Global warming: Heated denials

By Lisa Chiu

Stand-up comedian Tim Slagle was on a roll. In a lunchtime routine tailored to 400 conference attendees, Slagle was killing ‘em with jokes a

Excerpts from this story referencing "International Republican Institute":

"… geology, archeology, anthropology, energy, and environmental sciences.The International Republican Institute: Seeks to advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political …"

New Media Communications

By Chris Landers

Consultant profile: Major Clients in 2003-2004: George W. Bush (R), Republican National Committee

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… mpaign for governor of Ohio. …"

"… land Plain Dealer, U.S. Rep. Martin Hoke trumpeted his status as the first Ohio congressman with an e-mail address, which he said offered "a new way for t …"

"… h campaign in 1988. At the end of 1994, he left Hoke's office and moved to Ohio to start New Media, with start-up funds from a Small Business Administrati …"

"… serve as a stamp of approval for state and local government purchasers.In Ohio, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's office paid about $465,000 to GovT …"

Traveling on the Abramoff plan

By Steve Henn

Dozens of members of Congress have accepted trips from non-profits with registered lobbyists on their boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scotland":

"… was unaware that Abramoff had personally paid for the trip to England and Scotland, which included a golf outing at the famed St. Andrews course.DeLay's offi …"

"… re Paris, London, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Denmark, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and Gre …"

Thanks to sponsors, GOP threw twice the party the Democrats did

By Sean Peoples

October 24, 2000 — Officially, thousands of delegates, legislators and elephant banner-wavers swarmed Philadelphia from July 31 to Aug. 3 to

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… th Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, July 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.Host: Philadelphia 2000 …"

"… )Location: Doubletree Hotel89. Brunch, July 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Host: West Virginia Republican PartySponsor: Arch Coal (St. Louis-based coal producer that con …"

"… s with China in May 2000.Location: Lincoln National249. North Carolina and West Virginia Reception honoring Senator Jesse Helms (N.C.) and West Virginia Governor C …"

"… rolina and West Virginia Reception honoring Senator Jesse Helms (N.C.) and West Virginia Governor Cecil UnderwoodHost: Dominion ResourcesLocation: Assouline and Ti …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

The high cost of rattling North Korea’s cage

By Douglas Birch

Bombers cost $135,000 per hour to fly; two round trips to S. Korea, maybe a cool $5.4 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Korea":

"… are was zooming over the South Korean countryside. The flights came after North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile tests led to U.N. sanctions, which provoked …"

"… Hagel said the flights and military drills were not intended to provoke North Korea, but reassure allies South Korea and Japan. “You know, those exercises …"

Hagel leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Secretary of Defense nominee leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… or secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, to questions posed by members of the Senate Armed Services committee requires a bit of reading between the lines. The …"

"… hly specific promise made by the administration – on the eve of securing Senate approval for a new arms reduction treaty in 2010 – to fund a suite of co …"

Weekly Watchdog: Our new blog sheds light on secret spenders

By Bill Buzenberg

Our new blog publishes daily reports on all things 'influence-related.'

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ers in Denver will get a dose of politics during this evening’s program, Federal Communications Commission records indicate. A recently formed group called Americans for a Strong D …"

Commercial jets not affected by rules for Grand Canyon tours

By The Associated Press

As Grand Canyon legislation makes its way through the Senate, the Arizona congressman ignores his history

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… oppose."The transportation bill now goes to the House.Original article by Associated Press writer Matthew Daly, with edits by iWatch News. …"

McCain changes tune on support for Grand Canyon air tours

By Rita Beamish

McCain now boosts Grand Canyon tourist flights his law curtailed

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… sals, McCain was the lead signer on a letter with five House members, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., seeking mercy for air tourism, “a …"

"… tour aircraft. In the amendment he introduced last year, with co-sponsors Harry Reid, D-Nev., Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and John Ensign, R-Nev., he would have required …"

Public financing system’s 150 million death knells

By Josh Israel

Barack Obama’s stunning fundraising total for September leaves little doubt that the public financing system he eschewed is now in serious p

Pro-Hillary 527 takes aim at McCain

By Josh Israel

The American Leadership Project is back. This pro-Hillary Clinton group is a 527 — one of those independent nonprofits notorious for skirtin

Lining the pockets of McCain’s Reform Institute

By Jaime Amrhein

The Reform Institute — borne of John McCain’s failed 2000 presidential bid — was created as part of the senator’s efforts to clean up campai

Tracking the great bundler migration: Democratic edition

By Aaron Mehta

So, Rudy Giuliani’s bundlers have proven the most generous to the new Republican nominee, rewarding John McCain with at least $3.25 million.

The Manhattan connection

By Aaron Mehta and Aaron Mehta

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain visited Yankee Stadium over the weekend with former rival Rudy Giuliani. Aside from likely hurtin

McCain's mixed blessings

By Caitlin Ginley

Republican John McCain, self-proclaimed champion of campaign finance reform, has a much-changed outlook on the role of the Federal Election

McCain's friends

By Caitlin Ginley

While Republican John McCain has severed ties with two campaign advisers who lobbied for the military junta in Myanmar, connections between

Excerpts from this story referencing "UNITA":

"… 3 million for representing Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines, and Angola’s UNITA rebel group, headed by Jonas Savimbi, who allegedly tortured and murdered …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part one

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — It is no surprise and nothing new in the land of the spin and the home of the sound bite that each and every can

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton administration":

"… echnology fields—policy arenas that Gores office has overseen during the Clinton administration. Some advisers have noted on their lobbying disclosure forms that they, or …"

"… sidents office on these issues. Gore also includes among his advisers many Clinton administration officials and former officials who are now working in the private sector.T …"

Belying his rhetoric, McCain worked for megamerger sought by campaign patron AT&T

By Nathaniel Heller and Annys Shin

WASHINGTON, December 7, 1999 — Republican Senator John McCain, outspoken advocate of campaign-finance reform, has built his presidential can

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… purchase MediaOne for about $60 billion, Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard said his agency would give the deal “very careful sc …"