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Rodrigo Sermeño

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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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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Rep. Price: Obamacare Causing ‘Economic Destruction’

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“29ers are folks who have seen their hours reduced from 40 hours a week...49ers are those employers who have decreased the number of employees to under 50."

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DNC Vows to Increase Voter Rolls, Fight Voter ID in Run-Up to Midterms

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Brazile: “Our goal is to play offense so that we are out there in the states to expand voter registration opportunities for early voters.”

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Dems Plan ‘Project Ivy’ Tech Program to Creep Up on GOP

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Wasserman Schultz to DNC: “We know when more voters vote, Democrats win, and the Republicans know that, too.”

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Alzheimer’s Activists Lobby to Steer More Funds Toward Research

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Actor Seth Rogen: “Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s."

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New IRS Rules Called ‘Campaign Finance Regulation Disguised as Tax Regulation’

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

“The president didn’t need a telephone, he had a megaphone."

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Black Senators Past and Present Challenge All to Aim High at Scott Event

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

Booker: “We prove worthy of the privileges that we have not by paying anything back, but by paying it forward."

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‘No Christian Is Exempt’: Persecution Worldwide Still Rampant, Congress Told

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 - by Rodrigo Sermeño

One reason Christians are increasingly persecuted is that Christianity is expanding in countries that lack religious freedom.

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