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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Can a Down Syndrome Man’s Death Teach Police How to Handle the Disabled?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Ethan’s Hearing" implores Congress to get involved.

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From ‘Prudent’ to ‘Shameful,’ Latest Keystone Delay Irks Both Sides of the Aisle

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Despite calls for the shovel-ready jobs and GDP boost to get moving, State Department defends kicking the can.

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Congressional Research Service Confirms Decline in Production on Federal Lands Under Obama

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

It is the production increase on private lands that has the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer.

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What’s Next in the GOP’s Obamacare Fight?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Obama's victory lap continues with a friendly CBO report as Republicans sharpen their focus on one of the law's main effects.

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Tea Party Challenges Stumbling as Primaries Approach

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Of the 12 GOP senators seeking re-election, seven still await primaries. Polls show incumbents, in most cases, maintaining substantial leads.

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CONTEMPT: Lerner Citation Passes Committee; Boehner Vows Passage

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

House Dems vow the action against the former IRS official “will be laughed out of court.”

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Dems Lose Paycheck Fairness Vote, Gain a Campaign Meme

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Reid didn't allow equal-pay amendments and Senate GOPs -- along with one independent -- ended up blocking the bill.

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‘A Wing of the FEC’: Issa Says Lerner Was on Mission Against 501(c)(4)s After Citizens United

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Says new IRS commissioner is “more interested in managing the political fallout than cooperating with Congress."

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Dems Determined to Force Vote on Immigration Reform

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“Now's the time to put a discharge petition on the floor, to force this issue, because there are so many people whose lives are at stake.”

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Obama Confident Enough People Have Signed Up for Obamacare to Work

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

But the administration has yet to reveal how many of the five million applicants have actually paid for their health insurance plans or how diverse the pool is.

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Tee Time: The Optics of Presidential Vacations

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Bush and Reagan spent more days away from the White House than Obama, but also set up satellite offices in their ranch homes.

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Should Election Reform Be at the Federal or State Level?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Congress ready to move forward with presidential commission's recommendations from 2012 election to make voting easier.

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Colorado Senate Seat Becomes Potential Pickup for GOP

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Rep. Cory Gardner jumping into the race throws a curve ball at Sen. Mark Udall.

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Obama Assures Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

"People will look back and say that this was the right thing to do. And at that point the Republicans won’t call it Obamacare anymore.”

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Issa-Cummings Clash Intensifies at IRS Hearing as Lerner Takes the Fifth

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

“You can’t run a committee like this,” Cummings shouted after Oversight Chairman Issa turned off his microphone.

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Obama Unveils $3.9 Trillion ‘Opportunity Agenda’ Budget

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Ryan: “It would hollow out our defense capabilities. And it would do nothing to preserve or strengthen our entitlements."

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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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