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IRS claims it is sorry it targeted tea party, other right-wing groups

IRS claims it is sorry it targeted tea party, other right-wing groups

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for what it acknowledges was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, Lois Lerner, […]

Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

At first glance, it seems Republicans are verging on a blunder. With about 90 percent of Americans favoring universal background checks for gun buyers, GOP lawmakers’ strong resistance might appear foolhardy. But these Republicans are making a calculated and probably safe choice, for several reasons. Their districts’ all-important GOP primaries are dominated by hard-right activists. […]

Congress sents Obama a renewal of Violence Against Women act

Congress sents Obama a renewal of Violence Against Women act

The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act. The vote came after House Republican leaders, cognizant of divisions in their own ranks and the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a bill that cleared the Senate two weeks ago […]

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

House Democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package said Wednesday. The Democrats’ recommendations will also include barring high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, requiring background checks for all gun sales […]

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

Celebration doesn’t seem to be high on the agenda as House Republicans, their majority renewed by the voters last fall, lay the groundwork for another challenge to President Barack Obama over federal spending. And no wonder. Their annual retreat this past week in Williamsburg had scarcely begun when they were told that disapproval ratings for […]

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain […]

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Speaker of the House John Boehner, displaying a rare admission of the obvious, Thursday declared Obamacare the “law of the land” and said he would no longer pursue the highly-political and fruitless strategy of trying to ram through a repeal in Congress.” “The election changes that,” Boehner said in an interview with ABC News.  “It’s […]