January 2, 2013 |
PHOENIX — Something is bugging Kyrsten Sinema. It tugged at her while she spoke to kids at the elementary school where she once served as a social worker. It rubbed her wrong while she told the pack of teachers and staff members trailing her into the parking lot afterward about the time she got pulled over by a police officer on her way home from a similar speech. He asked for her license. She had left it in the school office. "You're a shambles," she recalls the policeman telling her. "Officer, yes, I am!"
November 21, 2012
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Facebook Marne Levine is Vice President, Global Public Policy and oversees the company's efforts to educate governments and non-governmental organizations on its plans, products and policies to foster understanding and support for innovative technologies like Facebook. Marne has substantial government experience working on international issues and particular sensitivity to navigating policy challenges in an Internet company. She joined Facebook from the Obama Administration, where she served as...
July 31, 2009 |
Two brothers, Stone Weeks, 24, and Holt Weeks, 20, died July 23 in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 81 near Interstate 66 in Warren County, Va., as they were on their way back to their parents' home in Rockville from Rice University in Houston. The chain-reaction crash started when a tractor-trailer struck their car as they waited in a traffic jam. Stone Weeks was an assistant and researcher for historian Douglas Brinkley and had worked with him on Brinkley's just-published "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and...
June 24, 2012 |
Matthew Quirk's first novel carves its title from a cultural cliche: that there is "a list of the five hundred people inside the Beltway with real power, the select who [run] Washington and, by extension, the country. " That conceit has more in common with Facebook lists of the Greatest Rock Guitarists or Hollywood's Hottest Superstars than with the chaos in which things get done in this country. But millions of Americans accept the cliche as true, and Quirk, a former writer for the Atlantic, has...
November 4, 2012 |
Last December, the Mobile Informational Call Act, which would have allowed companies to make robo-calls to cellphones, was halted by the bill's sponsors, two congressmen from Nebraska and New York, after thousands of citizens weighed in to oppose the measure. Nearly 12,000 of those citizens voiced their opposition through Popvox, a District-based start-up that aims to transform the top-down structure of policymaking. Popvox is an online platform that collects correspondence between constituents and their...
February 6, 2013 |
Is the lobbying business shrinking or just changing? It's hard to say. Disclosure reports filed with Congress show that the amount of money spent on lobbying fell for the second year in a row in 2012, according to a tally from the Center for Responsive Politics. Companies and lobbying firms spent $3.3 billion on the influence game last year, down about 1 percent from 2011 — which was itself down 6 percent from the $3.5 billion record set in 2010. That small shrinkage is notable because it marks the end of what had been...