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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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How the Human Trafficking Bill Finally Got Through the Senate

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Between unanimous support at the beginning and the end came the Hyde amendment.

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10 GOPs Push Lynch to Confirmation Five Months After Nod

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Only Cruz, who opposed her "embrace the lawlessness of the Holder Justice Department," missed confirmation vote.

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Memories Pizza: The ‘Ambush Interview’ That Wasn’t

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by Bill Straub

When a reporter is told to go out and gather comment on a story, don't rip the reporter for what people tell her.

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Who Will Challenge Hillary for the Dem Nomination?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

A Marine, a socialist, a couple of governors, or a veep?

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What Have the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Done in the Senate?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Here's what Rubio, Cruz, Paul and Graham have been up to in the 114th Congress.

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Anatomy of a Budget: The Plans that Drew GOP Defections and No Dem Crossovers

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Paul, Cruz and Sanders all said "no" after marathon session -- here's the nuts and bolts of the debate.

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‘Important Time’ to Prep Country for Chemical Weapons Attacks

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Government officials can plan for chemical threats but time is a “dangerous element.”

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Veterans Groups Implore Congress to Assist in ‘Incomplete’ Job of Helping Wounded Warriors

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Organizations also press for VA accountability and veteran status for National Guard.

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Holder in Overtime as Lynch Nomination Delayed

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

"I'm feeling love here that I haven't felt for some time, and where was all this affection for the last six years?" attorney general quips.

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Senators Aren’t So Sure About Visa Waivers, But Chertoff Calls Program ‘Essential’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Forty percent of all foreign travelers coming into the United States use visa-free program.

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How Should the Food Stamp Program Be Reformed?

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Congressman: "Everyone from recipients to taxpayers deserves an efficient program with a clearly defined mission.”

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How Will Supreme Court Fall on Obamacare Subsidies?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

White House contends plaintiffs in "really take four words out of context in a 900-page law" to make it mean what they say it does.

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Will the ‘Clean’ DHS Vote Muddy Boehner’s Speakership?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

After ditching the Hastert rule, just 75 Republicans voted for funding bill that left out immigration defunding.

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Can Congress Play Part in Preventing Another MH370?

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Duckworth: “With all of the technology available to us... how could this disappearance have happened in 2014?”

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Secret Service Should Focus on Protecting POTUS, Committee Concludes

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Review says force is stretched too thin and White House fence is too weak.

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GAO Finds 32 Significantly ‘High-Risk’ Federal Programs

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

While the Obama administration has “set forth initiatives to meet these objectives... they have largely been ineffective.”

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Peering Inside HUD’s Dark, Dirty Corners

Friday, February 13th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Inspector general details lawbreaking at housing agency.

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GOP Chairman on Vaccines: ‘Too Many Parents Are Turning Away from Sound Science’

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

CDC official tells Senate panel illegal immigrants aren't behind spike in measles cases.

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‘Pathway to Legal Status’ Perception Will Keep Illegal Immigrants Coming, Senate Panel Told

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Border Patrol union leader estimates force "approximately 5,000 agents short of where we should be.”

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Lew: Obama’s $4 Trillion Budget ‘Not Partisan,’ ‘Makes Hard Choices’

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Paul Ryan, though, accuses administration of engaging in “envy economics.”

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The Good and Bad News from the Congressional Budget Office

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Projects the unemployment rate “will fall a little further," but hello deficit.

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GOP Warmer to Obama’s Trade Plans Than Dems

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

“When discouraged Americans argue that they’ve been hurt by trade, their voices should not be ignored,” Sen. Wyden said.

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What’s to Become of Obama’s Tax Proposals?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Paul Ryan: “A $320 billion tax hike is the last thing we need."

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Campaign 2016 in Congress: Oval Office-Minded Senators Strategize

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - by Bill Straub

Jeb and Mitt may be in, but the lawmakers eyeing a presidential run aren't out.

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Dems Accuse GOPs of Trying to ‘Game the System’ with Dynamic Scoring Change

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - by Bill Straub

GOPs say it's not fuzzy math, but a more realistic picture from the CBO of how much legislation will cost or save.

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