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Millionaires hit Capitol Hill to ask for tax raises

November 19, 2012 Patriotic Millionaires, a group of rich men and women who support tax raises on those making $1 million or more, hit the Hill last week to push their agenda. The group met with senior staffers in Republican and Democratic offices, and also asked for increased capital gains tax rates and ...

Education beats defense industry in lobbying against sequestration

November 19, 2012 We all know that sequestration -- those automatic spending cuts set to kick in next year -- has caused a lobbying frenzy among defense contractors. But it turns out that education is the most active industry in lobbying against sequestration cuts. That’s according to the Open Secrets Blog: of the ...

Capitol Christmas tree en route to Washington

November 6, 2012 We know, we know -- no Christmas music or decorations until after Thanksgiving (or at least until after Election Day). But with the long lines and election year fatigue, it helps to keep this in mind: the holidays are just around the corner, and the Capitol Christmas tree is on ...

The money and groups behind postal reform lobbying

October 31, 2012 Business groups and unions have spent much time and money lobbying postal reform measures. The U.S. Postal Service's finances don't look very good -- it recently hit its borrowing limit after defaulting on two $5 billion+ payments. A Senate postal reform bill has passed, but a House version that would ...

Video: The definitive Eric Cantor Power Point on Simpson-Bowles

October 25, 2012 If you're looking for a quick soundbite on Simpson-Bowles from Majority Leader Eric Cantor, keep lookin'. He's got a nearly seven-minute Power Point to explain his stance on the deficit reduction plan. Is he pro or anti? "Unfortunately, it is not a question that lends itself to a simple 'I ...

House Democrats ring the alarm on energy cuts

October 24, 2012 Show me the cuts! That's the message coming from 50 pro-clean energy House Democrats, who are growing concerned over the lack of details on possible sequestration cuts to energy and environment programs. My colleague Amy Harder reports for National Journal Daily on the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, chaired by ...

GQ reminds Washington that it has horrible fashion sense

October 23, 2012 D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people, blah blah blah. We've all heard that saying before. And now GQ is trying to play the part of fashion savior by forcing its style norms upon Washington, or as I like to call it, Hollywood for smart people. Eight male staffers, speechwriters and ...

Postal Service hits borrowing limit

October 18, 2012 Congress went into recess without moving on postal reform, and now the cash situation at the U.S. Postal Service is looking mighty grim: the agency hit its congressionally determined $15 billion borrowing limit on Sept. 28, USPS spokesman David Partenheimer confirms to the Alley. The USPS can only borrow from ...

Obama orders flags flown at half-staff for Arlen Specter

October 15, 2012 American flags at the White House and public, federal government buildings will be flown at half-staff to honor Sen. Arlen Specter, who died Sunday. President Barack Obama issued the proclamation today, ordering that the flags will be flown at half-staff on Specter's day of interment "as a mark of respect ...

Groups begin lobbying on non-defense sequestration cuts

October 12, 2012 Just about everyone on K Street is ramping up their sequestration and fiscal cliff lobbying efforts, not just those concerned about defense cuts. Health care lobbyists have already been working the Hill. Now, massive coalitions of labor, religious, small business and social service groups are forming, sending letters and setting ...