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Abortion Opponents Deny Partisan Tilt of New Subcommittee

Marsha Blackburn is quick to point out that a new investigative panel she chairs is not called the “Planned Parenthood Committee.”

Legal Troubles Await Governors Seeking to Bar Refugees

Governors could be opening their states to costly court challenges as they try to block Syrian refugees from settling in the United States after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Paris.

Spectrum Sales Bill Pulled From Markup


Appeals Court Immigration Decision Could Head to Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled against the Obama administration late Monday in the main challenge to sweeping immigration executive actions announced a year ago.

FDA Plan for Generic Drug Names Gets Panned by FTC

With an estimated $60 billion worth of biotech drugs due to lose patent protection in 2016, the Food and Drug Administration is grappling with how it will review copycat versions of the products.

Brady Vows 'Relentless' Tax Overhaul Drive

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady acknowledged in a wide-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call Friday that the highway bill is unlikely to include an international tax overhaul. But the newly elected chairman vowed to continue pursuing the issue and to lay the groundwork for a longer-range tax code restructuring with sweeping rate reductions for business.

Lawmakers Look to Protect Consumers' Critical Online Reviews

Lawmakers are mulling legislation to protect consumers' right to criticize businesses online, even when the consumers have agreed to obscure clauses the businesses use to safeguard their reputations.

House Republicans Invested in Keystone's Canadian Parent

House Republicans Curt Clawson of Florida and David Joyce of Ohio have invested in the stock of TransCanada Corp., which has been trying to gain U.S. government permission to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The lawmakers recently reported the investments in their financial disclosure forms for calendar year 2014.

CQ Roll Call Survey of Hill Staff Finds Deep Skepticism About GOP

The Republicans’ House majority, 246 strong, is the biggest the GOP has enjoyed since 1929. But House Republican aides stand apart from their counterparts in the Democratic party and in the Senate in their skepticism about party leaders, a new CQ Roll Call survey of Hill staff members shows.

Budget Deal's Goodwill Evaporates With Defense Spending Spat

A partisan skirmish erupted over a Pentagon spending bill Wednesday, bringing to an abrupt halt the wave of cross-party goodwill that helped congressional leaders shepherd a bipartisan budget agreement to passage last week.

Obama Signs Budget Deal and Debt Limit Suspension

President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement and debt limit increase into law Monday, preventing any chance of a default on the government’s debt and lessening the chances of a government shutdown later in the year.

Hill Staff Reveal Surprising Views on Social Media | Commentary

“Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” That statement by Internet entrepreneur Amy Jo Martin has profound implications in a democracy. Prior to the introduction of the Internet, the process of engaging elected officials was viewed as cumbersome and intimidating, perhaps only available to wealthy campaign donors. New research by the Congressional Management Foundation suggests that social media, “the ultimate equalizer,” perhaps has the potential to influence that dynamic even more.

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In Ryan, Budget Talks Gain a New Player Who's an Old Hand

Paul D. Ryan's years spent honing his fiscal expertise and cultivating relationships will assure his ascent to the speakership this week — and immediately plant a numbers pro in the middle of high-stakes budget talks.

Brady Seen As a Likely Successor to Ryan on Tax Panel

Rep. Kevin Brady has emerged as the front-runner to replace House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan if the top tax writer opts to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Forest Products Week: Opportunity for Progress | Commentary

This week is National Forest Products Week, a good time to recognize the employees and industries who manufacture and distribute forest products. As forest fires raged across the West this summer, devastating communities and destroying homes, national attention was brought to the importance of fire preparedness, as well as fire prevention forest management. The forest products industry plays a role in this area.

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K Street Lobbyists Still Love Marco Rubio

K Street has largely turned a cold shoulder to the 15 Republicans and five Democrats dominating the presidential contest, as lobbyist bundlers take a back seat to both low-dollar contributors and mega-donors bankrolling outside groups.

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Money Flowed to McCarthy as Speaker-in-Waiting

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy received a windfall of six-figure checks from CEOs, Wall Street investors and other high-dollar GOP donors during the short window when he was the front-runner to be the next House speaker. 

Wanted: House Speaker Willing to Compromise, Poll Says

Even though conservative rebels within the GOP conference want a staunch conservative to replace Speaker John A. Boehner, most Americans say they’d prefer a new House leader who is willing to compromise, a new Economist/YouGov poll found.

Why Coming Out Still Matters: Gay Staffer Reflects on 10 Years of Changes | Commentary

“Mom, I’m gay.”

Ryan's Fundraising Adds to Speaker Pressure

Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.




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