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Rodrigo Sermeño

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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House Probes Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance Program

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that everyone he has spoken with in the Justice Department is “comfortable with the legal basis” of the program.

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Failure to Prepare for Extreme Weather Costs Billions Each Year

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Homeland Security tells Congress that weather also diverts resources away from counterterrorism.

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Congress Warned About Evolution of Jihadist Networks

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

More then 6,800 terrorist attacks killed more than 11,000 people in 2012, making it the most active year of terrorism on record.

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Republicans Step Up Probe into IRS Targeting Scandal

Friday, February 7th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Contrary to what Obama said, the scandal “is not just a boneheaded bunch of bureaucrats in some remote office,” witness tells committee.

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Republicans Target Obamacare ‘30-Hour’ Rule

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Obamacare supporters argue that changing the employer mandate to 40-hour workers will widen the pool of employees vulnerable to hour cuts.

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Target Execs Take the Hot Seat as Lawmakers Press for Better Measures to Combat Fraud

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Still unknown is how the malware that was used to carry out the theft got into Target’s computer system.

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Senate Debates Lifting Oil Export Ban for First Time in Decades

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Most of the crude oil produced in the U.S. is the light, sweet type that domestic refiners are ill-fitted to handle.

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Lawmakers Split on President’s ‘Year of Action,’ Hope for ‘Thaw’ in Congressional Gridlock

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

House Republican on conservatives behind shutdown: “Like a little kid, you’ve got to teach them: When you touch a hot stove, it’s gonna burn you."

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Home Healthcare Worker Case Could Stunt Unions’ Effort to Collect Forced Dues

Friday, January 31st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“Unions have found out they have maxed out on their government employees so they have tried to create a new definition of government employee."

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Alexander, Scott Unveil Bills to Redirect Funds into School Choice

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Under one proposal, low-income kids would get $2,100 each year for private or charter schools, tutoring or home-schooling.

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Shifting Primary Schedule Intended to Make GOP Candidate in 2016 Stronger

Friday, January 24th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Convention will also be bumped up to allow candidate more time to spend general election funds.

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Huckabee Tells RNC to Stop RINOing Each Other

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Says Dems telling women "they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing...birth control because they cannot control their libido."

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8 Things in Washington That Could Hit Your Wallet This Year

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

From mortgage rates to expiring tax breaks and insurance costs that could pick your pocket in 2014.

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EPA Administrator Says Coal Rules Necessary Because of ‘Devastating Impacts on the Planet’

Monday, January 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

But Gina McCarthy tells GOP lawmakers she can't answer climate-change questions: 

“I just look at what the climate scientists tell me."

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Harkin: $10.10 Minimum Wage the ‘Bottom Line’ for Negotiations

Monday, January 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Bill sponsor says adopting a lower wage in combination with indexing to inflation would “lock in a sub-poverty wage for the long-term.”

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New Year, New Strikes on Big Banks

Friday, January 17th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Several lawmakers have proposed legislation to limit the size of banks and some of their riskier financial operations.

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Coburn to Congress: ‘The Problem Is Us’

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

He said government has grown so big that only one government agency actually knows all of its programs.

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Admin: Escalating Violence in South Sudan Could Result in Suspension of Aid

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, are at odds.

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Cantor: School Choice Fight Needed to Counter Plans Like De Blasio’s

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

"Just think of how many families will have their choices taken away if Mayor De Blasio pursues these policies."

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Lawmakers Hear Proposals to Improve Retirement Security

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Toomey says “government policy should protect all three pillars of retirement security...and preserve what works.”

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Analysts: Sanctions Relief Package Too Small to Prove a Boon to Iranian Economy

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

If it won't be a "shot in the arm" to the Iranian economy, Tehran must have its reasons for agreeing to the deal.

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Data Brokers Gathering Dossiers on Millions of Americans by Income, Disease, and More

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Senate hears that the industry "will sell any information about any person regardless of sensitivity for 7.9 cents a name."

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Former Treasury Official: Hezbollah and Iran in a ‘Strategic Partnership’

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Levitt says this explains in part why Hezbollah is more engaged in more international terror today than at any time since the 1980s.

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Financial Giant Chief Unveils Plan to Tackle ‘Skills Gap’

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Rahm Emanuel: "Addressing the skills gap can be one of our most powerful tools for...creating more broadly shared prosperity."

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Arizona Senator Tells GOP Obama Needs Trade Powers

Saturday, December 21st, 2013 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Flake: “Distaste for Mr. Obama isn’t enough to justify opposition to trade pacts that would raise U.S. living standards.”

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