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Networks 4 Causes. Money and Politics. Hollywood Politics. Energy news. Standard Bank says Chinese copper market cause for concern. Wall Street: Aiding Economic Recovery, or Strangling It? Military. Cool Hand Luke: Learn the rules. FishbowlDC - Where Politics & DC Media Mesh. How the Fed's dividend daze could backfire - Street Sweep: Fortune's Wall Street Blog. It's all gravy for the bankers now.

How the Fed's dividend daze could backfire - Street Sweep: Fortune's Wall Street Blog

But the rest of us could still get stuck cleaning up if the pot boils over. The Federal Reserve gave many of the biggest U.S. banks the go-ahead Friday to boost dividends and expand share buybacks. Still No Recovery In: Jobs, Housing, Energy Use, Consumer Credit. Tremble the Devil — the story of terrorism as Jesus Christ, James Bond, and Osama bin Ladin would tell it. Why Wall Street Lobbyists Want to Scare Small Businesses.

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Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) - Comprehensive, independent, and nonpartisan information on federal enforcement, staffing and funding. Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison. The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov.

Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison

Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square. The Hamilton Consulting Group of Madison, Wisconsin. America's hottest export: Arms - Feb. 11. Pension Bill Irks Experts - Bond Buyer Article. WASHINGTON — As a House Judiciary Committee panel meets Monday to hold a hearing on public pensions and the need for state bankruptcy protection, pension and muni bond experts are opposing a recently introduced bill that would prohibit them from issuing tax-exempt bonds unless they subject their pension plans to federal oversight and regulation.

Pension Bill Irks Experts - Bond Buyer Article

All of the witnesses slated to testify at the hearing — James Spiotto, a partner at Chapman and Cutler; Matt Fabian, managing director of Municipal Market Advisors; Keith Brainard, research director of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators; and Joshua Rauh, associate ­professor of ­finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University — are expected to question whether pension plans are in crisis or state bankruptcy protection makes sense.

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It is designed so you can copy and paste them into your emails! This could be compared to sending a bulk mailing via the post office! Outlook 2011: States Brace for Toughest Year Yet. In the past few years, states and cities have had to make unprecedented budget cuts as revenues tumbled with the economic downturn — but the worst is still to come.

Outlook 2011: States Brace for Toughest Year Yet

At GOVERNING's Annual Outlook in the States and Localities conference convened in Washington this week, everyone seemed to agree on one thing: Even as the national economy begins to turn around, 2012 will be the worst budget year for states and cities so far. State revenue receipts are down 12 percent from their pre-recession peak, and states have already sliced a combined $430 billion from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 budgets. While the majority of states aren't facing budget gaps for the current year, the looming loss of federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act means that most states are projecting major revenue gaps for next year.

Energy industry braces for cuts - Darren Samuelsohn. Energy interests of all stripes are on alert to defend their share of tax breaks, loan guarantees and other financial sweeteners amid growing calls to slash spending.

Energy industry braces for cuts - Darren Samuelsohn

Concerned that debt-obsessed rhetoric will translate into real cuts, industry groups and their lobbyists are calling in their chits in what’s sure to be a highly competitive war, pitting region against region and energy resource against energy resource. Continue Reading Their challenge will be daunting. President Barack Obama, congressional leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers and even some clean energy technology mavens have made it clear in recent weeks that there are no sacred cows anymore when it comes to cutting the billions of dollars in assistance that the government hands out every year. UK and Worldwide News. Secret GOP plan: Push states to declare bankruptcy and smash unions. Congressional Republicans appear to be quietly but methodically executing a plan that would a) avoid a federal bailout of spendthrift states and b) cripple public employee unions by pushing cash-strapped states such as California and Illinois to declare bankruptcy.

Secret GOP plan: Push states to declare bankruptcy and smash unions

This may be the biggest political battle in Washington, my Capitol Hill sources tell me, of 2011. That’s why the most intriguing aspect of President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans is what the compromise fails to include — a provision to continue the Build America Bonds program. BABs now account for more than 20 percent of new debt sold by states and local governments thanks to a federal rebate equal to 35 percent of interest costs on the bonds. The subsidy program ends on Dec. 31. Election Law. Bye-Bye Bell's. At the Map Room, a Bucktown bar with a tap list the length of a novel, the beers of Bell's Brewery are suddenly what everyone wants.

Bye-Bye Bell's

Medicare Cuts: Doctors Brace For Big Cuts. WASHINGTON — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through.

Medicare Cuts: Doctors Brace For Big Cuts

The scheduled cuts – the result of a failed system set up years ago to control costs – have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec. 1. Total Election Awareness: Track Voting Problem Reports in Real Time. Our Vote Live .org. The Capitol Steps Home Page. Project Vote Smart’s VoteEasy ™ Research Congress. Public Workers Rush for Retirement.