Political Capital

Daniel Parks

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan works with Republican members of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington before introducing his "Path to Prosperity" debt-reduction plan.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan works with Republican members of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington before introducing his "Path to Prosperity" debt-reduction plan.

House Budget: A Document Where Big Ideas Often Go to Die

“House Budget Committee Chairman” may sound like a top-tier power position to people outside the Beltway. Insiders know the committee as something much different: a place where nothing important happens very often. However, Paul Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential...

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A worker prepares carpeting next to a symbol of a cloud at the Deutsche Telekom stand during CeBIT 2012.

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A worker prepares carpeting next to a symbol of a cloud at the Deutsche Telekom stand during CeBIT 2012.

Federal Contractors Gobbling Subs

Washington belt-tightening may be having a dramatic impact on the acquisition strategies of the nation’s largest government contractors. In an effort to keep government cash flowing, companies such as Dell, Citrix and Symantec have been gobbling up smaller companies in...

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EPA contractors work on a boat ramp installed by the agency at Riverfront Park in Libby, Mont.

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EPA contractors work on a boat ramp installed by the agency at Riverfront Park in Libby, Mont.

EPA Outruns Treasury in Business-Friendly Web-Site: BGOV Study

Many Republicans may think of the Environmental Protection Agency as a collective of job-killing tree-huggers. But the EPA has proven itself as a pro-business organization in at least one important respect: It knows how to run a Web-site for contractors....

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility in Arlington, Virginia.

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The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility in Arlington, Virginia.

Cybersecurity Gov’t Spending Boom

Hackers, crackers and script kiddies take note: The federal government is spending to keep your prying fingers out of places they don’t belong. Cybersecurity contractors should pay attention as well. A Bloomberg Government study finds that cybersecurity spending during the...

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Skateboarders in a pool behind a house in foreclosure in Fresno, California.

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Skateboarders in a pool behind a house in foreclosure in Fresno, California.

Housing Relief Holds `Wiggle Room’

What do public universities and litigation over faulty drywall have in common? Both have been deemed appropriate uses of money set aside for the states to help their citizens recover from the housing crises, according to a study by Bloomberg...

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Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-16 Fighting Falcon jet during a ceremony to commemorate the 4,500th delivery of the plane.

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Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-16 Fighting Falcon jet during a ceremony to commemorate the 4,500th delivery of the plane.

Budget Cuts Would Hit Contractors Hard

Government is more reliant than ever on private-sector contractors, a Bloomberg Government Study ranking the top 200 federal suppliers says. Downsizing in the 1990s cost hundreds of thousands of federal employees their jobs, but if Congress and the administration let...

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A man who identified himself as "Dan from Virginia" holds a flag and a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he joins other opponents of the president's healthcare reform in front of the Supreme Court.

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A man who identified himself as "Dan from Virginia" holds a flag and a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he joins other opponents of the president's healthcare reform in front of the Supreme Court.

Effort to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ Cuts Against GOP’s Grain

Democrats often accuse Republicans of doing backflips to serve the interests of big business. The push to repeal “Obamacare,” as the GOP calls the 2010 health-care law, may be a notable exception in some key respects. A study published yesterday...

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