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Two memos signed this month by Defense Secretary James Mattis offer a glimpse into how he plans to steer the Pentagon toward his intended goal of fiscal responsibility.

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E-mails from Scott Pruitt's tenure as Oklahoma attorney general show his office coordinated closely with industry and free-market groups. How shocked should we be?

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Stiff competition ahead as Justice requests proposals for ITSS-5

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7 special elections to fill open House seats

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(Bloomberg) — Susan Collins, Republican member of Senate Intelligence Cmte, says she’ll request Congress call on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to testify as part of panel’s probe of Russian meddling in 2016 elections.

  • “We’re not going to exclude anyone from our review, and it will be thorough, accurate, bipartisan and in-depth,” Collins tells Maine Public during interview
  • Asked about potential subpoena of President Trump’s tax returns, Collins says, “I don’t know whether we will need to do that”
  • “If it’s necessary to get to the answers, then I suspect we would”
  • NOTE: Flynn resigned as national security adviser on Feb. 13 after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about having discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with country’s ambassador in Dec.
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Each year, legislators at the federal and state level meet with their constituents during so-called annual “lobby day” events.

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Whether the Trump tax credits will leave a legacy of economically important projects or simply subsidize private investments with little public benefit at taxpayer expense will depend on the answers to some critical questions.