Military sexual abuse victims seek help from VA

Military sexual abuse victims seek help from VA

More than 85,000 veterans were treated last year for injuries or illness stemming from sexual abuse in the military, and 4,000 sought disability benefits, underscoring the staggering long-term impact of a crisis that has roiled the Pentagon and been condemned by President Barack Obama as “”shameful and disgraceful.” A Department of Veterans Affairs accounting released […]

Immigration vote set for Senate committee this week

Immigration vote set for Senate committee this week

The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor. First, the committee must resolve a few remaining disputes. One involves amendments over high-skilled immigrant visas sought by the high-tech industry but opposed […]

Tea Party hopes IRS debacle will give a needed boost

Tea Party hopes IRS debacle will give a needed boost

Is the tea party getting its groove back? Shouts of vindication from around the country suggest the movement’s leaders certainly think so. They say the IRS acknowledgement that it had targeted their groups for extra scrutiny — a claim that tea party activists had made for years — is helping pump new energy into the […]

Marines screw the pooch by failing to report water threat

Marines screw the pooch by failing to report water threat

A simple test could have alerted officials that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, long before authorities determined that as many as a million Marines and their families were exposed to a witch’s brew of cancer-causing chemicals. But no one responsible for the lab at the base can recall that the procedure — […]

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Republicans aren’t the only ones roiled by internal jostling and recruiting hiccups ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Two top-tier Democratic prospects recently bypassed running for Senate seats in Georgia and South Dakota, highlighting both divisions within the party and its challenge of finding candidates whose ideologies line up with voters in Republican-leaning states. Democrats […]

Obama seems to be weathering scandals, controversies

Obama seems to be weathering scandals, controversies

Despite Democratic fears, predictions of the demise of President Barack Obama’s agenda appear exaggerated after a week of cascading controversies, political triage by the administration and party leaders in Congress and lack of evidence to date of wrongdoing close to the Oval Office. “Absolutely not,” Steven Miller, the recently resigned acting head of the Internal […]

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Political scandals have strange ways of causing collateral damage, and Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will ensnare their biggest target: President Barack Obama’s health care law. But no one appears to have connected the factual dots yet, and it’s unclear whether they will. The Internal Revenue Service […]

Budget official tapped to run troubled IRS

Budget official tapped to run troubled IRS

President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over agents targeting tea party groups. Obama named longtime civil servant Daniel Werfel as the acting IRS commissioner. […]

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation’s border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The law marked a bold step by a state into an area that had long been the domain […]

Lawmakers set to grill fired IRS boss

Lawmakers set to grill fired IRS boss

Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service as Congress holds its first hearing on the tougher scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. With the scandal joining the parade of political headaches buffeting President Barack Obama, the Republican-run House Ways and […]