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President Obama speaks about the Oregon shootings and his agenda for gun control.

Businesses hear Obama’s pitch on TPP

- The Washington Times

President Obama has launched what promises to be a monthslong public relations push to get skeptical lawmakers on board with a controversial trade deal between the U.S. and Pacific nations, and he used a brief speech at the Agriculture Department Tuesday to recruit top business leaders to help promote the landmark agreement.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky, Republican, has shown he is willing to gum up the legislative process. Mr. Paul led filibusters challenging the Obama administration's drone policy and against renewing some snooping powers in the Patriot Act. (The Deseret News via Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Arm commercial airline pilots

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday said commercial airline pilots should be provided guns, saying he wants every potential terrorist in the world to know that if they come into the cockpit they’ll be shot.

This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013, photo, shows a 2013 1040-ES IRS Estimated Tax form at H&R Block tax preparation office in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) ** FILE **

Billions in income leaving D.C. region for low-tax states

- The Washington Times

Billions of dollars worth of income once destined for tax collectors in Virginia, Maryland and the greater District of Columbia has instead bankrolled official government business elsewhere as new statistics highlight migration patterns among money-makers out of the mid-Atlantic.

Workers remove the Ten Commandments monument from its base on the grounds of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The removal comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Workers removing Ten Commandments from Oklahoma Capitol

- Associated Press

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.

Jeanni Adame rides in her boat as she checks on neighbors seeing if they want to evacuate  in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., after many of their neighbors left, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Despite sunny forecast, South Carolina ordeal far from over

- Associated Press

South Carolina was expecting sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, rejected a government watchdog's suggestion that Congress approve a sell-off of some of the U.S. oil reserves, saying the government needs to "act like grown-ups" and find other ways to raise money. (Associated Press)

Congress reluctant to sell-off oil reserves despite urging by GAO

- The Washington Times

The government's top watchdog has urged Congress to consider selling off some of the nation's strategic oil reserves amid an American production boom, saying it could deliver several billion dollars to the government right now — but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are still reluctant to reap the windfall.

In this undated photo provided by TOTE Maritime shows the cargo ship, El Faro. The El Faro departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2015 when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was headed to Puerto Rico when it encountered heavy seas when Joaquin became a hurricane. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 that the El Faro has been lost. They are still searching for survivors. (TOTE Maritime via AP)

El Faro, sunken U.S. ship, had sufficient lifeboats, but terrible storm

- Associated Press

Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 140 mph. Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her late daughter, Brittany Maynard, as she receives congratulations from Ellen Pontac, left, after a right-to die measure was approved by the state Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

- Associated Press

California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

Social Security Victims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Flat disability insurance benefit would save Social Security fund and anti-poverty goal

The trust fund that helps pay for disability insurance under Social Security is on track to run out of money next year, a shortfall that would trigger a 19 percent cut in benefits. To avert these painful cuts, policymakers should overhaul the program by dropping the progressive benefit structure and replacing it with a flat benefit that will keep recipients out of poverty.