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Bipartisanship: AOC Finds Common Ground with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found rare common ground with two conservative Republicans on Thursday, agreeing with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on banning members of Congress from lobbying, and with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson on adopting a more lenient policy toward residents in legal trouble.

AOC and Ben Carson and Ted Cruz (Alex Wong / Drew Angerer / Alex Wroblewski / Getty Images)

Number of Registered Lobbyists Falls 14% in 2017

The number of federally registered political lobbyists has fallen by 14 percent thus far in 2017 from the 2016 total. However, based on data provided by the non-partisan OpenSecrets.org, spending by lobbyists is on track to rise by about 3 percent in 2017.

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Darling: A Sickening Example of Astroturf Politics and 9/11 Victims 

Astroturf politics is when a group pays an organization or K Street lobbying firm to send calls, letters, emails, and people to town hall meetings to pressure members to vote in a certain manner. The goal is to present the appearance of a spontaneous movement and to have people communicating with a member of Congress on an issue in a way that makes it appear to be a popular movement. But these individuals are frauds and they are being paid to fool senators or representatives.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia are escorted by United States Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge as they arrive at the White House May 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. The princes are scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice …

Virgil: The Deep State vs. Donald Trump 

Do the Democrats want Donald Trump to become the 45th president? Of course not. And how about the Democrats’ handmaiden, the Main Stream Media? Do they want Trump in the White House? Of course not. And how ‘bout all the other affluent residents of the Washington “swamp,” which Trump has pledged to drain—do you think any of them want Trump? Of course not. Together, these anti-Trump constituencies help form what has been called the Deep State.

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Kellyanne Conway: Hillary Is ‘Corporate America’s Sweetheart’

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway discussed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s ties to corporate America. Conway referred to Clinton as “corporate America’s sweetheart,” noting her associations to K Street lobbyists tied to corporations. Partial transcript as follows:

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at the Concord Community High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)