Thu, Dec 7, 2017
Background check failures result in 4000 seizure orders
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Congress is weighing legislation to tighten the gaps in the existing background check system for firearms purchases. While that legislation may not be as effective as its proponents hope, background check failures are very real.

Wed, Dec 6, 2017
Talk to law enforcement? Get a lawyer, first
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With the news that Lt. Gen.

Tue, Dec 5, 2017
Conyers out
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The wave of sexual misconduct allegations has claimed Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, one of the most senior politicians in Congress.

Tue, Dec 5, 2017
What stays open during a possible government "appropriations hiatus"
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With the possibility still hanging in the air that the federal government could shut down on December 8, the Congressional Research Service has issued a revised study (updated November 30) explaining the how's and why's of such events.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017
The hard part on tax cuts is yet to come
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The House and Senate have passed their versions of tax cuts, which means the bills must be reconciled in a conference committee. How do the bills differ?

Fri, Dec 1, 2017
Gun rights setback at Supreme Court
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In a set back for gun rights advocates, the U.S.

Thu, Nov 30, 2017
Democrats threaten a government shutdown (again)
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Lost in the shuffle of DC's wrestling with its creepy congressmen problem, North Korean missile launches, the tax reform debate, and so on was that

Wed, Nov 29, 2017
Your tax dollars at work: Rep. Raul Grijalva edition
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Following up on an earlier item about congressional perks, we would be remiss not to note the secretive funds and associated shenanigans members of Congress use to hush-up allegations of workplace misbehavior.

Tue, Nov 28, 2017
The perks of being in Congress
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As Congress gets its turn in the pilory, with allegations of sexual harassment, crude behavior, and assorted ugliness tearing through the marble halls and wooden egos of the political class

Tue, Nov 28, 2017
The GOP turns a blind eye to DC's spending addiction
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Not that long ago, there was a breed of politician elected to Congress dedicated to cleaning up the swollen river of red ink running through the federal budget.

Tue, Nov 28, 2017
A fight for control of consumer watchdog agency
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The week after Thanksgiving brought with it one of the more bizarre tales to ooze out of the DC swamp -- a political and legal fight for control of a po

Fri, Nov 24, 2017
Trump's quiet assault on the voracious administrative state
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One area where the federal government has expanded its power the most, and with the least public awareness, is through something called the administrative state. The term generally describes how vague laws and congressional indifference to its own constitutional powers combine to put too much discretion, and power, in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.

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