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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

What Congressional Leaders Are Saying About Syria

From the Bloomberg Government Political  Capital Blog Congressional leaders are weighing in on the possibility of the U.S. taking military action against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. They received a phone briefing by administration officials late yesterday....

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A woman smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

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A woman smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

Conflicting Marijuana Laws to Be Focus of Senate Hearing

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole have been invited to testify next month at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, the panel’s...

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

EPA: Urging Congress for More Authority to Protect Water

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog The Environmental Protection Agency should seek more authority from Congress to better protect drinking water from terrorists and natural disasters, its inspector general said. The IG urged the agency to use any added authority...

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An Environmental Protection Agency contractor collects water samples for testing on May 31, 2010 near the point where the South Pass of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana.

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An Environmental Protection Agency contractor collects water samples for testing on May 31, 2010 near the point where the South Pass of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana.

Are EPA Permits Germane to the Farm Bill?

Look for some conversation in the Senate today about whether more than 100 amendments dealing with Environmental Protection Agency permitting authority are germane to the farm bill. Bloomberg BNA’s LaTrina Antoine and Amena H. Saiyid report that Democrat Kay Hagan...

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

Senator May Throw Speed Bump in Path of Interior Nomination

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department until it agrees to reverse a preliminary decision rejecting a...

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A United States Army Honor Guard rehearses for the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies in front of the East Front of the Capitol on Jan. 13, 2013.

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A United States Army Honor Guard rehearses for the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies in front of the East Front of the Capitol on Jan. 13, 2013.

Delay the Cuts, Americans Say in Poll

Americans polled by Bloomberg News want Congress to delay steep spending cuts to give the economic recovery more time to take hold. Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports that when Washington does confront the deficit, Americans back a compromise that includes more...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

Senators Set Priorities on EU Trade Deal

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and ranking member Orrin Hatch, a  Utah Republican, have given U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk  their priorities concerning a potential agreement on trade,  investment, and regulatory cooperation between the U.S. and ...

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at a Rotary Club meeting in Midland, Michigan, in this file photo.

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at a Rotary Club meeting in Midland, Michigan, in this file photo.

Camp Considers Working Groups to Tackle Tax Reform

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp wants to break his panel into smaller working groups to tackle specific aspects of tax reform, Bloomberg BNA’s Marc Heller reports. Ray Beeman, tax counsel to the committee, said in a webinar...

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