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D.C. mayor, reversing course, signs law creating publicly financed campaigns

• Mar 13, 2018

Peter Jamison, The Washington Post

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has signed a law that will create publicly financed elections, reversing her previous opposition to a plan that advocates say will help curb money’s influence in District politics.

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The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida’s Pro-Gun Policies

• Mar 05, 2018

Mike Spies, The New Yorker

Jared Moskowitz, a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, was debating tax policy on the chamber floor, in Tallahassee, two weeks ago, when he received a call from his wife, Leah. He was surprised to hear her crying. She was trying to pick up their four-year-old son, Sam, who attends a preschool in Moskowitz’s district, which encompasses two affluent communities about an hour north of Miami—Parkland and Coral Springs. Leah had seen a number of police officers outside the building. Moskowitz called the local sheriff’s office and learned that the preschool was on lockdown, because there was an active shooter at the nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Jared Kushner's shady business dealings evoke the nepotism and corruption of America's Gilded Age

• Mar 02, 2018

Richard White, NBC News

Bankers and financiers have long taken an interest in presidential relatives. Like so much else these days, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, inspires a sense of historical déjà vu. In this case, his current situation harkens back to the wheeling and dealing of the late 19th century.

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