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IRS loses billions to improper EITC payments

10:52 am Oct. 22, 2013

Another year, another report from the inside watchdog at the Internal Revenue Service, which finds that the feds are losing billions each year to improper payments for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax break meant for poor working families. The IRS has made little improvement in reducing improper Earned …

White House struggles with health law signup troubles

9:36 pm Oct. 21, 2013

For the first 16 days of October, the focus in Washington, D.C. was on the budget impasse in Congress that led to the government shutdown.  With that now over, the political focus has quickly shifted to troubles with the Obama health law, and that was obvious at the White House …

Details of budget/debt limit deal

6:42 pm Oct. 16, 2013

While the headlines involving the agreement approved by the Congress will deal with a temporary budget for Uncle Sam and the extension of the debt limit, there was a lot more to find tucked away in the legislative language of that plan. The big part of this deal funds the …

Republicans fracture over budget, debt deal

11:39 pm Oct. 15, 2013

Unable to rally around one plan to deal with the ongoing budget and debt limit fight in Congress, Republicans in the House on Tuesday night had to abandon their own last ditch measure, as more GOP lawmakers began to publicly say they’re ready to bring this government shutdown to a …

Republicans struggle to digest emerging deal

9:40 pm Oct. 14, 2013

Even as Senate leaders neared a deal Monday night, the news of a possible agreement on a short term extension of the federal budget and debt limit was not received with open arms by many Republicans in Congress, worried they would see few policy victories in the final document. “Is …

Congress wrangles over spending levels

8:21 pm Oct. 13, 2013

While Democrats and Republicans struggle to find a bipartisan deal on the budget and debt limit, very little attention has been paid to the underlying details of this budget fight, in terms of how much money should be spent on the federal government and its operations. That spending level was …

Budget talks underway in DC

6:53 pm Oct. 10, 2013

For the first time since the government shutdown began, there seem to be actual negotiations underway in Washington, D.C. to find a way to fund the government and deal with the debt limit. “We’ll come back and have more discussions,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), after he returned …

What do Republicans want on health care?

6:22 am Oct. 10, 2013

As a group of Republicans in the House go down to meet with President Obama on Thursday afternoon at the White House, one unanswered question is, if there are negotiations on the budget and debt limit, what do Republicans want – and will any of it actually deal with the …

Some government shutdown levity

10:26 pm Oct. 8, 2013

As the stalemate over the federal budget and the government shutdown continues, the Congress on Tuesday featured more than just the usual assortment of verbal jabs and rhetorical bluster over a temporary budget and possible debt limit increase, as lawmakers provided a little bit of showmanship. “What do you have …

The business of government rolls on

8:08 pm Oct. 7, 2013

While there has been a lapse in the budget for the federal government, a number of agencies are continuing to operate with “essential” personnel performing certain duties, and that evidently includes buying things for the federal government – even though no funding has been approved by the Congress for the …