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Rodrigo Sermeño

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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Economist: Dodd-Frank Has Created a ‘Path of Least Resistance’ for Bank Bailouts

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

A flailing strategy for too-big-to-fail.

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Former Russian Foreign Minister on Ukraine: ‘If You’re Not Ready to Do Something, Don’t Say You Are’

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Hagel urges NATO partners to “reinvigorate the unrivaled joint planning, exercises, and capabilities" that are the "lifeblood" of the alliance.

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Not Enough Subsidized Signups and Obamcare Goes Over Cliff

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Healthcare marketplaces failing to attract uninsured because of high out-of-pocket costs and deductibles.

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Former Russian PM Tells Washington to Hit Putin with Sanctions Where It Hurts

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Putin came to feel that “he got a special ticket issued by the West” that left him free to play with the former Soviet bloc.

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Could Google Glass Arm Activists in the Digital World?

Friday, April 25th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

The high-tech eyewear has privacy and crime concerns, but second-generation iterations aim to transform the grassroots.

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Is Money Being Wasted at Agency Intended to Protect Consumers’ Dime?

Monday, April 21st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Cost-benefit analysis of CFPB rules, argues one Dem, would just feed GOP's "ideologically-driven regulatory agenda.”

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Booming Energy Sector Pushing for More Minority Employment

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Can an industry that faces resistance in some parts of Washington build out a more diverse workforce?

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Did USAID Wander Into CIA Territory by Running Cuba Op?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

A rudimentary Twitter-style app crafted to stoke protests in Cuba is making some on the Hill screech.

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‘Red Flags and Warnings’ Missed in Boston Bombings

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

A year of government review reveals weak links in anti-terror coordination and an FBI agent who didn't visit a suspect's mosque.

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Independent Inventors to Congress: We’re Not Patent Trolls

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Innovators fear Leahy-Lee bill would discourage invention and “seriously undermine the ability for start-ups to raise capital.”

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Should Involuntary Mental Health Treatment be Expanded to Increase Care and Lower Crime?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Pennsylvania Republican's bill aims to change Medicaid's 16-bed rule, increase tele-psychiatry for pediatricians.

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The Dangers of Over-Federalization in America’s Criminal Law System

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Congress told of “continuing crisis in the overlap of federal and state law, particularly in the areas previously covered only by state law."

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Rand Paul: GOP Must Get the ‘Door Ajar’ for Minorities, Not be ‘Party of Deportation’

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

One way to appeal to Latino voters, the senator says, is ensuring that “Mrs. Garcia’s nephew is not going to be sent home to Mexico."

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Watchdog Warns Corruption in Afghanistan Could Undermine U.S. Progress

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

U.S. "not only failed to recognize the significance of corruption, but may even have fostered a political climate conducive to corruption."

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Former U.S. Syria Envoy: Assad Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Robert Ford: “The opposition needs to reassemble around a Syrian agenda first and foremost."

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Republicans Optimistic After Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Arguments

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Democrats charge that contraceptive mandate exception could "take us back to a place in history when women had no voice and no choice.”

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Cuccinelli Accuses Attorneys General of Attacking Laws They’re Supposed to Defend

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

On same-sex marriage: “An attorney general must defend anything not blatantly unconstitutional, not ones that he or she really want to be unconstitutional."

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Keystone XL Opponents Argue Pipeline Would Carry More ‘Carbon Intensive’ Product

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Kerry: "I’m going to look at all the arguments, both sides, all sides, whatever, evaluate them and make the best judgment I can."

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Labor Secretary Disputes CBO Report that Predicts Fewer Jobs After Minimum Wage Hike

Friday, March 14th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

$10.10 remains a priority for Obama along with making employers pay more overtime.

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‘We’re Going to Get Creamed’: Lerner Emails Paint Picture of Planning 501(c)(4) Scrutiny

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Former IRS official referred to the Tea Party cases as “very dangerous” and expected legal action because they were “itching for a constitutional challenge.”

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Perry to CPAC: ‘Real Conservative Governance’ Includes Vow to ‘Shut Prisons Down’

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“There aren’t many things that the president of the United States and his attorney general and I agree about – you know what I mean?”

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Libertarian at CPAC Says Government Violating Rights of Religions That Support Same-Sex Marriage

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Michael Medved, though, says the assertion that same-sex marriage has been banned in any state is “a liberal lie.”

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Immigration Advocates Tell CPAC to Back Reform as Latino Voters are Waiting

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“You have to wonder when a self-described conservative organization stacks an immigration panel with amnesty advocates,” says one congressman.

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Coburn: ‘Laziness’ in Congress Has Fed Growing Power in the Executive Branch

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Coburn said the people who come to Congress are those seeking “to rise on the political career” rather than fix the institution.

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Experts: ‘Retirement Crisis’ Concerns Might Be Overblown

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Census Bureau survey does not account for at least 95 percent of IRA distributions and at least half of pension and annuity income.

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