Some highlights from the recent news:
"Nearly two-thirds of Americans do not believe the $787 billion stimulus package the president passed last year has helped create jobs, according to a new Pew Research Center poll," the Washington Examiner notices.
The Center for Responsive Politics reports that for the first quarter of 2010, lobbying spending in D.C. was $903 million, or about $10 million a day. The Washington Examiner's Timothy Carney reports that in the health care sector the six top big lobbying sectors "all sided with Obama in supporting the legislation, as did nine of the top ten. That makes it hard to swallow Obama's claim that passing the legislation represented 'standing up to the special interests.'"
The parent company of the Chicago Climate Exchange is selling itself to another firm in a deal that represents "a 57 percent premium over yesterday's closing price," Bloomberg News reports.
The latest example of the Wall Street Journal sounding as if it is being written or edited by a bunch of foreigners is this sentence: "Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts—major insurers operating in the Northeast state—said that they had also received Justice Department letters related to Partners, and that they would respond." How many Journal readers out there need to be told that Massachusetts is in the Northeast?