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Pentagon: All options open on ISIL

Still grappling with the brutal video killing of an American journalist this week, Pentagon leaders defended a failed rescue effort from earlier this summer and refused to publicly rule out the chance of attacks against Sunni militants in their home bases in Syria. "I don't know any other way to ...

Senate Democrat embraces Obama health law

In the fight of his political life in 2014, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) isn't running away from the controversy surrounding the Obama health law, as he has unveiled a new television ad which makes no bones about his support for some of the law's major changes. "That's why I helped ...

Obama condemns ISIL killing of US journalist

A day after a video surfaced showing Sunni militants brutally killing an American journalist, President Obama denounced the Islamic State group, saying the entire world is "appalled" by the murder of James Foley. "No just God would stand for what they did yesterday," the President said of ISIL, saying the ...

President Obama returns to family vacation

As President Obama boarded Air Force One to go back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard on Tuesday afternoon, there was still no concrete explanation from the White House as to why the President had scheduled a return to work in Washington, D.C. as part of his summer break. Before ...

Obama urges calm again in Ferguson, Missouri

Back for two days from his Martha's Vineyard vacation, President Obama said he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday,  as he again urged police and protestors to avoid further conflict in the wake of the killing by an officer of an unarmed black teenager. "While ...

Political spotlight swings to Missouri shooting

It took a few days, but members of Congress finally started to speak out in large numbers on Thursday about the shooting death of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri, as President Obama appealed for calm and Democrats demanded hearings in Congress on the reaction of local police. While ...

In a new report from the inspector general at the IRS, investigators say some tax-exempt organizations owe Uncle Sam $875 million in delinquent federal taxes.  The report does not name those groups, instead redacting the information in the report that was publicly released on Wednesday.

Report: Some tax-exempt groups evade taxes

A new report from the Inspector General for the Internal Revenue Service has found more than 64,000 tax exempt organizations owe the federal government nearly $875 million in overdue taxes, just a little less than what a similar government analysis found seven years ago. "A significant amount of the Federal ...

Senator demands answers on Amtrak "informant"

Aggravated by news that the Drug Enforcement Administration had paid an Amtrak worker for almost 20 years to get confidential train passenger information, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has asked the head of the DEA for answers, demanding to know if the DEA is making such payments to any other people ...

Few worries for incumbents in Tuesday primaries

So far in 2014, only three incumbents running for re-election in the Congress have been bounced out by the voters, and there is little reason to think voters will stray from their current roster of House and Senate members in primaries on Tuesday in Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin. A quick ...

Hawaii US Senate primary goes into extra time

Baseball games go into extra innings. Football can go to overtime. Golf tournaments can have playoffs. Even some states have runoffs. But when was the last time you remember an election result staying in limbo while the candidates wait for some voters to cast ballots at a later time to ...

National Guard drops NASCAR, IndyCar sponsorships

After taking heat from some in the Congress for years over spending millions to sponsor car racing teams as a way to bolster recruiting efforts, the Army National Guard announced on Thursday that it would drop its sponsorship of NASCAR and IndyCar teams in 2015. “Significantly constrained resources and the ...

Tea Party tries again for Senate upset

As voters in Tennessee go to the polls for the Volunteer State's unique Thursday primary elections, Tea Party backers are hoping they can find a way to oust veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) as the GOP Establishment tries again to fend off a high profile U.S. Senate challenger in 2014. ...

Watchdogs say federal agencies withholding information

A group of internal federal watchdogs has told the Congress that they are encountering resistance too often from different agencies, charging that investigations are routinely made more difficult by the withholding of documents and other relevant information. "Each of us strongly supports the principle that an Inspector General must have ...

What to watch in Tuesday's primary races

The countdown to November 2014 takes another step on Tuesday with voters in four different states selecting candidates for the Congressional mid term elections, as lawmakers in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State face primary contests. It might seem odd to some, but August is actually the busiest month of ...

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rushed across the House floor late on Friday night to confront a GOP lawmaker during debate on a GOP border bill.  Pelosi's interruption was a breach of decorum on the floor - once Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) finished his remarks, Pelosi charged back across the floor to the Republican side, waving her finger at Marino.  He later said she called him an "insignificant person" for saying that Democrats had not done anything about immigration reform while they were in charge of the House and Senate during the first two years of the Obama Administration.

House approves revised GOP border bills

A day after Republicans almost went home for a summer break after a legislative meltdown over immigration, GOP lawmakers rallied around a revised plan to deal with a surge of kids across the southern border, approving a $734 million plan to bolster security and a separate measure to block the ...

GOP slugs it out on immigration

On Wednesday night I wrote how it "could be a messy final few hours in Congress on Thursday." I sure hit that one on the head. Instead of focusing their attacks on Democrats and President Obama over immigration issues, Republicans in Congress spent a full day battling each other on ...

Rumbling to a Congressional break

It could be a messy final few hours in Congress on Thursday, as lawmakers get ready to take a five week summer break that lasts until after Labor Day, as final action is assured on a VA reform bill, but other major legislation remains in limbo as the smell of ...

Report: Workers got full pay and bonuses for little work

In a new report, internal investigators say more than $5 million in federal resources were wasted at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a group of workers were allowed to draw full pay, benefits and bonuses while doing little actual work for several years. "The volume of hours charged ...

VA reform deal price tag at $17 billion

Despite adding billions to the federal deficit, a bipartisan $17 billion plan to help reform the VA seems to be on its way to approval this week in the Congress, as key lawmakers vowed on Monday to push the bill through the House and Senate by the end of this ...

Congress stumbles toward a summer break

The focus in the Congress this week is on getting a few things done before the annual summer break for lawmakers, as after this Friday, the House and Senate won't be in legislative session again until after Labor Day, what's known in Washington, D.C. as the August Recess. Usually, the ...

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