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McCarthy withdraws candidacy for U.S. House speaker

WASHINGTON — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

House GOP not through taking hostages

There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. In the contest to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, the Republican candidates chose to sell themselves as full-time political warriors. Forget about the national interest.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S., 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON — After more than six years of stalled progress and political wrangling, negotiators from the U.S. and 11 trading partners across the Pacific Rim announced a deal Monday on a landmark trade accord linking 40 percent of the global economy.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business Wire

Chaffetz’s bid for House speaker muddies GOP leadership race

WASHINGTON — An up-and-coming House committee chairman announced his long-shot candidacy Sunday for speaker of the House, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Boehner’s successor will still have an unruly caucus

How happy was John Boehner to be quitting his job? So happy that he couldn’t resist singing a few bars of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” on his way out. His relief, however, is inversely proportional to the difficulty that will face his successor as speaker of the House.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

It's a time of tumult for House Republicans

WASHINGTON — It's a tumultuous time for House Republicans, and leadership elections this coming week may only heighten the disarray. Dissatisfied lawmakers are casting about for new choices and a surprise longshot challenger is emerging in the speaker's race.The...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

More than thoughts, prayers

"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."Too often, as he did Thursday following the mass shooting that claimed nine innocent lives in Roseburg, Oregon,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Editorials

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP must choose: Govern or make noise

The coming months are shaping up to be fateful ones for the national Republican Party. Among GOP voters, Donald Trump continues to lead other presidential contenders, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. When John Boehner announced he would step down as House speaker and resign...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

Ex-Im Bank revival pushed, as GOP remains divided

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a candidate for speaker, is “strongly” discouraging lawmakers from signing on to a fellow Republican’s effort to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank, his spokesman said.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

McCarthy comments on Benghazi a gift to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans as well as for her...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

GOP toasts Boehner’s exit with weak tea

The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.Now what?Having (sort of) unseated Speaker John Boehner, these 37 or so uber-conservative House members are now...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House GOP has little to show for campaign against Planned Parenthood

At this point Republicans may wish to consider aborting to protect the health of the party.They have been going after Planned Parenthood over the past few months like so many Captain Ahabs. They threatened to shut down the government to defund the group. Their insistence on...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Mis-speaker’ McCarthy may garble more than langauge

Kevin McCarthy is about to ascend to the highest office in the House of Representatives and become second in line to the presidency.But there is a problem: The speaker-apparent apparently still can't speak.I have been tracking the California Republican's valiant...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Shed a tear for Boehner’s departure

I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House. The GOP looks like the fun party with its ring-a-ding leader and his dash of Dean Martin. Boehner even sauntered into his resignation news conference Friday while crooning, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my, what a...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Did debt crisis, shutdown teach GOP nothing?

Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms — "It's deja vu all over again" — has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.All over again, the hard right is threatening a government shutdown. All over again, the...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

John Boehner warns of ‘false prophets’ among Republicans

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield power.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World

Pope reminds: We are in this together

"God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition — and spoke powerfully about the hot-button...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis inspires us to be better people, a better nation

"Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.I did, I confessed. I grabbed the pope's chalice, gulped it down and asked...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress should listen to pope, Boehner

Even by John Boehner's usual standard of lachrymosity, Thursday was a gusher.The House speaker shed a few tears while watching Pope Francis address a joint meeting of Congress. When he escorted the pontiff to the West Front of the Capitol to bless the masses below, Boehner...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Heed the pope and cooperate

Uncertainty, thy name is Congress.With only days remaining — hours, really — to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced Friday that he will step down from his post and leave Congress all together. His resignation,...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Editorials

Speaker John Boehner quits in sacrifice to rescue House

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sacrificed his job on Friday — a wrenching decision that he determined was the only way to spare the country the trauma of yet another government shutdown."More than anything, my first job as speaker is to...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

