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GOP lawmakers reopen fight over Keystone XL pipeline
By Lindsay Young Jan 24, 2012 4:53 p.m.
As House Republicans reopen efforts Wednesday to win approval for the Keystone XL energy project, new lobbying records filed over the weekend reveal a lopsided spending battle over the controversial proposed pipeline.
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Despite Fed’s steps toward transparency, much remains opaque
By Nancy Watzman Jan 24, 2012 2:25 p.m.
In a bid to increase transparency, the Federal Reserve will for the first time make public the forecasts for benchmark interest rates that will inform discussions at tomorrow’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets monetary policy for the nation. But despite this action, there is still plenty of opacity in how the Fed conducts business.
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PAC Profile: The Tea Party doesn’t need unlimited money to make a splash
By Breanna Edwards and Lindsay Young Jan 24, 2012 8:42 a.m.
It’s hard to believe given this year’s headlines, but not all of the political action committees making an impact on this year’s campaign are super PACs.
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Gabrielle Giffords leaves Congress with a big war chest
By Kathy Kiely Jan 23, 2012 11:37 a.m.read all about it

No restriction on how Pro-Perry super PAC can spend funds
By Anupama Narayanswamy Jan 19, 2012 7:07 p.m.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to drop his bid for the GOP presidential nomination Thursday raises a tantalizing question: What will happen to the big-spending super PAC that dropped close to $4 million backing his campaign?
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Super PAC profile: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart ‘not coordinating’
By Kathy Kiely Jan 19, 2012 10:16 a.m.
In what may be one of the most pointed political jokes since Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal, Stephen Colbert’s satirical mystery tour has arrived in South Carolina.
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Regulators lobbied by industry testify on Volcker rule
By Nancy Watzman Jan 18, 2012 3:42 p.m.
Federal regulators have had at least 89 meetings with outside groups, most of them big banking interests, about the controversial “Volcker rule,” the provision in the Dodd-Frank financial law that prohibits banks from making bets with their own money. The effort to curb the practice, widely held to be a contributor to the 2008 financial meltdown, was the subject of a hearing in Congress today.
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Super PAC profile: Pro-Ron Paul group has corporate address
By Lindsay Young Jan 17, 2012 3:04 p.m.
Heading into the South Carolina primary, Santa Rita super PAC had created seven ads that appear on its YouTube channel. According to FEC records the PAC spent $317,500 producing ads and buying time on 14 channels for a promised 11-day ad blitz before Palmetto State voters head to the polls Saturday.
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Super PAC profile: 1911 United—a new kind of committee?
By Keenan Steiner Jan 17, 2012 1:34 p.m.
Although one of its founders is a longtime D.C. political insider found by an independent probe last year to have wasted D.C. taxpayers’ money, the pro-Obama super PAC 1911 United claims to have a more populist bent than other independent committees that have sprung up in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
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Bain Capital tops list of Romney’s career political supporters
By Bill Allison Jan 13, 2012 6:25 p.m.
Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Mitt Romney has touted as the source of his business acumen and one of his opponents for the Republican nomination has labeled “vultures” is the largest source of political money for the former Massachusetts governor over the course of his career.
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Data lacking on private student loans
By Nancy Watzman Jan 13, 2012 12:50 p.m.
With student debt rising to a projected $1 trillion and concerns rising in the Occupy Wall Street movement and beyond about the bursting of the student loan bubble, the new federal consumer protection agency has set a Tuesday deadline for the public to send in data and stories about the rapidly expanding private student loan market—loans students are getting from banks and, increasingly, by for-profit universities such as Corinthian Colleges and DeVry University.
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Super PAC profile: Citizens for a Working America flies under the radar
By Kathy Kiely Jan 13, 2012 12:16 p.m.
Citizens for Working America is not the biggest or the most influential of the super PACs, but it may provide one of the clearest illustrations of how hard it is to track the shadowy organizations that have sprung up to influence elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision.
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As campaigns head south, super PACs dominate the airwaves
By Keenan Steiner Jan 11, 2012 1:28 p.m.
As the Republican presidential race turns south, the key players to watch appear to be not the candidates emerging from Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary but the super PACs who are supporting or opposing them.
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New Super PAC seeks expansion of role for corporate, connected PACs
By Bill Allison Jan 10, 2012 6:17 p.m.
Dan Backer, the attorney behind the hybrid super PAC rule that allows political action committees contributing to members of Congress and other candidates to also accept unlimited contributions to make independent expenditures, is trying to extend the favor to political action committees tied to corporate entities.
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  1. GOP lawmakers reopen fight over Keystone XL pipeline

