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Push for a Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Falls on Hard Times

August 20, 2013 The GOP drive to defund Obamacare is leaking oil. From the leaders of the GOP establishment to usual tea-party allies, a growing number of Republicans are splitting with movement conservatives who are pushing to shut down the federal government if funding is not cut off for President Obama's health care ...

The Republican Plan to Exploit the IRS Scandal (Even Without a Smoking Gun)

July 2, 2013 Republicans still haven’t found that smoking gun tying the White house to the IRS's targeting of tea-party groups. But that won't stop them from selling the scandal to voters as evidence Democrats cannot be trusted in Washington. The public’s dislike of the IRS is so visceral and details of the ...

Nearly 1 in 5 Members of Congress Is Paid Twice

June 28, 2013 To solve the debt crisis, Americans—who are already suffering in these tough economic times—will have to make even more sacrifices, Rep. Mike Coffman told his House colleagues last year. So, leaning on his military service, the 58-year-old Colorado Republican argued that members of Congress should take the first step and ...

How Many Times Can You Retire From Government?

June 17, 2013 Texas Republican John Cornyn supplemented his Senate salary with a trio of public pensions last year from his days as a Texas judge and elected official—a practice some fiscal watchdog groups have attacked as “double dipping.” Cornyn, who is the minority whip and the No. 2 ranking Republican in the ...

Lawmakers Continue to Probe IRS

June 3, 2013 Congress returns from a weeklong recess with inquiries into the Internal Revenue Service still atop its agenda, as three more hearings have been set and a lawsuit has been filed in federal court. On Monday, President Obama’s new pick to run the embattled tax agency, Danny Werfel, will make his ...

Meet the Man Who Set Off the IRS Firestorm

May 22, 2013 J. Russell George paused for just a moment before he took his seat at the witness table. He wanted to take it all in. The Treasury inspector general whose audit of the IRS had set off a national firestorm had been in this very room before—three decades earlier. That was ...

Top IRS Official to Invoke Fifth, Issa Issues Subpoena

May 21, 2013 Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday. But Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House oversight committee where Lerner was to ...

Top White House Aides Informed of IRS Troubles, but Didn’t Tell Obama

May 20, 2013 Top White House aides, including chief of staff Denis McDonough, were informed of the forthcoming report on the IRS’ targeting of tea party group but decided not to inform President Obama in advance, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. Previously, the White House had said that the White House ...

Eric Holder Offers Little Information, Much Ire for Republicans

May 15, 2013 It only took Attorney General Eric Holder a few moments to make clear he wanted no part of congressional Republicans’ plans to turn his Capitol Hill appearance into a serious grilling about the scandals of the day. “I appreciated this opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Justice ...

Attorney General Calls Lawmaker 'Unacceptable and Shameful'

May 15, 2013 This much is clear: Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa don't like each other. The attorney general accused the Republican lawmaker of “unacceptable and shameful" conduct as frustrations boiled over in a heated exchange that drew gasps from a packed congressional committee room on Wednesday. "No – I'm ...