Time running out to renew ban on Internet access taxes

For Washington Senator Patty Murray, September has been a busy month.Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, launching an "underdog" campaign against the Democratic incumbent. While Sen. Murray will surely...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Commentary

GOP leader pushes to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican moved swiftly to avoid a government shutdown in six days, pushing legislation that would keep agencies operating without a contentious fight over money for Planned Parenthood.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Reopen bank; keep jobs here

When the teller at your bank puts up the "next teller" sign, you, of course, move to the next window.If all the tellers closed their windows you'd give serious consideration to moving your accounts to the next bank, which is essentially the decision some...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Editorials

Push to defund Planned Parenthood is a fantasy

"I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'" quoth Carly Fiorina at the Republican presidential debate last...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Taking the path to shutdown

You'd be tempted to throw the "do nothing" label on Congress if some of its members weren't working so hard to avoid doing anything constructive.Friday, the House is expected to vote on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, stripping the women's health network...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Editorials

Make way for walkers and cyclists

Here's how great our concern for the condition of our roads, bridges and the other parts of our transportation infrastructure has grown in recent years: At least at the state level, Republicans were the ones to step forward with a gas tax increase to fund a $16 billion transportation...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Editorials

Iran deal is all over except for repercussions

Congress is finally having its say on the Iran deal. It will be an elaborate charade, however, because, having first gone to the U.N., President Obama has largely drained congressional action of relevance. At the Security Council, he pushed through a resolution ratifying the deal, thus...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate rejects attempt to derail Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican effort to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, delivering the Obama administration a long-awaited, major foreign policy victory.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

Creating parks’ new stewards

Don't stow the camping gear and hiking boots just yet. As we move into fall, good weather may inspire some to stretch the camping season, and autumn can offer the most colorful time to take a walk in the woods.And there's another incentive, particularly for those families...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Editorials

Congress returns to big list of unfinished business

WASHINGTON — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

The need for more icebreakers

President Obama's renaming of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali earlier this week was just an icebreaker. But it wasn't the only one on the president's mind.The...

Date: 09/02/2015 | Editorials

Bergdahl not alone in acting dishonorably

Bowe Bergdahl is back in the news. Donald Trump, modeling the sober analysis we need in a president, delighting his Fox "news" hosts, just called him a "dirty rotten traitor" (See the Idaho Statesman:

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Republicans’ molehill-turned-mountain is named spite

Come now the Denali deniers.President Obama's conservative critics have long said there is no depth to which he will not sink in his zeal to trash the Constitution. Now, apparently, they also think there is no height to which he will not climb in that same effort.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rep. Larsen to meet riders on Lynnwood-Seattle bus trip Tuesday

U. S. Rep. Rick Larsen will meet riders on a Lynnwood-to-Seattle bus trip Tuesday morning.

Date: 08/31/2015 | South County Politics

Enough with the shutdown games

About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials

Fund saves urban forests, too

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene stood in the forest with volunteers and other public officials among Douglas fir and western red cedar, sword ferns and vine maples, both Washington Democrats renewing calls for reauthorization of the federal Land and Water Conservation...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Editorials

Steps for saving the safety net

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials

Social Security turns 80: Changes needed to save program

WASHINGTON — As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Nation & World

Even if he’s right on Iraq, Obama needs Congress, country behind him

Can an American president make big, historic changes in the country's direction with a relatively narrow base of political support? That was the challenge President Obama faced when he pushed health care reform through Congress, and it's the same problem he faces now in trying to win...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Campus rape investigations a police matter

"The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don't treat rape, she observed, as "the violent felony that it actually is." Her solution is...

Date: 08/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abortion's clash of values

Viewpoints: Should Planned Parenthood lose funding?

