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President Obama and Britain's Prime Minister Brown today renewed “the special relationship.” But will they get the cooperation they want from the rest of the world? We get a preview of the G-20 summit and the likelihood of resolving the global financial crisis.
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent (@marydejevsky)
Wolfgang Munchau, Associate Editor, Financial Times
Brad Setser, Fellow for Geoeconomics, Council on Foreign Relations
Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Lobbyists outnumber legislators in Sacramento by 8 to 1. Lobbying is a growth industry. In 1975, interest groups hiring lobbyists numbered 682; now it's 2,365. Since 1990, lobbyist spending has risen from $193 million to $550 million. Another reason that lobbyists get what they want is that they've been there a lot longer.
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