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Gallaudet Pushes Its Message to Congress

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"This is a moment of intense political polarization. This is an attempt to clear the air," Shorr said. "Partisanship warps the debate."

The project, "Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide," is being led by Chollet, Lindberg and Shorr.

Institute Renamed to Honor Chairman

After 25 years as the Institute for International Economics, the influential think tank is changing its name. It is now the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, in honor of its 80-year-old founding chairman and a major force of the financial world. "He is a unique senior statesman," said C. Fred Bergsten , director of the institute.

The institute also announced this week the completion of its capital campaign. Bergsten said the $50 million cushion the campaign raised will help ensure the institute's independence and financial health. The institute has an annual budget of about $8 million.

Fishman Joins Hospital Group

The revolving door stops at the American Hospital Association on Monday, when Linda Fishman steps through to take over the trade group's legislative team.

Fishman comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she was director of the Office of Legislation and represented the federal agency's positions on Capitol Hill.

Earlier she worked for the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and did a stint as a consultant on health-care issues.

"Interesting opportunities knock at all times," she said about her decision to leave CMS and join the trade group as vice president for legislative affairs. "I really do believe in the mission of hospitals."

Because of ethics rules, Fishman cannot deal with her former colleagues at CMS for one year. But, she said, "AHA has a lot of capable people who can talk to the administration."

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