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IRS watchdog taking a harder look at targeting of political groups

IRS watchdog taking a harder look at targeting of political groups

The Internal Revenue Service‘s inspector general said on Thursday he is expanding his probe of IRS treatment of political groups that applied for tax-exempt status to see if liberal groups were treated the same way as conservative ones. Under attack from Democrats over his earlier inquiries, IRS watchdog Russell George said there is new evidence […]

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they’re already losing the fight. Congress’ monthlong August recess could be crucial and supporters aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts home to Republican House members seen as open […]

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing just a month ago on highly controversial National Security Agency surveillance issues, administration officials were well treated by both Republicans and Democrats. Wednesday’s return trip to Capitol Hill was decidedly different. For James Cole, John Inglis and Robert Litt, the latest session with Congress was a lesson in the […]

New Senate compromise on restoring lower college loan rates

New Senate compromise on restoring lower college loan rates

Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bipartisan compromise that heads off a costly increase for returning students. The compromise could be a good deal for students through the […]

So, what will the future economy be? Who knows?

So, what will the future economy be? Who knows?

Politicians and economists are straining to get a clearer view of what the economy will look like a year from now, when midterm political campaigns are heating up. Republicans see the glass as half-empty; Democrats view it as half-full. And the economists aren’t sure. “Our economy is recovering at the slowest rate since World War […]

IRS officials who targeted tea party will face wrath on Capitol Hill

IRS officials who targeted tea party will face wrath on Capitol Hill

Internal Revenue Service officials who took part in added scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions will testify publicly for the first time on Thursday before U.S. lawmakers, in an affair that has become increasingly partisan. The hearing comes two months into the controversy, set off in May when an inspector general’s report said the […]

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Six weeks after a leaked document exposed the scope of the government’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records, many Democrats and some Republicans are still angry about it. On Wednesday, key administration figures from the intelligence world will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer another round of questions. The questioners include Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, […]

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

A bipartisan Senate pact has smoothed the confirmation path for a batch of President Barack Obama’s nominations and removed, for now, a Democratic threat to impose procedural changes weakening minority Republicans’ clout. Yet there are no guarantees that the conflict won’t flare anew the next time a White House appointment stirs controversy. A day after […]

Liz Cheney: Latest tea party challenger to GOP establishment

Liz Cheney: Latest tea party challenger to GOP establishment

Liz Cheney says her GOP primary challenge to Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator is about sending a “new generation” to Washington. But it has all the hallmarks of the same divisions that have roiled the Republican Party nationally for years. While he’s no moderate, incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi has shown he is willing to compromise occasionally […]