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Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, DC, has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year (more).

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A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world's largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

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In case you hadn't noticed, not a heck of a lot has changed on Wall Street in the last year, despite various banking behemoths' successful pleas for federal aid to float them out of the recession they were instrumental in creating. Well, that's about to change -- or so President Barack Obama says, at least.

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So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week's Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems' public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible's place as he swears Brown in for her "Colbert Report" testimonial.

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Although certain Washington denizens from both sides of the aisle might have been thrown when the two government-backed mortgage finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hit the skids last week, several of their current and former colleagues had long seen the crisis coming.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued a warning across the ocean to Iran during a visit to Washington Tuesday, urging the international community to convince Tehran that pursuing a nuclear weapons program would be a really, really bad idea.

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