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GOP pushes for answers on missing IRS emails

8:25 pm Jun. 16, 2014

Ridiculing the IRS assertion that a computer crash caused the permanent loss of over two years of emails to and from a key figure in the Tea Party targeting scandal, Republicans moved Monday to get answers as they summoned the IRS chief to two hearings early next week. “We are …

Republicans demand answers as IRS emails go missing

9:57 pm Jun. 14, 2014

When stories are released late on a Friday by some federal government agency, we often refer to it as a “document dump.” But when the IRS sent a letter on the afternoon of Friday the 13th, it was to tell Congress that the tax agency had lost all kinds of …

Feds urge families not to send kids across US border

8:25 pm Jun. 12, 2014

Detailing a range of measures to deal with a surge of illegal immigration by children, the Secretary of Homeland Security publicly tried on Thursday to persuade Central American families to not send their kids on a dangerous trip to America, making clear that those who enter the United States at …

GOP grapples with Rep. Cantor loss

9:57 pm Jun. 11, 2014

It was one of those rare days in the halls of Congress on Wednesday where we were able to watch lawmakers scramble to deal with an internal political battle that no one expected, as Republicans grappled with the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and quickly tried to …

Tea Party topples Rep. Cantor in Virginia

8:40 pm Jun. 10, 2014

In a major upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was defeated on Tuesday night by a college professor who had won the backing of Tea Party groups, dealing a major setback to the GOP Establishment and opening the way for an internal …

Four story lines in five primary states

7:22 pm Jun. 9, 2014

It’s another step forward on the way to the November mid-term elections in the Congress for 2014, as voters in five states – Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina and Virginia – go to the polls to choose candidates for U.S. House and Senate races. Let’s take a quick run …

Congress takes VA to prime time again

8:20 pm Jun. 8, 2014

For the second time in recent weeks, the House Veterans Committee will hold an unusual evening hearing in the Congress, focusing again on how schedulers at the VA faked data to make it seem like veterans weren’t waiting long periods for medical appointments. “We’re going to have two hearings a …

Senators agree to outline of VA bill

8:55 pm Jun. 5, 2014

Trying not to get bogged down along familiar partisan battle lines, key Senators on Thursday announced the framework of a deal to help improve health care access for veterans and to bolster VA health facilities around the nation. While the agreement must still be translated into legislative text, here is …

White House faces skepticism on Bergdahl deal

10:51 pm Jun. 4, 2014

The furor in Congress over the deal that freed an American soldier in exchange for five Taliban detainees held by the U.S. only seemed to grow on Wednesday, as senior administration officials tried to use a closed door briefing with Senators to make their case for the controversial exchange. “I …

VA struggles with delays on veterans clinics

9:48 pm Jun. 3, 2014

Not only does the Veterans Administration have troubles with the accuracy of data for how long veterans are waiting for their medical appointments, but a new report says the VA also regularly encounters delays and financial issues as the agency moves to expand medical facilities that provide patient care to …