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Rep. Van Hollen pushes to enhance Super PAC disclosure

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) plans to introduce legislation that would require Super PACS to more fully disclose donations and stand by their ads, according to The Huffington Post. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in January 2010 gave rise to Super PACS, officially known as independent-expenditure only committees. These…

Rep. Van Hollen blasts GOP over drug testing the jobless

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Sunday slammed House Republicans for proposing that those who receive federal unemployment benefits should be forced to undergo drug testing. “I think the drug testing thing is a red herring,” he told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “The reality is that people are not out of work…

CBO: Budget deal cuts U.S. deficit in half over next decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A sweeping U.S. budget deal has brightened the country’s fiscal outlook but unemployment will remain high over the near term, nonpartisan congressional forecasters said on Wednesday. The report by the Congressional Budget Office is likely to add fuel to the debate over jobs and the economy that…

Wall Street firms donated $11.2 million to members of debt ‘super committee’

The bipartisan “super committee” created by the debt ceiling deal is comprised of lawmakers who have received big bucks from special interest groups, according to a report by MapLight. The committee is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years. In total, the twelve members…

14-term congressman loses seat in West Virginia

Representative Alan Mollohan, a 14-term Democrat, has become the first House member of the 2010 campaign to lose a re-election bid after a West Virginia state senator defeated him. Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed state Senator Mike Oliverio leading Mollohan 56 percent to 44 percent in the primary vote…

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