Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… on, a powerful subcommittee chairman, says he couldn't fathom why the Energy Department was so determined to build a multi-billion dollar plant in Sout …"

"… ruction of the plant, in the face of intense lobbying by the Department of Energy, the Bush administration, and fellow congressional Republicans. “It shou …"

"… forward and did this deal…[because of] some deal that the Secretary [of Energy] made and the president made to give jobs to South Carolina.” Samuel Bod …"

"… Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1979 to 1983; and Linda Ann Lingle, the Energy Department’s former top liaison to Congress. Lingle, who was paid $80,0 …"

Colbert Busch brings fundraising show to D.C.

By Dave Levinthal

Elizabeth Colbert Busch heads to D.C. for big-dollar campaign fundraiser with Democratic brass.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Clyburn":

"… obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will host the event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, for …"

Super Congress hauls in super donations as special interests try to influence budget cuts

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Gang of 12 tasked with cutting budget by $1.5 trillion hauls in big PAC donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… om health-related interests as the committee of 12 debates serious cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.The donations from political action committees slightly favor …"

"… money on health care, which many have speculated means potential cuts into Medicare and Medicaid.Fresenius Medical provides a good example for how companies m …"

"… e world, operating over 1,800 clinics in the U.S. alone.With the number of Medicare patients receiving dialysis (and, accordingly, the Medicare expenses for r …"

"… the number of Medicare patients receiving dialysis (and, accordingly, the Medicare expenses for renal disease treatment) going up in recent years, the reimbu …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… t to Democrats, the rest to Republicans, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The 2006 election cycle was the most recent during which the PA …"

Clyburn draws line in the sand on Social Security

By Jeremy Borden and Aaron Mehta

James Clyburn, a reliably loyal liberal named to Super Congress