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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…