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Arizona Republican Jeff Flake put out a press release tonight saying that he had found “at least eight earmarks in the omnibus spending bill for clients of the PMA Group, an earmark lobbying firm reportedly under federal investigation.” Flake’s list is below. He didn’t reveal the members of Congress who sponsored the earmarks, but I’ve added their names in parenthesis, based on information circulating on the Hill. A number of the sponsors, including Congressmen Pete Visclosky, Tim Ryan, and Mike Doyle, are major recipients of PMA campaign donations.
NuVant Systems, Inc.–Direct Methanol Fuel Cell. $951,500 (Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana)
PPG, Inc.–Solar Energy Windows and Smart IR Switchable Building Technologies. $1,189,375 (Mike Doyle and Jason Altmire, both Democrats from Pennsylvania)
Alpha Micron, Inc.–Adaptive Liquid Crystal Windows. $951,500 (Tim Ryan, D-Ohio)
Quallion–Anti-idling Lithium Ion Battery Program. $951,500 (Brad Sherman, D-CA)
Parametric Technology Corp.–Advanced Engineering Environment for Sandia National Lab. $1,427,250 (Stephen Lynch, D-Massachusetts)
Parametric Technology Corp.–Multi-Disciplined Integrated Collaborative Environment (MDICE). $951,500 (Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri)
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.–Hydrogen Optical Fiber Sensors. $951,500 (Jane Harman, D-California)
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.–CATALYST: Explorations in Aerospace and Innovation Education Program. $400,000 (John Larson, D-Connecticut)
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”