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Elizabeth Warren's Summer of Surrogacy Helps Keep 2016 Talk Alive

If Rand Paul is taking this summer’s most prominent turn in the Republican spotlight, then the same must be said for his Senate colleague Elizabeth Warren among the new generation of national Democratic players.

Chaffetz on Oversight: More Results, Less Confrontation

In the past 89 years, there have been four members of Congress who became committee chairmen in their fourth term. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is trying to become the fifth.

What Washington Can Do to Prevent Train Tragedies | Commentary

A lot has been written in this newspaper about how little Congress is accomplishing this summer. But there is something important Washington could do before the August recess without any congressional action — demand safer standards for hauling crude oil.

The True Patriotic Response to our Growing Tax Crisis | Commentary

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing that will examine a critical issue impacting the long-term health of the U.S. economy – our international tax system. Dubbed “Love it, Leave It or Reform It!” the committee promises to delve into the specific issue of corporate tax inversions, which describes a practice whereby companies reincorporate in a foreign country.

'Simple' Doesn’t Equal 'Easy' in N.H. Senate Race

Having written about House and Senate races for the past 30 years, I’ve seen plenty of press releases, polling memos and campaign strategy emails. But rarely have I received anything as silly as a July 9 press release from New Hampshire Republican Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown’s campaign, which presented the challenger’s alleged “Path To Victory.”

Today’s Spotlight: VA Secretary Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee this afternoon holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Robert A. McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is likely that many questions for McDonald will focus on the VA’s health care organizational culture and management.

Capitol Police Investigating Suspicious Substance in Capitol Visitor Center

Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance.

Nuclear Agency Adjusts Radiation Treatment Rules

A variety of regulatory agencies supervise the delivery of health care. Perhaps the most overlooked agency is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC is responsible for monitoring the safety in the use of radiation treatments using radioactive byproduct materials.

Treating PTSD in Military Dogs

WOAI in San Antonio has a piece on post-traumatic stress disorder in military dogs, highlighting the work of Walter Burghardt, a veterinarian and researcher at Lackland Air Force Base in the Texas city. Behavioral studies for pooches aren’t the same as for people, of course. “The impression that a lot of people get, you know, we sit there on a couch with a pad and ask them questions, trying to make sense of a dog’s sounds and grunts and whines. And that’s not it at all. We really are working on a behavioral level. Observable things that we can see,” Burghardt told the TV station.

Hillary Clinton Q&A at Twitter HQ

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the potential Democratic presidential candidate who has been promoting her new book “Hard Choices,” did a Q&A on Monday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, where she talked about women in politics, college costs, Russia and many other topics — including tech issues.

Utah Tar Sands Operation Sparks Protests

More than a dozen activists protesting a Canadian company’s oil sands development in Utah were arrested Monday, according to protesters.

Obama Convenes Meeting on Border Crisis as Flood of Migrants Slows

The flood of unaccompanied child migrants crossing the Southwest border has slowed this month to about 150 a day, but a $3.7 billion border supplemental remains “critical,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

U.S. Chamber Backs Senate Intelligence Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is supporting Senate legislation aimed at improving sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the government and private industry.

New Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.

Kim Jong Un Now Mad About Video of Him (Mostly) Dancing Well

The supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, takes himself pretty seriously. But you would think he might be pleased by a video of his head super-imposed on a bunch of people who, for the most part, have some serious dance moves.

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