Actually, it doesn't. I was just kidding.
Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy caused a bit of a stir when he was quoted in a New York Times piece about lobbyists getting access to the White House when he said contributions are a part of "how this business works."
Mr. Kennedy visited the White House several times to win support for One
Mind for Research, his initiative to help develop new treatments for
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Buffett Rule legislation takes center stage in American politics today, with the Senate expected to vote on the measure tonight.
But it's not the only tax measure Congress will take up with Tax Day approaching. The GOP-controlled House will consider a measure, sponsored by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, that would hand a 20 percent tax deduction to businesses employing fewer than 500 people.
I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix about Rhode Island's tricky shift to what I call Medical Marijuana 2.0.
After a threatened federal crackdown, Governor Lincoln Chafee put the kibosh on three planned pot dispensaries in September. Since then, medical marijuana advocates have been trying to figure out the shape of the next phase - and it's just started to come together in recent days.
Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty endorsed Mitt Romney for president today. And it's hard not to see a defense of his own candidacy in his description of Romney's virtues:
“Mitt Romney is a proven leader who will stand by his convictions while seeking consensus to find real solutions to the daunting challenges facing our nation.
Not for Nothing is back after a New Year's hiatus. Happy 2012, people. A few political/media notes and Occupy ruminations as we get back into the swing of things:
Matt Thornton, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's former press secretary, has been dominating the Super PAC-related news in these parts of late, having taken a job at left-leaning super duper PAC American Bridge 21st Century, which, sources tell me, is considering a name change to American Bridge Lockbox End Welfare as We Know It 21st Century in a bid to more explicitly invoke feel-good Clinton Administration vibes.