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The President Must Decide to Compromise or Obstruct | Commentary

Normally the day after the midterm election in the sixth year of a presidents term, all focus shifts to the next presidential election. That will not be the case this year. With Republicans having won a majority in the Senate and with a bigger Republican majority in the House, President Barack Obama has to make a choice. What does he want to accomplish in his last two years as president? The decision is his alone. He can continue the take it or leave it legislative strategy he has followed his first six years in office or he can choose to work with Republicans and Democrats in the Congress to find agreements on some issues of critical importance to all Americans.

Unified Coalition Supports Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban | Commentary

Slowly but surely, political leaders from both sides of the aisle are joining energy industry executives to support repealing the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 , which currently bans the export of U.S. crude oil. This law made sense 40 years ago, after a six-month OPEC oil embargo resulted in gasoline scarcity and an economic disaster.

December Surprise? States May Change The Electoral College System Before 2016

Two years from now, we will have just elected a new president. We know the election date: Nov. 8, 2016. What we dont know is just how our votes will count. Under the Constitution, states decide how to allocate Electoral College votes and there are rumblings of change.

Low Hanging, Long Lasting Economic Fruit on America's Public Lands | Commentary

Whatever the next Congress brings us, lets hope it brings a fresh perspective on how to balance the management of our public lands, and a renewed push to actually get things done. The 113th Congress has had one of the worst records in history when it comes to protecting unique landscapes across the West, including stalling bills that would strengthen Arizonas economy.

Changes Ahead With a Republican Senate and House | Commentary

In January of 2014, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., laid out his vision for putting the Senate back in order should he become majority leader: a robust committee process; an open debate process; an open amendment process; and using the clock to gain consensus. These are tried and true practices for moving legislation in the United States Senate.

Healthy Public Lands Mean Healthy Economies | Commentary

As the owner of a successful outdoor business, one of many such businesses in this country, Ive become puzzled over how Congress debates public lands issues. Often the care for these resources is pitted up against strong economies and more jobs, implying support for one means denying the other. This is a false choice. Outdoor businesses show that healthy public lands create and sustain strong rural economies and viable jobs. As we pursue other economic activities like energy development on public lands we must make sure we balance those uses with the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat so that our outdoor economy will thrive.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Senate Filibusters

The Supreme Court wont hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Senates filibuster, a decision that one group says could make it impossible to question the Senates rules in the federal courts.

LNG Exports Will Bring Environmental and Other Benefits | Commentary

A new wave of momentum is building behind expedited U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as the European Union faces supply concerns heading into cold winter months.

Rogers Begins Work on Possible Lame Duck Omnibus

Away from the din of the campaign, House and Senate appropriations staffers are quietly laying the groundwork for an ambitious wrap-up spending package in the lame duck.

A Lame Bill for a Lame Duck: Senate Eyes Sneaky Strategy for Internet Taxes | Commentary

As a general rule, the less you hear about a particular political strategy, the more you should worry about it. So its telling that an effort by the Senate to impose a radical new Internet sales tax regime during this years lame-duck session is being planned in secluded Capitol hallways, far from public scrutiny.

A GOP Agenda for Economic Growth | Commentary

As Election Day nears, polls consistently show that Americans are waking up to the realities of the past six years of President Barack Obamas failed leadership.

Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee's Other Virtue | Commentary

When Benjamin C. Bradlee was a young reporter in 1950s Washington, the District was a Jim Crow town. Black journalists were discouraged from covering Congress and the White House until 1944 when Harry S. McAlpin broke the color line and was grudgingly accepted by peers. By 1947, a handful of black press journalists were credentialed by the congressional press galleries and the State Department. One of them, Ethel Payne of the Chicago Defender, famously annoyed President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the white male press corps for asking pointed questions at news conferences.

Sen. Durbin: Right Issue, Wrong Focus | Commentary

For some years now, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, has waged a war against for-profit colleges and universities. More than almost any member of the United States Congress, he has targeted these institutions of higher learning with the goal of regulating them heavily or putting them out of business altogether.

Use Common Sense to Save Cents | Commentary

From time to time, we seem briefly aware of our skyrocketing national debt, but usually we forget weve been on the largest spending spree in American history. And without a strong economy to help generate tax revenues to pay the bills, our national debt has grown by trillions of dollars in only a few short years.

Congress Has Thin Legislative Record on Combating Disease Outbreaks

Although Congress has publicly fretted over the threat of infectious disease pandemics, there have been few legislative attempts in the last two decades to address such healthemergencies, leaving lawmakers with a limited set of policy options as they try to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Puerto Rico at a Crossroads | Commentary

Americas sunniest place, Puerto Rico, faces dark days, and the likelihood is rising that Washington will be asked to step in. While the rest of the United States recovers economically, the commonwealths economy remains stuck in a decade-long recession. Puerto Ricos unemployment rate is double that of the mainland U.S., despite one of worlds lowest labor participation rates. And with such prospects, nearly 10,000 Puerto Ricans every month leave the commonwealth for the mainland.

For Low-Income Children, Findings Reveal CHIP to Be a Vital Resource | Commentary

Between 1997 and 2012, uninsured rates among low-income children fell from 25 percent to 13 percent despite recession conditions that separated many families from employer-sponsored coverage and left them with fewer resources to purchase coverage on their own. Our findings attribute this persistent decline to Medicaid and the Childrens Health Insurance Program, whose coverage rates among children increased from 41 percent to 63 percent over the same 15-year period.

Should Congress Reconsider TTIP? | Commentary

Recently there has been discussion over whether the United States should enter into a free trade agreement with the European Union known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There are several major issues with TTIP that make it not in the interest of the United States to enter into the agreement.

Alice Ruling Not Enough to Stop Patent Trolls | Commentary

Imagine this scenario: Youre an app developer, trying to create a small business in your free time. You push your app to the Apple iTunes store and the Android Marketplace and you start seeing some modest success. Then comes the patent troll threat: a dense 100-plus-page document, full of legalese and nearly impossible to understand, threatening a lawsuit for patent infringement in federal court if you dont pay up, either in cash right away or by promising away a percentage of your future profits.

The Audacity of Political Women: Why Is Ambition a Bad Thing? | Commentary

The ambitious woman in politics is a contrived caricature. Forget the cold, calculating lady stepping on those in her way (in high heels, of course) as she marches to the top, with identifiers such as bossy, aggressive and shrill in cartoonish word bubbles around her.

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