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Lobbying world

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R.C. Hammond, a spokesman for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said in a tweet that Tuesday would be his last day on the job. He is returning to the Herald Group, a strategic consulting firm where he previously worked. He’s also...

Tuesday, Dec 12

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GOP looks to scrap Obama-era rule on college credit hours

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As part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization, House Republicans are taking aim at a Department of Education rule meant to stop colleges from defrauding the federal student aid system. The proposal to roll back the Obama-era rules…

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Two GOP lawmakers call for end to ObamaCare program operating in only Arkansas

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Two Republican lawmakers are calling for the elimination of a little-known ObamaCare program that costs the federal government $10 million a year.Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, and Sen. Ron…

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Colleges, universities targeted in GOP bills

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are increasingly taking aim at nonprofit colleges and universities in major legislation. The tax-reform bill that Republicans are negotiating would make significant changes to federal student aid programs and…

GOP under pressure on bond issue in tax bill

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Groups representing affordable housing, hospitals, airports and colleges are intensely lobbying House Republicans to defer to the Senate and retain a critical financing tool scrapped in their own tax plan.The groups say eliminating tax…

Ex-CMS staffer buoys ObamaCare

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Lori Lodes arrived at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at a critical juncture for ObamaCare.It was September 2014, approximately two months from the start of the second open enrollment season for the federal insurance…

Friday, Dec 8

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Online sex-trafficking bill prompts Craigslist to hire its first lobbyists

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The classified ads site Craigslist has hired its first federal lobbyists to tackle online sex trafficking bills making their way through Congress.Recently filed disclosure forms show that Craigslist has tapped five lobbyists from the law…

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Overnight Finance: Congress sends Trump bill to avert shutdown | GOP discovers corporate tax snag | CFPB leadership battle rages

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Senate sends funding bill to Trump to avert government shutdown: The Senate on Thursday cleared a two-week stopgap funding bill, one day before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown.The bill now heads to the White House, where…

Thursday, Dec 7

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Federal guarantee of MBS is a twofer for big banks

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A proposal to provide a federal guarantee only on mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issued through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (or their successors) as part of mortgage market reform will leave small lenders and their customers out in the…

Wednesday, Dec 6

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Survey: Satisfaction of federal workers rising

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Employee satisfaction across the government improved by an average of 2.1 points in 2017 in the months after President Trump took office, compared to the same time last year, according to a new survey of federal workers.Federal government…

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Lobbying world

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Jonathan Harmon has been elected by the McGuireWoods board of partners to serve as the firm’s chairman. J. Tracy Walker IV has been named as its managing partner. Harmon joined the firm in 1995, and has led its business & securities…

Tuesday, Dec 5

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Going to bat for credit unions

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Credit unions have been an integral part of Carrie Hunt’s life since she was a little girl. Hunt leads the government relations arm of the National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU), whose member financial firms serve…

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Bottom line

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TAX REFORM. Heineken USA hired McGuireWoods Consulting to work on a specific area of tax reform, known in the House version as Section 4303, which would impose a sweeping new excise tax on certain payments from domestic corporations...

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Otto Warmbier's parents hire lobbyists to push for sanctions on North Korea

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The parents of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American who died after being held prisoner in North Korea, hired lobbyists to push for increased U.S. sanctions on the country days before the Trump administration imposed them.Fred and Cindy…

Sunday, Dec 3

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Former Bush attorney general: 'Heavy breathing' over Flynn plea agreement 'completely unwarranted'

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Michael Mukasey, who served as attorney general under former President George W. Bush, dismissed speculation that former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s plea agreement signals that there are more charges to come in the...

Friday, Dec 1

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Analysis: More than 6,000 lobbyists have worked on taxes in 2017

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Tax reform is taking over Washington, so much so that more than half of all registered lobbyists have disclosed working on the issue, according to an analysis from Public Citizen, a government watchdog group.There are just under 11,000…

Thursday, Nov 30

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Sadly, it may be time to stock up on 'nuke pills'

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In 2001 we received a package from San Diego Gas and Electric Company, which managed the San Onofre nuclear power plant at the south end of San Clemente, where our house is located. The package contained potassium iodide pills, more…

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Senators press for deputy AG to review online gambling opinion

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Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are pushing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to take action and reverse a 2011 Department of Justice opinion that changed the agency’s long-held understanding that online…

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McConnell: Trump doing 'a great job' handling North Korea

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview broadcast Wednesday praised President Trump for how he has handled North Korea’s aggression.“I think the president is doing actually a great job. He’s the first president who’s…

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Bottom Line

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PUERTO RICO. The law and lobby firm Foley & Lardner filed its registration paperwork for its work on behalf of Whitefish Energy, the two-person Montana company that won a controversial contract to help bring power back to hurricane-ravaged…

Wednesday, Nov 29

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Lobbying world

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Former Obama administration official Christopher Fonzone is joining Sidley Austin as a member of its global privacy and cybersecurity practice. From 2013 to this year, he held senior White House roles advising the National...

Tuesday, Nov 28

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Top Minnesota newspaper: Franken’s apology ‘fails the full candor test’

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A top Minnesota newspaper in an editorial published late Monday said Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) apology following sexual misconduct accusations fell "lamentably short,” and questioned the lawmaker’s claim that he does not...

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Foreign lobbying law open to exploitation

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Washington’s foreign agents are able to operate in a legal gray zone thanks to ambiguities in the law and less-than-stringent enforcement.Foreign lobbying has come to the forefront due to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of…

Fighting for ObamaCare

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Chip Kahn has helped hospitals beat back multiple attempts by congressional Republicans to repeal ObamaCare, but he isn’t ready to declare victory yet.Kahn, the president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), says making…

Thursday, Nov 23

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Give thanks, but not for our politics

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The celebration of Thanksgiving is as old as this nation itself. George Washington proclaimed the first official Thanksgiving, declaring that it was an opportunity to “unite in rendering unto [God] our sincere and humble thanks for his…

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JPMorgan CEO: I'd bet against Trump in 2020

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon on Wednesday predicted President Trump won’t be in office for a second term. “If I had to bet, I’d bet three and a half,” Dimon said when asked at an Economic Club of Chicago luncheon how many years...

Wednesday, Nov 22

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Washington Post publishes detailed list of Trump accusers after he supports Moore

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The Washington Post on Wednesday published a detailed list of the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump and names of those corroborating the claims a day after he offered support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.The...

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Ukraine enlists firm to lobby against Russian gas pipeline

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Ukraine’s state-owned oil and natural gas company has hired a Washington, D.C., firm to lobby against a natural gas pipeline Russia has proposed to build.Naftogaz is paying $37,000 to retain Yorktown Solutions through the end of the year,…

Tuesday, Nov 21

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Judge grants Manafort, Gates 'limited release' for Thanksgiving

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A judge has granted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business associate Richard Gates "limited release" for the Thanksgiving holiday.Manafort and Gates will have to wear GPS devices and are not allowed to consume…

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De Blasio: If Lewinsky scandal happened today, Bill Clinton would 'have to resign'

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said if the Monica Lewinsky scandal happened today, former President Bill Clinton would have to resign.“If it happened today there would have been a very different reaction. No question,” de Blasio…