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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 15- Insurer American International Group is ramping up its lobbying team in Washington, almost six years after it halted such efforts following its rescue by the U.S. government during the financial crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.

  • BERLIN, July 23- For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes the 1970 s MILAN rocket was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad.

  • The SEC went to court June 20 to enforce subpoenas it issued as it sought information related to a probe into whether Sutter leaked material nonpublic information about Medicare reimbursement rates to Mark Hayes, a lobbyist at Greenberg Traurig LLP. The committee's filing called the SEC subpoena "a remarkable fishing expedition for congressional records."

  • *FCC vote would seek comment on new "net neutrality" rules. Public interest groups including Free Press plan to deliver a petition with more than 1 million signatures to the FCC and stage a protest against Wheeler's proposal that may allow Internet providers to charge some content companies for faster and more reliable delivery.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee appears likely to back a bill to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to sources familiar with talks on the legislation.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., April 3- Beer fans line up every winter at Intuition Ale Works in north Florida for the annual tapping of Underdark, a world-class dark brew aged for a year in bourbon barrels that sells out quickly even at $15 a bottle.

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill.

  • Lobbying & the stock impact     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Jeff Cox explains how companies that spend more money lobbying Congress tend to have higher stock prices, as well as another surprising factor.

  • What's wrong with exporting oil?     Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    Chris Faulkner, Breitling Oil & Gas president & CEO, and Tyson Slocum, Public Citizens Energy Program director, debate lifting the ban on oil exportation and the effect it will have on gas prices. Faulkner argues that exporting crude will create more jobs and invest in the U.S. oil revolution.

  • The politics of social media     Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 11:49 AM ET

    Social media giant Twitter is forming a political action committee in Washington appointing its first registered lobbyist. Ben Smith, BuzzFeed, weighs in.

  • AIG Back in the Lobbying Game     Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the insurance giant is quietly marking its return to the K Street lobbying game.

  • Why Is India Launching a Probe Into Wal-Mart? Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:41 PM ET
    Wal-Mart signage is seen in the parking lot of the store in Mexico City, Mexico.

    India's government has announced an inquiry into the lobbying practices of Wal-Mart after a report that the giant retailer had pressed U.S. lawmakers to help gain access to foreign markets.

  • Lawmakers Regulate Banks, Then Flock to Them Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
    Dick Armey

    The revolving door between Washington and Wall Street is an oft-noticed phenomenon here, but in recent years, the migration from Congress to the financial services firms that are trying to stave off greater federal regulation has become more pronounced. The NYT reports.

  • Lobbyists Get Potent Weapon in Campaign Finance Ruling Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 11:43 AM ET
    Sen. Chuch Schumer

    The Supreme Court has handed lobbyists a new weapon. A lobbyist can now tell any elected official: if you vote wrong, my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.

  • Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 10:57 AM ET
    Stethescope and money

    The New York Times reports on some of the hidden compromises in the final version of the Senate's health care reform bill.

  • As the Senate prepares to tackle global warming, the nation’s energy producers, once united, are battling one another over policy decisions worth hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades.

  • Funds Try to Ward Off New Regulations Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 10:11 AM ET

    Hedge funds, trying to separate themselves from the big Wall Street banks, are stepping up their efforts to head off new regulation from Washington. The New York Times reports.

  • Harry and Louise Return, With a New Message Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 10:22 AM ET
    Harry and Louise Commercial

    Harry and Louise have changed their minds about health care reform. The fictional suburban couple featured in a series of national television spots sponsored by the health insurance industry in 1993 and 1994 stoked fears that helped doom a government-created health plan promoted by a Democratic president, Bill Clinton.