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  • Obama Approval Rating Not Hurt By Scandals: CNN/ORC International Poll

    Obama Approval Rating Not Hurt By Scandals: CNN/ORC International Poll

    A new poll shows that recent scandals haven’t hurt President Obama’s approval rating.
    The poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45% disapproved. This number remains virtually unchanged […]

  • Pete Santilli, Radio Host: Hillary Clinton Needs To Be ‘Shot In The Vagina’

    Pete Santilli, Radio Host: Hillary Clinton Needs To Be ‘Shot In The Vagina’

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    Radio host Pete Santilli made shocking remarks about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, claiming she should be “shot” for being “involved in the killings of American troops.”
    Santilli hosts a show on his website, but says he’s “ready to take […]

  • Bobby Jindal: IRS Officials Deserve Jail Time For Targeting Conservative Groups

    Bobby Jindal: IRS Officials Deserve Jail Time For Targeting Conservative Groups

     
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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is pushing for punishment for Internal Revenue Service officials that targeted conservative groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election.
    Politico and CNN report that in Jindal’s prepared remarks for a Saturday speech to Virginia Republicans, […]

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  • VIDEO: Ousted acting IRS commissioner blames ‘foolish mistakes’, not partisanship for scandal

    VIDEO: Ousted acting IRS commissioner blames ‘foolish mistakes’, not partisanship for scandal

    Former acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller testified before the House Ways and Means committee Friday on whether the tax agency misled Congress on its screening practices.

  • VIDEO: Treasury inspector general: IRS used ‘inappropriate criteria’ to probe conservative groups

    VIDEO: Treasury inspector general: IRS used ‘inappropriate criteria’ to probe conservative groups

    During a House hearing on Friday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George testified on his office’s investigation into the IRS probe into conservative groups.

  • Lawmakers accuse IRS officials of lying in tax scandal

    Lawmakers accuse IRS officials of lying in tax scandal

    WASHINGTON – Lawmakers accused leaders of the Internal Revenue Service of lying on Friday as they opened the first in a series of investigative hearings about the tax collection agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
    Republicans and Democrats said senior IRS officials […]

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  • Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Reports

    Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Reports

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    One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text. CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had […]

  • White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Controller Daniel Werfel is pictured in this undated White House handout photograph released on May 16, 2013. The White House/Handout via Reuters

    Obama picks temporary IRS head as Tea Party Rallies scandal

    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday chose a White House budget official to lead the beleaguered Internal Revenue Service temporarily and vowed to ensure that the tax-collection agency will not single out any more groups based on their […]

  • VIDEO: Obama on IRS: ‘We’ve got to make sure that it is doing its job’

    VIDEO: Obama on IRS: ‘We’ve got to make sure that it is doing its job’

    In a joint press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Barack Obama called for an investigation into the IRS, saying, “We’ve got to make sure that it is doing its job scrupulously.”

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama makes arrives to deliver a statement from the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 15, 2013. The president announced he the acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller had resigned in the wake of growing scandal involving the agency. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)

    U.S. tax chief ousted in scandal

    WASHINGTON – Washington’s top tax official was fired on Wednesday as President Barack Obama sought to stem a rising tide of criticism over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny.
    Seeking to regain the initiative amid a series […]

  • Eric Holder Facing House Judiciary Committee Hearing

    Eric Holder Facing House Judiciary Committee Hearing

    By PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is facing what is likely to be aggressive questioning by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on topics ranging from the Justice Department’s gathering of phone records at The Associated […]

  • Ambassador Said No Twice To Military on More Security

    Ambassador Said No Twice To Military on More Security

    CAIRO — In the month before attackers stormed U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed four Americans, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens twice turned down offers of security assistance made by the senior U.S. military official in the region in response to […]

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  • President Barack Obama responded to the IRS IG’s findings in a statement:

    President Barack Obama responded to the IRS IG’s findings in a statement:

    I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable. The federal government must […]

  • White House Did Not Drive Investigation, Inspector General Says

    White House Did Not Drive Investigation, Inspector General Says

     
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    WASHINGTON — The IRS Inspector General said Tuesday that incompetence, not malice, was behind the tax agency’s heavy scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the lead-up to the 2012 elections.
    A 48-page IG report explicitly stated that the […]

  • J. Scott  Applewhite/APSen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, flanked by Sen. Michael S. Lee, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., right, discuss an amendment as the Senate Judiciary Committee meets in a markup session to examine proposed changes to immigration reform legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2013.

