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Palestinians, Libya, Qatar go on lobbying binge

Some of last year’s biggest losers on Capitol Hill are spending big to avoid a repeat in 2015.
A man walks through snow on Capitol Hill January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened today with Republicans taking majority control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. The first significant snowfall of the year wrecked havoc on the morning rush hour in the Washington,DC area.  AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Middle Eastern nations that took a drubbing in the halls of Congress last year are beefing up their lobbying rosters in hopes of getting a better outcome in 2015.

The Palestinian Authority and its mission to the UN have hired two US firms to shore up Ramallah’s beleaguered Washington envoy in a bid to prevent threatened cuts to US aid.

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