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Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. Instead, Commissioner John Koskinen accused the chairman of a powerful House committee of misleading the public by making […]

White House finds no real joy in Cantor’s defeat

White House finds no real joy in Cantor’s defeat

For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans’ staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama’s agenda. Now, Cantor’s stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway for the president, Cantor’s defeat could push Republicans […]

White House apologizes for secrecy in POW swap

White House apologizes for secrecy in POW swap

The White House apologized for keeping lawmakers in the dark regarding the exchange of an American soldier for five Taliban fighters, senators said Tuesday, as controversy grew over the issue. Administration officials plan a classified briefing for the full 100-member chamber Wednesday, with lawmakers from both parties fuming over the trade, which saw captured soldier […]

Obama: Congress was consulted in POW release

Obama: Congress was consulted in POW release

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for freeing an American soldier, saying his administration had consulted with Congress about that possibility “for some time.” Obama also brushed aside questions about the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by insurgents in 2009, saying the […]

House Republicans back state marijuana laws

House Republicans back state marijuana laws

The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department’s budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — the first state […]

Congress wants a tighter grip on troubled VA hospitals

Congress wants a tighter grip on troubled VA hospitals

The chairmen of House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees on Sunday decried long waits and backlogs at the nations VA hospitals but stopped short of calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. “You’ve got an entrenched bureaucracy that exists out there that is not held accountable, that is shooting for goals, goals […]