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Bill Straub

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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Is EPA Trying to Skew Climate Change Study for the Obama Administration?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

“When governments can weigh in and request alterations to a scientific analysis, the message is clear."

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DHS Nominee Faces Potential Hold Over Border Security

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Jeh Johnson grilled by senators as critics maintain the lawyer and Democratic Party activist doesn’t carry the credentials for the job.

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Will Obama’s Chief Technology Officer Dish About Healthcare.gov?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Democrats protest Issa's subpoena, saying the tech chief's testimony would take him away from valuable site fix-it time.

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The Obamacare Fix-It Frenzy: Congress Seizes on Rollout Flop

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

From Dems to GOPs, new bills address the cancellation of plans to the individual mandate and administration deadlines.

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Post-Shutdown, GOP Finds New Fight Against Obama’s Nominees

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The blocked vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency infuriates Reid.

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Holder, Cops Clash on DOJ’s Decision to Ease Pot Enforcement

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The decision to ease enforcement, law enforcement groups said, “ignores the connections between marijuana use and violent crime."

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Budget Talks Open: Sequestration Likely to Go, Entitlement Reform Faces Uphill Climb

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Ryan: "If this conference becomes an argument about taxes, we’re not going to get anywhere. The way to raise revenue is to grow the economy.”

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Sebelius: ‘Hold Me Accoutable for the Debacle’ of Healthcare.gov

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

GOP chairman at hearing: “Americans were assured their experience would be similar to other online transactions like purchasing a flight or ordering a pizza."

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Obamacare Marketplace Overseer Tells Congress Website ‘Has Not Lived Up to Expectations’

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services head attributes problems to contractors who “have not met expectations"; says signups expected to be "small."

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The GOP’s Next Strategy to Fight Obamacare

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The repeal or defund caucus readies for another go, but the replace caucus has ammo for their strategy moving forward.

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Is Obama Now Empowered to Push More of His Agenda?

Monday, October 21st, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The president may feel emboldened after debt ceiling victory, but lacks leverage and willing partners for other items on his list.

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Shutdown Over: House and Senate Easily Pass Reid-McConnell Deal

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

UPDATE: House passes compromise 285-144 with the backing of 87 Republicans.

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House Compromise Effort Slips; Senate Rushes Toward Deal

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Bill pulled from Rules Committee at the last minute because of a lack of conservative support as Thursday deadline looms.

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Senate Nears Shutdown, Default Deal Though Hurdles Remain

Monday, October 14th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Reid: “We are not there yet, but tremendous progress. And everyone just needs to be patient. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day.”

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Up for Obama’s Consideration: Competing House and Senate GOP Shutdown Deals

Friday, October 11th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Republicans confident they're inching toward an end to the shutdown and a deal on the debt ceiling.

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‘A Good Meeting’ with GOP at White House as Lew Warns of ‘Chaos’ on the Hill

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Debt ceiling meets shutdown as each side searches for the bigger bounty in any deal. Also read:  GOP Chairman: ‘We Want Some Breathings Space’ with Short-Term Debt Ceiling Hike

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Ryan Rankles Right with Quest for Budget ‘Breakthrough’

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Former VP candidate said he doubts “within the next two weeks we have a viable strategy for actually repealing Obamacare, every piece of it.”

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The Deal with the Debt: Administration Accuses Congress of ‘Playing with Fire’

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Boehner: "There’s never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once."

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Boehner Not Looking for Protracted Debt Ceiling Fight

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

The grand return of the Grand Bargain?

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Holding the Line: The House Conservatives Driving the Obamacare Debate

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

From the libertarians to the veterans to the medical professionals, meet the group of lawmakers putting the pressure on Boehner.

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Glitches on First Day, But No Furloughs for Those on Obamacare Operations

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 - by Bill Straub

With a “permanent appropriation," a budget approved in a prior session of Congress without re-approval needed, signups chug forward.

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EPA Imposes New ‘War on Coal’ Regulations

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Kentucky congressman says change essentially renders it “illegal to build a coal-fired electricity-generating plant in America.”

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Anatomy of a Shutdown with No End in Sight

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - by Bill Straub

"All the president has to do is say yes and the government is funded tomorrow," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.

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Stop-gap or Shutdown? House Has Weekend to Pull Together a Strategy

Friday, September 27th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

House Republican leaders had intended to include a provision postponing the full implementation of Obamacare, but Cruz trying to stop that.

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Showdown: Boehner Says Acceptance of Senate Stopgap CR Unlikely

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 - by Bill Straub

Boehner didn’t say what changes House Republicans might seek but he did insist that he doesn’t anticipate a governmental shutdown.

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