Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month, gay marriage appears destined to face several more years of legal debate and at least one more round of argument at the high court. That’s because a majority of the court’s nine justices, based on their record and comments during March’s oral arguments, are unlikely to proclaim […]

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with IRS workers by congressional investigators. Transcripts of the interviews, reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, […]

IRS scandal puts Issa at center stage

IRS scandal puts Issa at center stage

What began as a bipartisan congressional probe into Internal Revenue Service practices is quickly turning into a verbal brawl with U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, no stranger to controversy, under attack from Democrats and even some of his fellow Republicans. Issa, the California congressman who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday said […]

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Attorney General Eric Holder told media editors on Thursday that he would change the way the Justice Department handles investigations that involve reporters and not repeat searches that have raised concerns about freedom of the press, the editors said. After a meeting that other media outlets boycotted because of its secrecy, the editors who did […]

A Weiner returns to politics to run for New York City Mayor

A Weiner returns to politics to run for New York City Mayor

Two years after resigning from Congress in a lewd photo scandal, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner announced in a video message early on Wednesday he is running for New York City mayor. “I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down, but I also learned some tough lessons,” Weiner […]

Lowered deficit forecasts also lowers drive for budget deal

Lowered deficit forecasts also lowers drive for budget deal

The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading. A sudden improvement in the outlook for the government deficit over the next decade has alleviated some of the pressure on lawmakers to act. And a […]

Obama”s budget: Higher, then lower deficits?

Obama”s budget: Higher, then lower deficits?

Near-term U.S. deficits under President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget plan would be higher than those forecast by the Congressional Budget Office this week but would be $1.1 trillion lower over the coming decade, CBO said on Friday. The non-partisan congressional budget referee agency said that due to proposed spending increases, Obama’s budget proposal would lead […]

Ousted IRS boss stonewalls Congressional committee

Ousted IRS boss stonewalls Congressional committee

The outgoing head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service angered Republican lawmakers on Friday by resisting their demands that he identify who at the tax-collection agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. But during the first hearing into a growing IRS scandal that could preoccupy Washington for months, Republicans did learn that a […]