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House GOP demands criminal investigation into Lois Lerner

- The Washington Times

Insisting Lois G. Lerner is still a target, congressional Republicans sent a letter to new Attorney General Loretta Lynch Thursday asking her to follow through on their official request last year for a criminal investigation into Ms. Lerner’s behavior at the IRS.

President Barack Obama, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, participate in a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Teach climate change in schools

- The Washington Times

Saying that children “instinctively” understand the importance of the environment, President Obama said Thursday that climate change should be taught in schools and “weaved” into science and social studies classes.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Federal judge skeptical of W.H. bid to toss John Boehner’s suit over Obamacare

- The Washington Times

A federal judge struggled Thursday with the administration’s claim the House GOP is pushing an “abstract” lawsuit against Obamacare that should be tossed, signaling she’ll take a hard look at Speaker John A. Boehner’s controversial bid to highlight the separation of powers between Congress and the presidency — and the judiciary’s right to referee their disputes.

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, said that his hearings on homegrown Muslim terrorism in 2011 have been vindicated in the ensuing years after many American Muslims have traveled overseas to join the Islamic State organization's ongoing campaign of terror. (associated press)

Rand Paul ‘totally unqualified to be commander in chief’: Rep. Peter King

- The Washington Times

Rep. Peter King of New York on Thursday became the latest Republican to level criticism at Sen. Rand Paul over Mr. Paul’s recent comments attributing the rise of the Islamic State to GOP hawks, labeling Mr. Paul an “isolationist” who “belongs back in the 1930s,” “does not belong in the Republican party,” and is “totally unqualified to be commander in chief.”

The DNC is mocking Sen. Marco Rubio's birthday trip to Las Vegas (Image from Democratic National Committee)

Democratic National Committee makes a mockery of Marco Rubio’s birthday trip to Las Vegas

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio turns 44 with much ado on Thursday, journeying to Las Vegas for a private celebration hosted by Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel’s reality show “Pawn Stars.” The presidential hopeful will make an appearance at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Mr. Harrison, meanwhile, is not much of a fan of Obamacare, or the Obama administration’s treatment of small businesses. It’s still a celebration, however - and one not overlooked by the DNC.

The Supreme Court (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Immigration case could end up before Supreme Court, White House official says

- The Washington Times

A top White House official acknowledged Thursday that the legal battle over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration could ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court and said winning on the merits of the president’s actions is how the administration plans to provide certainty going forward for those affected by the program.

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Highlights from around the Capitol

Associated Press

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a pre-K boost on Thursday that delivers one promise and appears close to making good on another over gun rights before Texas lawmakers go home next week.

Nebraska ends ban on driver's licenses for immigrant youths

- Associated Press

Nebraska ended the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, after the Legislature voted Thursday to override a veto from the state's new Republican governor.

Texas lawmakers reach agreement on open carry bill

- Associated Press

Texas state lawmakers have negotiated a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, priming it for a likely Friday vote to send it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Lawmaker wants Utah to aid official convicted in ATV protest

- Associated Press

A Utah lawmaker said Thursday he plans to ask for state money to help pay the legal bills of a county commissioner convicted of federal misdemeanor charges in an ATV ride protesting federal control of public lands.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine IRS challenges in implementing the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

IRS bilked for billions in bogus refunds: audit

- The Washington Times

The IRS has gotten better at detecting fraud but still paid out $2.1 billion in potentially bogus refunds in 2012, according to a new audit Thursday that found the agency paid refunds on nearly 600 tax returns filed to the same address in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Ex-NY Senate leader and son indicted on corruption charges

- Associated Press

The former leader of the New York Senate and his son were indicted Thursday on conspiracy and extortion charges as prosecutors boosted the amount of money from $200,000 to $300,000 that they allege was illegally steered to the son.

Senate backs bill to nix concealed gun permit requirement

- Associated Press

The Republican-controlled state Senate supported a proposal Thursday that would make Maine the sixth state in the country to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit, sending the measure to the Democratic-led House.

Ex-South Carolina state Sen. Ford sentenced to probation

- Associated Press

Former state Senator Robert Ford must serve five years of probation on charges connected to an ethics case involving campaign funds spent on expenses including gym memberships, clothes and male enhancement drugs, according to a sentence handed down Thursday.