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Congress Passes Obamacare Repeal and Planned Parenthood Defunding: Finally!

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   Politics

(John Hinderaker) Today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last month on a 52-47, with the Republicans avoiding a filibuster with the same reconciliation process that enabled passage of Obamacare in the first place. The vote in […]

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Did the GOP Congress Change Energy Policy?

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm   /   Politics

Last year, when Republicans gained a decisive edge in both houses of Congress, I made predictions as to the six energy-policy changes we could expect—as the two parties have very different views on energy issues. Now, halfway through the “two years” for which I projected, here’s where American energy policy stands today. Keystone Pipeline As […]

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Elliott Abrams on spying on allies

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 11:08 am   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) At NRO’s Corner, Elliott Abrams gives his take on the report that the Obama administration spied on the Israeli government. Abrams served for many years as a U.S. foreign policy official and is, of course, a leading pro-Israel advocate. Thus, his is a voice I wanted to hear on this potential scandal. Abrams […]

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Report that NSA spying on Israel reached Congress raises abuse of power questions

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 8:53 am   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) Last night, I wrote about a Wall Street Journal report that the NSA spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of his government, and that the spying included intercepting communications with members of Congress. I included in the post the Journal’s brief discussion of the rules that apply to U.S. surveillance that […]

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Paul Ryan Explains

Posted: December 24, 2015 at 9:08 am   /   Politics

(Steven Hayward) Both here on Power Line and elsewhere Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans in general have been taking heavy weather for the sorry outcome of the omnibus budget that passed last week. Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show on Tuesday to tell his side of the story, which involves the fact that he inherited […]

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How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 9:57 am   /   Politics

$20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs? Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you […]

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Shafting Taxpayers – Promoting Crony Corporatism

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 7:59 am   /   Politics

President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and dealing is too complex and fast-moving for anyone to follow or understand. But much of it centers on […]

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Enhancing Legal Defense of Trade Secrets

Posted: December 18, 2015 at 8:31 am   /   Politics

For the second consecutive Congress, expanding protections for trade secrets of U.S. businesses has emerged as an important issue in both chambers. Identical bills were offered in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate titled the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). The bills were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary […]

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A Permanent Fix or More Big Tax This Week From Congress?

Posted: December 18, 2015 at 8:21 am   /   Politics

In a situation only the out of touch, inside the Beltway crowd could love, added into the conference report (the final version of a bill to be considered by both chambers of congress) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, is a provision adding the legislative language from H.R. 235, the Permanent […]

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