    As House Republicans reopen efforts Wednesday to win approval for the Keystone XL energy project, new lobbying records filed over the weekend reveal a lopsided spending battle over the controversial proposed pipeline.

    read all about it
  2. Despite Fed’s steps toward transparency, much remains opaque

    In a bid to increase transparency, the Federal Reserve will for the first time make public the forecasts for benchmark interest rates that will inform discussions at tomorrow’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets monetary policy for the nation. But despite this action, there is still plenty of opacity in how the Fed conducts business.

    read all about it
  3. PAC Profile: The Tea Party doesn’t need unlimited money to make a splash

    It’s hard to believe given this year’s headlines, but not all of the political action committees making an impact on this year’s campaign are super PACs.

    read all about it
  4. Gabrielle Giffords leaves Congress with a big war chest

    read all about it
  5. No restriction on how Pro-Perry super PAC can spend funds

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to drop his bid for the GOP presidential nomination Thursday raises a tantalizing question: What will happen to the big-spending super PAC that dropped close to $4 million backing his campaign?

    read all about it
  6. Super PAC profile: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart ‘not coordinating’

    In what may be one of the most pointed political jokes since Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal, Stephen Colbert’s satirical mystery tour has arrived in South Carolina.

    read all about it
  7. Regulators lobbied by industry testify on Volcker rule

    Federal regulators have had at least 89 meetings with outside groups, most of them big banking interests, about the controversial “Volcker rule,” the provision in the Dodd-Frank financial law that prohibits banks from making bets with their own money. The effort to curb the practice, widely held to be a contributor to the 2008 financial meltdown, was the subject of a hearing in Congress today.

    read all about it
  8. Super PAC profile: Pro-Ron Paul group has corporate address

    Heading into the South Carolina primary, Santa Rita super PAC had created seven ads that appear on its YouTube channel. According to FEC records the PAC spent $317,500 producing ads and buying time on 14 channels for a promised 11-day ad blitz before Palmetto State voters head to the polls Saturday.

    read all about it
  9. Super PAC profile: 1911 United—a new kind of committee?

    Although one of its founders is a longtime D.C. political insider found by an independent probe last year to have wasted D.C. taxpayers’ money, the pro-Obama super PAC 1911 United claims to have a more populist bent than other independent committees that have sprung up in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

    read all about it
  10. Bain Capital tops list of Romney’s career political supporters

    Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Mitt Romney has touted as the source of his business acumen and one of his opponents for the Republican nomination has labeled “vultures” is the largest source of political money for the former Massachusetts governor over the course of his career.

    read all about it
  11. Data lacking on private student loans

    With student debt rising to a projected $1 trillion and concerns rising in the Occupy Wall Street movement and beyond about the bursting of the student loan bubble, the new federal consumer protection agency has set a Tuesday deadline for the public to send in data and stories about the rapidly expanding private student loan market—loans students are getting from banks and, increasingly, by for-profit universities such as Corinthian Colleges and DeVry University.

    read all about it
  12. Super PAC profile: Citizens for a Working America flies under the radar

    Citizens for Working America is not the biggest or the most influential of the super PACs, but it may provide one of the clearest illustrations of how hard it is to track the shadowy organizations that have sprung up to influence elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision.

    read all about it
  13. As campaigns head south, super PACs dominate the airwaves

    As the Republican presidential race turns south, the key players to watch appear to be not the candidates emerging from Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary but the super PACs who are supporting or opposing them.

    read all about it
  14. New Super PAC seeks expansion of role for corporate, connected PACs

    Dan Backer, the attorney behind the hybrid super PAC rule that allows political action committees contributing to members of Congress and other candidates to also accept unlimited contributions to make independent expenditures, is trying to extend the favor to political action committees tied to corporate entities.

    read all about it

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