Ron Wyden

Republicans' process for passing tax reform looks strikingly similar to healthcare — but they say this time will be different

• <b>Republicans are set on using the reconciliation process to bypass the 60-vote threshold.</b>• <b><br>GOP senators believe an increased number of hearings opens the process as much as possible.</b>• <b><br>Democrats are still feeling left in the dark and unable to contribute to the first tax code overhaul in 30 …

U.S. Congress

Did Mike Pompeo Misspeak or Did He Let the Cat out of the Bag?

Yesterday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo gave a speech at an event hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. There was some interesting …

Conservative View

Bipartisan senate bill would authorize $100 million to help prevent Western wildfires

WASHINGTON — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better …

Denver

Trump tax strategy: Cut a few compromises but don't count on Democrats

News (U.S.)

Senate Passes Budget Blueprint Key To Trump Tax Effort

The measure would add up to $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade to pay for proposed tax cuts.<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 …

Taxes

Bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners rejects energy secretary’s bid to help coal plants

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s bid to change regulations to help coal and nuclear power plants has run into unusually blunt opposition from a group of former regulators from both parties.<p>Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — including five former chairmen — have filed a …

Energy

Federal Agencies To Adopt DMARC, STARTTLS

The U.S. government is finally taking steps to make its digital communication more secure.<p>Federal agencies have three months to adopt stricter email …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

<i>Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning? Sign up here</i><p>Catalan crisis intensifies, tax debate heats up, and U.K. hit by feeble data. <i></i>Here …

Business

The Trump administration is using Hurricane Maria as an excuse to subsidize the coal industry

Eric Vance/Zuma<p>There’s a major controversy brewing over a Trump administration proposal to prop up coal and nuclear in the electricity sector, and …

Liberal View

Senators Propose Social-Media Ad Rules After Months of Russia Probes

After months of congressional investigations into Russian interference with U.S. elections, legislation is gaining traction as senators introduced a …

Business

Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate

Children in the for-profit foster care system are dying at alarming rates, but the deaths are not being investigated, and autopsies are not even …

Foster Care

Trump Could Get a $23 Million Tax Cut Under the GOP’s Plan, Study Says

President Donald Trump’s tax framework could save him and members of his cabinet tens of billions of dollars in taxes collectively, according to a …

Business

How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse

The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy.<p>By almost any metric, that would be defined as a natural disaster — except the one used by Congress to …

Politics

Hours after trashing Democrats on taxes, Trump says he wants their help on a tax bill

Hours after proclaiming on Twitter that Democrats are interested only in increasing taxes, President Trump on Wednesday told a group of senators that he wants Democrats' help in cutting taxes.<p>“The president made clear his preference for a bipartisan bill,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said after …

Politics

Ron Wyden slams Trump tax plan as 'con job' after White House meeting

President Trump met with a bipartisan panel of senators at the White House Wednesday to pitch them on his tax reform plan. Among them was Oregon's …

Congress At Standstill Over Reauthorizing Health Insurance For 9 Million Kids

It’s been 3 weeks since it expired, and several states will run out of money soon.<p>WASHINGTON ― It’s been nearly three weeks since the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired and bipartisan negotiations over how to finance it appear to be at a standstill, even as several states face …

News (U.S.)

McCaskill in hot seat at White House as Trump courts swing state Democrats on taxes

Claire McCaskill thinks she knows why she sat right next to President Donald Trump at the White House. Of the Democrats invited to talk taxes in the …

News (U.S.)

Vulnerable Dems: Trump hasn't won them over on taxes

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said he didn't get good answers to his questions.

U.S. Congress

US Agencies Ordered To Adopt Basic Email Security Measures After Years Of Doing Nothing

The Trump administration is now pushing federal agencies to finally adopt basic security protocols designed to protect government emails against …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Estate tax repeal faces obstacles

Republicans have a chance in tax reform to do something that they've dreamed of for decades: repeal the estate tax.

U.S. Congress

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official …

News (U.S.)

Hill GOP touts tax reform before 2018; Dems knock vow as mere 'Coming Soon!' marquee

They’ve got to have it.<p>And we’re not talking about rabid Rick and Morty devotees storming McDonald’s in search of elusive Szechuan sauce.<p>This is about congressional Republicans and an insatiable appetite to approve tax reform -- preferably by the end of the year.<p>The prognosis? Publicly, everything …

U.S. Congress

U.S. Spy Chiefs Say Expiring Program Key to Stopping Threats

Top U.S. national security officials called on Congress to quickly renew a counterterrorism program that lets intelligence agencies intercept the …

Business

Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

<i>This blog post was first published in The Hill on September 28, 2017.</i>The federal government sees the U.S. border as a Constitution-free zone. The …

Surveillance

Mitch McConnell walks back pro-Trump court-packing plan

The Republican leader reverses course on eliminating a mechanism that blocked Obama from naming over 18 judges<p>Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell walked back his announced intention to eliminate a longtime tool of bipartisanship in the Senate by doing away with blue slips — something that …

Liberal View

Oregon's public university leaders: DeVos Title IX guidelines will have 'very little' effect here

Oregon's public university presidents weighed in on proposed new guidelines from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on how campuses should handle …

Rights & Freedoms

Ron Wyden asks Sessions for details on leak probes targeting journalists

The Trump administration's promised crackdown against leaks has the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee demanding answers from the …

Surveillance

Hackers will work with government, academia to make future elections secure

Last summer, a group of hackers showed how easy it is to infiltrate a bunch of voting machines. During a conference held in Las Vegas, they exposed flaws in election equipment currently used in the U.S.<p>Now, they want to make sure election infrastructure is better protected.<p>The DEFCON hacker …

Cybersecurity

Treasury Department Wing Latest To Be Accused Of Domestic Spying

Some more domestic spying taking place, this time by financial regulators. While the US Treasury Department is well within its legal wheelhouse to …

Surveillance

Editorial: Renew funding for California kids’ health insurance

It’s one thing to hack away at adult Americans’ access to health care. But children?<p>Until now the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known at CHIP, …

Health Care