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Republicans demand answers as IRS emails go missing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

6 tidbits on 8 primary states

As voters go to the polls in eight different states, a variety of races for the Congress may keep political animals up late on Tuesday, as a senior Republican Senator's fight for primary survival headlines this latest mid-term Tuesday in 2014. Primaries are on tap today in Alabama, California, Iowa, ...

Prisoner swap renews focus on 'signing statements'

As soon as news arrived about the U.S. trading detainees at Guantanamo Bay for an American soldier held by the Taliban, there were questions about the deal and whether it was legal, as Republicans in Congress charged that President Obama had broken the law in making the trade. Let's look ...

New audit finds familiar VA troubles

Echoing the findings of a report by the Inspector General of the VA, a new audit given to President Obama found schedulers were pressured to make it look like veterans were not waiting as long for medical appointments, citing a "systemic lack of integrity." The report, posted this morning on ...

Veterans treatment delays not a new issue for VA

As Congress looks for answers about patient treatment delays for veterans in the VA system, a 2010 memo from a senior VA official shows the issue of "Inappropriate Scheduling Practices" was certainly on the radar of the Department of Veterans Affairs well before recent stories about veterans dying while waiting ...

VA report assails 'systemic' delays in veterans care

In an interim report, internal investigators at the VA say scheduling delays for veterans were not limited to medical facilities in Phoenix, as the Inspector General "confirmed that inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic" throughout the VA health care system, leading to new calls for a major shakeup at the VA. ...

Oldest House member gets the boot

After 34 years in the U.S. House, 91 year old Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) lost his bid for another term in office, as voters in a Republican runoff instead chose a 48 year old former federal prosecutor in a heavily Republican district in the Dallas area. "I entered this race ...

Oldest member bids for one more term

In a twist on some of the primaries so far this year, national Republicans are divided over a bid by 91 year old Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) to win one more term in the Congress, as he faces a former federal prosecutor in a GOP runoff Tuesday in the Lone ...

Cracks appear among Democrats over VA troubles

Hours after President Obama made his first remarks on growing troubles inside the Veterans Administration in over three weeks, cracks began to appear among his supporters in Congress, as some Democrats for the first time publicly called for the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. "The first person to fire ...

GOP Establishment flexes election muscles

It was not the best of nights for Tea Party candidates nationally, as the Republican Establishment fought off challengers in a series of races for U.S. House and Senate, with voters in six states again refusing to knock out any incumbents in the Congress. 1. Georgia goes for the Establishment ...

What to watch on Primary Tuesday

As voters go to the polls in six states, there are a lot of different election angles to watch on Tuesday in Georgia, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Arkansas, as the pace picks up in the battle for control of the Congress in the 2014 mid-term elections. Let's take a ...

Bluegrass Blues for Tea Party in Kentucky

From Covington, Kentucky As the calendar turned to 2014, Tea Party backers put a bull's-eye squarely on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, rallying behind his GOP primary opponent here in the Bluegrass State, hoping it would be one of a series of big Tea Party victories in primaries this mid-term ...

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