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Move To Declassify Latest Benghazi Report Undercuts Conspiracy Claims Yet Again

(250) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to declassify its investigative Benghazi report, a move that likely further undercuts the premise behind the House's $3.3 million Benghazi select committee.

When it is released, the report will mark the fourth major probe of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the...

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House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President Obama

(1408) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- A day before going on vacation and heading into the election season, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law they...

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Nancy Pelosi Dares John Boehner To Take Impeachment Off The Table

(144) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have said he has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama, but his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dared him Wednesday to go one better and declare that impeachment is "off the table" -- which is what she did when...

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House Committee Votes To Condemn Obama On Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

(94) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to notify Congress ahead of the May prisoner swap that won the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- a vote that some Democrats hammered as another step toward impeaching the commander in chief.

Bergdahl, who...

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Harry Reid Provokes GOP With Immigration Reform Suggestion

(564) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday confirmed Republican immigration hawks' worst fears by suggesting Senate Democrats are interested in using the GOP's border crisis plan as a jumping-off point for comprehensive immigration reform.

The House and Senate are planning votes this week on separate bills to...

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John Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk A 'Scam' By The White House

(349) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin may have demanded that President Barack Obama be impeached, and tea party Republicans may have flirted with that idea as well, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declared Tuesday that such talk was all a "scam" dreamed up by the White House.

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House Votes To Boost Well-Off Kids, Cut Out Poor Kids

(204) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Friday to change a tax credit in a way that would add $115 billion to the deficit and hurt poorer parents while aiding the well-to-do.

By a vote of 237-173, mostly along party lines, the House decided to make permanent the child tax...

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House Votes For Checks On Obama's Iraq War Powers

(173) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives sent a bipartisan message to President Barack Obama Friday, warning the commander-in-chief that lawmakers do not want him to escalate war in Iraq without first going to Congress for permission.

Passed by a large 370 to 40 majority, the resolution declares: "The President shall...

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House Takes First Step To Sue Obama

(280) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans teed up House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama Thursday, passing a measure that will likely come up for a full House vote shortly before lawmakers go on vacation in August.

The Rules Committee voted along strictly partisan lines on amendments to a resolution authorizing...

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Cynthia Lummis Warns People Will 'Take Matters Into Their Own Hands' Over IRS Scandal

(47) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned Wednesday that Americans would "take matters into their own hands" if Congress doesn't keep investigating the IRS's handling of tax-exempt political groups.

The assertion came during a hearing updating the IRS's response to the so-called targeting...

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Harry Reid Blames House GOP's 'Crazy Ideas' For Stalled Border Bill

(81) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed Republicans in the House for stalling efforts of Congress to deal with the crisis of children flocking to the border, saying the representatives were hamstrung by their own "crazy ideas."

"I think that if you are focusing on the House, they...

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Republicans Freak Out At Learning Reagan Decree Protects Lois Lerner

(1542) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Although legal experts warned at the time that little would come of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) attempt to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress, Republicans on Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee were infuriated to learn Thursday that a key obstacle is a Reagan...

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Congress Fawned Over Bernanke, But It Mansplains To Janet Yellen, The First Woman Fed Chair

(224) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen in February became the 15th chair of the Federal Reserve and the first woman to hold that job, and has so far run Fed policy not all that differently from her predecessor, Ben Bernanke.

But somehow, members of Congress seem to view her very...

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House Hears Arguments On Lawsuit Against President Obama

(94) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A key House committee heard arguments Wednesday about whether to push ahead with a lawsuit brought by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) against President Barack Obama, amid complaints from Democrats that the suit is a political stunt.

"This lawsuit is preposterous," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the...

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Elizabeth Warren Grills Fed Chair Janet Yellen On Too-Big-To-Fail Banks

(33) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised concerns Tuesday in a hearing about whether financial behemoths targeted by "too-big-to-fail" laws had complied with measures requiring them to craft plans for their own orderly breakups in case they run into problems like those that sparked the 2008 financial meltdown.

Warren pointed...

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Iran Sanctions Cost The U.S. Billions: Study

(8) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline looming in talks between the United States and Iran to reach a nuclear deal, an Iranian-American advocacy group has released a study that points out the downside to America of continuing economic sanctions against the Islamic republic -- the loss of billions of...

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House Votes For Tax Breaks To Add $287 Billion More To Deficit

(1242) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives embraced a former stimulus measure Friday, voting to make it and another related tax cut permanent, adding $287 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years.

The largest part of the cut, worth more than $263 billion, is making permanent...

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Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

(2207) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

The issue...

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Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes

(107) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Legendary coach Tommy Lasorda liked to kick dirt on umpires every now and then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted Wednesday in a Senate floor speech. So did Lou Piniella, said Reid, who was sorry he didn't have pro dirt-kickers to root for when he was a...

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Elizabeth Warren's Question Of Trust Stumps Wall Street Exec

(336) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- It seems like a simple question. With only 15 percent of Americans trusting the stock market and a declining percentage who invest in it, what can market bosses do to restore the people's faith?

That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wanted to know in...

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