Date: 08/02/2015 | Commentary

Abortions will only increase if funding is cut

Senate Republicans, teeming with righteous indignation, last week introduced S. 1881, "a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America."Here's a better name for it: the Abortion Promotion Act of 2015.No doubt the authors of the...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Boehner better off working with Democrats than far right

For the first time in 105 years, a speaker of the House is the target of what parliamentarians call a "motion to vacate the chair" — and what other people might call an attempt to throw the speaker out on his ear.But John Boehner greeted this unwelcome...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Boehner backs plan to export U.S. crude

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

House approves highway funding bill

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World

Export-Import Bank excluded from highway bill

WASHINGTON — The effort to reopen the Export-Import Bank, which has helped thousands of U.S. companies export their goods, lost significant ground as House lawmakers approved a short-term highway funding bill that did not include new authority for the bank.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World

Neither Dole, nor ADA, would be welcome in today’s Senate

Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.How, I asked Dole, can we get...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A bill for parks and much more

The odds that Congress will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 improved...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Editorials

We can save Medicare by funding Alzheimer’s research better

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Planned Parenthood videos show what abortion does to our values

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you." — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House to take up bill blocking money for ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON — The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Christmas in the Capitol? Congress’ to-do list grows

WASHINGTON — Congress’ midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

House admits defeat, OKs road bill extension

WASHINGTON — After years of promises to find new cash for roads and transit systems, the House on Wednesday admitted failure once more, voting to use a hodgepodge of money to extend the current bill until just before Christmas.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

GOP quickly rejects Iran deal without reading it

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it."You have created a possible death sentence for Israel," he...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Blame Boehner for brief rise of Confederacy

The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House passes bill to hasten forest projects

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Sequestration could force Army to cut more troops

WASHINGTON — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Editorials

Chemical safety bill may have good shot

Most Americans believe the chemicals in products they buy in the supermarket have been tested for safety. But the scandalous truth is our main chemical safety law is so badly broken that no one has the authority to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Snohomish County is eager for federal transportation dollars

EVERETT — Local leaders are pleading with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, among others, for help ensuring Everett doesn’t get passed up for light rail in favor of places such as West Seattle and Ballard.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

State’s economy depends on federal transportation bill

In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary

Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Get behind trade, worker bills

The path toward trade bills that would allow the U.S. to secure pacts with 11 Pacific Rim nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had more uphill climbs and switchbacks than the Silk Road.Trade issues, specifically trade authority for President Obama and related worker...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Editorials

State’s farms, businesses need trade deal

Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary

Congress can set Obama’s war powers, but won’t

This is what it's like inside a vacuum:A half-dozen members of Congress and perhaps twice as many staffers sit quietly on the floor of the House. Two reporters sit in the press gallery, and a few dozen tourists, mostly in shorts and T-shirts, fidget in the public gallery.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Recognize medical cannabis

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials

Obama, GOP work to rescue trade pact

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World

Two years after Snowden, what has changed?

Two years ago this month, a 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden became the Daniel Ellsberg of his generation, delivering to journalists a tranche of secret documents shedding light on the government's national security apparatus. But whereas Ellsberg released the...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Want to reduce abortions? Increase access to contraception

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday — the very day the bachelor senator was dubbed a "bro with no ho" by his fellow Senate Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois — proclaimed himself to be "on the right side of history."It ain't so,...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials

Federal lands should be kept for benefit of all

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently slipped an item into a nonbinding budget...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress won’t be there for Obamacare

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare —...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trade bills must pass Congress

Three votes yet to be taken in Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate — will have a significant impact on jobs and the economy in Washington state and for the rest of the nation.And both are meeting resistance from a bipartisan coalition in both...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Editorials

Opportunists in GOP oppose Ex-Im Bank

Here's a case study in rapid radicalization. Just three years ago, the House voted overwhelmingly to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank and to expand its business of loaning money to boost American exports. Among Republicans, 147 voted yes and 93 voted no.Nothing...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trade bill a boon to state’s businesses

In our global economy, every state needs international trade in order to generate growth and create good jobs. But some states are especially reliant on foreign trade to maintain a robust economy; Washington is without question one of these states. That's why Washington state businesses...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Commentary

Woman says Dennis Hastert abused her brother

WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

Get court OK for eyes in the sky

Sometimes it can seem as if we're playing a game of surveillance whack-a-mole.Just days after the U.S. Senate voted to adopt the U.S. Freedom Act rather than renew the Patriot Act, ending the National Security Agency's far-reaching collection of Americans' telephone...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Editorials

Who’s afraid of the NSA?