    Senators argue over immigration bill ID mandates

    WASHINGTON — Senators weighing a landmark immigration bill defeated an effort by Republicans Tuesday to require biometric identification — such as fingerprinting — to track who is entering and leaving the country.
    The amendment by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would have […]

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  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appears on television monitors as he stands at the lectern to address a news conference to announce Medicare Fraud Strike Force law enforcement actions at the Justice Department in Washington May 14, 2013. Holder is likely to face a storm of questions over the Justice Department's controversial decision to seize telephone records of the Associated Press, a move denounced by critics as a gross intrusion into freedom of the press.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW MEDIA)

    Attorney General Holder recused himself from media subpoena

    WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that he had recused himself from the Justice Department’s controversial decision to secretly seize telephone records of the Associated Press as part of a wide-ranging leak investigation.
    Instead, the decision to seek […]

  • White House Email Contradicts Benghazi Leaks: CNN

    White House Email Contradicts Benghazi Leaks: CNN

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    CNN has obtained an email sent by a top aide of President Barack Obama, in which the aide discusses the Obama administration reaction to the attack on the U.S. posts in Benghazi, Libya. The actual email differs from how sources […]

  • Analysis: Controversies Give Obama New Governing Headaches

    Analysis: Controversies Give Obama New Governing Headaches

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama learned on Monday what can happen to presidents caught up in allegations of scandal: they have to address them instead of anything else.
    It happened when the president had to interrupt his news conference with Prime Minister […]

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  • IRS Commissioner Learned Of Tea Party Targeting In May 2012

    IRS Commissioner Learned Of Tea Party Targeting In May 2012

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    WASHINGTON — Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven T. Miller repeatedly failed to tell Congress that tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted, even after he had been briefed on the matter.
    The IRS said Monday that Miller was first informed […]

  • The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

    Benghazi emails put pressure on White House

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration denied Republican accusations of a cover-up in last year’s deadly attack in Libya, moving on Friday to defuse a renewed political controversy after a news report said memos on the incident were edited to omit […]

  • AP Photo-Charles DharapakSen. Marco Rubio, center, attends a news conference on immigration on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio, one of the legislation's authors, has already acknowledged that the bill will face a tough road to passage if the border security elements are not improved.

    Senate committee takes up immigration bill

    WASHINGTON — A bill to enact dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system and put some 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship is facing its first congressional test.
    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was to begin […]

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  • Black Voter Turnout Passes Whites In 2012 Election, A First In Census History

    Black Voter Turnout Passes Whites In 2012 Election, A First In Census History

    By HOPE YEN 05/08/13 05:06 PM ET EDT
    WASHINGTON — Making history, America’s blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012, lifting Democrat Barack Obama to victory amid voter apathy, particularly among young people, new census data show. Despite […]

  • CHARLESTON, SC - APRIL 29: Republican candidate for the open Congressional seat of South Carolina, Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, smiles after avoiding a question about his extra marital affair during a debate against U.S. House of Representatives Democratic candidate for the state of South Carolina Elizabeth Colbert Busch at the Citadel on April 29, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

    Mark Sanford Wins First District Race In South Carolina Election

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has won the race for the state’s 1st District congressional seat, CNN and the Associated Press reported.
    Sanford, who served as governor of the Palmetto State from 2003 to 2011, defeated businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert […]

  • South Carolina ex-governor aims for comeback in House race

    South Carolina ex-governor aims for comeback in House race

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Republican former Governor Mark Sanford, trying to make a political comeback after a sex scandal, was locked in a tight congressional race Tuesday with newcomer who would be a rare bird in the South Carolina delegation: […]

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  • President Barack Obama during a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama delivers blunt message on sexual assaults in military

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says military personnel who engage in sexual assault are betraying the uniform they are wearing. He says he has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to “step up our game exponentially” to halt such assaults.
    In a […]

  • Benghazi Whistleblower Contradicts White House Account: VIDEO

    Benghazi Whistleblower Contradicts White House Account: VIDEO

    Former U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks gave a testimony to congressional investigators saying his requests for backup in Benghazi were denied.

