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Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
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Topic - Carmen Group
The parent company of United Medical Center, which has received about $100 million from D.C. taxpayers, continued paying big fees to its lobbyists even as millions of dollars in taxes went unpaid.
The Carmen Group has been called the "D.C. lobbying firm famous for hip parties" and on Thursday the company continued the tradition by feting 1,200 guests at a Carnegie Library extravaganza featuring Design Cuisine-catered fare, multi-open bars (one featuring concoctions made with recently legalized absinthe), a screening of the superb environmental film "Planet Earth" and — the piece de resistance — an appearance by the Silver Beats, a phenom Beatles tribute band flown over from Tokyo especially for the occasion. This year, company chief David Carmen (above left with wife Elizabeth and Bob Pincus) billed the event as a "welcome back" celebration of the 110th Congress' second session.