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Criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack

Criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack

The Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials said Tuesday. The officials confirmed that a sealed complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington against an unspecified number of individuals in the September 2012 attack that killed Ambassador […]

Pentagon cuts unpaid leave

Pentagon cuts unpaid leave

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday he was slashing the amount of unpaid leave that 650,000 civilian employees were ordered take this year to six days from 11 in an effort to limit the pain from across-the-board budget cuts. The decision means most civilian defense employees, who saw their pay effectively cut by 20 […]

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in “sequester” cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year? Tax revenue through June […]

Peter King for President? Apparently, he thinks so

Peter King for President?  Apparently, he thinks so

Longtime New York Republican Congressman Peter King thinks he might be Presidential material — a consideration that most GOP political operatives think laughable. “Here we go again, the beginning another round of ego-driven fantasies who think they have what it takes to get into the Oval Office,” GOP strategist Alan Mumford tells Capitol Hill Blue.  […]

GOP threatens CNN, NBC with reprisals over Clinton shows

GOP threatens CNN, NBC with reprisals over Clinton shows

There’s little doubt that Republicans are scared to death by the prospect of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for President. That fear emerged for all to see Monday when the Republican Nation Committee threatened to oust NBC and CNN from future GOP debates the networks air upcoming specials on Clinton. […]

Amazon founder buying Washington Post for $250 million

Amazon founder buying Washington Post for $250 million

The shocking announcement Monday left reporters and editors of The Washington Post speechless.  It left Washington stunned. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, was plunking down $250 million in cash from his personal fortune to buy outright The Washington Post and some of its subsidiaries. Bezos becomes the latest billionaire to venture into the newspaper […]

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation. In the weeks since the announcement that employers won’t have to provide health insurance for another year, complaints have […]

NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

NSA spying on Americans just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Widespread spying on Americans by the National Security Agency is just “the tip of the iceberg,” says intelligence officials, and the Obama administration is scrambling to find ways to stop Congress before it learns just how much probing of U.S. citizens is standard operating procedure authorized by the White Hosue. “Americans don’t have privacy,” former […]

Voter’s dilemma: Who, if anyone, can you trust?

Voter’s dilemma: Who, if anyone, can you trust?

At a time when both Republicans and Democrats hope to gain ground with voters and show a political advantage heading into next year’s mid-term Congressional elections, internal polling by both parties show intense anger, even among established bases, and widespread dissatisfaction aimed at both sides and Congress in general. “American dissatisfaction with Congress crosses party […]

Distracted, distant Obama worries Democrats, White House aides

Distracted, distant Obama worries Democrats, White House aides

White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House […]