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Obama wants cooperation from balky GOP Congress

Obama wants cooperation from balky GOP Congress

As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have “gone off the rails” and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office. The mixed messages aim to cast Obama as being above the fray […]

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation’s immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers’ sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items […]

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly […]

Boehner unsure Congress will act on immigration

Boehner unsure Congress will act on immigration

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to bolster border security and […]

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

House Republicans slash IRS tax-enforcement funds

The GOP-controlled House has slashed the budget for the Internal Revenue Service’s tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after […]

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

In what figures to be a tough sell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is going to Capitol Hill to make the case for President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of unaccompanied child immigrants that has overwhelmed the Border Patrol in South Texas. Johnson’s scheduled appearance Thursday before the […]

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