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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Obama’s ‘Action’ on Retirement Accounts Fails to Anger or Impress

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - by Bill Straub

What the MyRA "nest egg" executive order is all about.

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Positive Environmental Report Means Admin Would Need Other Rationale to Kill Keystone

Friday, January 31st, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Environmental groups demand review of all tar sands pipelines for carbon pollution before a final Keystone judgment.

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Farm Bill Compromise Slightly Cuts Food Stamp Funds

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Deal also stops $5 billion each year in direct subsidies in favor of a crop insurance program.

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State of the Union Guests Range from Obama’s DREAMers to Benghazi Dad

Monday, January 27th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Also invited by lawmakers: Hannity and a Fort Hood survivor. Related:  Jason Collins Sitting with First Lady at State of the Union Speech

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How Congressional Retirements Will Affect Election 2014

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

They seem to be leaving in droves, but the shakeups may not register very high on the political Richter scale.

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Critic of Security Now Says All Is A-OK

Friday, January 17th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Citing Target breach, Issa calls potential vulnerabilities “very serious” since the database contains reams of personal data.

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Agencies Sobering Up Travel Spending After Conference Parties

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

While some “positive steps” have been taken to address the problem, Coburn said wasteful spending on conferences and travel continues.

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Six GOPs Give Reid a Boost on Unemployment Insurance Extension

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

New year, new cloture vote, and the Dems claim victory -- for now.

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10 Things to Watch in Congress in 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

If the first session of the 113th Congress was the least productive in the nation’s history, what's in store for part two?

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2013 Saw a ‘Tsunami of Regulatory Actions’ on Environment, Senate GOPs Charge

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

“The administration appears to be mimicking the failed policies of other countries, including some of the world's largest carbon emitters.”

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Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Easily Passes Senate; Obama Hails as a ‘Good First Step’

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Paul Ryan flexes his political muscle as nine Republicans back his compromise in the upper chamber.

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12 Senate GOPs Help Ryan-Murray Budget Head Toward Passage

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Hatch says “sometimes the answer has to be yes," while Graham vows that anyone who backs cutting military pensions "is gonna get the hell kicked out of him.”

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Budget Deal Could Stumble Hard in the Senate

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

It's a 2014—and 2016—thing.

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Overwhelming Victory for Ryan-Murray Budget Deal in the House: 332-94

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

On the Republican side, 170 voted for the package while only 62 opposed.

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Budget Deal Countdown: Conservative Groups Vow to Score GOPs, While Dems are on Their Own

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Ryan defends the airline security fees in his bill: “We think that the users should pay for the services that they're using."

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Seven-Buck Milk Around Corner as Reid Tosses Farm Bill Back at House

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The Senate bill proposed cutting the food stamp program by about $4 billion; the House originally sought a $20 billion reduction.

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Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Already Drawing Conservative Critics

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Sen. Murray: "We cheer for a different football team, clearly. We catch different fish. We have some differences on policy but we agree our country needs some certainty."

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Dems Confident the Worst Is Over on Obamacare Hit

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Will public disapproval of the healthcare law, Obama and Congress last into 2014 midterms?

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Dems Pressuring GOP to Extend Unemployment Insurance Again

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 - by Bill Straub

If Congress does not renew the law, those out of work who file for unemployment benefits in 2014 will only qualify for state benefits.

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Might ‘Nuclear Option’ Extend to Legislation as Well as Nominees?

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

GOPs insist that further action against the filibuster — which can be achieved by a simple majority — places minority rights at further risk.

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Gun-Control Supporters Say Momentum Quietly Building to Get a Bill Through

Thursday, November 28th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Schumer: "We are going to pass background checks and then move on and do other things we have to do to get guns off the streets."

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Leaving Fracking Up to the States: House Continues Energy Bill Bonanza

Sunday, November 24th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

"We must limit the federal government’s ability to slow down energy production on taxpayer owned federal land."

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House Votes to Aid Drilling in Weeklong GOP Offensive on Obama’s Energy Policy

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

President vows to veto bill which would automatically approve permit applications that Interior shoves to back burner.

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Slicing Sequestration: Can the GOP Abolish Cuts Without Political Consequence?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

With a Dec. 13 deadline, budget conferees need to figure out how to replace the revenue -- or whether to replace sequestration at all.

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To Stay with Obama or Not? Faced with Fix, Some Dems Still Vow Legislative Action

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Hagan says the yearlong extension doesn't go far enough; Begich supports letting people keep their plans permanently. Harkin thinks Obama caved.

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