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Jonathan Salant

covers campaign finance and lobbying in Washington. He was president of the National Press Club and started in Washington in 1987.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Sen. Chuck Hagel during a personnel announcement in the East Room at the White House, on Jan. 7, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Sen. Chuck Hagel during a personnel announcement in the East Room at the White House, on Jan. 7, 2013 in Washington.

Pro-Israel Lobbies Split Over Hagel

“The Jewish lobby,” as former Sen. Chuck Hagel once called pro-Israeli forces in Washington, is divided over his nomination for secretary of defense. Political action committees describing themselves as pro-Israel were on opposite sides of several high-profile congressional races. Now...

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A woman jogs past a roadside souvenir stall displaying T-shirt with President Barack Obama's picture in Washington on Jan. 5, 2013.

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A woman jogs past a roadside souvenir stall displaying T-shirt with President Barack Obama's picture in Washington on Jan. 5, 2013.

Obama Won Fiscal Talks — a Deal with Split Verdicts, Pew Finds

President Barack Obama has emerged as the winner in the showdown over resolving the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff, even as Americans are closely divided over what they think of the deal, according to a...

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

Romney’s Wall Street Romp — Obama’s Courthouse Stomp

Wall Street outdid the legal profession in raising money for Republican Mitt Romney, making him the first major-party presidential nominee in at least two decades who didn’t rely on lawyers as his biggest source of funding. The BGOV Barometer shows...

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Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

New York Cash Key for Republicans

New York Rep. Peter King’s initial call for residents of his state to stop writing checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee because of Congress’s delay in Hurricane Sandy relief-funding would pinch in the pocketbook, according to Federal Election Commission...

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Fox News commentator Karl Rove during a Republican Party election night gathering  in Denver on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Fox News commentator Karl Rove during a Republican Party election night gathering in Denver on Nov. 6, 2012.

Crossroads No Non-Profit, IRS Told

Two groups that favor stronger campaign finance laws renewed their complaints against Crossroads GPS, founded with the help of Karl Rove, as they asked the Internal Revenue Service to deny nonprofit status to the organization that spent $71 million to...

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Destroyed homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.

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Destroyed homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.

Sandy Saga: Republicans `Writing Off New York, New Jersey,’ King Says

Updated at 4:43 pm Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, says any campaign contributors from his state or neighboring New Jersey who support House Republicans “should have their head examined.” King made his comments today on “CNN Newsroom” after Speaker...

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The highest percentage of Americans in eight years support stronger gun laws, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

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The highest percentage of Americans in eight years support stronger gun laws, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

Gun Control Gains Post-Newtown

A USA Today/Gallup poll out today shows the highest percentage of Americans in eight years supporting stronger gun laws following the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The poll found 58 percent favoring making laws covering the sale of firearms stricter....

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A new poll shows more support for Democratic leaders in the talks, and less for the Republicans.

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A new poll shows more support for Democratic leaders in the talks, and less for the Republicans.

Gallup: More Americans Expect to Go Over Cliff

A Gallup poll out today shows increasing pessimism that President Barack Obama and Congress will be able to avoid the combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” by the Jan. 1 deadline. Just 50 percent...

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