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Julie Bykowicz

covers the influence of money and lobbying in Washington, and covered the state legislature and city crime for the Baltimore Sun for 10 years.

Supporters take photos while President Barack Obama speaks to members of Organizing for Action at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Supporters take photos while President Barack Obama speaks to members of Organizing for Action at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Campaign: 1,200 Days to Go

President Barack Obama told his most ardent supporters last night that he has about 1,200 days left in office. Yet in some ways, as the event pointed out, he’s still campaigning. Obama appeared at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington to...

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Casino Mogul Adelson: Internet Gaming ‘Cancer,’ Chris Christie OK

Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson calls Internet gambling “a cancer” and a “moral issue.” As for one of the first governors who legalized it? That guy’s OK! In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Adelson said he likes New Jersey...

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

NRA Targets Manchin, A-Rated Once, Gun Debate Grows Personal

The National Rifle Association is out with a new television ad criticizing West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin for “working with” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama to push for stricter gun controls. “Concerned? You should be,” a...

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

Google Searches for More Washington Influence: 88% Investment Boost

Google Inc. is trying to be as ubiquitous in Washington as it is online. The Internet search engine increased its lobbying budget last year more than any of the 30 largest U.S. publicly traded companies, a new report by Bloomberg...

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President Barack Obama holds up a Baltimore Ravens jersey given to him by head coach John Harbaugh, right, as linebacker Ray Lewis looks on, after welcoming members of the National Football League Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during a South Lawn ceremony on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama holds up a Baltimore Ravens jersey given to him by head coach John Harbaugh, right, as linebacker Ray Lewis looks on, after welcoming members of the National Football League Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during a South Lawn ceremony on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Purple Prose for the Ravens

President Barack Obama toasted the Superbowl-champion Baltimore Ravens today in a ceremony at the White House, jokingly warning them not to tear up the lawn and referencing — while not performing — retired quarterback Ray Lewis’s touchdown dance. The players,...

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc.

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc.

Zuckerberg Unfriends Techies With New Political Status

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has lost some allies in his fight to change U.S. immigration law. He’s also made some new ones. Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, joined a Republican subgroup of Zuckerberg’s new nonprofit, FWD.us, after meeting the...

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A taxi leaves the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel.

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A taxi leaves the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel.

Hotel Union Protests Obama Commerce Nominee

Updated 3:20 p.m. EST Hotel and restaurant union workers plan to protest President Barack Obama’s pick of billionaire Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce. “Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst hotel employer in...

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Cayman Islands

Photograph by Greg Johnston

Cayman Islands

Nonprofits: Cayman Islands of Political Money

Social welfare nonprofits, which can keep their donors secret, are a lot like Russian nesting dolls: Open one, and you’ll find a smaller version inside. That’s what courts in California discovered last year when they tried to figure out who...

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A Tea Party Express rally prior to the arrival of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Phoenix.

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A Tea Party Express rally prior to the arrival of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Phoenix.

IRS to Tea Party Groups: Tell Us Everything

The Internal Revenue Service had questions. Lots of questions. The U.S. tax agency has acknowledged targeting anti-tax groups with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names for extra scrutiny — an admission that has Congress asking questions of its own....

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Staff members sit behind a chart of guns during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on January 30, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Staff members sit behind a chart of guns during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on January 30, 2013 in Washington, DC.

NRA Training Your School Guards?

The National Rifle Association today released a plan calling for more armed personnel in schools — and pitching itself as a school safety trainer. The gun-rights lobby, which claims five million members, is spending $1 million on what it calls the National School Shield,...

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