Politics

Election-Security Grants a Sticking Point in Spending Debate

Fights over election-security grants and top-line figures in the Financial Services appropriations bill are among the issues holding up one of the spending packages lawmakers hope to send to President Donald Trump by the end of the month.

Democrats Eye More Gains In Well-Educated Republican Districts

Democrats looking for persuadable voters as they try to flip Republican House seats may find opportunities in districts where the adults have high levels of formal education, including many suburban areas where Republican strength has deteriorated in the last two years.

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Kavanaugh Fight Draws Millions in Lobbying Dollars on Both Sides

Advocacy groups have spent millions trying to sway the Senate fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — part of an increasingly acrimonious and partisan judicial confirmation process.

Organizations such as the Judicial Crisis Network on the right and groups advocating liberal causes such as abortion rights have been buying up TV airtime and deploying lobbyists to Capitol Hill.

Turkey Taps Trump Allies, Ex-Lawmakers to Repair US Relations

More than a dozen U.S. lobbying firms are being paid to represent Turkish interests as that nation’s economy reels from a currency crisis and Trump administration tariffs. The government, its political parties and other organizations spent more than $7.5 million for Washington representation from January 2017 through this spring, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed with the Justice Department.

Air Force Yanks Bomb Contract From Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch

The Air Force plans to scrap a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to make bunker-busting bombs amid lawmaker complaints it had been given to a foreign-owned company with ties to a U.S-sanctioned Russian oligarch.

Capuano Tested By Pressley In Massachusetts Democratic Primary

Democrats are once again favored to win every House seat in Massachusetts, a one-party streak that extends more than two decades.

Tuesday’s primary will tell us how many new Democratic faces will be in the state’s delegation for the 116th Congress beginning in January.

Democrats Object to Leaked Draft of Campus Sexual Assault Rule

Top Democrats on the committees overseeing education issues are calling for the Education Department to abandon its plan to write a regulation on how campuses should handle sexual assault. Their criticism comes after a draft of that proposed rule leaked to The New York Times. It showed the department plans to continue policies that could strengthen protections for those accused of sexual assault.

Google’s Top Political Ad Buyer, a Nonprofit, Touts GOP Hopefuls

The conservative nonprofit One Nation is spending more than any other organization on Google political ads but hasn’t reported any of its spending to the Federal Election Commission. A new database of ad purchases made available by Alphabet Inc.’s Google showed One Nation spent more than $1.1 million from May 31 through Aug. 29 on You Tube videos and other ads

Obama’s Judicial Nominees Have Shot at Life-Time Jobs After Wait

President Barack Obama may have been out of office for more than 500 days, but some of his picks for lifetime jobs on the federal bench may finally have a shot of getting confirmed. Obama nominated two women to serve as district court judges in Pennsylvania in July 2015, but then saw them languish along with dozens of other picks in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Washington Image Upgrade Worth $100,000 a Month for Cameroon

Cameroon, an African country where the government has been accused of torture and murder, has inked a seven-figure contract with Mercury Public Affairs.

The Washington, D.C.-based firm will be paid $100,000 a month for “strategic consulting and management services, government relations/lobbying, and media issues management” until the end of July 2019, according to a disclosure report required under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.