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Checks and Balance: The Appetite for Pork May Not Satisfy the Hunger for Change

By Kate Ackley | CQ Magazine | February 5, 2018 Lawmakers almost certainly won’t resurrect earmarks before the November elections, but they’ve moved their debate from the secretive confines of something resembling a Dead Earmarks Society meeting to the public view of congressional hearings. And with good reason: Those pots of federal money handed out…

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Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns

By The Hill Staff | The Hill | November 2, 2017 © Greg Nash Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group Companies large and small rely on this tech-centric lobbying firm, which this year delved into big issues like broadband access and intellectual property enforcement. Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group   As a financial services pro, it’s…

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Republicans may get the defense spending they dreamed of under President Trump

By Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post | November 14, 2016 Defense hawks are quietly celebrating the election of Donald Trump  — now, they might just get more than they ever dreamed possible. That’s because Washington Republicans and the president elect have more in common on defense spending and priorities than it might seem given Trump’s hardline foreign…

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Herson on Trump Team, Republican Congressional Leadership

BY VAGO MURADIAN | Defense & Aerospace Report | November 10, 2016 Michael Herson, the president of American Defense International and one of Washington’s top defense lobbyists, discusses who will populate the Trump administration and Republican congressional leadership with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.

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There’s game-changing news for N.J. coming in new Congress

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ.com | November 9, 2016 New Jersey’s congressional delegation, which has been a 98-pound weakling on Capitol Hill, soon may bulk up. When the 115th Congress convenes in January, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) elected to his 12th term Tuesday, will be in line to chair the House Appropriations Committee, one of the…

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