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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 […]

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

GOP plays tricks to keep edge for control of House

Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint. The full impact of the Florida ruling — plus a similar lawsuit pending in North Carolina — won’t be known for some while. For now, at […]

Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

Celebrations aside, LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party’s plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie’s shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because […]

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to […]

Latest victories could haunt GOP in 2016

Latest victories could haunt GOP in 2016

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House’s acceptance that an immigration overhaul won’t happen this year. Today’s victories could haunt the GOP in two years’ time, as the party’s presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election. With […]

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack […]

Republicans at odds with business on Capitol Hill

Republicans at odds with business on Capitol Hill

Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill, where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade. Rebuffed in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have found more success backing pro-business […]

Obama: GOP doesn’t care about people

Obama: GOP doesn’t care about people

Blasting the GOP as willfully indifferent to American struggles, President Barack Obama issued a rebuke Friday to Republican attempts to thwart his economic agenda, offering a stark contrast that Democrats hope will yield electoral success in November. Obama’s remarks at a picturesque lake in Minneapolis were billed by the White House as a speech on […]