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  • ** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at a campaign event at K's Hamburger Shop in Troy, Ohio. Joining him onstage is Sen. Rob Portman (left), Ohio Republican, and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. (Associated Press)

    Would-be stars walk tightrope in Romney VP circus

    The buzz around Mitt Romney's vice-presidential choice has become deafening — a political soap opera that involves "American Idol"-like auditions on the stump and conflicting reports on who is in the running.

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    CURL: Forget the 'boring white guy' — Romney will pick Rubio

    Paul Ryan. Rob Portman. Tim Pawlenty. Bob McDonnell. Mitch Daniels. Even their names are boring. Sure, they're all highly qualified public servants — governors, senators, congressmen — but they are also borrrrrring.

  • The press is opining that Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, is a favorite "insider" pick as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. Among his outdoorsy interests, Mr. Portman is an avid hunter, and he bagged a turkey during time off from his House duties last month. (Photo provided by Rob Portman)

    Inside the Beltway: Romney's graduates

    Forget shabby politics, an evolving White House and the "Celebrity-in-Chief" for a moment: It's God, country and education at Liberty University on Saturday morning, when 14,012 students receive degrees from a school administration unapologetic about its religion-based curriculum with Mitt Romney delivering the commencement address.

Rob Portman, seen here in 2006, is a former congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bush (at left). He says he isn't seeking to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's running mate this fall. He is more likely to seek the governorship of Ohio in 2010.

    MILLER: Hope for a corporate tax fix

    The supercommittee went belly-up because Democrats demanded huge tax increases before they would give ground on even the smallest of spending cuts. Hope for corporate tax reform was thought to have died with the failed congressional deficit-reduction body until some of its Republican members revived the plan.

  • ** 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.

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