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Congress leaves D.C. with full agenda

9:07 pm Jun. 27, 2013

Congress is heading home for a July Fourth break with a step forward for a major immigration bill, the real threat of higher interest rates on some student loans, and a bevy of unfinished legislative items that will greet lawmakers upon their return to Washington, D.C. The biggest action in …

Another IRS official takes the Fifth

9:35 pm Jun. 26, 2013

For the second time in a month, an IRS official has taken the Fifth Amendment before a Congressional committee, this time in an investigation about whether that official helped a friend win a $500 million IT contract with the tax agency. “Mr. Chairman, on the advice of counsel, I respectfully …

Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions

11:49 am Jun. 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term for 2012-2013 with a pair of important rulings on same-sex marriage, as the Justices struck down a provision in a federal law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman and refused to rule on a voter approved ban on …

IRS credit cards used for wine, porn and popcorn

8:43 pm Jun. 25, 2013

As if the Internal Revenue Service didn’t have enough attention, internal investigators released a report on Tuesday which raised questions about “inappropriate” spending by IRS workers, who used official credit cards to buy items that didn’t seem to be needed for government work. In one example, investigators found IRS employees …

Documents show IRS looking at “anti-Republican” groups

10:50 pm Jun. 24, 2013

As the IRS released an 83 page internal review of the political targeting of Tea Party groups, Democrats in Congress leaked out documents which appeared to show the IRS keeping tabs on “anti-Republican” groups as well. “Common thread is the word “progressive,” notes the internal lookout list, which noted that …

Step forward for immigration reform bill

8:39 pm Jun. 24, 2013

Buoyed by a deal on border security, the Senate easily overcame immigration reform opponents, mustering more than the 60 votes needed to begin forcing an end to debate, setting the stage for approval of a sweeping immigration measure later this week. The vote was 67-27, the first step along the …

Fine print of the Senate border security plan

1:28 pm Jun. 23, 2013

As the Senate prepares to take a test vote Monday evening on a border security deal to a major immigration bill, a review of the 1,190 page amendment shows the exact details of extra border enforcement as well as a few extra items added in which didn’t get too much …

Senate border security amendment released

10:30 pm Jun. 21, 2013

Setting up a test vote on Monday evening, backers of a bipartisan border security amendment filed their plan in the Senate on Friday, paving the way for approval of a major immigration reform bill next week. “This is about securing the border first,” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), one of …

Immigration reform takes step forward

10:55 pm Jun. 20, 2013

Efforts at immigration reform in the U.S. Senate seemed to take a giant step forward on Thursday, as Senators in both parties signed off on a deal that would strengthen border security provisions in the bill, with a number of Republicans quickly indicating they could support a bill that included …

Georgia Democrat urges Obama to reconsider Africa trip

10:54 am Jun. 20, 2013

In a rare public rebuke from a fellow Democrat, President Obama was urged today to reconsider a planned trip to Africa later this month, as one lawmaker in his own party took to the House floor to say it sends the wrong message at a time of automatic budget cuts. …