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President Barack Obama smiles during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Obama misled Congress on debt limit: House report

- The Washington Times

The government could have continued to pay Social Security and other critical payments in the event it reached its debt limit, but the Obama administration intentionally misled Congress about that to force Republicans to hike the borrowing ceiling, a House panel said Monday, citing internal Treasury Department documents.

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VA vows to punish employees after judges void sanctions

- The Washington Times

The VA insisted Tuesday it will still find a way to punish two employees accused of bilking the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses after federal judges ruled that the department bungled its case against them, restored their full salaries and awarded them backpay.

State Department refuses to investigate Hillary Clinton email delay

- The Washington Times

The State Department is so tardy on former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails that it still hasn’t sent all of them out for security and privacy reviews by other agencies, the Obama administration admitted late Thursday, just hours before it is supposed to release all of them to the public.

State Department accused of political tampering in delay of Clinton emails

- The Washington Times

The reporter whose case has forced the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails accused the Obama administration Monday of political tampering by asking to delay making the final set of messages public until after the first four states have already voted in the Democratic presidential primary.

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"The American people deserve better. We must do more to ensure the IRS treats all Americans fairly, holds employees responsible for these abuses accountable and implements procedures to prevent this abuse from ever happening again," said Rep. Peter J. Roskam, an Illinois Republican who helped lead one of the investigations into the IRS targeting. (Associated Press)

IRS lets individual employees decide what's 'fair' in audits

- The Washington Times

The IRS leaves it up to individual employees to decide what's "fair" in audits, meaning the tax agency sometimes uses arbitrary criteria in deciding whom to review, the government's chief watchdog said Wednesday in a report Republicans seized on as proof that unfair targeting could still be going on.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses an audience during an event Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H., during which Planned Parenthood endorsed Clinton in the presidential race. The endorsement by the group's political arm marks Planned Parenthood's first time wading into a presidential primary. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Clinton Foundation donors got State Dept. access: Watchdog

- The Washington Times

A conservative watchdog called on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to conduct a full investigation into the access Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton gave to Clinton Foundation donors while she was serving as secretary of state.

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Obama's liberal agenda gets federally funded ride through the arts

- The Washington Times

Taxpayers are forking over $27 million next year for federally funded arts projects that include a performance by a San Francisco drag queen, art installations with climate change themes and theater plays that showcase food stamps, President Obama's immigration amnesty, lesbianism and gun rights opposition.

Former Phoenix VA Health Care System worker Dr. Katherine Mitchell, left, talks with Vietnam veteran Chuck Byers, right, before the two testify about the current state of the VA Medical Center in Phoenix during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee field hearing Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Gilbert, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) **FILE**

Phoenix Veterans Affairs whistleblower retaliators not punished

- The Washington Times

The VA has yet to fire or punish the senior managers in Phoenix who retaliated against whistleblowers who revealed massive dysfunction at the department, despite an internal audit from more than a year ago that said the two executives deserved to be "appropriate administrative action" or firing.

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. States and industry groups dependent on fossil fuels began filing court challenges Friday to President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

EPA social media use broke law, GAO says

- The Washington Times

When the Environmental Protection Agency launched a social media blitz touting its hotly contested proposal to expand its water regulatory authority, Republicans accused the agency of breaking the law by spreading propaganda on the public dime.

Illustration on sentencing and recidivism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

From jail to jobs: Why aren't these programs working?

It was one of the largest prisoner re-entry programs ever undertaken. RExO (Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders) aimed to help ex-cons find jobs, thereby reducing recidivism. Over the years, the Labor Department poured almost $743 million into the program. Only one problem: It didn't work.