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Clinton still leads GOP in new Ohio poll

8:52 am May. 15, 2014

From Dayton, Ohio A new poll out from Quinnipiac University highlights the current troubles of President Obama, as his approval rating is sinking into dangerous territory in the bellwether state of Ohio. But for now, his troubles don’t seem to translate as yet into an advantage for Republicans when it …

No fireworks in HHS nomination hearings

6:32 pm May. 14, 2014

When news came that Kathleen Sebelius was going to leave as head of the Health and Human Services Department, many expected Republicans would use Senate confirmation hearings with her replacement to hammer the Obama Administration over the Obama health law. But the two hearings with Sylvia Burwell did not light …

IRS loses billions (again) to improper EITC payments

2:25 pm May. 13, 2014

After reducing the amount of money wrongly paid out in Earned Income Tax Credit benefits in 2011 and 2012, internal investigators found the IRS lost ground last year, sending out over $13 billion in tax credits to people who may not have been qualified to receive those payments. Already seen …

Five previews for Primary Tuesday

2:00 am May. 13, 2014

If you are looking for clues about this year’s mid-term Congressional elections, there are only two states to focus on Tuesday night, as voters go to the polls for U.S. House and Senate primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia. So, let’s take a look at what to expect for voting …

Congress eyes 2014 round of judicial conferences

9:03 pm May. 11, 2014

As a new round of judicial conferences for 2014 got underway in recent days for federal judges, lawmakers in the Congress continue to keep a wary eye on that spending by the Judicial Branch, especially as court officials from the Chief Justice on down have lodged repeated public complaints about …

How much porn does it take to get fired at EPA?

12:32 pm May. 7, 2014

As a U.S. House committee looked at allegations that a special homeland security unit within the Environmental Protection Agency was blocking investigations by the EPA’s Inspector General, lawmakers also veered into other internal probes at that agency, demanding to know why it is so difficult to get rid of federal …

Health insurance companies see 80-90 percent payment rate

4:35 pm May. 6, 2014

Major health insurance companies are pushing back against an estimate from U.S. House Republicans last week that only 67 percent of Americans had paid for insurance obtained through the Obama health law exchanges, as insurance executives instead say their payment rates are in the 80 to 90 percent range. “For …

Tea Party looks for primary wins

9:09 pm May. 5, 2014

As voters go to the polls for primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio, a lot of Republicans in Washington, D.C. will be watching the results closely, wondering if the GOP Establishment has been able to elbow out a series of Tea Party candidates in races for the U.S. House …

U.S. House preserves lawmaker auto leases

2:00 am May. 5, 2014

As the U.S. House last week approved a funding bill for the operations of the Legislative Branch 2015, lawmakers voted to freeze the House budget and to again block any pay raise for members, but they refused to take another step on the budget, rejecting a plan to stop members …

Feds hit 8 million on health exchange signups

2:16 pm May. 1, 2014

After a late rush of enrollments, the Obama Administration says the final number of signups through the federal and state exchanges ended up at just over 8 million. “Together we are ensuring that health coverage is more accessible than ever before, which is important for families, for businesses and for …