  • New York State Senator John Sampson leaves the Brooklyn Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

    N.Y. senator charged with stealing funds for failed campaign

    NEW YORK – A New York state senator in Brooklyn was accused on Monday of stealing proceeds from the sale of foreclosed properties to finance his failed run for district attorney, prosecutors said, making him the latest politician from the […]

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA. MARCH 05 , 2013 - LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti talks to media after casting his ballot at polling station set-up in Allesandro Elementary School on Tuesday March 05, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. Votes: Election Day! Candidates barnstorm, new controversies emerge

    Tuesday is election day in Los Angeles, and voters will weigh in on who should be the city’s next mayor and decide on a measure that would boost the city’s sales tax. Also on the ballot are contests for city […]

  • Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) questions members of the panel testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington February 14, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron

    Amid new security threats, some in Congress look to update 9/11 law

     

    WASHINGTON – A few dozen words rushed into law days after the September 11, 2001, attacks have been used to justify U.S. counterterrorism efforts from the war in Afghanistan to warrantless wiretapping and drone strikes, all on orders of the […]

  • An unidentified prisoner reads a newspaper in a communal cellblock at Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, March 5, 2013. 

Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong

    Obama renews vow to close Guantanamo detention camp

    WASHINGTON – Saying it was damaging to U.S. interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo, President Barack Obama renewed an old vow on Tuesday to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to […]

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  • U.S. lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

    U.S. lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

    WASHINGTON – Republican senators on Sunday pressed U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria’s civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.
    Pressure is mounting on the White House to […]

  • Obama, Celebrities Gather For Association’s Annual Dinner

    Obama, Celebrities Gather For Association’s Annual Dinner

    WASHINGTON — The annual gathering not far from the White House brings together journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities for what’s usually an evening of light-hearted banter and celebrity gawking.
    Presidents are made fun of and they poke at themselves, […]

  • House Republican Rebranding Effort Suffers Major Setback

    House Republican Rebranding Effort Suffers Major Setback

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    SAHIL KAPUR APRIL 24, 2013, 4:20 PM
    Amid opposition from conservative members and Democrats, House Republican leaders abruptly cancelled a vote on legislation designed to simultaneously undermine a progressive piece of Obamacare and boost the party’s credibility with voters […]

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  • VIDEO: Senators exchange sharp rhetoric on immigration reform

    VIDEO: Senators exchange sharp rhetoric on immigration reform

    On Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused his GOP colleagues of trying to ‘exploit’ last week’s Boston bombings to delay immigration reform.

  • Graham Claims Boston Bombers ‘On A Jihad Mission’

    Graham Claims Boston Bombers ‘On A Jihad Mission’

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed Saturday on Fox News that the captured Boston bombing suspect was motivated by radical Islam and on a “jihad mission.” He urged the Obama administration to declare him an enemy combatant.
    “They were on a jihad […]

  • Conservatives aim to defeat immigration bill by stressing economy

    Conservatives aim to defeat immigration bill by stressing economy

    WASHINGTON – As a bipartisan Senate group worked over the past few months to assemble broad legislation to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative critics of the effort kept a fairly low profile. That’s about to change.
    Critics of the bipartisan […]

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  • WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before officially starting the beginning of the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride at the White House April 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride is an event designed to assist wounded U.S. veterans in using cycling to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Obama Speaks On Gun Control After Vote Fails In Senate

    President Barack Obama’s push on gun control suffered a major blow Wednesday when the senate defeated a gun-buyer background check bill put together by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
    The amendment failed 54 to 46, falling short of […]

  • Background check Bill Defeated In The Senate

    Background check Bill Defeated In The Senate

    The Senate has defeated a vital amendment seen as the linchpin to Democrats’ gun control bill, dealing a major setback to President Obama as he campaigns to expand the federal background check system.
    The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) speaks while flanked by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (L), and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) during a news conference on violence against women, on December 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Democratic female Senators discussed a domestic violence protection bill and have called on the House to pass it before Congress recesses at end of the year.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Claire McCaskill: Police Have Suspect In Ricin Mailing

    By HENRY C. JACKSON 04/17/13 08:34 AM ET EDT AP
    WASHINGTON — Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said.
    “The person that […]

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