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How business lobbyists secretly paved the way for the FTAs

I've got a feature in this week's National Journal that tells the story of how the business community secretly influenced the trade deals that passed last week. The piece is filled with behind-the-scenes details including a 2 a.m. phone call between the Obama administration and the Chamber, an animated West Wing meeting among Austan Goolsbee, Valerie Jarrett and the CEO of Caterpillar and enough back-channel intrigue to fill, well, a 2,200-word magazine article. 

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Amid Protests, Cantor Cancels Speech

From National Journal:

PICTURES Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

POLLOccupy DC: Most Back Protests

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

CEO Compensation On The Rise, Barely

Good news for you local chief executives out there, according to a new study by the American Research Company, Washington-based companies pay their CEOs more than companies in any other geographic area.

But overall, the study found that CEOs' base pay went up 3.3 percent from April 2010 to April 2011, the second lowest pay increase since 1991, CEO Update reports. And total compensation barely ticked up at all.

CEO Update has more:

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

Why the End of Qaddafi May Not Help Obama

Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama is turning out to be quite the tough guy.

Osama bin Laden is a bad memory. Anwar al-Awlaki – an American citizen no less – is gone. And now, thanks to U.S.-led support, Muammar el-Qaddafi – an ally turned pariah – is dead as well.

That wasn’t exactly a victory lap we saw in the Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon (“You have won your revolution,” Obama declared to the Libyan people.). But it was a reminder that the U.S. played an important role in Qaddafi's downfall.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Romney Going for Quick Kill of Perry

In a new web site, in a controversial ad that was launched and then quickly pulled from sight, and in Tuesday’s now infamous debate touching episode, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is handling rival Rick Perry as if the Texas governor’s poll numbers were not at a paltry single-digit. With mounting evidence, he is, in short, treating Perry like Perry has Herman Cain’s numbers.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Democrats’ Next Jobs Message: Traffic, Potholes

Police officers, firefighters, and teachers are yesterday’s news. Senate Democrats are moving on to contractors and construction workers. After the defeat on Thursday night of legislation to give $35 billion to states and cities to hire and retain teachers and first responders, Senate Democratic leaders and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are highlighting the next proposal designed to highlight the individual components of President Obama’s jobs message.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

Jobs Tried Alternative Cancer Cures, Book Says

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs tried exotic diets and acupuncture to treat his cancer before he finally turned to science, according to a new biography.

The book confirms rumors that Jobs tried alternative treatments to treat his pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor before agreeing to undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and a liver transplant, according to The New York Times, which has a copy of the book.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

White House Hopeful of ETA's Renouncement of Violence

The White House applauded the Spanish terrorists network ETA for renouncing violence on Thursday. For 40 years, ETA has carried out attacks against civilians in the name of independence for Spain’s Basque region.

But the group has not given up its fight completely. According to a video posted by the BBC, ETA will request negotiations with Spain and France, the region’s northern neighbor.  

He added, “There is a long road ahead to realize this promise” of achieving peace.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:40pm

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 11:40am

Word for Word: Best Quotes of the Week, In Pictures

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 11:40am