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The Chinese government on Friday earmarked 1.36 billion yuan ($218 million) to help victims of natural disasters fight starvation and low temperatures in winter and the coming spring. Allocated by the ministries of finance and civil affairs, the
More News January 23 The Star's Washington correspondent Sen. Claire McCaskill is making another run at ending earmarks after the Missouri Democrat tried but failed during her first term in Congress. McCaskill will reintroduce legislation today
People have all kinds of theories for why Washington DC has gotten so dysfunctional in recent years...There's the fact that Republicans are in safe, gerrymandered districts, and mostly have to worry about Tea Party challengers in primaries. But if
Former Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.), who lost his primary race last year, won't technically be a lobbyist for the firm, Sills, Cummis & Gross . He is legally required to wait a year after leaving Congress before taking on that role. But that doesnt
This year's version of the Superstorm Sandy disaster relief bill is a disaster for the fishing industry, at least in the House version. The Rules Committee reported out the relief bill without including any of the three Massachusetts-sponsored
You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours," is an old and cherished maxim of our republic...One member of Congress gets a road or a monument for his or her state in exchange for a vote on the bill in question...The political vogue lately, however,
New York's victims of Hurricane Sandy face dire, dire situation' as House stalls on $60 billion storm aid bill Residents in devastated neighborhoods like Coney Island and the Rockaways suffer as Washington leaders 'play politics with people's
He's the King of Pork in Alabama with his snout stuck firmly in the goverment feeding trough funneling federal dollars to his compadres. Senator Richard Shelby Alabama's senior Senator Richard Shelby (R) takes great care of his former staffers... and
Aronsohn's attack on Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, for not supporting the Sandy aid bill omitted a few facts. Garrett has properly insisted that the bill have accountability and oversight, and publicly stated he will support it once that is included.
A look at the overlap between Congress members' personal finances and their legislative duties. More on this Story The Post analysis shows that the interests of lawmakers and their relatives have overlapped to varying degrees on bills before Congress.