Thought the GOP's one-year ban on earmarks meant no earmarks? Think again. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is still submitting his requests, reports McClatchy.
You may have seen the Congressional wrangling over health care on C-SPAN, reports Politico, but what you didn't see was the equally intense, behind-the-scenes and around-the-clock efforts of interest groups and their lobbyists.
The EPA prepares to overhaul drinking water regulations and tighten rules on chemicals, though The New York Times reports that in many cases, current laws are sufficient--it's just that for years, violations have gone unpunished.
Talking Points Memo: That payday lender down the block may look like a small operation, but it is part of an industry with extensive, expensive ties to Washington power players.
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