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House chairman: Donald Trump favors privatizing air traffic control

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A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Associated Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times both before and during the presidential election. He said he believes the president-elect would be supportive, although details would have to be…

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Large number of GOP senators skipping Donald Trump’s convention

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Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will be fly-fishing with his wife. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he has to mow his lawn (yes, he has one even in Arizona). Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will be traveling her state by bush plane. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona will be visiting the Grand Canyon, and joked that his friend Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would be coming along and might even fall in (just kidding, an aide later…

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Bill Nelson gets drones-at-airports intercept program into FAA reauthorization bill

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s concern about unpiloted drones flying near airports led him to take steps in Senate action Wednesday to stop them. Florida’s senior senator had the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee insert a pilot program to deter them into the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. Senate Bill 2658, which ranking Democrat Nelson of Florida and Chairman Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, had marked up and approved by the committee, also includes new protections for airline passengers hit with…

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Marco Rubio leads all U.S. Senate candidates across the country in Facebook ‘likes’

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Marco Rubio has the most Facebook “likes” for Republican (GOP) candidates with 84,409 (3,376/CD) while Barbara Boxer leads the way for Democrat (DEM) candidates with 29,451 (556/CD).  GOP candidates account for 7 of the top 10 rankings for total “likes” including the entire top 5, according to research compiled by Targeted Research. John Thune has the most Facebook “likes” per congressional district for GOP candidates with 69,246 (69,246 total) while Patrick Leahy leads the way for DEM candidates with 3,907 (3,907 total).  GOP candidates account for 7 of…

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Marco Rubio leads all U.S. Senate candidates across country in Facebook ‘likes’

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Marco Rubio has the most Facebook “likes” for Republican (GOP) candidates with 84,409 (3,376/CD) while Barbara Boxer leads the way for Democrat (DEM) candidates with 29,451 (556/CD).  GOP candidates account for 7 of the top 10 rankings for total “likes” including the entire top 5, according to research compiled by Targeted Research. John Thune has the most Facebook “likes” per congressional district for GOP candidates with 69,246 (69,246 total) while Patrick Leahy leads the way for DEM candidates with 3,907 (3,907 total).  GOP candidates account for 7 of…

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Susan MacManus: Path to the White House runs through the Senate

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From the Washington Examiner: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s diminished political fortunes are shifting the field for prospective 2012 presidential candidates, with a sudden vacancy on the Republican Party’s short list. “It’s way too early to talk sensibly about the 2012 field, but that’s no reason not to do it,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. Sanford’s admission of an affair Wednesday after a bizarre four-day absence from public duties effectively deprives Republicans of a promising…

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