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Posted on September 10, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Posted on August 27, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Posted on August 21, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • Only two lawyers at Williams & Connolly had access to a government-installed safe that contained thumb drives with thousands of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, one of the attorneys, David Kendall, said in a letter to a Senate committee that was obtained by The National Law Journal. Questions have been raised, though, about whether or not Kendall and colleague Katherine M. Turner had the necessary security clearances. Looking Ahead: Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking answers, via a letter to Kendall.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that the math just doesn’t favor congressional opponents of the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the United States and five other countries. This despite New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez coming out against the package. “He can win by getting one-third plus one of either house,” McConnell said. Looking Ahead: A vote is not expected until the Senate ends its August recess.
  • The Office of Personnel Management is facing a seventh class action lawsuit over the hack that compromised the personal data of millions of federal workers. The latest lawsuit, filed by the Labaton Sucharow, claims the OPM failed to comply with the Privacy Act of 1974, which requires federal agencies to establish the appropriate safeguards to protect confidential records. Looking Ahead: It’ll take months, maybe years, before the suits come to trial.
  • Seeking the Republican nomination for president isn’t the only thing on Donald Trump’s plate these days. The Donald is also pursuing legal action against a pair celebrity chefs for allegedly breaking contracts to open restaurants in the new Trump hotel in downtown Washington. Looking Ahead: The Trump International Hotel is expected to open sometime next year.
  • The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals-court decision that seriously weakened the ability of the government to prosecute insider-trading cases. Looking Ahead: The high court is in recess until October.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on August 13, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Posted on August 6, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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The roster is set for tonight’s first GOP debate in Cleveland, with the top 10 candidates in the main event and seven others in a separate, earlier contest. Fox News said that Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich will appear in the premiere event. That leaves Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore on the under card. Looking Ahead: Here’s how each candidate can win, according to The Hill.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to start requiring companies to disclose how much they pay their top executives, and to compare those salaries with median employee pay. Looking Ahead: Public reporting of the gap is unlikely to result in a rush to cut executives’ pay packages or boost employee salaries.

President Obama hosted more than 30 companies and 90 entrepreneurs as part of the White House’s first Demo Day to showcase female- and minority-driven start-ups. Looking Ahead: The president also announced a public-private initiative aimed at spurring women and minority entrepreneurship. 

The FBI is looking into the security of the private email server that Hillary Rodham Clinton used when she was secretary of state. Looking Ahead: Clinton is not accused of any wrongdoing, and two officials told The Washington Post that the FBI is not targeting her.

Senators are seeking a deal that would allow them to move the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act — which is intended to boost the sharing of data on hackers between the public and private sectors — before the Senate’s month-long August recess. Looking Ahead: A vote was expected to be delayed until fall, but a deal could bring the measure to the floor this week.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 30, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Posted on July 23, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The Senate rejected a motion that would have allowed action on a six-year highway bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). The vote was 41-56, far short of the 60 votes needed. Looking Ahead: The vote delayed consideration of the measure, but its sponsors vowed to keep pushing.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to a sweet 16. Looking Ahead: Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has said he is going to run, but has not yet made it official. Gilmore would make the field the largest ever.
  • Five years after passage of the sweeping financial reform bill that bears his name, former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank says the Dodd-Frank Act is working, despite critics on both sides of the aisle. Among them are his successor as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Henserling of Texas, who radically disagrees and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who is not a fan either. Looking Ahead: Hearings on banking reform are expected to continue before the Financial Services
  • A bipartisan push for criminal justice reform is gaining momentum backed by the White House and unlikely allies in the Republican-controlled Congress. Looking Ahead: Criminal justice reform could be a sleeper issue in the presidential election.
  • Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is pushing back against corruption charges filed by the Justice Department, arguing much of his conduct is shielded from prosecutors under the Constitution while he also alleges false testimony from an FBI agent. Looking Ahead: The motions are expected to delay the start of the New Jersey Democrat’s trial.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The Iran nuclear deal is likely to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill for the next 60 days, with Republicans saying the deal will not achieve its goal of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama said he will veto legislation aimed at killing the deal. Looking Ahead: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said hearings will start shortly.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to an even 15. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is leading the pack. Looking Ahead: Still out there, but undeclared, are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
  • House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told fellow Republicans during a closed-door meeting that no spending bills will move in the House until GOP lawmakers figure out what to do about the controversy over the Confederate flag. Looking Ahead: The Democrats are expected to continue to try and make the appropriations bills toxic to conservatives by inserting language about the controversial flag.
  • A month after the Transportation Security Administration was embarrassed by its poor performance in a security audit, the agency is planning more robust screening of passengers, which will mean longer lines at airports. Looking Ahead: The new plan will require more hand-wanding of passengers, more use of bomb-sniffing dogs and more random testing of luggage and travelers for traces of explosives.
  • Three bills are pending in Congress that would address cybersecurity issues that are making Americans worried about sharing information with the federal government, but all are stalled. Looking Ahead: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Republican leaders are hoping to move one of the measures during first week of August.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The White House and a large bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would speed the availability of safe and more effective treatments for patients by taking full advantage of the latest science. But the White House said the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) should deal more effectively with sequestration and other issues. Looking Ahead: The House is expected to vote on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), shortly.
  • Jim Webb, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and former secretary of the Navy who opposed the Iraq War as a member of the Senate from Virginia, threw his hat into the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination, joining Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders Looking Ahead: Webb faces an uphill battle, as he is barely registering in most polls.
  • The process of closing U.S. military bases, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, can be painful for local communities, but they want the government to get on with it. In a recent poll of its members, The Association of Defense Communities found 91 percent would prefer another BRAC to the status quo.
  • Tom Rice (R-S.C.) has proposed legislation that would increase the federal gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon to help pay for transportation projects across the nation. The tax would be offset by a $133 income tax credit. Looking Ahead: The latest patch to close the transportation funding gap expires July 31 and Congress is looking for a permanent fix.
  • Senate Republicans had vowed to try and kill Obamacare using a budget tool called reconciliation this summer, but a lack of unity within the GOP has kept the plan on the shelf. Looking Ahead: The next step would for the leadership to draw up reconciliation plans, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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After an historic week in which the Supreme Court sided with President Obama on Obamacare, upheld gay marriage, and Congress backed the administration on international trade, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidency for the first time in more than two years. Looking Ahead: This can only bode well for Democrats in the 2016 election, including frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

As expected, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination and immediately hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also jumped in. Looking Ahead: Christie is squarely focused on the Granite State, where he must do well if his candidacy is to gain traction. Ten things Christie needs to do to win.

The United States and Cuba announced the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century. Obama said the embassies will open July 20. Looking Ahead: Ferry service between the two countries is expected soon and U.S. businesses are watching developments closely.

The charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps U.S. businesses export their products, has expired for the first time since 1934, much to the glee of its conservative opponents who see it as wasteful. Looking Ahead: One opponent cautioned that Democrats might try to sneak reauthorization language into future legislation.

Smarting from last week’s Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would subject Supreme Court justices to periodic judicial elections. Looking Ahead: This proposal has virtually no chance of advancing.

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