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Legislative Mischief

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AP

Barney Frank, in an intensifying clash with GOP upstart Sean Bielat, pledged not to take campaign cash from lenders that got federal bailouts — yet has raked in $40,000 from bank execs and special interests connected to the staggering government loan

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AP

[Instead of passing a budget before they went on vacation...] Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passe

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Farm Wars

Reid’s Deputy Communications Director Regan Lachapelle confirmed to Meatingplace that the senator is working on a unanimous consent agreement to ultimately bring about a vote on the legislation [S.510].

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This administration is falling into the same dangerous trap we fell into during the Great Depression, as did the Germans leading into their hyperinflation of the 1920's. The temptation is to do something, anything, to attempt to stimulate the economy

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Reuters

A volatile political environment is boosting the possibility that U.S. lawmakers will pass legislation designed to prod China into letting its currency rise more rapidly against the dollar. "The chances are certainly on the rise, I think for two r

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USA Today (h/t Steven Saw)

The rich in Congress got even richer in 2009. The 50 wealthiest members of Congress saw their collective fortunes rise to $1.4 billion in 2009 -- an $85.1 million jump from 2008 -- even as the U.S. economy struggled to recover from a recession.

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AP

Ignoring a U.S. warning, Arab nations are urging Washington and other powers to end support of Israel’s nuclear secrecy and to push the Jewish state to allow international inspections of its program. The Arab League has directly approached Washington

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Politico

Taxpayers have paid out nearly $1 million per year in settlements to congressional employees who have been harassed or otherwise treated badly by their political bosses over the past 14 years. The payouts stem from hundreds of complaints from

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AP

The once-popular ethanol industry is scrambling to hold onto billions of dollars in government subsidies, fighting an increasing public skepticism of the corn-based fuel and wariness from lawmakers who may divert the money to other priorities.

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