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Want to Improve the Health of Millions of Americans? Lift the Embargo on Cuba | Commentary

By Peter Bourne

Afterschool Programs Can Help Close the Achievement Gap | Commentary

By Jodi Grant

Saving Lives in the 21st Century and Beyond | Commentary

By Mary Woolley

For Israel’s Sake, Don’t Reject the Iran Agreement | Commentary

By Amram Mitzna

After the Nuclear Agreement, a Ticking Clock | Commentary

By Alireza Jafarzadeh

Congress Regulates Internal Speech for Good Reason | Procedural Politics

It is often noted there are two kinds of members in Congress: the showhorses and the workhorses. That’s probably an oversimplification, since most members consider themselves workhorses, but with a flair for show. Politics, after all, is a lot like show business, with public attention and appreciation focused on those actors who are able to entertain and project their roles in a convincing and effective manner. On Broadway, the payoff is in audience acclaim and good reviews. In Congress, it is in media attention and re-election.

Billionaire Donors Bypass K Street

When the country’s top political mega-donors want to get something for their corporations from Congress, chances are K Street is not their first call.

Will Congress Roll Over on Auto Safety? Major Changes Attached to Senate Highway Bill in Limbo

Congress’ ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.

Americans Face an Irreversible Rollback in Chemical Safety | Commentary

By Linda Reinstein

Heightened Awkwardness in Trump's Recent Donations to Hill GOP

A “lightweight,” an “idiot” and a “beggar” were just a few of the go-to epithets Donald Trump hurled at Sen. Lindsey Graham last week, before giving out the senator’s cellphone number to the world.

House, Senate Seek Careful Bipartisan Balance as Energy Bills Advance

The House and Senate are taking slightly different approaches to moving energy bills through their chambers, but both have the same goal — to get President Barack Obama to sign bipartisan legislation reflecting the United States’ newfound position as a major energy producer.

Motorcyclists Oppose EPA’s Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations | Commentary

By Wayne Allard

House Leaning Toward VA 'Choice' Vote, but With Strings

Lawmakers appear ready to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has access to the money it needs to prevent a shutdown of its hospitals this August, but there will probably be strings attached.

Mr. President and Congress: Do Not Undermine Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

By J. Herbert Nelson

Are Senators Blind to Disabled Workers? | Commentary

By Dewana Samuel

Why Are Restrictive Rules Ratcheting Up? | Procedural Politics

One of the recurring, puzzling paradoxes in the House of Representatives is why new majorities, coming to power on pledges to restore openness and regular order, quickly revert to the ways of their predecessors and become even more restrictive in closing down the floor amendment process on important bills.

When Congress Shouldn’t Act: Let States Advance Economic Growth and Protect Consumers

By J. Gary Pretlow

High-Risk, Delayed-Reward Strategy for Fighting Menendez Indictment

Sen. Robert Menendez has raised the legal stakes for all of Congress, and bought some crucial time for his own imperiled career, with the aggressive strategy he’s unveiled for fighting corruption charges.

Despite Massive OPM Hack, Congress Continues to Stall on Data Breach Bill

Less than a month ago, the White House Office of Personnel Management revealed hackers had stolen the personal information of about 22 million federal workers and others. It was devastating news, but not surprising given the string of data breaches at companies and government agencies in recent months.

No Federal Standards on Consumer Data Protection

The data breach issue isn’t new to Congress. Back in 2009, the House passed legislation to task the Federal Trade Commission with writing rules governing how companies protect customer data in their possession.

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