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In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist

In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist
After five years as a lobbyist, Bonsell rejoined Inhofe’s staff in 2012 as legislative director. Earlier this year, when Inhofe took over from McCain as ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, he hired Bonsell to be staff director.
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Susan Collins: Strengthening Background Checks Doesn't Infringe on Second Amendment Rights

Susan Collins: Strengthening Background Checks Doesn't Infringe on Second Amendment Rights
A bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers gained the backing of one Republican and the potential support of a second Sunday as sponsors said the vote expected this week was too close to call.
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Senate Energy Committee Endorses Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary with 19-3 Vote

Senate Energy Committee Endorses Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary with 19-3 Vote
The committee's 19-3 vote in favor of Jewell came after current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar agreed to review a decision blocking construction of a gravel road through a wildlife refuge to provide access to an all-weather airport in rural Alaska.
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Howard Fineman: Ashley Judd Will Run

Howard Fineman: Ashley Judd Will Run
People forget that in addition to being an actress, Ashley Judd has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and has been a women’s rights activist for years.
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VIDEO: Obama's 2013 Full State of the Union Speech

Enhanced video of President Obama's State of the Union address - the first of his second term.
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Senator Geraldo? 'Fasten Your Seatbelt'

Senator Geraldo? 'Fasten Your Seatbelt'
The last time Geraldo was in the news, he said Trayvon Martin's decision to wear a hoodie was as responsible for his own death as George Zimmerman was.
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Ex-Senator Ben Nelson Gets 445% Pay Raise by Becoming A Lobbyist

Ex-Senator Ben Nelson Gets 445% Pay Raise by Becoming A Lobbyist
Although Nelson claims he will not act as an official lobbyist, this is only because he is barred from registering as a lobbyist to lobby Congress for two years. Serving as the head of a major special interest organization that does have registered lobbyists will effectively grant him the same role.
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WI Assembly Targets All-Night Sessions

WI Assembly Targets All-Night Sessions
Going past midnight happens elsewhere, especially at the end of sessions or as other deadlines loom. But the Wisconsin Assembly routinely pushes debates and votes on contentious bills into the wee hours, when only lobbyists and the cleaning crew are left in the building.
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Broken Congress: The Filibuster is Fixable

Right now, all a Senator has to do to shut down a bill is declare a filibuster, then walk away. There’s absolutely nothing to stop partisans from filibustering almost every bill—and that’s exactly what we saw in the 112th Congress, the least productive in history.
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Obama Holds Congress Accountable for Tax Agreement Delay

Obama told reporters, "...one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second."
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