Capitol Hill Shocker: Money Talks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_0048064477.jpgAlena Yakusheva/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- With many Americans already dubious that Congress is looking out for their best interests, a couple of grad students wanted to know who lawmakers were more apt to meet with on Capitol Hill: constituents or donors. Joshua Kalla at Yale University and David Broockman at University of California, Berkeley, with the help of the activist organization CREDO, sent 191 identical letters to various House members from the same party about sponsoring a bill banning chemicals, with the only difference being that some mentioned they were constituents while the rest identified themselves as donors.

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Executive Order Could Mean OT Pay for Many Salaried Workers

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_20b2795c2e.jpgShaunWilkinson/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is pressing his case that many Americans should be paid more for the extra work they do by issuing a directive through an executive order that would compensate certain salaried employees who aren't compensated now for overtime. This proposal involving the Labor Department would affect salaried employees such as fast food shift supervisors or convenience store managers, who often work beyond their 40-hour shifts but don't see any more money in their paychecks.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey Jokes with Kermit the Frog

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_ef9ecf35bc.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Here’s something you don’t see every day: the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joking around with a Muppet. As part of her Joining Forces initiative, first lady Michelle Obama held a special screening for military children and families of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted at the White House Wednesday. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and the star of the film, Kermit the Frog, also attended.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Bring Hotdish Contest to DC

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_1b88c997a5.jpgTom Williams/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- What's the one thing that can bring together Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann? A Minnesota hotdish. For the fourth year in a row on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Minnesota lawmakers competed in the annual Minnesota Congressional Hotdish Competition, which was organized by Franken. A hotdish is considered a Minnesota delicacy — basically their fancy term for what most people call a casserole.

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Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Tweet Their Airport Reunion

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_751355a5d2.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Back in November 2012, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were hoping they’d be riding around in Air Force One and Air Force Two right about now. Instead, they’ve had to settle for the security line at the Jacksonville, Fla., International Airport. That’s where the former Republican presidential and vice presidential nominees reunited on Sunday.

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