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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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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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Senate Appropriators Want $1B for Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Children

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Republicans say the crisis, which could top 60,000 kids, is "directly the result of Obama's own policies."

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GOP House Negotiator Says Immigration Reform Not Dead, Has ’50/50 Chance’

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

But key immigration Dem said the House likely will not act this session if legislation isn’t taken up by July 4.

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TSA ‘Abusively and Arbitrarily’ Using Security Designation to Hide Information

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Limits on such labeling of information are needed to provide greater transparency and accountability," report finds.

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Boxer Slams Nuclear Commission for Post-Fukushima Foot-Dragging

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Vitter contends, though, that they “should not be committed to regulating just for the sake of regulating.”

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EPA Says ‘Science Is Clear’ as Agency Imposes Tough New Coal Rules

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

U.S. Chamber says regulation could decrease a family’s disposable income by $3,400 per year and cost 200,000-plus jobs.

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Chairman: UN, White House Climate Reports ‘an Excuse to Control the American People’

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Congress should “focus on good science, rather than politically correct science," says committee leader.

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Norquist: ‘Conservatives May Have Wanted More Incarceration Than Was Necessary’

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Decisions regarding corrections shouldn’t be “trusted to bureaucrats,” activist tells PJM.

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Cuccinelli: ‘If Amnesty Goes Through, It Can Turn Around Momentum’ in GOP Base

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Tells PJM that party needs to channel the public's "revulsion" over Obamacare into votes.

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Blackwell: GOP Must Face ‘Rapid Decline in Morality,’ Prioritize Social Issues

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Former Ohio secretary of state tells PJM devotion to social issues “will solve economic issues."

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Criminal Justice Reform: A New Domain of the Right?

Monday, May 26th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"It's not simply to extract retribution. It's to provide a safer society. And to treat people humanely," says former NRA chief.

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GOP to Reid: We’ll See Your ‘Fill the Tree’ with a Filibuster

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

McConnell: “It’s about protecting the right of the American people to have a say in what goes on in Washington."

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Gowdy Carries ‘Confidence’ of Boehner and Hopes of Right as Benghazi Chairman

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

The former prosecutor tapped to lead special committee isn't one of the speaker's allies and once called the minority leader “mind-numbingly stupid."

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Debut Hearing for HHS Nominee Suggests Smooth Path to Confirmation

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

McCain introduces Burwell to Senate health committee, says OMB director qualified to take over from Sebelius.

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White House Report Says Climate Change Here and Severe

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

One Senate critic, though, called the document “a political one used to justify more government overreach.”

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