armed Islamist insurgencies, some of which span the border with Afghanistan and contri …"

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 "energy":

"… Obama administration blocks expansion of coal mines and focuses on greener energy.Most of the 1 billion tons of coal produced every year is used to generate …"

"… e, coal. “Coal is a critical component of America’s comprehensive energy portfolio,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said March 22 when annou …"

"… resident Obama regularly sings the praises of cleaner alternative forms of energy and electric cars, sometimes offending groups such as the National Mining …"

"… ent, part of the Interior Department, said coal is a staple of America’s energy diet and will remain so until the U.S. can develop other energy sources. T …"

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 "executive":

"… t I do know is that medical directors at insurance companies are corporate executives, just as I was. When you work for an investor-owned insurer, you’re awa …"

"… be the Senate will.News analyst Wendell Potter, a former insurance company executive, is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on …"

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 "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 "New Orleans":

"… ll hold up,” the logs stated.A day earlier, the helicopter deployed from New Orleans was delayed by mechanical problems with the hoist. “Critical equipment o …"

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 "Patty Murray":

"… bundled $78,400 for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and $41,000 for Sen. Patty Murray. His numerous clients cover the gamut of major issues facing Congress, but …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… dministration energy official who writes the Climate Progress blog for the Center for American Progress, reports that Senate offices are receiving hundreds of calls daily against …"

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 "Marathon Oil":

"… s. Her firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC, represents Southern Company, Marathon Oil, United States Steel, and others. But as with her husband’s firm, her cl …"

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 "Heritage Foundation":

"… re proof that the “green recovery” idea has momentum: The conservative Heritage Foundation has mounted a full-frontal assault on the notion, with a policy paper sugg …"

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 "primary":

"… election as well as target Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in the Pennsylvania primary—has a budget of $10 million. The group has promised a long campaign as w …"

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 …"