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The Economic Case for Permitting Crude Oil Exports | Commentary

Since the gasoline shortages of the 1970s, Congress has, with only a few exceptions, barred all U.S. crude oil exports. But an energy policy that may have made sense 40 years ago no longer does. Innovative drilling techniques have spawned an oil and natural gas boom in the United States. Since oil surpluses can create as many problems as oil shortages, it’s time to eliminate those export restrictions.

Federal Lending Fuels Growth in Solar Power

Solar energy represented less than 1 percent of the domestic electricity generation mix in 2012 but has experienced dramatic growth in the interim with help from both the federal government and the private sector.

Realizing the Digital Future Means Letting Go of the Past | Commentary

Apparently some members of Congress think about more than re-election.

Congress Needs to Think Twice Before Banning Internet Gaming | Commentary

Congress should tread extremely carefully before it even thinks about banning lawful activity on the Internet.

Budget Cuts to Congress Are Real, Not 'Gimmicks' | Commentary

With little fanfare and much sacrifice, a small entity within the federal government has made significant cuts to its own budget. The cuts have required an already underpaid and overtaxed workforce to develop creative solutions to continue to deliver high-quality services to key stakeholders with even fewer resources. The mainstream media has largely ignored this unprecedented budgetary reduction, and the federal entity’s leaders have foregone even a modicum of self-congratulation for the effort, while the employees have been nearly universally silent on the impact. This workforce is the U.S. Congress.

America's True Inequalities Lie Within Obama's Worldview | Commentary

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address offered a grab bag of specifically vague ideas and predictable plaudits but the common thread woven through his remarks was that of inequality. Between his arguments surrounding entry level wages, real income and his plan to unilaterally raise the minimum wage in federal contracts without the involvement of Congress, the undercurrent of income inequality ebbed and flowed throughout his speech.

U.S. Postal Service Responds | Letter to the Editor

Mary Berner, CEO of the Association of Magazine Media, recently asserted in Roll Call (“Don’t Give the USPS a Blank Check to Exploit Its Monopoly Powers: Return This Bill to Sender,” Jan. 29) that legislation pending in the Senate would provide the Postal Service with “unchecked, unprecedented power to charge Americans whatever it wants for its services.” Leaving aside the hyperbole, the underlying sentiment is simply untrue. Indeed, from even the most modest understanding of our public policy challenges, the idea that the Postal Service would emerge “unchecked” from any legislative outcome is laughable.

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Keystone Pipeline Approval Could Shift Dynamics of Crude Export Debate

The debate over lifting the nation’s restrictions on exporting crude oil centers on refinery capacity and the types of available crude, complexities that could shift if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

Polls Show No Impact From State of the Union Address

Tens of millions of Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but the speech had no appreciable impact on his depressed poll numbers.

Don't Give the USPS a Blank Check to Exploit Its Monopoly Powers: Return This Bill to Sender | Commentary

Since when does creating an unregulated monopoly with total pricing power qualify as reform?

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Deep Partisan Split on Obama Speech

Democrats loved the president’s speech; Republicans hated it. What else is new?

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Obama 'Eager' to Work With Congress, but Ready to Act Alone

Looking to jump-start his second term and give his party the advantage ahead of the November midterm elections, President Barack Obama pledged to do everything he can, with or without Congress, to reduce income inequality and bolster the middle class.

If Congressional Oversight Is to Be Taken Seriously, It Shouldn't Be Packaged as a Comic Book | Commentary

In December, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma issued his annual “Wastebook” that purports to highlight unnecessary and wasteful government spending both by Congress and by federal agencies.

Do What's 'Necessary' to Protect Workers | Commentary

In coming months the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold public hearings on one of its most far-reaching new regulations in recent years. OSHA’s proposed silica rule would affect more than 2 million workers in construction, oil and gas exploration, manufacturing, and any work that involves silica-containing materials such as soil, dirt, sand, rock, brick, pavement or concrete.

I Agree With Secretary Gates: Clinton Would Make a Good President | Commentary

In a recent interview on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked whether Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a good president. He responded, “Actually, I think she would.”

Senators Propose Rebranding GPO as Government Publishing Office

Since 1861, the Government Printing Office has been churning out federal documents. Now, with more and more of those products being published online, the congressional agency feels ready for a rebrand.

Eisenhower Memorial Losing Support from Congress

Congress is using the power of the purse strings to put more pressure on the planners behind the Eisenhower Memorial, a project that is now nearly 15 years in the making.

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Senate Democrats Aim to Shift Politics of Climate Change

Senate Democrats launched a new effort Tuesday to reclaim the political initiative in the climate change debate and create a sense of urgency about mitigating the causes of the planet’s warming atmosphere.

Native Alaskans Grapple With Global Warming

A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts.

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AOC a Winner Among Legislative Branch Agencies in Omnibus

Preparations for the two-year Capitol Dome restoration brought renewed attention to deteriorating conditions of one of the world’s most iconic structures in late 2013, perhaps inspiring a funding package that would allow those projects to continue.

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