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In GOP Campaign, Private Equity Firms Draw Flak

The public relations problem for private equity capitalists at firms such as Bain, KKR and Blackstone is that they are the agents of the creative-destruction part of capitalism. They aim to take over underperforming firms and operate them more efficiently. In that process, people do lose their jobs.
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GOP Primary Campaign Inundates South Carolina TV Viewers

With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.
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Heavy Lobbying Before Keystone Oil Pipeline Decision

As the deadline for a decision on a controversial oil pipeline approaches, lobbying is intensifying. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport oil from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf Coast. President Obama is caught in the middle of a jobs-vs.-environment debate.
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Pro-Pipeline Canada To Americans: Butt Out, Eh?

Canada's environmental organizations are working hard to block a proposed oil pipeline to its west coast. But the country's conservative-led government is pointing to American support and accusing those groups of being lackeys of nefarious foreign interests.
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Marshall Launching Bid For Virginia Senate Seat

Republican delegate Bob Marshall is throwing his hat the ring in the bid to fill the Virginia Senate seat recently vacated by Democrat Jim Webb.

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Former S.D. Gov., U.S. Rep. William Janklow Dies

Former South Dakota Gov. and Rep. William Janklow died Thursday after a short battle with brain cancer. Janklow is remembered as a combatant politician who many loved to hate. His political career ended after a car accident that killed a Minnesota motorcyclist. Janklow returned to the public eye last summer, though, when he threatened to sue the Army Corps of Engineers over flooding on the Missouri River.
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Obama Takes Aim At Republican Comments

When President Obama talks about the causes of the recession and the road out of it, he has consistently found fault in the financial services industry — and stressed the importance of making things. Now, with the Republican presidential nomination within reach of former venture capitalist Mitt Romney, those same words from Obama can sound mighty pointed.
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Amid Recent Criticism, Romney Pushes Back

After facing an onslaught of criticism about his work as a venture capitalist, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney pushed back Thursday. At a press conference in South Carolina, he said jobs were created, thanks to his work at Bain Capital. NPR's Ari Shapiro joins Melissa Block from Greenville, S.C.
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Banks Poised To Plead In Thomas Case

Marshall Banks, a man accused of helping former D.C. councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal hundreds of thousands in city funds, faces a plea hearing Friday.

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Bill Janklow's Death Gives South Dakota Tribal Leader Chance To Vent

Janklow, who resigned his congressional seat in 2003 after being convicted of manslaughter for running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist, made some political enemies, and at least one speaks ill of him in death.

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