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Railroad Shutoff Threats Complicate Train Technology Deadline

Railroads have amped up pressure on Congress to extend a year-end deadline to install upgraded train safety technology by threatening to cut off service — and the nation’s rail regulator isn’t giving lawmakers an easy out by recommending a way to do so.

The Estate Tax Has No Impact on Small Businesses, Unless Repealed | Commentary

By Deborah Field

Young Man in a Hurry, Chaffetz Now Positioned for a Longer Game

Jason Chaffetz will bring a chameleon political background and unremitting ambition into Thursday’s caucus of Republicans with his eyes on the prize — just not this time.

Momentum Waning for Bipartisan Energy Action

Republicans in the House and Senate have succeeded in pushing bills to overhaul the nation’s energy laws through two committees, setting up potential floor votes in their drive to revamp energy policy for the first time since 2007.

Call to Action For Our Female Veterans | Commentary

By Katy Beh Neas

Pentagon Warning on Consolidating Corporate Power May be Too Late

A Pentagon warning last week about excessive consolidation in the defense industry comes ahead of a multibillion-dollar contract award for a new bomber that, depending on who wins, could make the problem worse, some analysts say.

Scorched Senate Tactics Limiting Cruz's Options, Top Prize Excepted

The questions about Ted Cruz in the Senate no longer start with whether he’s got even a couple of friends left among fellow Republicans. The answer, after a public shaming on the floor last week, sure looks like a “no.”

Time for Action on Mental Health Care | Commentary

By Mary Giliberti

Battle Over FCC's Net Neutrality Rules May Redefine Free Speech

The Federal Communications Commission’s defense of its rules regulating broadband services in court has a free speech element that could have wide implications for how the Internet should function and consumers’ access to online content.

Defense Bill Critical to Maintaining America’s Global Response Force

By Sens. Richard M. Burr and Thom Tillis

The 'Try-Nothing' Congress | Commentary

By Rep. David Jolly

Congress Must Act to Reverse NLRB Overreach, Allow Franchising to Move Forward | Commentary

By Robert Cresanti

Government Payments for End-of-Life Counseling Draw More Support Than Criticism

Medicare officials received more support than criticism for a plan to pay health care providers for time spent counseling people about their medical options in case of terminal illness or failing health, an approach that was derided in the past as a path toward so-called death panels.

Iran Review Moves Recall 'Duck-and-Cover' Days | Procedural Politics

Last May, in a rare display of bipartisanship, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a congressional review process for the Iran nuclear agreement — a process President Barack Obama initially said he didn’t want and didn’t need.

Ambition, Achievement, Tenure: House's Team of GOP Rivals Long on Just One

This much has become clear about the still-evolving scramble to reconfigure the House Republican leadership: Only white males will end up occupying the top three positions of power. They’re all going to hail from the Sun Belt. At least two, but perhaps all three, will have been in Congress for fewer than a dozen years.

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