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February 3, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Here is Wednesday's look at some articles and blog posts of interest: General Electric and Comcast are throwing money at key lawmakers on panels that will hold hearings on the companies' upcoming merger. Congressmen who have received donations from the companies include Rep. Rick Boucher [D, VA-9], Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY], Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT], Rep. Terry Lee [R, NE-2], Rep. Charlie Melancon [D, LA-3] and Rep. Cliff Stearns [R. FL-6] (The Hill) In 2006, Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] sai...

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Congress Links

February 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Despite being a slow day in Congress, it was a busy day on Capitol Hill. Here's a look at what you might have missed: Sen. John Kerry [D, MA] has joined Sen. Arlen Specter [D, PA] in calling for a constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision lifting limits on corporate cash in campaigns. (The Hill) A group of centrist Senate Democrats including Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA], Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA], Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] and Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] ...

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Gates, Mullen Testify On Gays In The Military

February 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint of Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen are testifying right now before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the Pentagon's plan to roll back "don't ask, don't tell." According to Marc Ambinder, Gates will announce a series of steps building up to the eventual end of the policy. According to an administration official, the most visible of those steps will be to revise the rule that allows third parties -- other soldiers or outside accusers -...

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The Week In Review

January 29, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Congress felt like the center of the universe this week with the State of the Union on Wednesday, continuing negotiations on a number of issues and even a couple tough votes going down. Here's what we've been up to here at OpenCongress:

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Gay Rights Activists To Obama: Action, Not Words

January 28, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Last night, President Obama once again called for an end to the “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military. But his words were not enough for many gay rights activists.

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