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A White House in full damage-control mode

A White House in full damage-control mode

With no sign of an end to three mushrooming scandals, the White House acknowledged the rising political dangers on Wednesday by launching a concerted effort at damage control. In a…

Obama embroiled in new, damaging scandals

Obama embroiled in new, damaging scandals

President Barack Obama learned on Monday what can happen to presidents caught up in allegations of scandal: they have to address them instead of anything else. It happened when the…

IRS looked for “tea party” and other buzzwords for audits

IRS looked for “tea party” and other buzzwords for audits

When tax agents started singling out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first only for key words such as ‘Tea Party,’ but later they focused on…

Washington worried about ‘zero-day’ computer hackers

Washington worried about ‘zero-day’ computer hackers

The proliferation of hacking tools known as zero-day exploits is raising concerns at the highest levels in Washington, even as U.S. agencies and defense contractors have become the biggest buyers…

Right-wingers fail to water down immigration bill

Right-wingers fail to water down immigration bill

A landmark bill backed by President Barack Obama to overhaul the nation’s immigration system survived unscathed on Thursday during the first day of consideration by a divided Senate Judiciary Committee.…

Republicans boycott vote on EPA chief nominee

Republicans boycott vote on EPA chief nominee

Republican senators on Thursday stalled the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying they were “completely unsatisfied” with answers provided by Gina McCarthy…

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Fresh off a redemptive win in South Carolina’s special election, former Governor Mark Sanford‘s return to Congress will make him a prominent wild card in an already fractious Republican caucus.…

Bill to track prescription drugs moving through House

Bill to track prescription drugs moving through House

A House of Representatives panel advanced a bill on Wednesday on how the federal government should track prescription drugs as they move through the distribution chain, over the objections of…

New York lawmakers caught up in political corruption probe

New York lawmakers caught up in political corruption probe

A former New York state senator from Queens secretly recorded seven lawmakers as part of a political corruption probe, according to a court document unsealed Wednesday. Shirley Huntley, 74, a…

Congress to start work on new farm bill

Congress to start work on new farm bill

Congress will begin writing a new, $500 billion farm law next week, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls mounted for deeper cuts in…