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Zuckman, LaHood Departures Not Related

My colleague Fawn Johnson caught up with Jill Zuckman and filed this dispatch: 

Transportation Department spokeswoman Jill Zuckman told Influence Alley on Friday that her decision to leave her post for the private sector has nothing to do with Secretary Ray LaHood's surprise announcement yesterday that he would serve only one term in the Obama administration.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Architect of Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Donated To Romney

Richard Lowrie, Jr., the Wells Fargo financial analyst who designed GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's now-famous 9-9-9 plan, has a consistent record of donating to Republican candidates and gave $2,300 to Mitt Romney, now Cain's rival, during his 2007 presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

During this campaign cycle, Lowrie has given $500 to Cain, $1,000 to Cain's leadership PAC and nothing to Romney. 
CRP's Seth Cline reports:

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Group Looks to Reform Wall Street Recruiting Practices

Our Time, a nonprofit advocating for people under 30, has launched a national petition to end what it says is special treatment for banks on college campuses.

The "Say No to Wall Street" petition demands universities stop accepting contributions from Wall Street recruiters in return for preferential access to students, and instead encourage students to become entrepreneurs or enter other fields.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Obamas Host South Korean President, First Lady at State Dinner—PICTURES

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

House Democrats Focus on Solyndra Legal Memo

House Democrats Friday urged Republicans leading the congressional probe into Solyndra to release an Energy Department memo that they say shows the administration’s legal rationale for restructuring the $535 million federal loan guarantee of the now-defunct solar manufacturer. 

A spokeswoman for House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the committee would release the memo, but did not immediately do so. National Journal obtained a copy of the memo.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

EPA Chief: Agency Feeling Heat From Right and Left

The Environmental Protection Agency faces an “unprecedented … overreaction” as Republicans put Clean Air Act rules at the center of their political attack on so-called “job-killing” regulations, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said on Friday.

But Jackson noted that several Obama administration moves also have angered environmentalists and some Democrats. The EPA is now actively seeking to mend fences on both sides of the political aisle, Jackson said at a breakfast event sponsored by Politico.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Genachowski Puts Spectrum Hopes In Super Committee

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski called on Congress for what seemed like the zillionth time on Friday to pass incentive auction legislation.

This time he tipped his hat on how he thinks the proposal can move across the finish line this year: by way of the super committee.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 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!

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Perry Touts ‘Made-in-America’ Energy Policy

In a major address meant to re-energize his flagging presidential campaign, Rick Perry said on Friday that removing onerous environmental regulations girding domestic energy production is the most effective and fastest way to jump start the U.S. economy.

“The quickest way to give the economy a shot in the arm is deploy American ingenuity to tap American energy,” said Perry, speaking at a steel mill outside of Pittsburgh. “But we can only do that if environmental bureaucrats are told to stand down.”

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am

Word for Word: Best Quotes of the Week--PICTURES

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:40am