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The Washington association that lobbies for lobbyists feels the group needs some rebranding and wants to change its name to nix the word “lobbyists.”

The leaders of the American League of Lobbyists say their work has evolved, and members do lots more than troll Congress to try to shape legislation.

They’re into grassroots organizing and public affairs, they say and other sorts of politics and advocacy. In short, they’re not simply lobbyists anymore!

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But as professionals, they know that reputation matters, and theirs stinks (see above). They poll only slightly better than U.S. Congress these days.

“Everybody has a misconception that lobbyists are walking around with a pocketful of cash and that’s it,” said Monte Ward, the group’s president.

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to impeach President Barack Obama over the tragedy that saw four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

Dewhurst called for Obama to be impeached over his handling of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate, as well as the national health care law.

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The comments were made during a recent Tarrant County Tea Party forum and were first reported on by Twitter by a reporter for the Texas Observer.

The account was later confirmed by the Texas Tribune, which said that Dewhurst, a former CIA officer, feels "very strongly about the tragedy in Benghazi."

"Congress should consider impeaching the president over the tragedy," Dewhurst said.

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Rielle Hunter.

The mere mention of John Edwards' mistress elicits everything from eye-rolls to rage among the public. She is acknowledging this publicly, years later.

While hoping to move copies of her book, of course.

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Rielle Hunter, who gave birth to John Edwards' love child Frances Quinn Hunter in between his '04 and '08 presidential bids, will go down in history.

As the woman he cheated on and tried to cover up his affair with while running for the highest office in the world, she is the poster woman for infidelity.

Her lack of remorse - especially given that John's now-deceased wife Elizabeth Edwards was fighting cancer - did not exactly help her approval ratings.

She's aware of this, at long last, claiming she "behaved badly" and was "selfish" among other things in the "revised" edition of her book, which includes the mea culpa:

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Sarah Palin is slamming the U.S. government for using our American war heroes as “political pawns” in the current standoff over the federal budget.

In vintage Palin fashion, however, she is sort of doing the same thing.

Palin led a big rally in Washington to protest the government shutdown that has closed national monuments to visitors, calling such closures "shameful."

The 2008 Republican V.P. nominee feels Congress is using the veterans' plight to play on the sympathies of the American public. Not a bad point.

Political leanings aside, you can at least see why someone would say that ... but Palin was flanked by vets at her attention-grabbing stunt at the WWII memorial.

Pretty much the definition of irony. Good dig at Joe Biden, though.

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His political career destroyed long ago, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to a stunning 28 years in prison for corruption.

The apparent last step in a series of scandals that destroyed his career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble was an emphatic one.

Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002-2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars using tactics better suited for a TV drama.

He traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.

"I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick said. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for."

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James Woods went off on President Obama on Twitter this week, despite what he implied was the virtual inevitability of being blacklisted in Hollywood as a result.

Conservatives in the entertainment industry are certainly a minority, but is it true that the 66-year-old actor would actually be punished for this?

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According to Mell Flynn, President of the Hollywood Congress of Republicans, discrimination against Republicans in Hollywood indeed runs rampant.

“I have known quite a few people who were let go from a job after they made their political affiliation known. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I doubt it," he said.

"This type of discrimination is hard to prove though, especially where actors are concerned. They just won't get hired or even called in to read for a part.”

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James Woods is not what you'd call a fan of President Barack Obama.

The 66-year-old actor expressed his opinions on Twitter this week in the wake of the federal government shutdown, placing the blame for it on Obama.

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Woods, who is dating Kristen Bauguess, also criticized the president for various other problems in the U.S., including gun violence and race relations.

He responded to both those who agreed with him and those who did not, calling Obama an "abomination" and linking to articles about the shutdown.

Woods said the remarks might keep him from being able to find a job in Hollywood, but that he's resigned to that fate after he put "[his] country first."

Some of his most choice Tweets about the POTUS:

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To the surprise of no one, Ted Nugent railed against the government and applauded its recent shutdown while making the rounds to promote his new album.

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The 65-year-old Michigan rock great and staunch firearms advocate cited a recent piece he wrote for a conservative website entitled “Make My Day, Shut it Down.”

“The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power,” Nugent said Monday.

The American government and people, "it breaks my heart to say … will go down as the dumbest, most unappreciative society in the history of humankind.”

Nugent said government overreach and incompetence goes back decades, but it’s at its worst under President Barack Obama, the “monster in the White House."

Obama, he notes, “wouldn’t qualify to drive my tour bus.”

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Shots fired near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., today prompted authorities to place the the U.S. Capitol on lockdown as officers swarmed the area.

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"There are reports of injuries," said the Senate's Sergeant at Arms, while CNN quotes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reporting "one injury."

Members of Congress and staff members were told by police to "immediately shelter in place." The White House was also ordered locked down.

The shooting occurred at Maryland Avenue Northeast and Second street, two blocks from the capitol, which is in the midst of a government shutdown.

A suspect has been taken into custody.

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Jimmy Kimmel took to the public for another classic segment in which he asked people for their views on Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act.

It turns out, at least based on this small sample size, that plenty of people in America absolutely hate Obamacare, but love the Affordable Care Act.

Which is interesting, considering they are the exact. Same. Thing.

Obamacare, of course, is just a nickname - originally used pejoratively by opponents but later embraced by Obama himself - for the landmark legislation.

What Kimmel found is that many provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (its full name) are viewed positively by the public.

Obamacare, though? Don't even get them started on that debacle.

It may even be worth shutting down the federal government over.

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