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Sunlight Live to cover the hidden influence in Obama jobs address

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This Thursday at 7 p.m. President Barack Obama is set to address Congress and the nation when he’ll unveil his latest plan to create jobs. Already, a preview of the speech shows proposals consistent with the positions of influential groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO. Both groups have spent millions to influence elections and policies. With that in mind, the Sunlight Foundation will cover the speech with live video, data and commentary at sunlightlive.com.

Some of the glimpses into Obama's plan were provided by the president himself during a Labor Day ...

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Sunlight Live to cover the Republican showdown in Iowa

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In the fight to determine who will face President Obama in the 2012 election, Republican candidates will square off again this Thursday in Ames, Iowa, days before the straw poll. It will be the first debate since the latest campaign finance reports have been filed, showing Mitt Romney with a substantial financial lead over his competitors.

Although FOX News, the cable channel sponsoring and airing the debate, has not officially announced which candidates will take the stage on Thursday, we expect to see:

  • Michele Bachmann, U.S. representative from Minnesota
  • Herman Cain, former executive of Godfather's Pizza and former ...

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Sunlight Live to cover Obama Middle East speech

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On Thursday, May 19, President Obama will give a speech on recent events in the Middle East, from the "Arab Spring" uprisings to the lack of progress on an Israeli-Palestinian peace pact. How he addresses these issues is influenced by U.S. interests in the region, as well as lobbying efforts by foreign governments and organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC.

To try to sort out these tangled relationships, the Sunlight Foundation will live-blog the president's address on sunlightlive.com, our award-winning multimedia platform. Our reporters and researchers will work to provide ...

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Senate wants to “check in” on mobile developments

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Few electronic devices have become as personal and ubiquitous as the mobile phone. Or as contentious. A few weeks ago, researchers discovered previously unknown location tracking files on the iPhone. Before that, the country's second-largest wireless carrier (AT&T) agreed to buy the fourth (T-Mobile). Next week the Senate will hold two hearings to look at these issues.

On Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is calling Apple and Google to Washington to explain their privacy policies in a Judiciary subcommittee hearing titled "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy."

The witness list for the hearing ...

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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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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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