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Lobbying declines among top special interests

As election season spools up and an already lethargic Congress readies for recess, federal lobbying efforts among elite special interests are sputtering, too.... Read more»

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MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City’s ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

Analysis

Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

Participants in the health care marketplace would be wise to shop around.... Read more»2

Commentary

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law. While those attacks likely cost some Democrats their congressional seats in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the legislation this year.... Read more»

Saving penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

‘Broad-based’ group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.... Read more»

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare & legal help in rush to deport?

Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries.... Read more»

The politics of poison

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.... Read more»

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing.... Read more»

Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

The U.S. intelligence community has been outsourcing much of its sensitive work to private contractors, but it’s had a hard time figuring out just how much and explaining why. That’s made it particularly difficult for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to assess whether the contracting is excessive or wasteful, as some independent groups have alleged.... Read more»

FEC struggles to appoint top lawyer

The Federal Election Commission soon marks a dubious anniversary: one year with nobody directing its legal department. That’s no trifle for an agency tasked with regulating and enforcing the nation’s campaign laws.

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Supreme Court justices earn quarter million on the side

Nearly all Supreme Court justices reported earning thousands for teaching and book royalties beyond their federal salaries.... Read more»

Conservative super PAC scores cash from entity tied to Az Cardinals

Republican super PAC American Crossroads received a cash infusion last month from a mysterious limited liability company that lists its address as the Tempe training facility of the Arizona Cardinals football team.... Read more»

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

Flaws in the bond rating system that led to the financial collapse remain.... Read more»

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' groups

Expect a new round of proposed regulations during early 2015.... Read more»

Commentary

Health insurance lobby keeps Medicare Advantage overpayments flowing

Commentary: A Center for Public Integrity series documented abuses, but don’t expect action from Congress.... Read more»

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