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Articles from March 4, 2013

787's Woes Put FAA Safety Certifications under Scrutiny
As federal transportation safety officials continue investigating the flaws in a Boeing Co. jetliner"s battery systems that led investigators to ground the 787 Dreamliner fleet, there is growing scrutiny of the Federal Aviation Administration"s practice...
American Crossroads Excoriates Obama Group (VIDEO)
Members of Congress have been remarkably quiet about President Barack Obama's controversial new advocacy group, Organizing for Action, but the GOP super PAC American Crossroads has jumped in with an excoriating new video that rebrands the president's...
Berzins: Will Europe Benefit from Shale Boom?
BERLIN - Europe is watching with interest as Congress debates liquefied-natural-gas exports. The outcome will shape domestic manufacturing, foreign affairs and free-trade commitments for years to come.With the shale gas boom bringing unprecedented natural-gas production,...
Brennan Could Get Floor Vote This Week for CIA Post
The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on CIA director nominee John O. Brennan - and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a full Senate vote this week - but Republicans still want more answers on last year"s terrorist attack...
Committee Leaders Face Deeper Cuts as They Enter Session Budget Requests
Leaders of House committees got a stark reminder Monday that times are tough all over as they line up to testify before the House Administration Committee regarding their budget requests.Late Monday afternoon, the House Administration Committee circulated...
Congress Wary of Outsourcing Aircraft Maintenance
Congress last year mandated the Federal Aviation Administration step up oversight of the growing trend by U.S. carriers of outsourcing aircraft maintenance to foreign repair stations.The 2012 aviation authorization (PL 112-95) requires the FAA to ensure...
Cracked Granite: Troubled N.H. GOP Attempting to Rebound in 2014 Cycle
New Hampshire Republicans are stuck between a rock and a hard place this cycle.The Granite State"s political infrastructure is "a mess,' complain out-of-state GOP consultants, and the state has become an increasingly difficult place to run campaigns.To...
House Releases Continuing Resolution That Keeps Sequester Cuts in Place
House appropriators are proposing a final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, while giving military and veterans programs new flexibility to cushion the effects of the sequester"s automatic cuts.The...
Inside the NRSC's Comeback Strategy
The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to expand its press operation to train campaigns earlier in the cycle on how to better handle the kind of candidate missteps that have plagued its party"s nominees.The goal? To avoid what"s become known...
McCarthy Confirmation Viewed as Likely after Debate on Emissions Policy
President Barack Obama"s nominee to lead the EPA during his second term is familiar to many on Capitol Hill, has some bipartisan credentials from past stints in New England state governments and was previously confirmed by the Senate for her current...
Murray Plans to Lead Democrats into Budget Fray
For three years, Senate Democrats feared that presenting a budget would cloud their message against Republicans. But this year, they"re seeking to leverage a budget framework into a stronger hand at the table with the House GOP and Obama administration.Senate...
Obama Nominates Energy, EPA Heads
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and MIT professor Ernest J. Moniz to serve as Energy secretary during his second term."They"re going to be making sure that we"re investing in American energy,...
Obama's Latest Cabinet Nominees Could Face Hill Delays
President Barack Obama pushed for quick Senate confirmation of his new picks for budget director, EPA administrator and Energy secretary - although the nature of the positions themselves all but ensures plenty of partisan fireworks on the Hill.Obama's...
Rothenberg: Colbert's Sister an Underdog, but Worth Watching
Elizabeth Colbert Busch hopes to win a special election for Congress this year. That"s possible but also unlikely, as it would take something close to a political "perfect storm' for the Democrat to win the reliably Republican House seat in South Carolina.Of...
Schaumber: Time to Pull Plug on National Labor Relations Board
Only a few hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision that the National Labor Relations Board does not have a legal quorum to act, the board"s chairman, Mark Pearce, issued a press release announcing...
Shop Talk: RNC Hires House Operatives for 2014 Cycle
The Republican National Committee made two major hires from the House GOP"s campaign operations last week in preparation for the 2014 midterm cycle.Chris McNulty, a top aide at Speaker John A. Boehner"s political organization, will be the RNC"s new political...
White House Woos GOP Members for 'Petite Bargain'
Are we seeing a softer side of the White House? After rhetorically bashing Republicans for weeks over the sequester failed to bring them to the bargaining table, the White House seems to have slightly shifted its tone, if not its aims.After Friday's...
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