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  • ** FILE ** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican.

    MILLER: Unraveling red tape

    The Obama administration's red tape is strangling business and dragging down economic growth. Members of both parties on Capitol Hill are getting an earful from constituents about the need to give local businesses a breather. Now a bipartisan, bicameral group is working on a long-overdue overhaul of the process by which federal agencies draw up rules.

  • "Clearly, the policies of this administration are not working," said Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, one of the lawmakers newly appointed to the congressional panel assigned to develop recommendations to cut the debt. "So, what went wrong? Well, a big part of the problem has been job-killing regulations." (Associated Press)

    Toomey focuses on fighting for spending cuts

    He's the only member who voted against last week's debt deal, and also the only one who wrote his own individual budget this year - both of which make Sen. Patrick J. Toomey the wild-card selection to the 12-member deficit supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts by Thanksgiving.

  • **FILE** In this photo from Aug. 1, 2011, House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (center), Texas Republican, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), Virginia Republican, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill on the debt deal agreement. (Associated Press)

    Supercommittee is short on dealmakers, compromisers

    The 12-member supercommittee tasked with straightening out the country's fiscal mess is long on lawmakers who have already whiffed in recent months on chances to strike deals and short on those who have shown a readiness to make the compromises that all sides say will be needed.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, gives two thumbs up while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Obama pressed on trade pacts

    The Obama administration is under growing pressure from both parties on Capitol Hill to wrap up work on a package of long-delayed, Bush-era trade pacts, with lawmakers saying the United States continues to lose market share to China, Canada and others without the deals.

  • Illustration: Trade by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    KEISER: Get new deals done

    A few poll-watching pundits have claimed recently that Americans are turning their backs on free trade. You sure wouldn't know it from this week's election results. The next Congress, when it meets in January, almost certainly will be more supportive of economic engagement with the world than the outgoing Congress has been.

  • This Jan. 14, 2009, file photo shows Republican Senate nominee Rob Portman speaks Lebanon, Ohio. Frustrated, discouraged and just plain mad, a lot people who have lost jobs -- or know someone who has -- now want to see the names of Democrats on pink slips. And that's jeopardizing the party's chances here in Ohio and all across the country in November's elections. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

    Dems threatened by economic woes

    Frustrated, discouraged and just plain mad, a lot of people who have lost jobs — or know someone who has — now want to see the names of Democrats on pink slips. And that's jeopardizing the party's chances in Ohio and all across the country in November's elections.

Brian Shortsleeve, of Boston, has been utilizing a software-based fundraising tool called BlueSwarm to tap social networks for campaign cash. "If you can empower a broad range of people to use this system to go out and solicit, it helps the whole operation," he says.

    Candidates let social network users monitor donations

    Candidates in some top political races are raising big sums of money using software that taps into donors' social networks, an endeavor that lets the donors track their friends' giving with the zeal a fantasy baseball team owner monitoring player statistics.

  • Portman resigns as director of budget

    President Bush yesterday accepted the latest resignation by a top White House official in recent months, as budget director Rob Portman — a key player in negotiations with Congress on upcoming budget battles and the immigration debate — announced he will leave this summer to spend more time with his family.

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