Lobbying

In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo, Laurie Barber, a Little Rock, Ark., ophthalmologist, talks with patient Carolyn Lay at the Little Rock Eye Clinic. Barber chairs a group that wants to hold a referendum on a new Arkansas law that expands the procedures that optometrists can perform. Arkansas optometrists who say they have to refer patients sometimes as far as an hour away successfully urged the Legislature this year to expand what procedures they can perform. But that change sparked an expensive and heated lobbying fight, and now faces the prospect of going before voters next year. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
July 26, 2019 - 12:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As an optometrist in the small Arkansas town of Osceola, Dr. Matthew Jones must tell patients several times a week to seek treatment elsewhere — sometimes as far as an hour away — for procedures he says he's fully capable of performing. "They look at me and ask, 'Why don't...
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers remarks at a rally alongside unions, hospital workers and community members against the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Monday July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
July 17, 2019 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders will vigorously defend his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday and hit back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy. The Vermont senator also will pledge to reject campaign donations from health insurance and...
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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
July 15, 2019 - 8:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations, it announced Monday. The Biden Cancer Initiative's sudden move to cease its activities comes two...
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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves federal court after a hearing, Monday, July 1, 2019, in San Diego. Hunter is charged with looting his own campaign cash to finance vacations, golf and other personal expenses, then trying to cover it up. The Republican congressman says he's the target of politically biased prosecutors. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
July 01, 2019 - 8:40 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jurors can hear evidence of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's alleged extramarital affairs when they consider charges the California Republican looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal expenses, a judge said Monday. Prosecutors revealed salacious details...
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Paul Manafort arrives in court, Thursday, June 27, 2019 in New York. President Trump’s former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York arraignment of Paul Manafort (all times local): 2:20 p.m. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has pleaded not guilty to state mortgage fraud charges in New York City. Paul Manafort entered the plea at an arraignment Thursday in Manhattan...
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FILE- In this April 26, 2019 file photo, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Christopher W. Cox speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist has resigned in another sign of infighting within the powerful gun lobbying group, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Cox's departure comes just days after the NRA placed him on administrative leave, claiming he was part of a failed attempt to extort the longtime CEO. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:49 pm
Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost its top lobbyist. The latest turmoil emerged just a year before the critical 2020...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves an arraignment hearing in San Diego after he and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Hunter illegally used campaign funds to finance romantic flings with a series of women, spending thousands of dollars on meals, drinks and vacations. Allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs were outlined in a government court filing late Monday, June 24, 2019, connected to charges he and his wife misspent more than $200,000 on trips and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 25, 2019 - 9:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed...
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June 10, 2019 - 12:09 pm
ROME (AP) — An unusually large swarm of local locusts, estimated in the millions, is plaguing farmers raising sheep and other livestock in Sardinia. The Italian farmers' lobby Coldiretti says it has asked for government help, even though it's likely too late to save the hay crop and grassland that...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the podium after she attends an awarding ceremony of social projects 'start social' campaign at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 04, 2019 - 5:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending her government's advocacy of creating "European champions" in business in the face of sharp criticism from the country's main industry lobby group. In February, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier proposed an industry strategy that included "...
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Stephen Calk, center, leaves Federal court with his attorney Jeremy Margolis, left, Thursday, May 23, 2019, in New York. Calk charged in New York with issuing loans to win a role in President Donald Trump's administration has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 23, 2019 - 9:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump's administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to a financial institution bribery charge as his lawyer said he's done nothing...
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