Power Lines: The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe's Washington bureau.

Representative Joseph Kennedy checked his e-mail on a recent shuttle to Washington D.C., a flight he takes often.

Matt Viser/Globe Staff

Representative Joseph Kennedy checked his e-mail on a recent shuttle to Washington D.C., a flight he takes often.

Boston-to-D.C. flights showcase region’s power players

The BOS-DCA shuttle provides an airborne showcase of the region’s power players.By Matt Viser

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/140815_council_archmine_016A.jpg In mining country, ‘war on coal’ hard to see

Though Obama’s critics use the “war” as an attack line, his administration often sides with mining interests seeking federal leases.

Protesters gathered outside Third Way’s offices in Washington, D.C., in December 2013, asking the group to reveal its funding sources.

Third Way in struggle for the Democratic Party’s soul

The Wall Street-backed think tank has targeted Elizabeth Warren and is warning against divisive “soak-the-rich” politics.

Dr. Larry Gordon and medical assistant Amanda Naimo discussed a procedure at the nurses’ work station at Family Medicine Associates in Hamilton. Some doctors say their data software is confusing to use.

Hazards tied to medical records rush

Billions in taxpayer subsidies were poured into the push for digital medical records, with no safety oversight.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/fidelity-1261.jpg Fidelity fought Washington over money market funds — and won

A furious lobbying campaign diluted SEC rules crafted after the 2008 financial collapse.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (left) joined joyous researchers celebrating the restart of a nuclear fusion project at MIT.

MIT at center of political power play

The school’s prized fusion reactor was dead; its federal funding axed. Then its political allies went to work.