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  • Lawmakers look to stop patent abuse

    Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to stop "patent trolls" from harassing businesses and inventors, with optimism high that legislation will pass this year. With wide bipartisan support, the House has approved a patent reform bill aimed at stopping the so-called trolls -- patent-holding...

  • Electric grid security gets renewed attention on Capitol Hill

    Congress is leading a manhunt at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lawmakers are livid because of a FERC leak of sensitive information about vulnerabilities in the electric grid to the Wall Street Journal last month. The article noted that a coordinated attack on nine key -- but...

  • The Tea Party Establishment: Outsiders become insiders

    Will the real Republican Establishment please stand up? In the four years since the Supreme Court struck down fundraising regulations that effectively gave the Democratic and Republican parties a monopoly on large-scale political activity, a collection of Tea Party-affiliated organizations has...

  • 'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify before a senator who thinks the whole idea was dumb. The congressional hearing could resolve...

  • Obama and top lawmakers consult on Ukraine crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is thanking congressional leaders for approving aid for Ukraine, but urging them to go further by adopting changes to the International Monetary Fund. Obama met Thursday in the Oval Office with House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy...

  • Congressional leaders call for ouster of failing Veterans Affairs executives, but not of Secretary Eric Shinseki

    House Speaker John Boehner said top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs should be fired for failing to do their jobs, but stopped short of calling for the ouster of Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki during a news conference Thursday. When asked directly whether Shinseki needs to be...

  • Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial

    A federal commission that oversees plans for monuments in the nation's capital voted Thursday to reject the current design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sending the concept back to its architects for revisions. The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7-3 to...

  • Senate Intelligence panel votes to make CIA torture report public

    The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to make public a summary of their critical report on the CIA's interrogation tactics used on terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The panel voted 11-3 to send the report's 450-page summary and 20 conclusions and findings to the...

  • 65 million American volunteers provide reasons for optimism

    I am an optimist. I believe that America's best days are still to come and today's children will live a life far better than their parents and grandparents. The vast majority of Americans are more pessimistic, and it's easy to understand why. Looking at the behavior and performance of our...

  • Senators urge US to deny visa to Iran ambassador

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-nine Republican senators have written to President Barack Obama urging him to deny a visa to a former hostage-taker who is Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. The senators said Thursday that the United States should not allow entry to an individual who...

  • Issa sets contempt vote on former IRS official

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee has scheduled a contempt vote for next week on a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy. Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt...

  • Jason Chaffetz rips USAID over 'slush fund' to Afghan government

    A U.S. House member from Utah expressed shock Thursday over what he called "lobbying money" paid to the government of Afghanistan in exchange for laws or programs the U.S. government wants but the Afghan government wouldn't otherwise enact. Last year, the U.S. Agency for International...

  • Top Senate Dems still short on gun control votes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after the Senate rejected an effort to expand background checks for gun buyers, top Senate Democrats said Thursday that they still lack the votes to successfully revisit the issue. A day after the latest shootings in Fort Hood in Texas, Senate Majority Leader...

  • Bill extends tax breaks for wind farms, filmmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday. Some U.S. firms with foreign income would be winners too after Senate Finance Committee Chairman...

  • House panel to vote on contempt charge for IRS official Lois Lerner next week

    A Republican-led House panel will decide next week whether a former top IRS official should be held in contempt of Congress. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a vote April 10 to decide whether to find Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner served as the D.C.-based IRS...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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