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The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency

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This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations’ political and lobbying activity. Six major companies — Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy — have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the third largest pension fund in the nation, to adopt political spending disclosure policies in exchange for the comptroller’s office withdrawing its resolutions.

But don’t consider that a sign that corporate America is learning to live with transparency. Over the past two years, three of the usual suspects — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers — have joined together to try to discredit the purpose of disclosure policies and the advocates calling for them.

Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut activist investors and pro-disclosure groups through public campaigns and private meetings with corporate executives.

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Americans’ Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll

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A majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational marijuana, according to a new poll from CBS News — and it’s the highest percentage in support since the news organization began asking the question in 1979.

Just in time for 4/20, the annual marijuana holiday, CBS News released a poll showing 53 percent of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization.

Although that’s the highest amount of support for marijuana legalization CBS has ever polled, it isn’t the highest level of support ever found. And because survey methods can vary, it’s useful to look at a number of national polls to get a fuller picture of the issue.

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Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans’ to-do list as law takes hold

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After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform.

Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law’s key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance.

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Harry Reid Says He’ll Force A Vote On Loretta Lynch If GOP Doesn’t Act ‘Very, Very Soon’

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that if Republicans don’t schedule a confirmation vote soon for U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, he’ll do it himself.

“I know parliamentary procedure around here and we’re going to put up with this for a little while longer, but not much,” Reid said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Absolutely we can force votes. If we don’t get something done soon, I will force a vote.”

Lynch has been waiting for more than five months for a vote — far longer than any of her recent predecessors. Most recently, GOP leaders have tied her confirmation vote to the passage of an unrelated sex trafficking bill that’s hit a snag. That bill isn’t moving, so neither is Lynch.

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Iran Deal Reached In Senate; Read The Details

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A tentative deal has been reached by senators on a bill to apply congressional oversight to a nuclear deal with Iran.

Under the deal, the president would still be required to submit any final agreement before Congress and Congress would continue to have a say over whether he can lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. But the new deal, hammered out between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would reduce the time frame the Senate has to consider the lifting of sanctions — from 60 days to 52 at most — and would keep demands on Iran limited primarily to its nuclear program and not, for example, against its sponsorship of terrorism.

An aide to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, sent over the details of the new bill. It still may face a veto from the president, who has generally opposed efforts to restrict his flexibility when it comes to executing a deal with Iran.

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Obama To Young Scientists: ‘Keep Asking Why’

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A new spinal implant, an automated page turner and a more efficient way to make energy from algae. Those are among the projects that young scientists shared with President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on Monday.

“I want to thank you for inspiring me,” Obama said in remarks at the science fair. “Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world. “

The president gave special notice to a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest scientists of the day, who built a page-turning device out of Legos to help individuals who are paralyzed or have arthritis. He said the “Supergirls” stressed to him that the device is just a prototype.

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President Barack Obama tries an attachable lever, created by Kaitlin Reed, that can make wheelchair movements easier, while Mohammed Sayed — who developed a 3D-printed modular arm — looks on.

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Indiana Hires PR Firm To Rebuild Image After ‘Religious Freedom’ Fiasco

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The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state’s efforts to attract and retain businesses, has retained Porter Novelli for an undisclosed sum. The firm’s task is to brand Indiana “as a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.”

“Now more than ever, we want to remind the world that Hoosiers welcome everyone and that Indiana is a great place for individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses to reach their full potential,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, who leads the IEDC. “That’s why we are moving forward with this initiative together.”

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