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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Senators Aren’t So Sure About Visa Waivers, But Chertoff Calls Program ‘Essential’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Forty percent of all foreign travelers coming into the United States use visa-free program.

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How Should the Food Stamp Program Be Reformed?

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Congressman: "Everyone from recipients to taxpayers deserves an efficient program with a clearly defined mission.”

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How Will Supreme Court Fall on Obamacare Subsidies?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

White House contends plaintiffs in "really take four words out of context in a 900-page law" to make it mean what they say it does.

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Will the ‘Clean’ DHS Vote Muddy Boehner’s Speakership?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

After ditching the Hastert rule, just 75 Republicans voted for funding bill that left out immigration defunding.

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Can Congress Play Part in Preventing Another MH370?

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Duckworth: “With all of the technology available to us... how could this disappearance have happened in 2014?”

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Secret Service Should Focus on Protecting POTUS, Committee Concludes

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Review says force is stretched too thin and White House fence is too weak.

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GAO Finds 32 Significantly ‘High-Risk’ Federal Programs

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

While the Obama administration has “set forth initiatives to meet these objectives... they have largely been ineffective.”

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Peering Inside HUD’s Dark, Dirty Corners

Friday, February 13th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Inspector general details lawbreaking at housing agency.

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GOP Chairman on Vaccines: ‘Too Many Parents Are Turning Away from Sound Science’

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

CDC official tells Senate panel illegal immigrants aren't behind spike in measles cases.

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‘Pathway to Legal Status’ Perception Will Keep Illegal Immigrants Coming, Senate Panel Told

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Border Patrol union leader estimates force "approximately 5,000 agents short of where we should be.”

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Lew: Obama’s $4 Trillion Budget ‘Not Partisan,’ ‘Makes Hard Choices’

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Paul Ryan, though, accuses administration of engaging in “envy economics.”

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The Good and Bad News from the Congressional Budget Office

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Projects the unemployment rate “will fall a little further," but hello deficit.

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GOP Warmer to Obama’s Trade Plans Than Dems

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

“When discouraged Americans argue that they’ve been hurt by trade, their voices should not be ignored,” Sen. Wyden said.

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What’s to Become of Obama’s Tax Proposals?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Paul Ryan: “A $320 billion tax hike is the last thing we need."

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Campaign 2016 in Congress: Oval Office-Minded Senators Strategize

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Jeb and Mitt may be in, but the lawmakers eyeing a presidential run aren't out.

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Dems Accuse GOPs of Trying to ‘Game the System’ with Dynamic Scoring Change

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

GOPs say it's not fuzzy math, but a more realistic picture from the CBO of how much legislation will cost or save.

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Does the Right Have a Shot at Ousting Boehner?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

House members who've come forward to challenge him this week did so unsuccessfully in 2013, and they may not get much help from freshmen this time.

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Benched by the Senate: Who Made It Through in Last-Minute Confirmations

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Obama has surpassed his predecessors with 305 of his district and circuit court nominees confirmed in six years.

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Report Finds Partial Peer Reviewers on the Endangered Species Declarations

Friday, December 19th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Not so independent after all, say Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee.

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VA Helpline Leaving Homeless Veterans Out in the Cold

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Inspector general's report is "embarrassing to our nation’s brave men and women."

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DACA Beneficiary Tells Congress She Feels Attacked by Opponents of Immigration Executive Actions

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“I am still afraid that my mom and dad will be deported," DREAMer activist testifies.

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Senators: Rolling Stone Controversy Not ‘Excuse for Congress to Do Nothing’ on Campus Sexual Assaults

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

McCaskill: "Our problem is not victims embellishing, our problem is victims are too frightened to come forward.”

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Dems Pushing Through Nuclear Commission Nominee Who Recently Visited His First Nuke Energy Plant

Friday, December 5th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Boxer refuses to hold confirmation hearing for Baran, a former staffer for Waxman.

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Pro Sports Leagues Tell Senate Panel They’re Working on Domestic Violence Problems

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Thune: "This brand of violence extends well beyond what is covered by the tabloids and sports media."

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Latin American Leaders Laud Obama’s ‘Act of Justice’ on Immigration

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Mexican president calls actions “the most important measures taken in several decades.”

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