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  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, right, accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, gestures as he speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following a GOP strategy session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Porked-up Sandy relief bill storms into Senate

    The Senate's emergency spending bill to cover costs from Hurricane Sandy includes millions of dollars that will never touch the affected Northeast — including money for salmon fisheries in Alaska, cash for an expansion of train service into New York, and funds to preserve and repair historic properties.

  • **FILE** Allen Lew (Associated Press)

    No-bid contract saves D.C. official's pension

    A key aide to D.C. politicians recently earned more than $200,000 working as chief of staff in a city agency in charge of rebuilding city schools, but he wasn't on the government's payroll. Instead, he was hired through a nearly quarter-million-dollar no-bid contract.

  • MOVERS: Republican leaders in the House leave a luncheon with President Obama on Wednesday. From left are: Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They discussed spending and the national debt. (Associated Press)

    Earmarks end for one year, but perk still potent on Hill

    Capitol Hill insiders say at least 75 percent of lawmakers privately still think earmarking is a correct and proper use of congressional authority. Yet last week, one of the Senate's champion earmarkers, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, hammered home the nail that officially ended the practice — at least for the time being.

Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, says of earmarks: 'I'm simply going to veto bills that have these projects in them."

    Earmark foes pressure Obama

    Newly emboldened earmark foes are calling on President Obama to back up his opposition to pork-barrel spending with action.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this June 10, 2010 file photo, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington following a meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    GOP cuts pork from spending diet plan

    The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year's version.

  • Robert F. Bernstock, a U.S. Postal Service executive, awarded a $4 million contract to the firm of a former corporate colleague in May. (

    Postal exec taps former associate for no-bid pact

    The U.S. Postal Service's president of shipping signed off on a no-bid, $4 million consulting contract to a firm partly because it employed a former associate from his days as an executive at pickle producer Vlasic Foods and lawn care giant Scotts Miracle-Gro, records show.

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