‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the “patterns of excessive force” that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department. After more than a year of reviewing hundreds of cases handled by the Police Department, the […]

House sets contempt vote on former IRS official

House sets contempt vote on former IRS official

A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. The official, Lois Lerner, previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last May, after providing an opening statement, she refused to answer […]

Pro-Hillary Clinton PAC raises $5.75 million

Pro-Hillary Clinton PAC raises $5.75 million

A super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors. Ready for Hillary on Thursday said more than 22,000 new donors gave money to the self-designated Clinton support network between Jan. 1 and March […]

House sets non-binding vote on Ryan budget

House sets non-binding vote on Ryan budget

House Republicans are marching ahead with an election-year budget promising to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class despite the knowledge that they could be checkmated by Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama’s veto pen. The plan being considered Thursday […]

Secret Service Agents reassigned

Secret Service Agents reassigned

The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on presidential trips. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the division’s special agent […]

Gender gap pay bill faces hard road in Senate

Gender gap pay bill faces hard road in Senate

From the Capitol to the White House, Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party’s core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate. In a showdown expected Wednesday, Senate Republicans seemed likely to derail the measure. Though Democrats run the chamber, they […]

Obama, Democrats focus on gender pay gap

Obama, Democrats focus on gender pay gap

President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, linking Obama executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against workers […]

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