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House right wingers offer tax breaks in Obamacare alternative

A large group of House conservatives intends to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools, according to lawmakers who said the plan marked the Republicans’ first comprehensive alternative to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Under the proposal endorsed […]

IRS budget cuts hurt collection of back taxes

Collections from delinquent taxpayers dropped for the second straight year in 2012, due in part to budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service, the agency’s inspector general said. In 2011, enforcement revenue dropped by more than $2 billion. Last year, it dropped by $5 billion more, to a little more than $50 billion. At the […]

Democratic rebuke by Brazil means more trouble for Obama

For President Barack Obama, an embarrassing diplomatic rebuke by Brazil has compounded an already troublesome stretch for the White House both at home and abroad. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday that she was putting off a state visit to the U.S. next month to protest an American spy program that has aggressively targeted her […]

Navy Yard killings: A massacre from one of military’s own

Navy Yard killings: A massacre from one of military’s own

The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military’s own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police. The […]

Navy Yard victims had long career of service to nation

Navy Yard victims had long career of service to nation

A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface. […]

Navy Yard massacre brings back talk of gun control

Navy Yard massacre brings back talk of gun control

A deadly shooting in the heart of the nation’s capital has reignited talk about guns, but it’s uncertain whether the tragedy will revive a legislative debate that has gone cold in the face of opposition from Second Amendment supporters. The case for increased gun control has become increasingly difficult, evidenced by the National Rifle Association-backed […]

Obama to Republicans: Shutdown could bring ‘economic chaos’

Obama to Republicans: Shutdown could bring ‘economic chaos’

A potential federal shutdown looming, President Barack Obama on Monday warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national “economic chaos” if they demand a delay of his health care law as the price for supporting continued spending for federal operations. House Republican leaders were to meet Tuesday in hopes of finding a formula that would avoid […]

Congress looking to scale back on mandatory prison terms

Congress looking to scale back on mandatory prison terms

Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the federal prison there, where her daughter Mandy Martinson, a first-time offender, is in the middle of 15-year prison sentence. Cindy Martinson knows her daughter made mistakes and broke the law. Mandy Martinson was […]

William Daley abruptly quits race for Illinois governor

William Daley abruptly quits race for Illinois governor

Just months ago, former White House chief of staff William Daley was among several influential Democrats threatening primary challenges to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn from within his own party. But Daley’s abrupt decision to drop out of the race now leaves Quinn virtually alone in the Democratic field, free to unite the state’s dominant party […]

Obama claiming credit for eonomic ‘turnaround’

Obama claiming credit for eonomic ‘turnaround’

President Barack Obama is seeking credit for an economic turnaround, using the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank to highlight signs of recovery and to warn against potentially market-rattling fights over the federal budget and the nation’s debt ceiling. Obama was scheduled to address the state of the economy Monday […]