Giant pandas at two of China's major panda stations were reported generally safe by the major news agency, Xinhua. A report last Sunday said three were missing. The panda population, flagging as of the 1990s, seems to be doing a little bit better.


They all used to work for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, but all have resigned because of concerns about their lobbying efforts for various special-interest groups.


Wire clothes hangers. The National Cleaners Association provides these estimates. Most people don't recycle the hangers, but it's easy - just return them to your local dry cleaner.


All except b.


According to OpenSecret.org's "Lobbying Spending Database," it goes d. (Industries related to Finance, etc. spent $3,099,815,364) - e. (Health spent $2,913,762,891) - c. (Energy, etc. spent $2,056,518,979) - a. (Agribusiness spent $950,901,976) - b. (Defense spent $880,410,662) - f. (Lawyers, etc. spent $249,128,235).


The Houses of Parliament, where suitors would press their requests on Members of Parliament before and after sessions.


They hang, as in upside-down.


Independent candidate Ralph Nader spoke at the Google offices in Mountain View, Calif., on May 12 and said he does not use Google, or a computer, preferring his trusty, dusty Underwood typewriter.


False. They must file quarterly reports. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, requires those who have registered as a lobbyist to file quarterly reports with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate.


This is the second line of the ballad "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" ("The Beautiful Woman Without Pity"), by John Keats.