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'Bundling' Is Common Practice For D.C. Council Campaign Contributions

The D.C. Council is about to pass ethics reform for the District, but it won't include a prohibition on "bundling" -- or corporations making multiple campaign contributions through various subsidiaries. A review of the most recent campaign finance filings shows that the practice is pretty common.

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Congress Strikes Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown

Lawmakers reached a tentative agreement late Thursday to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown that could have happened this evening. 

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Bachmann Tries To Regain Early Iowa Lead

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann once appeared to be the favored Republican presidential candidate in Iowa. But she's been near the bottom of most polls since. Bachmann is making an aggressive push to finish well in next month's Iowa caucuses, and she embarks on a multi-day bus tour of the state Friday.
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In Iowa, Bachmann Attacks Gingrich In GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich stood center state Thursday night in the Sioux City Convention Center. The sharpest elbows did not come from his close rivals, Mitt Romney or Ron Paul. Instead, it was Michele Bachmann who repeatedly went after Gingrich.
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Negotiators Reach Deal To Keep Government Open

Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a compromise spending bill to avert a weekend federal shutdown. They also worked toward a deal renewing the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year.
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Romney Regains Stride; Gingrich Shows Old Newt At Sioux City Debate

Mitt Romney returned to form in the final Republican presidential debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Romney, who had perhaps his shakiest debate performance in Des Moines over the weekend, appeared to regain his composure in Thursday night's debate in Sioux City, Iowa.
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McDonnell Calls For $2.21B In Contributions For State Pensions

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Governor Bob McDonnell is calling for a $2.2 billion infusion into Virginia's state pension fund, to cover a shortfall so that taxpayers won't have to -- at least for this year.

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Iowa Gov. Branstad On GOP White House Contest: 'It's A Wide Open Race'

Iowa's popular Gov. Terry Branstad hasn't endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates crisscrossing his state yet. Still, Branstad will eventually be endorsing someone after the Jan. 3 caucuses. As he told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block Thursday: "I want to work to help unite the party behind the winner of the nomination process."

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