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Veterans Lobby On Climate Change

More than 30 retired military generals and admirals are in Washington this week pushing Congress and the administration to pass the Senate trio's "American Power Act," despite the fact that the bill has not yet been introduced. Jonathan Powers, COO of the Truman National Security Project, said at a press conference this morning that the national security challenges posed by inaction on climate legislation -- including U.S. dependence on foreign oil and global instability caused by climate change -- will help restart the stalled negotiations.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 2:30pm

Meek Stepping Toward The Spotlight

5-term Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) will run for a promotion as the outsider candidate against 2 men he regards as insider establishment GOPers -- ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) and FL Gov. Charlie Crist. It may be a difficult path to take, but it's a popular storyline this year: Rubio and Crist are also running against DC and insider party politics.

"I was not the chosen candidate by the quote unquote Democratic bosses," Meek said in an interview with Hotline reporters and editors. "I'm glad I'm not from central casting."

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 2:29pm

More Hill Concern Over Movie Futures Exchanges

A bipartisan group of 10 House members have raised new questions about proposals from two firms to create motion picture futures exchanges based on speculation over movie box office receipts, proposals staunchly opposed by movie industry groups. In a letter Wednesday to Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, the lawmakers voiced concern about approving the trading of movie futures while Congress is in the midst of debating financial regulatory reform and possible changes to the commission's jurisdiction over commodity-based derivatives.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 1:52pm

Senate Dems Go It Alone On Campaign Bill

Senate Dems have introduced a major campaign finance reform measure without a GOP sponsor, diminishing the bill's chances of reaching a bipartisan conclusion even as the House version attracts some GOP support.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) introduced the measure, aimed at responding to the high court's decision to allow corporations and unions to spend more money on political ads.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:06pm

Forti To American Crossroads

Carl Forti has been tapped to be political director of American Crossroads, the fledgling 527 that is expected to pour tens of millions of dollars into ad and get-out-the-vote drives for GOP incumbents and challengers in key congressional races year. Forti is a veteran political operative and ex-communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 10:46am

Bennet Introduces Lifetime Lobbying Ban For Members

From this morning's Earlybird: • Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., "introduced a K Street reform bill Wednesday that would place a lifetime ban on Members of Congress from entering the influence business," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is lobbying hard to kill a provision in financial industry overhaul legislation requiring big banks to sell off their derivatives-trading businesses, and rival banks are welcoming the help, shrugging off attacks on the firm by lawmakers and securities regulators," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:30am

Wireless Industry Appeals to Coburn

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Wireless companies are zeroing in this week on" Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., "who is blocking an industry-backed proposal that may generate billions of dollars for federal coffers and telecommunications providers such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to buy smart phone maker Palm Inc. -- which helped spark the mobile digital revolution with its renowned PalmPilot device in the mid-1990s -- in a cash deal for $1.2 billion," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:30am

Crisis Cost U.S. $648 Billion In Income, Report Says

The United States lost $648 billion in income and 5.5 million jobs due to the financial crisis from October 2008 though the end of 2009, turning what was predicted to be a brief and mild downturn into one of the longest and deepest recessions since the 1930s, according to a new report commissione

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00am

Five Questions For The New Fiscal Panel

President Obama 's new 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform held its first meeting on Tuesday, followed the next day by a conference on the nation's burgeoning budget deficit and debt problems, headlined by former President Clinton . President Obama has asked the bipa

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00am

Panel Backs Bill Aimed At Boosting U.S. Innovation

The House Science and Technology Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would reauthorize a law that aims to double authorized funding for research and development at key science agencies, enhance support for science and math education and other programs aimed at boosting U.S. innovation. After wading through dozens of amendments, the committee approved the bill (H.R. 5116) on a 29-8 vote with all the no votes coming from Republicans. It would reauthorize the 2007 America COMPETES Act for five years and authorize about $82 billion in funding for the bill's programs.

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 9:36pm