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IRS tormenting struggling taxpayers

The agency’s internal watchdog charges it with using ‘hard-core” tactics. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Political Times: Victory Alone Does Not a Mandate Make

As Republicans, among them Tea Party politicians, take control of the House, they would be wise not to misread voters’ will. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

Conservatives from five state legislatures launched a joint campaign to try to cancel automatic citizenship for the American-born children of illegal immigrants. Read the full story from The New York…

U.S. foe, Sadr, returns to Iraq after exile

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Anti-U.S. Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq on Wednesday from years of self-imposed exile in Iran, after his faction struck a deal to join a…

Boehner elected House Speaker, replaces Pelosi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican John Boehner was elected on Wednesday as speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Read the full story from Reuters…

Congress to Return With G.O.P. Vowing to Alter Rules

It’s usual for the House to tweak rules with each new session. But John Boehner has made alterations that members will vote on Wednesday. Read the full story from The…

White House: China must act to rebalance currency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will press China on its currency policy during his upcoming meetings in Washington with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the White House said on Wednesday.…

FLOTUS names Tchen chief of staff

The first lady calls the Chicago lawyer-turned-White House staffer ‘a natural choice” for the job. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Bachmann mum on presidential run

She insists the focus should be on making sure Obama isn’t elected to a second term in 2012. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Wheeler acted strange before death

The former Bush adviser may have tried to set a fire at a neighbor’s house days before his murder. Read the full story on Poliitico.…