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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Senate GOPs: Report ‘Will Cast a Shadow’ Over EPA’s Inspector General

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

In dispute are actions taken by EPA’s Region 6 against a natural gas company after receiving a complaint from a Texas homeowner.

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‘We Need to Quit Acting So Freaking Defeated’: Dems Plot Blue Creep in Deep South

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Several states have turned from red to purple,” DNC chair tells members. “Can you name one state that is turning from blue to purple? You can’t.”

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Tea Party Warns of ‘Permanent Damage’ from Proposed IRS Rules

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Regulations would prohibit 501(c)(4)s from involving themselves in get-out-the-vote drives or printing voters’ guides.

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Justice Department Accused of Stymying IRS Investigation

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Nine months after Holder announced he was opening an investigation, neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has interviewed the victims.

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Vitter Accuses Inspector General of Providing Cover for EPA in Investigation

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Remarkably, in conducting its investigation of EPA email practices, the OIG never examined, in any way, actual staff emails."

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What Options Do Republicans Have to Counter Obama’s Pen?

Monday, February 24th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Emboldened by his "Year of Action" promise, the president is signing away.

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Coal Regulations Could Hike Energy Costs as Much as 80 Percent

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

A lump of coal for communities: Second-generation technologies to bring the price down aren’t expected to be available until 2022 at the earliest.

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Will Unemployment Insurance Come Back to Haunt the GOP?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Democrats are doing a full-court PR blitz on Republicans' block of a three-month extension.

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GOP Leaders Override Cruz Effort to Block Debt Ceiling Vote

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Senate then approves the hike along party lines.

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‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Increase Passes House with GOP Leaders’ Support

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"There's only one solution. John Boehner must be replaced as Speaker of the House," Senate Conservatives Fund tells supporters.

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House GOPs Say Obama Has a Year to Prove He’d Be Trustworthy on Immigration

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Game plan has an election-year component, not just a test of trust.

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GOP Has Plan to Get Endangered Species Act Out of ‘Litigation Driven’ Mode

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Report says only 2 percent of protected species have been recovered thanks to the law at a cost of billions of dollars.

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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 Healthcare.gov 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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