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Lobbyists-Turned-Staffers Disclose Salaries, Clients

Lobbyists who left K Street in recent months to take jobs on Capitol Hill left behind big salaries and numerous clients that have a stake in the debates their new bosses are engaged in.

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Spending Caps Are Fraying in the Face of Republicans' New Budget Reality

Budget maneuvers congressional Republicans are undertaking suggest the statutory discretionary spending caps, which some lawmakers consider a major party accomplishment, may not survive a GOP-controlled Congress.

Obama Policies Favor Illegal Immigrants Over American Citizens | Commentary

We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obamas unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants violate both of those principles. Any objective review must find that the presidents policies have placed the concerns of those who have broken our laws ahead of the interests of citizens and legal residents of the United States.

No Iran Nuclear Treaty Without Congressional Action | Commentary

Iran is on course to develop nuclear weapons. Few foreign policy challenges pose a greater threat to the security of the United States and our allies. To permanently and verifiably prevent Iranian nuclear weapons, America must be united and resolute. History and common sense indicate this is more likely if congressional approval is required of any final agreement negotiated by the president.

Crystal and Shamrock Ritual Obscures Irish Economic Woes

It's one of Washington's most time-worn rituals: the St. Patrick's Day journey of Ireland's Prime Minster, or Taoiseach, to the White House with a group of Irish dignitaries to present the sitting president with a crystal bowl of Shamrocks. Ireland's Enda Kenny posed for the cameras today with President Barack Obama and the story behind the photo op said more about Ireland's current economic state than the tradition itself, which dates back to John F. Kennedys day.

Pentagon to 'Adversaries': Space Is Not A Good Place to Start War

Worried that U.S. military satellites have become increasingly vulnerable to attack, the Pentagon plans to spend a scarce $5 billion on new initiatives over the next five years to protect them.

The Right Way to Sanction Iran | Commentary

While lawmakers discuss how best to undo the nuclear deal President Barack Obama and his team have diligently pursued over the past 18 months, they leave fallow a far more important and positive area in which they could contribute: How to respond in the event a deal is not reached.

Congress Must Bind Iran's Nuclear Program ... or Else | Commentary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didnt spell out an effective way to block Irans path to the bomb in his address to Congress. If Netanyahu were more candid, he would acknowledge the only way to achieve his aims is through military strikes rather than negotiations. In this event, Iran would have far more reason to build nuclear weapons. If members of Congress who favor an agreement were candid, they would acknowledge it will weaken global norms for non-proliferation. If, however, Congress kills a deal that effectively constrains Irans nuclear capabilities, the consequences for proliferation will be far worse.

Cooking Up Food Aid Reform | Commentary

As a chef, its my job to feed people delicious, fresh and nutritious food in a reasonable amount of time. Doing this well is often a race against the clock and it always requires working together.

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Ahead of Highway Bill Deadline, One Republican's Evolution on the Road to Transport Devolution

Supporters of a strong federal role in transportation have what seems like an unlikely ally in their effort to shift the direction of highway spending from Washington to the states.

Budget Panels Attempt to Please Caucus Factions

Republicans on the House and Senate Budget committees are striving to craft fiscal 2016 budget resolutions tailored to win the support of their divergent GOP caucuses, but still similar enough to allow for compromise.

Democrats: Don't Side With Republicans on Iran | Commentary

President Barack Obama may be on the verge of striking a historic deal to limit Irans nuclear program that is unless Democrats scuttle it. Yes, you read that right. Some Democrats, determined to repeat the deadly errors of the Bush years, are considering siding with right-wing Republicans to undermine Obamas diplomacy that could potentially lead our nation into another war in the Middle East.

U.S.-Japanese Friendship: 70 Remarkable Years | Commentary

In a sorrowful but resolute demonstration of solidarity, Japan has joined the United States in mourning countrymen murdered by the barbaric Islamic State terror group. Standing up for the cause of civilization around the globe, Japan offered humanitarian relief for stranded Syrian refugees, and the caliphate answered by killing two innocent Japanese hostages.

We Must Close the Military Sex-Offender Loophole | Commentary

Most Americans would find it chilling if a convicted sex offender were dropped into their neighborhood without warning, free to pick new victims at will. But apparently according to a recent report thats exactly what the United States military has allowed to happen in our communities.

Growing Bipartisanship in Support of a Slower Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Its starting to look like the United States will keep military forces in Afghanistan longer than planned. A growing number of key Senate Democrats have quietly joined Republicans and Pentagon leaders in advocating a slower withdrawal and a longer stay for U.S. troops because of concern about the security situation.

Voters Need to Tell Presidential Candidates That Responsible Budgeting Is a Priority | Commentary

As former and maybe reformed elected officials, we know how much politicians like to talk about good news: tax breaks, infrastructure improvements, job growth announcements.

Obama's AUMF Is After the Fact, Beside the Point

President Barack Obama sent Congress today a legislative proposal that purports to approve war against the Islamic State while limiting the U.S. role in the conflict. It does neither.

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Hurdles Exist for the Prospects of Any 'Grand Bargain' on Sequester, Defense Spending

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats would like to get rid of the sequester. Many Republicans want more money for defense. That would seem to offer a potential formula for a budget agreement.

The President Should Thank Congress for Sanctions Bill | Commentary

President Barack Obamas argument against the Iran sanctions bill is that it will collapse negotiations, making war increasingly likely as the only available option to stop a nuclear-armed Iran. On the contrary, the bill should be endorsed as the best chance to avoid war.

Nuclear Visions and Nuclear Budgets | Commentary

President Barack Obamas fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his core domestic constituencies while trying to undermine Republican claims he is weak on defense. The primary victims of these political games, of course, are the citizens of this country, who once again will be deprived of a government that can plan rationally for the nations well-being.

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