Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

By Daniel Wagner

Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… e sacrifices to stay in touch with their loved ones.” Vincent Townsend, president of Pay-Tel Communications, a major provider of phones for inmates, sa …"

Time is money: who's making a buck off prisoners' families?

By Eleanor Bell and Daniel Wagner

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates' families.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ld. Powder cocaine, never crack. Vincent Townsend, Pay-Tel Communications president: The reason we’re in this mess now, on my side, my industry has abused t …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… free speech," Chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes said. Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability, dismissed the criticism.  …"

In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nd $200,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was later tapped by the president to serve on the board of trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the P …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

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"… nce has been to help Israel maintain a distinctive military posture in the Middle East while avoiding the scrutiny — and occasional disapprobation — directed …"

"… 2009, when journalist Helen Thomas asked if he knew of any nations in the Middle East with nuclear arms. “With respect to nuclear weapons, you know, I don’t …"

"… o wary is Paul Pillar, a former U.S. national intelligence officer for the Middle East, of making any direct, public reference to Israel’s nuclear arsenal that …"

"… 2008 report titled “Chain Reaction: Avoiding a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East,” it included chapters on Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey — but not Isr …"

DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

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"… at Buchanan over standard-bearing Sen. Bob Dole during the 1996 Republican presidential primary — during a year when a GOP luminary like House Majority Leade …"

"… he Senate spending spree translates into a deluge of messaging that rivals presidential election season, when New Hampshire hosts first-in-the-nation party pri …"

FEC not 'Ready for Warren'

By Dave Levinthal

The nation's election regulator is telling an upstart super PAC to change its name, saying it violates federal law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… med that "the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016."  Sagrans noted that candidate draft committees aren't subj …"

"… ates it's a draft committee. Warren has repeatedly said she won't run for president in 2016, and last month, her election attorney, Marc Elias, disavowed the …"

"… ns of dollars to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president, doesn't violate federal political committee naming rules because Clinton …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

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"… rofound manner. In an interview with C-SPAN last month, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, acknowledged that “it’s very difficult to …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

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"… 2.5 million to Patriot Majority USA since January 2011. Craig Varoga, the president of Patriot Majority USA, declined to answer specific questions from the Ce …"

"… ependent group that helped Reid win re-election. He’s also worked on the presidential campaigns of Democrats Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry, among othe …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

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"… erity, which has pummeled Hagan for her ties to Obama and her vote for the president’s health care law. Americans for Prosperity’s ads don’t overtly call …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

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"… nd Congress after one of its largest shareholders, an associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was similarly targeted for sanctions by the United States. …"

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

By Wendell Potter

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Enforcement of gun laws hinges on local sheriffs' interpretation of Second Amendment

Rural sheriffs across the country are by protesting gun control laws

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"… r, said sheriffs have a responsibility to push against what he sees as the federal government’s continual encroachment on citizens’ lives and rights. “Where do w …"

"… ment that as long as I’m the sheriff of this county I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my law-abiding citizens of the right to bear arm …"

"… fter the drug dealers and the DUIs and serve court papers — and that the federal government is the supreme law of the land.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civ …"

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

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"… fort and thought she’d get a vote.  That’s when Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T’s Tennessee operations, leaned toward her across the table i …"

"… p; In a June 19 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Thomas Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, and Royce Van Tassell, vice presiden …"

"… resident of Citizens Against Government Waste, and Royce Van Tassell, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, wrote that an effort by Utah cities to …"

"… t had a backup if the connection failed, said David Lufty, the company’s president. Charter and AT&T couldn’t offer redundancy, but LightTUBe could. …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

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"… ecessary to promote gun safety, said Don Turner, Nevada Firearms Coalition president. “As a responsible gun owner, we have the obligation to make sure that …"

Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

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"… ds at least 20 percent of his or her time for a paying client lobbying the federal government, per the complex federal definitions of “lobbyist” and “lo …"

"… .’ ” But strong lobbying laws don’t mean strong enforcement, as the federal government doesn’t put much effort into policing the lobbying industry. The U.S. A …"

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

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"… benefiting from the surge in female customers, including Gordon Bond, the president of Bond Arms in Granbury, Texas, which manufacturers double-barr …"

Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

By Wade Millward and Carmen Forman

The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

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"… ones, where murderers come on campus and kill kids." Hammer, a former NRA president and the organization's longtime lobbyist in Florida, said that NRA will us …"

Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

By Douglas Birch

Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

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"… ty of U.S. disarmament and nonproliferation specialists. Charles Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists, on August 21 wrote to urge Moniz …"

White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

By James Arkin

Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… em “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.” But the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget cut nonproliferation programs in the …"

"… ding the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, by $219 million more than the president’s budget proposal. Feinstein is chairwoman of the Energy and Water appro …"

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

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"… d Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves, who has fought for bills to weaken the federal government’s authority over firearms in his state. In Idaho, the Legislature unani …"

"… itage and politics of states whose histories were shaped by guns. “(The federal government) is diving off into areas unchecked that they’re not supposed to be invo …"

"… de. The other approach says gun regulation falls outside the scope of the federal government’s power, making it state territory. Such bills, often known as the Secon …"

"… rreach is the problem. “The founders never envisioned … that a modern federal government would construe the commerce clause so broadly as to enable the federal gov …"

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

By Douglas Birch

Islamic State fighters seize U.S. military equipment in Iraq, become targets for U.S. warplanes.

Evolution of public-carry laws expands gun rights

By Kristen Hwang and Kate Murphy

Public-carry has moved from rare to widespread in the wake of recent shooting incidents

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"… at gun control advocates wrongly associate guns with crime. Brett Pucillo, president of Ohio Carry, said he started the group to advocate for general firearms …"

Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

By James Arkin

Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

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"… n public at risk. It is sloppy, and it is inexcusable.” Marian Downing, president-elect of the American Biological Safety Association, who previously worked …"

Stronger self-defense laws spread, despite limited measure of impacts

By Jon LaFlamme

Stand your ground laws expand American's right to self defense, but their impact varies from state to state

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"… cked — but it’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card,” said William Maze, president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Louisiana is one of those 18 st …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

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"… in 2000 while Humanewatch.org debuted a decade later. Berman is listed as president and executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom. Maintaining Hum …"

"… aleigh, N.C., one of the presenters was Sarah Longwell, a senior vice president of Berman and Co. She talked about Humanewatch.org and how to handle anima …"

"… Foundation gave $125,000 in 2012 and $200,000 in 2009. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society and a favorite target of Humanewatch.org, isn’t ce …"

"… cesses payments for the alcoholic beverage industry. Lane Cardwell is president of Cardwell Hospital Advisory Inc. and is a 35-year restaurant industry ve …"

Decades old gun control debate reshaped by new advocacy groups

The gun control movement has made significant gains in recent years, but the NRA remains king of the hill

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"… so we’re not a voice alone in the wilderness anymore,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. In fact, there is a profusion of gun control group …"

"… oint for others now, but collaboration, not star power, is the key, Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, said. Everytown, the newest player, has perhaps th …"

"… dment Foundation. Luke Wagner, a grassroots activist who is now the board president of the Colorado Second Amendment Association, said he works to develop tie …"

Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

D.C. firm will fight U.S. sanctions

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nd Congress after one of its largest shareholders, an associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was targeted for sanctions by the United States. OAO Nova …"

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