Washington (CNN) - For the first time in a decade, what corporations, unions and other organizations spend to influence the government may not go up – but lobbying is still a multi-billion dollar business.
According to a new preliminary report by the non-partisan watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics, lobbying spending overall was $3.47 billion in 2010, down slightly from $3.49 billion in 2009.
Washington (CNN) - Which president, in recent history, had the most polarizing second year in office?
The answer: President Obama, according to a fresh analysis.
(CNN) – Forget about speculating about the 2012 field. Maybe it's time to get working on 2016.
First, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush replied "never say never" when asked by the National Review if he'd consider a presidential bid five years from now.
Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich outpaced his potential 2012 rivals in fundraising during the last three months of 2010 thanks to his influential 527 group "American Solutions for Winning the Future," which can solicit unlimited corporate and individual contributions.
Gingrich's K Street-based organization, which houses most of his staff and political operation, raised over $3.8 million between October and the end of December, and almost $14 million over the course of the entire year, according to new filings with the IRS.
Washington (CNN) - Mark Foley may have departed the House of Representatives under a cloud of controversy in 2006, but the former Republican congressman is slowly reentering the political game in Florida.
Foley, who resigned from the House when it was revealed he sent lewd messages to male congressional pages, headlined a meeting of the Palm Beach County Young Republicans last week. According to the group's president, Foley was met with a warm response.
(CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the all-but-declared presidential candidate, is taking a shot at another potential hopeful when it comes to the argument of what role social issues should play in the upcoming race for the White House.
Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday, Santorum directed his fire at Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who earlier this week doubled down on his contention that hot-button issues like abortion and same sex marriage should take a back seat to the fiscal and economic problems that are currently confronting the country.
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CNN: Official: U.S., Egypt talk ways to 'move' political transition forward
As they talked publicly in generalities about a smooth transition to a new government in Egypt, U.S. officials have been working behind the scenes on ways to "move that process forward," a national security spokesman said. Top members of the Obama administration stated Thursday their desire for embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave office and for inclusive negotiations to begin immediately with his political opponents.
CNN: House GOP slashes billions, falls short of pledge
GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's committee released its official spending targets for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, indicating Republicans plan to cut $58 billion in non-security funding, but when their overall spending target is compared to current spending levels for that same time frame, the cuts amount to $32 billion.