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Daily Archives: April 30, 2014

Russian artillery in the South Ossetian town of Dzhava fires on Georgian positions on August 9, 2008.

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Russian artillery in the South Ossetian town of Dzhava fires on Georgian positions on August 9, 2008.

Bush Made ‘Mistake’ in Not Sanctioning Russia: Hadley

Stephen Hadley, who was President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, offered something of a “mea culpa” for the failure of the U.S to hit Russia with economic sanctions after its 2008 war with Georgia. In that five-day conflict, Russian...

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField on Nov. 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField on Nov. 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.

Redskins Ready for NBA-Like Action on Racism: Reid

So long as sports commissioners are taking action: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to put an end to the Washington Redskins — their name at least. Reid took to the floor this afternoon commending NBA...

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Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Rand Paul on the Road Again

While some Republicans think about running for president — (Jeb Bush) — and other Republicans talk like they’re running for president — (Ted Cruz) — one is out there running like he’s running. (Rand Paul.) Sure, North Carolina is a...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 6, 2014.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 6, 2014.

Poverty 101: Ryan Seeking ‘Secret Sauce’ to Winning War

The subject at hand was poverty. The setting: A six-chandelier congressional hearing room with vaulted ceilings, flat-panel televisions and portraits of past chairmen lining the paneled walls. In the House Budget Committee chairman’s seat: Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, on Capitol Hill.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, on Capitol Hill.

Boehner’s Hip-Hop Rap on Jobs

One thing is when the late-night comics make video spoofs of House Speaker John Boehner. It’s another when the speaker’s office takes its complaints about the Democrats to Vine: Love this https://t.co/8ydKJwWeXD h/t @natehodson — Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) April 30,...

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U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) speaks to members of the media outside his office on April 29, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) speaks to members of the media outside his office on April 29, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

Grimm Opponent Leveraging Legal Trouble for Fundraising

For New York City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr., the Democratic challenger to Rep. Michael Grimm, the Republican incumbent’s legal problems provide a welcome way to raise campaign cash. In fact, Recchia supporters agreed to match all donations two-for-one on...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

Cruz: Money in First Amendment? — Schumer: ‘Not Absolute’

To what extent should political fundraising and spending be limited under the First Amendment? Lawmakers, a retired Supreme Court Justice and campaign-finance lawyers and experts addressed the question at a Senate Rules Committee hearing today, a few weeks after the...

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Tourists inspect the Yoshino Cherry trees in front of the U.S. Capitol on April 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Tourists inspect the Yoshino Cherry trees in front of the U.S. Capitol on April 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Tax Reform in Washington: As Needed, and Slow, as Nationally

Tax reform isn’t gaining much traction in Washington. Yet it’s not only the nation’s taxes that could use another look. Washington’s own taxes are looking fairly archaic, too. The Tax Foundation is encouraging action, based on the District of Columbia...

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Storage tanks of iquified-natural-gas near Savannah, Georgia.

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Storage tanks of iquified-natural-gas near Savannah, Georgia.

LNG Exports Gain Growing Support

Public support is building for allowing more U.S.-produced natural gas to be exported, just as the standoff between Ukraine and Russia is raising the profile of its importance, a poll shows. Americans support natural-gas exports by 37 to 28 percent,...

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