Political Writer, U.S. News & World Report
usnews.com — Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who made her name as a centrist deal-maker during her nearly 40-year congressional career, left office because she felt ineffective in the ever-more polarized Senate. Now she's joined the Bipartisan Policy Center and written a book, "Fighting for Common Ground," on how to effect change from the outside in hopes of returning Congress to a problem-solving body.
usnews.com — Medea Benjamin, who successfully heckled President Barack Obama multiple times during his speech on drone policy Thursday, is no stranger to political protests. When George W. Bush was president Benjamin, who is the founder of anti-war organization Code Pink, heckled numerous cabinet officials including Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice.
nationalreview.com — Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service's director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source in the agency's Cincinnati office. Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt organizations division she oversees stating, "Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today.
usnews.com — Lawsuits lodged against the Internal Revenue Service after it admitted some officials inappropriately targeted conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status may face an uphill battle, but they will help shed new detailsn the misguided scrutiny. [ALSO: Ohio Sees Fierce Fight Over Voter Roles] Cleta Mitchell, counsel to True the Vote and the ActRight Legal Foundation, which filed a suit Tuesday against the IRS in U.S.
bloomberg.com — Before Dom Starsia talks about national titles, he unfolds a two-foot-wide spreadsheet that gives University of Virginia recruits a look at life after lacrosse. A big part of the coach's sales pitch for a university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 is VLAN, or the Virginia Lacrosse Alumni Network, a 200-person database of former players who work in finance and are willing to help cub Cavaliers reach Wall Street, too.
americasvoiceonline.org — Bloomberg: Reid Says Immigration Measure to Come to Senate Floor in June By Heidi Przybyla and Kathleen Hunter OUTLOOK New York Times: Allies of Immigration Bill Aim for Added Support By Ashley Parker and Julia Preston Bloomberg: Immigration Reform Brightens After Senate Vote By Elizabeth Dwoskin U.S.
usnews.com — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the four-term congresswoman and one-time GOP presidential candidate, suggested Wednesday Congress get back involved in a sticky issue it hadn't significantly looked into in more than a decade: POW/MIAs.
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