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Articles from July 10, 2014

Club for Growth Gets Second Chance in Alabama Race
A six-week mulligan for the Club for Growth ends on July 15, when voters will pick a GOP nominee in Alabama's 6th District runoff.After the club's preferred candidate did not advance to the runoff, it regrouped by endorsing the second-place primary finisher, conservative...
Congress, with Help of Private Ryan, Can Save the VA
Nothing short of fundamental reform from Congress will ensure the nation's veterans receive the medical care they deserve. A new report from the White House on the dramatic failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates how deep the problems...
Drill More, Produce More, Pay More?
In recent months, the petroleum industry has boasted about U.S. crude oil production reaching its highest level in more than a quarter-century. But what they fail to note is that increased domestic drilling has done nothing to ease the pain at the pump...
F-35: The Plane to Nowhere
When the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee meets to mark up the FY 2015 Pentagon spending bill next week, it has a chance to strike a blow for fiscal discipline and sound national security policy. It can do so by scaling back...
From Utah, A Case of 'Do It Yourself' Infrastructure
For Utah State Sen. Curt Bramble, a Republican, paying for new highways with increased taxes should be a straightforward matter of Congress making a decision and then explaining it to voters.Bramble argued Thursday that if a lawmakers show some courage...
GPO Might Turn Employee Parking Lot into Commercial Development
In addition to plans to trim 100 workers from its ranks, the Government Printing Office is considering commercial development of an employee parking lot about a block west of Union Station.The financially strapped agency on Thursday put out a request...
Immigration Reform Proponents Must Consider Results from 100 Years Ago
The effect on the congressional immigration debate after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprising primary loss should not be about whether to have reform, but whether that reform should be about increasing foreign labor or reducing it.Cantor represented...
Judge Tosses Two House Districts in Florida Redistricting Trial
A state judge ruled Thursday two Florida House districts violated the state's constitution, following a dramatic trial questioning the state's recently redrawn boundaries following the 2010 U.S. Census.It is still unclear whether the ruling will affect...
More from Lawmakers Ahead of Friday's E-Rate Vote
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Friday on a plan to overhaul the program that provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet service, and lawmakers have over the past few days continued to voice concerns.House...
No Criminal Charges in Miriam Carey Shooting at Capitol
No federal criminal civil rights or local charges will be filed against Capitol Police and Secret Service officers who were involved in a fatal shooting just blocks from the Capitol, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced Thursday.After...
No More Gimmicks to Fix Student Loan Debt
As President Barack Obama indicated when signing his memorandum on student loans, the student debt crisis shows no sign of abating. Though the obvious causes are the ever-growing cost of college and the weak job market for recent graduates, the real...
'Peer Counseling' for Members of Congress on Highway Funding
State lawmakers were on Capitol Hill to do "peer counseling" Thursday with members of Congress on the need to put more money in the Highway Trust Fund so that states' road building can continue in the summer construction season."We get to have a conversation...
Politics, Not Policy, Shape Bridge over Highway Cliff
Thursday will see this year's most consequential vote in the once- mighty House Ways and Means Committee -- to propose one of the more assertive legislative punts in recent memory.The panel will get behind a plan for patching the gaping chasm in the...
Some Light at End of Highway Funding Tunnel as Committees OK Similar Revenue Bills
The tax-writing committees in both the House and the Senate on Thursday approved bills to raise revenue to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.The committees' votes put Congress closer to preventing a slowdown in federal money to states, which are now in...
Some 'Told You So,' Some Uncertainty on the F-35
A mysterious F-35 engine fire, the grounding of the fleet, a visit from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel scheduled for Thursday and the resulting possible pullback from an international debut at a British air show have put the Joint Strike Fighter -- the...
Supreme Court Takes Power from Working Women and Families & Hands It to Corporations
It appears the buffer zone in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is so large that the justices have lost touch with the real world. The five conservative justices have told us loud and clear that the hard work of Americans - especially American women -...
West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label
"When the president was running, he sold hope and sunshine to the nation," Casey said. "Look what happened since he was elected. ... He didn't bring hope and sunshine to West Virginia. What he kind of brought was a fear of job loss."At the parade, Casey...
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