• Donald Trump Nov 11, 2019

    After Push From Perry, His Backers Got Huge Ukraine Gas Deal

    Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president. Perry’s efforts to influence Ukraine’s energy policy came earlier this year, just as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new government was seeking military aid...

  • Maryland Oct 26, 2019

    Lawmaker Accuses Lobbyist of Inappropriate Touching

  • Maryland Oct 26, 2019

    Bowie Native Becomes Maryland's Youngest Medical Cannabis Dispensary Owner

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Taps Energy Department's No. 2 to Take Over for Perry

    President Donald Trump on Friday tapped Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who is expected to leave the agency’s top post at the end of the year, NBC News reported. Brouillette — whose broad experience in Washington’s backrooms includes stints as a top lobbyist for the Ford Motor Company, the chief of staff for the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    5 Facts: Dan Brouillette

    President Donald Trump has nominated Dan Brouillette to replace Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Impeachment Dominates, But Much Other Work Awaits Congress

    Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they’re returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It’s a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end a two-week break. The notion that President Donald Trump could do much significant dealmaking with...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Trump's Cabinet Has Had More Ex-Lobbyists Than Obama or Bush

    In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they’re regulating. The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump’s populist pledge to “drain the swamp” is a catchy campaign...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2019

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2019

    Gun Owners Look Beyond the NRA for Representation

    Bob Mokos is a passionate gun owner who on the surface would seem like a card-carrying National Rifle Association member. The retired airline pilot has been shooting guns since he was a child. The Vietnam veteran got more serious about firearms as a civilian after one of his sisters was fatally shot during a mugging in Chicago. After the 9/11...

  • Donald Trump Aug 8, 2019

    Weakened But Unbowed, NRA Head Digs in Against Gun Control

    In the aftermath of the back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation on the issue. The man largely responsible for the NRA’s uncompromising stance is its decades-long CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who has been engulfed in turmoil and legal issues as...

  • Texas Jul 14, 2019

    Dog the Bounty Hunter Tearfully Pays Tribute to Beth Chapman at Colorado Memorial Service

    Dog the Bounty Hunter honored his late wife Beth Chapman at a memorial service in Aurora, Colorado on Saturday. Beth died at the age of 51 in June following her battle with cancer. During an emotional and tear-filled speech, the TV star recounted their life together. From recalling the moment he met his wife to speaking about their pre-fame days,...

  • Minnesota Jul 12, 2019

    Incoming Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella Under Scrutiny for Work With Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

    Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation Friday of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago. But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore. Democratic senators and civil...

  • CEO Jun 26, 2019

    NRA Splits With PR Firm, Top Lobbyist and NRATV Amid Infighting

    Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost its top lobbyist. The latest turmoil emerged just a year before the critical 2020 presidential elections when the NRA’s ability to influence the outcome could decide the fate of gun...

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    The Most Important Races in the 2020 Senate Fight

    A handful of races will decide whether Mitch McConnell and the GOP can keep their grip on the Senate next year – including in Alabama, where Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with teen girls decades ago, is again running for the Republican nomination. President Donald Trump faces a grind to win another term in the White House. Even if...

  • New Jersey Jun 23, 2019

    States' Push to Legalize Sports Betting Differs by Region

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting, a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep South and far West — SEC and...

  • Donald Trump Jun 19, 2019

    Trump's Pentagon Pick Is Army Veteran, Defense Lobbyist

    President Donald Trump’s pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump on Tuesday said Mark Esper, his current Army secretary, would lead the Defense Department on an acting basis.

  • Donald Trump May 20, 2019

    Trump's EPA Shifts More Environmental Enforcement to States

    Around the country, the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump is delegating a widening range of public health and environmental enforcement to states, saying local officials know best how to deal with local problems. Critics contend federal regulators are making a dangerous retreat on enforcement that puts people and the environment at greater risk. One administration initiative would give states more...

  • Donald Trump Apr 27, 2019

    Infighting Erupts at NRA Convention, Threatening Leadership

    The National Rifle Association was plunged into deeper internal turmoil Friday amid an effort by opponents of top executive Wayne LaPierre to drive out the man who has long been the public face of the gun-rights group. LaPierre sent a letter to board members Thursday outlining that the NRA’s president — Lt. Col. Oliver North — was trying to oust...

  • San Francisco Mar 29, 2019

    Hawaii Weighs Nation's First Statewide Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors

    The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban under a bill before the Legislature. San Francisco was the first U.S. city...

  • Florida Mar 2, 2019

    Legalized Sports Betting Unlikely in Texas, California and Florida

    A 50-state review of sports gambling legislation by The Associated Press reveals that legalization efforts are nonexistent or very unlikely to happen anytime soon in the nation’s three most populous states — Texas, California and Florida — which together hold more than a quarter of the U.S. population.

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