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Caffeine and lobbyists

Republicans are seizing on a New York Times piece noting how White House aides and Washington lobbyists are conducting business at Starbucks and other coffee establishments.

Per the Times:

But because the discussions are not taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are not subject to disclosure on the visitors' log that the White House releases as part of its pledge to be the "most transparent presidential administration in history."

The off-site meetings, lobbyists say, reveal a disconnect between the Obama administration's public rhetoric — with Mr. Obama himself frequently thrashing big industries' "battalions" of lobbyists as enemies of reform — and the administration's continuing, private dealings with them.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain emails: "With all of the president's 'promises of 'change' and the Democrat-led Congress' constant bashing of special interests on the campaign trail, it is clear that in just eighteen months, the politics of "hope" have been replaced with the politics of hypocrisy and cynicism.'"