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Romney's 'Crony Capitalism' Charge May Ring True For Leaders Of Both Parties

Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of "crony capitalism" as part of his campaign for the presidency. But critics of the U.S. economy and politics say the practice of rewarding the business interests of political supporters with federal taxpayer dollars is truly bipartisan.
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Analysis: GSA Cancels GovEnergy Conference, Faces Bonus Cuts and Hiring Freezes

The GSA has cancelled this year's Annual Government Energy Conference as a result of new tougher policies for conference spending. Charles Clark of Government Executive explains what this means for government employees.

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House Ignores Del. Norton, Passes Markup On D.C. Abortion

Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee passed the markup on a bill that would ban some abortions in the District, and refused Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton the opportunity to testify.

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Democrats Look For Alternatives After DISCLOSE Act Fails

Democrats are still pushing for disclosure of large-scale political donors to super PACs and other independent groups, despite the failure of the DISCLOSE Act in the Senate earlier this week. 

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Politics Likely Hinders San Bernardino's Economy

The city of San Bernardino, Calif., is expected to declare a fiscal emergency, and officially file for bankruptcy on Wednesday. The declaration would be the third by a California city in recent weeks. Some analysts believe San Bernardino's problems may be more about its dysfunctional local politics.
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Study: Many Could Face Obstacles In Voter ID Laws

A new report finds that millions of potential voters in states that require photo ID at the polls live more than 10 miles from the office that issue IDs. Nearly half a million of these people don't have access to a car or other vehicle. With the new requirements, "it certainly looks and feels like a poll tax," says one voter advocate.
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Fed Chief Gives Gloomy Economic Review

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a downbeat assessment of the U.S. economy at a Senate panel hearing Wednesday. He said the economy is still growing, but its pace slowed in the second quarter.
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Analysis: Cheney Lobbies Senate GOP To Oppose Defense Cuts

Despite speculation that automatic cuts to defense spending won't be addressed until after the November election, big guns like former VP Dick Cheney have been lobbying Congress. Alex Bolton of The Hill addresses shifting tides.

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Alexandria Waterfront Hotel Proposal Pushed Despite Zoning Limbo

Alexandria's zoning laws remained mired in legal limbo, but that hasn't stopped one developer from proposing a hotel along the waterfront that exceeds current limits on density.

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'No Conclusion' Yet On Maryland Gaming

Maryland's leadership says they have reached "no conclusion" in pursuit of a consensus on a special session for an expansion of gaming in the state.

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