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Sunlight Live covers deficit reduction

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This morning the Sunlight Foundation will use its award-winning live platform, Sunlight Live (sunlightlive.com) to cover the Senate Finance Committee's hearing on deficit reduction. We'll follow that hearing with live coverage of President Obama's speech on that same topic.

This morning's hearing features three witnesses: 

  • Dr. J.D. Foster, Norman B. Ture Senior Fellow, Economics of Fiscal Policy, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
     
  • The Honorable David Walker, Former U.S. Comptroller General, Founder & CEO, Comeback America Initiative, Bridgeport, CT
     
  • Dr. Alan S. Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Co-Director; and ...

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Comparing national corporate tax rates

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Last week came news that GE has avoided having to pay any -- ANY -- corporate income tax in the United States. As reported in the New York Times, that feat, despite earning $14.2 billion in worldwide profits ($5.1 billion in the U.S.), is due to "innovative accounting" and "fierce lobbying," as well as a large stable of former government officials from the IRS and tax-writing Congressional committees. The article goes on to state that the U.S. has one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the world. But that statement is somewhat misleading, as you'll ...

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Congressional office spending by district

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Earlier we reported on Congressional office spending. It's one thing to see a list of the top spenders, but it's something else to see that spending mapped according to congressional districts. So that's just what we've done here. Below is a map of 434 congressional districts (we have no data for New Mexico's 3rd district), color coded according to spending. Take a look for yourself (the darker the color, the more the member spent):


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Sunlight Live covers gas price hearing

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Tomorrow, when the Committee on Natural Resources will hold a full committee hearing on gas prices and U.S. jobs, the Sunlight Foundation will spin up another instance of its data and live-blogging Sunlight Live platform to cover it live.

The hearing comes as gas prices approach $4 a gallon and amidst increasing pressure for more domestic oil drilling. Meanwhile, there is renewed attention to nuclear energy, thanks to the recent disaster in Japan.
 
Witnesses for the hearing include:
  • Richard G. Newell; Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Brenda Pierce; Energy Resources Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Gene Whitney ...

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Nuclear power plants live along fault lines

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As recent events have shown in Japan, nuclear power plants are just as vulnerable to natural disasters as anything else. So here at Sunlight we were curious about the locations of domestic nuclear reactors. Using data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey, we generated the following map, which shows the location of the aforementioned reactors (there are 104 of them) vis-a-vis geological fault lines. We also included locations of significant historical earthquakes. Take a look and see if we might be vulnerable to a nuclear disaster if/when "the big one" hits, and click on ...

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Financial Crisis report highlights transparency needs

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The U.S. financial collapse in 2008 was avoidable and predictable, according to a report by a commission created to investigate the crisis. The report, generated by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, is the subject of a House Financial Services hearing on Wednesday. That hearing will be live streamed on Sunlight Live, our award-winning multimedia platform combining data, live blogging, social networking and video streaming.

Among the report's key findings were that the collapse was a failure of:
  • government regulation and supervision, 
  • corporate governance
  • government preparation to deal with such a crisis
  • excess risk by banking institutions
  • loss of ...

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Sunlight Foundation Covers Obama’s Chamber of Commerce Speech

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This morning the Sunlight Foundation will be covering President Obama’s address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce using Sunlight Live, our award-winning, real-time, investigative reporting platform.

Obama's speech comes as the administration is trying to forge a better relationship with the business community, and what better place to start (from the administration's point of view) than with the top non-party committee spender, which laid out $32.12 million in electioneering communications for the 2010 midterms, according to Sunlight’s “Follow the Unlimited Money” tracker. The majority of this outside spending went in support of electing Republican ...

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Follow the State of the Union with Sunlight Live

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When President Barack Obama makes his second State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET, tune into sunlightlive.com to watch the speech with real-time reporting and context. Using our award-winning Sunlight Live platform, we'll be live blogging the president's speech and the responses by Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn.

In addition to Sunlight reporters, our live blog will feature reporters from CQ Roll Call, the National Journal, the Center for Public Integrity and the Huffington Post.

Alongside the live video stream and blog, Sunlight Live features what we like to call ...

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