3) I’m pretty much with E.D. Kain and Mark Thompson on this one, “Transparency is the only thing I can think of that can really even begin to break the stranglehold corporate interests have over Washington. All the rules and regulations we can dream up, they can get around.”
4) You really have no idea how much work lobbyists and individuals work to get their issues — or just their names — into the President’s State of the Union speech. (Some stories are terribly embarrassing.) Roll Call reports on the lobbying around the State of the Union.