Peter OverbyAs NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.
Congress recently prevented the Energy Department from spending money to enforce the phase-out of the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. But the industry says it's really too late to make a difference.
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Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds court at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., March 11, 1995, after teaching his final class at the school. The 10-week course was criticized as a partisan forum for Gingrich, and became part of a House ethics investigation against him.
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U.S. Army mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) and Afghan National Army vehicles pass through a village during a joint patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak province. On Monday, factory workers who produce MRAPs in York, Pa., rallied to protect the Pentagon budget against the automatic budget cuts that will take effect in 2013.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, shown in May speaking at the Georgia Republican Party Victory Dinner in Macon, Ga., says he was acting as a "historian" when Freddie Mac paid him consultant fees of $300,000.
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at a dinner in April sponsored by Americans for Prosperity in Manchester, N.H. Cain has close ties to the group, founded by billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch.