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D.C. Council Digs In On Corporate Contributions

Campaign filings show the D.C. Council is relying more on corporate contributions for their campaigns than in years past, which calls into question their resistance to closing the LLC loophole in ethics legislation.

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As Caucuses Loom, Iowans Bemoan Lack of Face Time

The first contest of the election season usually has candidates swarming Iowa, but they've spent fewer hours in the Hawkeye State this year. Money plays a role. And candidates may be relying more on exposure through the many televised debates than in years past.
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The Hill: Loss For Tea Party Republicans, Federal Funding Squabbles

Roy Blunt defeated Ron Johnson for the highly contested position of Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Tuesday, which could signal the tack the GOP takes in the 2012 election.

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Why Candidates Aren't Campaigning As Hard In Iowa

With three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses kick off the Republican nominating contest, the candidates are not registering much of a presence in Iowa.
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Analysis: Rich To Benefit Most In Gingrich Tax Plan

Newt Gingrich's plan to rewrite the nation's tax policy hasn't gotten as much attention as some of his other proposals, but according to a new analysis it would require sweeping changes to the government. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that 70 percent of Americans would see their taxes go down.
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D.C. Hunger Strikers Hit Capitol Hill

The three Occupy DC protesters hunger striking for D.C. autonomy occupied the office of House Speaker John Boehner, while the Congressional chairman of District affairs hits back at Occupy DC's McPherson campsite.

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FCC To Turn Down Loud Commercials

Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously for rules to deal with what it called "one of the most persistent problems of the television age" — loud commercials. Cable operators and TV stations will be required to ensure ads are no louder than the programs in which they appear. Melissa Block has more.
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Medicare, Medicaid Must Change, Says Former Head

Donald Berwick resigned as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December. Berwick explains why he thinks much of the spending in the U.S. health care system is wasted, and the need to reform Medicare and Medicaid to improve coordination of care.
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Robocalls To Cellphones? States Marshal Opposition

A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones is getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition from state attorneys general.

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