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  • Free Taxi Cabs

    10/26/2013 8:29:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 26, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Until recently the taxi cab business in virtually every city in the country functioned like a medieval guild. And as Adam Smith might have predicted, we consumers are worse off for it. But for me at least, things have changed. Say I need a ride to the airport. I can tap an icon on my cellphone and a car will arrive, usually within five minutes. I normally take whatever vehicle is available; and that's most likely a black town car. But if I have several passengers with me and we have a lot of luggage, I can order a van....
  • Romney leads Santorum in lobbyist support

    Report highlights which lobbying firms back Romney in 2012 Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner in picking up support from lobbyists at some of K Street’s most profitable firms, according to a report released last week by First Street Research Group. That’s based on the number of lobbyists in those firms who are advising Romney’s campaign, collecting or “bundling” contributions for him, and contributing money to the campaign. First Street, the political intelligence unit of CQ Press, compiled data from Federal Election Commission filings and conducted independent research on individual lobbyists who Romney and Rick Santorum have...
  • SI power broker Molinari says: Not Newt, not ever! (NYers for Romney chair regifts "flip-flopper")

    12/03/2011 1:22:11 PM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 3, 2011 | CARL CAMPANILE
    Guy Molinari, the Republican power broker and former Staten Island Beep, ripped Newt Gingrich as unfit to be president yesterday — a day before the front-running GOP candidate was set to attend a Tea Party rally in the borough. At least 600 people are expected to pack the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn today to hear Gingrich speak at a 2 p.m. town-hall meeting. But Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress and supports Mitt Romney, rained on the former House speaker’s parade. “God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president. I won’t vote for him. I love my...
  • Bachmann has a target on her back; left's attack machine is already grinding away with TV ads.

    12/06/2009 8:55:35 AM PST · by rhema · 32 replies · 1,356+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 5, 2009 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    A smear machine fueled by huge sums of cash has fixed its sights on a new Public Enemy No. 1. Her name is U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Minnesota voters won't be heading to the polls until November 2010, almost a year from now, but this machine is already pouring megabucks into a TV ad campaign attacking Bachmann. In the ad, an actress portraying the congresswoman greets voters with oil oozing from her hands. A frightened baby wails, and constituents glare with disgust at the sticky handprints she leaves on their backs. The message? Bachmann is a shill for Big Oil....
  • L.A.'s elite back in play as new Civic Alliance (Warren Christopher, et al)

    07/16/2006 2:02:19 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 1,532+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 07/16/2006 | RICK ORLOV
    For the past year, about two dozen of the city's top civic and business leaders have been quietly meeting at the elite 54th floor City Club overlooking downtown Los Angeles to ponder major policy and political issues. From extending term limits to exploring the effort by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, the group has used an extensive network of contacts to meet with and question policymakers. "We are definitely not trying to be like the old Committee of 25," attorney George Kieffer said, referring to the group of business leaders who dictated public...
  • Not-so-famous among Capitol power brokers

    05/16/2006 3:27:58 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 9 replies · 291+ views
    AP/ ^ | 5/16/2006 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The best-known members of Congress aren't necessarily the most powerful. The Democrats' last presidential candidate, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, for example, is ranked 61st in terms of clout among the Senate's 100 members, according to a new analysis. A much junior colleague and likely competitor for the party's White House nomination in 2008, New York Sen. and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, ranks 41st. Both are well behind lesser-known Republican Reps. Jerry Lewis of California and Don Young of Alaska, respectively chairmen of the House Appropriations and Transportation committees and listed as the third and fourth...
  • A Pox On Both Your Houses

    07/09/2005 7:25:56 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 22 replies · 954+ views
    Middle East Facts ^ | July 8, 2005 | Yashiko Sagamori
    A Pox on Both Your Houses by Yashiko Sagamori In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman (Click here to enlarge) In the former Soviet republic of Moldova, there is a totally unremarkable town whose name, Beltsy, means “swamps”. Before 1940, when the town belonged to Romania, there was a thriving Jewish community there. Romania officially restricted access of Jews to higher education. Local Jews were forced to send their kids to colleges in countries that didn't have such restrictions. The result was a vibrant colony of Jewish provincial intelligentsia that bragged degrees from the best European schools. Then...