Democrats see political hay in contraception ruling

Democrats see political hay in contraception ruling

Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator — Washington state’s Patty Murray — and a vulnerable freshman — Mark Udall of Colorado — have pushed legislation […]

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

The GOP-controlled House has slashed the budget for the Internal Revenue Service’s tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after […]

White House defies Congressional subpoena

White House defies Congressional subpoena

The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year. The White House argued that Obama adviser David Simas is immune from the “extraordinary demand” of being forced to […]

McDaniel near decision on runoff challenge

McDaniel near decision on runoff challenge

State Sen. Chris McDaniel was expected to announce Wednesday whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel’s first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee. His campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, has said […]

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1. Governors of both parties expressed concerns […]

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint. The full impact of the Florida ruling — plus a similar lawsuit pending in North Carolina — won’t be known for some while. For now, at […]

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