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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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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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Should Felons Get Their Voting Rights Restored?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Two senators split over whether only nonviolent felons should be able to cast a ballot.

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Supreme Court Ruling Empowers EPA

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 - by Bill Straub

House GOPs: “We cannot allow EPA’s aggressive regulatory expansion to go unchecked."

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General on Benghazi Intervention: ‘We Should Have Tried… Always Move to the Sound of the Guns’

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Could U.S. forces have reached the consulate in time? “We may have been able to, but we’ll never know," retired official tells panel.

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Ryan: Safety Net, Economic Growth Needed to ‘Lift People Out of Poverty’

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - by Bill Straub

Dem Van Hollen, though, accuses GOP of "false and pernicious stereotype that many of these struggling individuals prefer to rely on these safety nets."

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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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