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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Immigration? Obamacare? ISIS? The Issues That Could Tilt the Senate in November

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Foreign policy poised to play a bigger role than usual in midterms, but some issues play even closer to home.

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Dems Try to Overturn Citizens United, But GOP Blocks Bill

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Only in Washington is campaign finance reform a partisan issue,” Reid said.

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‘I Blew the Whistle, Because I Had To’

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

House panel hears "increasingly, whistleblowers are given the choice of resigning or risking jail time" under administration.

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GOPs Charge Environmental Lobby Getting ‘Unprecedented Access’ to EPA Officials

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Access allowed NRDC "to influence EPA policy decisions and achieve its own private agenda," Issa and Vitter say.

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When Will Obama Take Unilateral Immigration Action?

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Some anticipating a "bold" announcement this month. NEW OBAMA COMMENTS: Promises decision coming "fairly soon."

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VA Investigation Reveals Poor Care, Fake Reports and ‘Nationwide Systemic Problem’

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“These veterans were at risk of never obtaining their requested or necessary appointments."

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Dozen States Sue to Block EPA Carbon Regulations

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“We will use many different tactics to fight this rule,” vows governor of the largest coal-producing state.

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Congress Agrees on VA Reform Before Leaving for Recess

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Sen. Corker votes against bill because vets "deserve a Congress that has the discipline to pay for legislation it passes."

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House Passes Border Bill After Enough GOPs Get on Board

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Obama accuses Republicans of addressing crisis with legislation "that can't pass the Senate and if it were to pass the Senate I would veto."

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GOP: ‘Impossible to Say Anything Good’ About EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

But administrator argues that regulations will cut hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution.

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Resurrection of the Lerner Emails: IRS Commissioner Says Some May Be Recovered

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“At this point, I have no information as to whether there’s anything usable on those tapes,” Koskinen says.

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VA Secretary Nominee Promises Transformation in First 90 Days

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

It's not just the waitlist scandal McDonald stands to inherit, but the appointment backlog.

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Dem Senators Aim to Block State Restrictions on Abortion

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Would ban anything "more burdensome than those imposed on medically comparable procedures."

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DOJ Official Promises They’re Looking into Missing Lerner Emails

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

But Cole tells lawmakers he can't disclose any information to Congress while investigating.

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‘Breach of Trust’ to Veterans ‘Irresponsible, Indefensible, and Unacceptable’

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Acting VA secretary tells Congress that more money is needed to fix the problems, though.

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DHS Secretary: ICE to Run Out of Money Next Month Without Supplemental Funding

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Congressional Republicans to offer alternatives to White House's $3.7 billion request.

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House and Senate in Different Lanes on Highway Trust Fund

Monday, July 14th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"The House will not support billions of dollars in higher taxes to pay for more spending,” vows one chairman.

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Senators Pressure NCAA to Put Scholarship Above Sports

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“This is plain and simple the dark side of the NCAA,” says one former collegiate football player now in Congress.

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Could Ex-Im Bank Debate Lead to Another Government Shutdown?

Friday, July 4th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Even the GOP is divided on fate of what Hensarling calls a form of corporate welfare.

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HHS Overseer Finds Faulty System for Determining Obamacare Subsidies

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Can't clear up 89 percent of "inconsistencies" because automated system not yet fully operational.

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VA Report Paints Grim Picture of Widespread Systematic Failings

Friday, June 27th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“It's impossible to solve problems by whitewashing them or denying they exist. This is a lesson VA should have already learned."

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Dem Dissension: Gutierrez Says Immigration Reform Dead, While Pelosi Remains ‘Hopeful’

Friday, June 27th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Gutierrez: "I kept hoping the better angels in the Republican Party would tamp down the irrational and angry angels blocking reform."

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Senate Panel Calls GOP Officials to Urge Action on Climate Change

Friday, June 20th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Vitter, though, warns committee of “the economic calamity" of the path "President Obama unilaterally selected for America."

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Oversight Report: Obama’s Use of ‘Bully Pulpit’ Led to IRS Targeting

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"Initiated and progressed in the context of a fierce rhetorical campaign by the president to delegitimize Citizens United."

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FBI Steps Into VA Probe as Congress Agrees on Initial Reforms

Friday, June 13th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"We're working with the VA IG and we'll follow it wherever the facts take us,'' Director Comey said.

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