Stories to start the day


1) Companies are finding ways to avoid Congress’ ban on for-profit earmarks.

2) Democrats are losing Wall Street donors as they push for financial regulation.

3) Lobbyists for the consumer electronic industry are trying to push back against efforts to regulate the use of cell phones while driving.

4) How certain industries won out in the financial reform debate.

5) Sen. Patty Murray raises a ton of money from lobbyists.