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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

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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A demonstrator holds a portrait of Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on Oct. 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A demonstrator holds a portrait of Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on Oct. 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

USIS, Snowden Vetter, Follows Playbook for Firms Under Scrutiny

US Investigations Services LLC, the top provider of background checks to federal agencies, is battling to repair its reputation as it responds to vetting failures such as allowing Edward Snowden to handle classified information. Like BP Plc after the Gulf of Mexico oil...

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An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter by Northrop Grumman on the flight line at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif. on Sept. 17, 2013.

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An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter by Northrop Grumman on the flight line at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif. on Sept. 17, 2013.

Northrop Grumman Led All Companies in Lobbying Last Year

In a year that saw Northrop Grumman Corp. fend off efforts to curb purchases of its Global Hawk Block 30 drones and fight defense spending cuts, the No. 5 U.S. contractor spent more money to lobby the government than any...

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

Farm Bill’s Food Stamps Reflect Decades of Savvy Politics

One of the most contentious points in the long-delayed legislation to set U.S. agricultural policy is a seemingly unrelated issue: Food assistance for the poor. Today the House passed a nearly $1 trillion “farm bill” that cuts food-stamp spending by...

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A man walks over a newly installed U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington, D.C.

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A man walks over a newly installed U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $73.6 Million

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its legal-reform affiliate spent $73.6 million to lobby Congress and the executive branch last year. The chamber was among the most vocal advocates of immigration changes, pushing for a plan that included a path...

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The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

Contribute a Bitcoin: Virtual Currency Experiments in Campaign Finance

Bitcoin enthusiasts are developing their influence in Washington, as Bloomberg News reported today, and naturally that means starting some super-PACs. The virtual currency is decentralized, automated and limited — qualities that appeal to entrepreneurs and fans of Ron Paul, the...

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

Congress Serving Pork — Not ‘Rocket Science’

When Congress agreed with President Barack Obama in 2010 and shut down the Constellation program to send astronauts to the moon and beyond, it did so with one condition: NASA finishes construction of a tower to test an engine for...

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Daily wage laborers stack sacks of grain at a warehouse in Faridkot, India.

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Daily wage laborers stack sacks of grain at a warehouse in Faridkot, India.

World’s Hungry Watch U.S. Farm Bill

The farm bill, a Capitol Hill ritual of lobbying and log-rolling that connects farmers and health advocates with the urban poor and insurance companies, has been snagged in Congress in arcane disputes over subsidy-payment formulas and arguments over the extent...

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NRA members during their annual meeting on May 4, 2013 in Houston.

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NRA members during their annual meeting on May 4, 2013 in Houston.

NRA Raised $256 Million Last Year

The National Rifle Association, the country’s largest and most powerful gun lobby, raised $256 million in 2012, more than in any other year of the Obama administration. Last year included the presidential election and mass shootings at a movie theater...

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