Thursday, December 13, 2012
Such language sends a clear signal to businesses considering borrowing money to make investments: Do it. Interest rates will probably be super low until the economy gets better. NPR’s Planet Money has a good explanation on the importance of yesterday’s pledge from the Fed to keep short-term interest rates at zero at least until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 percent, or inflation rises to over 2.5 percent.
Monday, April 2, 2012

A breakdown of political fundraisers, by category. (Yes, that is a pheasant in the upper left corner.) We’d recommend listening to Planet Money’s entire money-in-politics show on This American Life.
planetmoney:

We imagine lobbyists stalking the halls of Congress, trying to influence lawmakers with cash. But often, it’s the other way around: Members of Congress stalk lobbyists, looking for contributions.
“Most Americans would be shocked — not surprised, shocked — if they knew how much time a U.S. Senator spends raising money,” Sen. Dick Durbin told us.
There are special call centers across the street from the Capitol where Senators and Congressmen sit, often for hours a day, calling potential donors to ask for money.
And lawmakers and their staffs are constantly trying to find lobbyists to organize fundraisers. For the most part, these are much more mundane than the fancy black-tie galas you sometimes hear about on the news.
A congressional watchdog group called the Sunlight Foundation collects these invitations to fundraisers and puts them online. We crunched some of their numbers. (Notes on the data are at the bottom of this story.) Here’s a breakdown of fundraisers, by category.
Find some more details here and here.

A breakdown of political fundraisers, by category. (Yes, that is a pheasant in the upper left corner.) We’d recommend listening to Planet Money’s entire money-in-politics show on This American Life.

planetmoney:

We imagine lobbyists stalking the halls of Congress, trying to influence lawmakers with cash. But often, it’s the other way around: Members of Congress stalk lobbyists, looking for contributions.

“Most Americans would be shocked — not surprised, shocked — if they knew how much time a U.S. Senator spends raising money,” Sen. Dick Durbin told us.

There are special call centers across the street from the Capitol where Senators and Congressmen sit, often for hours a day, calling potential donors to ask for money.

And lawmakers and their staffs are constantly trying to find lobbyists to organize fundraisers. For the most part, these are much more mundane than the fancy black-tie galas you sometimes hear about on the news.

A congressional watchdog group called the Sunlight Foundation collects these invitations to fundraisers and puts them online. We crunched some of their numbers. (Notes on the data are at the bottom of this story.) Here’s a breakdown of fundraisers, by category.

Find some more details here and here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Also worth noting, from the same great Planet Money piece: Our top exports to the U.K. include artwork, antiques and stamps. (Who knew!)
ilovecharts:

What America Sells To The World

Also worth noting, from the same great Planet Money piece: Our top exports to the U.K. include artwork, antiques and stamps. (Who knew!)

ilovecharts:

What America Sells To The World