Do I trust the federal government? Hell no. President Barack Obama's Department of Justice is happy to spend years investigating a foreign soccer organization for corruption and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for allegedly paying off a blackmailer — but...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

End of Patriot Act restores some privacy

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.Since it was an inconvenient hour, I called my office phone, knowing it would go to...

Date: 06/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate must act quickly to adopt compromise at heart of the USA Freedom Act

On the contentious issue of bulk phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency, the big story is remarkably positive. Two years after Edward Snowden revealed the program and charged that it exceeds the agency's lawful authority under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

For Hastert, fortune grew from farmland

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday on charges of concealing bank withdrawals related to a secret $1.7 million payoff, made a small fortune through real estate investments before leaving Congress.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Dennis Hastert indictment linked to sex abuse

YORKVILLE, Ill. — The indictment of former House speaker Dennis Hastert was triggered by his alleged effort to hide payments of hush money to a male student he allegedly sexually molested decades ago, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.The indictment...

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Source: GOP leader paid male to conceal sex abuse

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Nation & World

Texan targets ‘crony capitalism’ Ex-Im bank

WASHINGTON — Texas is the nation's No. 1 exporting state, yet the No. 1 opponent of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which finances American exports, is a Texan.House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, a Republican, is leading an effort...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Business Wire

Clear rules for cleaner waters

The Obama administration's issuance this week of the Clean Water Rule to restore safeguards under the 1972 Clean Water Act will help keep our waters clean — from stream to sea and...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Editorials

Freedom Act would rein in NSA's offenses

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.The USA Freedom Act, which the House passed earlier this...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ample warning before Amtrak disaster

In the public eye, the disaster on the rails last week in Philadelphia was not only tragic but also shocking. As a crowded Amtrak train approached a bend in the track, it was barreling along at more than 100 miles an hour — twice the mandated speed for that section. The resulting...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Federal gas tax increase is long overdue

The image of Congress kicking the can down the road again comes to mind, except this time lawmakers are running out of good road.Earlier this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-month extension of the federal Highway Trust Fund. With the trust fund set to...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Editorials

Freedom Act would roll back NSA’s abuses

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, isn't worried that, absent a Senate vote, key provisions of the Patriot Act are slated to sunset May 31. The GOP presidential hopeful told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that a federal appeals court found the data-gathering authorized under the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

End sweep-up of phone data

Americans cherish their privacy — as much as they value their security.Those two values are in some conflict as Congress considers the fate of the Patriot Act, the legislation passed to strengthen national security controls following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Editorials

Protect the law that protects wildlife

Since President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, more than forty years ago, the United States has been committed to protecting its wildlife and plants from extinction. Thanks to the ESA, American alligators have recovered, grizzly bears roam through Yellowstone...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

With ICANN in charge we are no longer masters of our domain names

The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the Web. But the alternative really dot-sucks.Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If Democrats won’t, GOP should back Obama on trade bill

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.Nor is this abstract theory. We've lived it. The...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House votes to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

Dems may block Obama trade deal

WASHINGTON — Democratic infighting has left in limbo President Barack Obama’s highly sought special authority to close global trade deals, with opponents believing they have the votes to block the measure.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

Filibuster threatens trade bill

Losing the substantive argument over President Obama's bipartisan trade agenda, opponents are now resorting to procedural legerdemain. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has declared that he'll attempt to filibuster pending trade-promotion authority legislation, which is...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

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