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Rodrigo Sermeño

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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NSA Chief Predicts ‘Traumatic’ Cyber Attack Within Next Decade

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“We’re seeing multiple nation-states invest" in capabilities to hack U.S. systems.

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Only ‘Rudimentary Monitoring’ of Many High-Threat U.S. Volcanoes

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Can take “a good 20 years” under the current budget for USGS to update instruments at one volcano.

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Tax Attorney: We Need to Make Tax Compliance Costs More Transparent

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Filing taxes takes taxpayers an average of 8 hours and costs $120 for each nonbusiness return.

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Midterm Study Finds GOP Tightens Grip on White, Working-Class Voters

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“If the Democrats forget about the white-working class they can forget about every midterm election forever."

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Cotton Scores Big Win for GOP Hawks

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Riding wave of anti-Obama sentiment, Iraq and Afghanistan vet will be youngest senator in next Congress.

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How Conservative or Establishment Will Ernst Be in Washington?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Tea Party favorite claims common ground with Cruz and McCain.

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U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Cut Off ISIS’ Cash Flow

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Unlike al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, ISIS does not rely on “deep-pocketed donors” for funding.

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Women Lawmakers Try to Help Braley Defeat Republican Woman in Iowa

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“It’s not enough to be a woman. You have to be committed to expand rights and opportunities for all women,” Clinton argued. More:  Ernst Leads by 7 in Latest Des Moines Register Poll

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Could Cops on Camera Reduce Police Misconduct?

Friday, October 31st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Around 5,000 police departments nationwide have started using body cameras, including in Ferguson.

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Iowa Senate Race: An Excuse for 2016ers to Come Early, Come Often

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

A pivotal race between Ernst and Braley is fertile campaign ground for the rest of 'em.

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‘A Very Conscious Decision to Kind of Let it Ride’: Will Supreme Court Take Up Same-Sex Marriage?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Punt could soon raise the number of states that allow same-sex marriage to 35.

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FBI Chief: ‘Data Encryption Leading Us to Very, Very Dark Place’

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Argues law must keep up with new technologies to let government intercept and monitor communications.

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Teacher Tenure Opposition Gets Some Powerful Advocates

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Former CNN anchor says legal efforts needed to overturn policies that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.

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Pryor Digs at Cotton as Seat Looks to Be in Trouble

Monday, October 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Tries to tie GOP challenger to Koch brothers and highlight Farm Bill vote, while congressman ties Dem to Obama agenda.

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Community Activists, Former Gang Members Mull Solutions for D.C. Violence

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“Our young people have lost a sense of who they are and who they can become. A lot of that blame lies on us."

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DHS Chief: There is No ‘Porous’ Border for Terrorists to Cross

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“In the absence of facts, the American public is susceptible to claims that we have an open, ‘porous’ border," Johnson tells think tank.

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CDC Official: ‘Rapid Scale-Up’ Needed to Stop Ebola Outbreak, Which Has ‘Disproportionately’ Hit Healthcare Workers

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“The epidemic is likely to get worse before it gets better, despite maximal and growing efforts by the global community."

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Bush Administration Counsel Says Obama Has ‘Very Broad Authority’ Under 2001 AUMF

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Should Obama come to Congress again for authorization to go after ISIS?

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Bitcoin a ‘Wild West’ for Consumers

Monday, September 8th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“The CFPB will use the complaints to help enforce federal consumer financial laws and, if appropriate, take policy steps.”

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Is Slow Economic Growth the New Normal?

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Theories behind the stagnation.

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Most Applicants for Obama’s DREAM Act-Style Program Come from L.A., But Many Not Applying At All

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Studying the program for young illegal immigrants two years into its launch.

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Can Congress Pass Digital Privacy Reform Legislation?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“Law enforcement always seems to push the envelope as to whether they can do what they’re doing to get information."

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Perry in D.C.: ‘Common Sense’ Says Terrorists Likely to Cross Illegally at Southern Border

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Says any talk about immigration reform is “pointless because Washington has no credibility” on the issue.

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Former IDF General Says Hamas Fight ‘Did Expose Some Tension’ in U.S. Relations

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

"There is going to be a push diplomatically to see what we can do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," predicts former special envoy.

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Congress Examines Balanced Budget Amendment Proposals

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“If Congress had listened to the American people" in 1995, argues chairman, "we would not be facing the fiscal crisis we are today."

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