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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Railroad Lobby: 15 Percent Boost

Railroads are doing what companies do when they’re faced with a government regulation that could add to the costs of doing business: Spending more on Washington lobbying. The Association of American Railroads, which represents rail lines like Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s...

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

SpaceX Increases Lobbying as It Shoots for the Stars

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., trying to break into the $67.6 billion market for large military and spy satellite launches, boosted its lobbying expenses by 30 percent during the first half of 2014 over a year ago, new Senate...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Lobby Outguns Protesters

Thousands of people from across the country marched around the White House last year chanting slogans and carrying placards in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project to link Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. But in...

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A bartender pours champagne.

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A bartender pours champagne.

Champagne Lobby Bubbling in DC

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was an unabashed Francophile. George Washington had France to thank for helping defeat the British at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Jefferson was dispatched to Paris as ambassador for the nascent American democracy,...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Shaking Up D.C. — Like Auto and Space Races

Billionaire Elon Musk doesn’t do anything quietly. His Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won a battle with Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to lease a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was the first private U.S. company to dock a spacecraft at the...

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

Coal Warriors Call Truce as Industry Mingles Along Potomac

On a muggy evening along the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, a temporary truce was called in the “War on Coal.” Instead of bombardments, it was an open bar, roving trays of melon wrapped in prosciutto and plentiful shrimp and...

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Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

Photograph by Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

SpaceX Lobbying Going Where Others Have Gone Before

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which hired two new lobbying firms last month, reported a 15 percent increase in expenditures during the first three months of 2014 compared with the same period a year ago. SpaceX reported spending $310,000 to lobby...

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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