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CAPITAL READIES FOR WORLD CUP, WORK OR NO

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Washington is expected to grind to a halt at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when the U.S. Men's Soccer Team takes the field in Brazil to play Belgium.

It’s a safe bet that TVs across the city will be tuned in, as the Washington region has been watching more of the World Cup than any other market in the country, according to ESPN.
Much of the federal government is likely to sneak away from work early.

HOMELAND SECURITY FACILITY IS TESTING A FUN NEW BIOMETRIC PROGRAM FOR AIRPORTS

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The government plans to use facial recognition and iris scanning to foreigners’ visa status as they’re leaving the United States, according to Nextgov. At a new biometric testing center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, government officials will spend the next eight to 12 months working on the technology and its application for its premiere in 10 major airports by 2015.

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IS IT WORTH $100 TO SKIP AIRPORT SECURITY LINES?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Benet Wilson is one of the 2.5 million Americans who have paid a yearly fee to skip security lines at airports and thinks it's worth every penny she paid for a five-year membership in the Global Entry program offered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department.

"It's a beautiful thing," says the 50-year-old frequent flier, who writes the AviationQueen.com blog.

Earlier in June, Wilson

IMMIGRATION REFORM EFFECTIVELY DEAD UNTIL AFTER OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE, BOTH SIDES SAY

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.

The slow collapse of new border legislation — which has unraveled in recent months amid persistent opposition from House Republicans — marks the end of an effort that

PANAMA, US TO START GLOBAL ENTRY, GLOBAL PASS PROGRAMS ON JULY 15

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Panama and the United States announced a bilateral agreement Thursday that will speed up the entrance process for visitors from one country to the other. The agreement goes into effect on July 15.

“With the agreement between both nations, [travelers] will be admitted into the country without filling out forms, and this will speed up the process,” Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said

SENATORS PROPOSE RAISING THE GAS TAX FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1993

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday unveiled the first bipartisan Senate proposal to raise the gas tax, broaching a dangerous political issue that lawmakers have avoided for years.

The Murphy-Corker plan would raise the gas tax by 12 cents over the next two years, raising $164 billion over the next decade and covering the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.

It

TRAVEL INDUSTRY PUSHES FOR POLAND TO JOIN VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The U.S. travel industry used President Obama's European trip to make another push for passage of legislation that would let Poland into the Visa Waiver Program.

The measure, the JOLT Act, has a mix of Republican and Democratic support with nearly 160 House co-sponsors, and would more broadly help smooth travel in and out of the United States, especially for international travelers.

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RETAILERS RENEW CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT FOREIGN SHOPPERS

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Monday, June 16, 2014

International shoppers spend an average of $4,000 per visit to the United States. That money goes to hotels, restaurants and retailers, generates millions of domestic jobs and adds billions to the U.S. economy.

As a leading member of the Discover America Partnership, a coalition focused on increasing foreign travel to the United States, NRF is helping launch a renewed advocacy and communications

REFORMERS FEAR DEATH OF IMMIGRATION BILL

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Some of Congress’s most fervent immigration reformers say their legislative push is likely dead after Tuesday’s staggering primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

While some Democratic leaders put on a brave public face to argue the issue still has legs, other pro-reform lawmakers said the politics on Capitol Hill now make progress all but impossible ahead of

LINES AT U.S. CUSTOMS STILL LONG, BUT MOVING FASTER

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The wait in line for Customs and Border Protection inspection to enter the U.S. at international airports is shrinking thanks to beleaguered airports paying for officer overtime and buying new technology. But the problem is far from solved.

Wait times have decreased by an average 18% in the past year, CPB says.

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