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"Whistleblowers are kind of treated like a skunk at a picnic, and I hope you'll do all you can to reverse that," Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, told FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins at a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

- The Washington Times

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions.

"Our work today and in the coming weeks will show hardworking taxpayers that Congress is committed to a government that's more effective and more accountable," said Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

House, Senate closer to smoothing budget differences

- The Washington Times

The House and Senate began to smooth out their differences Monday over federal spending in 2016 and beyond, paving the way for showdowns between majority Republicans and President Obama over Obamacare, whether to slash health and welfare programs instead of raising taxes, and how to bolster the Pentagon without running afoul of spending caps the lawmakers agreed to years ago.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

White House ignores Clinton Foundation questions

- The Washington Times

The White House on Monday refused to even acknowledge accusations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received preferential treatment from the Obama administration while Hillary Rodham Clinton ran the State Department.

Philadelphia VA employees who cooked books not reprimanded

- The Washington Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has not decided whether to discipline any employees after a government watchdog’s investigation found managers in the agency’s Philadelphia office cooked the books to make it appear veterans’ benefits claims were being handled promptly.

Reporters race after Hillary Clinton's van during her first campaign stop in Iowa. (MSNBC)

Hillary galvanizes the press, earning twice as much recognition as Repubicans: Poll

- The Washington Times

Does the news media favor Hillary Clinton? Analysts bicker about it even as journalists scramble after the Democratic hopeful wherever she may be - though formal press conferences are a rarity in her campaign so far. A new poll, however, suggests that the press is at least very eager to cover Mrs. Clinton, and it’s having an impact: 66 percent of Americans now say they’ve heard “a lot” about Mrs. Clinton’s presidential intentions. Only 46 percent say they’ve heard a lot about the 2016 election itself - and far less have been up close and personal with the GOP presidential hopefuls. That percentage is in the 30s.

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Wife of ex-Virginia governor: Corruption trial was unfair

- Associated Press

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial owing to mistakes by the presiding federal judge.

FILE - This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. Defense attorneys released some of the training records Saturday April 18, 2015 for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect in Oklahoma. The records for Robert Bates include certificates showing what training he received, job evaluation reports and weapons training and qualification records dating to 2008.  (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Sheriff, lawyer dispute whether 73-year-old deputy qualified

- Associated Press

The Tulsa County volunteer deputy who shot and killed a suspect after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun was using an unauthorized weapon when he fired the fatal shot, lawyers for the dead man's family said Monday.

Tenn. House member seeks protection against Haslam vetoes

- Associated Press

A state House member is seeking to delay votes on Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative proposals to insure against vetoes of embattled measures such as allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks.

Highlights from around the Capitol

Associated Press

The Texas Senate voted Monday to advance a contentious but potentially landmark school voucher plan that would use taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

George Washington   From a portrait by Gilbert Stuart

The body politic grows soft and fat

The Founding Fathers tried to warn us about runaway partisan outrage, but they didn't listen to themselves. We've been paying for it ever since. Now there's not much we can do about it.

FILE - In the March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks at a news conference in Washington. A former state director for Baldwin has filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat saying she placed blame about problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center on her. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Baldwin's former staff member files ethics complaint

- Associated Press

A former deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat on Monday, saying Baldwin unfairly faulted her for mishandling reports of problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces contempt hearing in profiling case

- Associated Press

Joe Arpaio, the defiant Arizona sheriff known for his immigration crackdowns, faces hearings beginning Tuesday over whether he should be held in contempt of court for disobeying a judge's orders in a racial profiling case.

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What's next under the net neutrality big top?

Telecommunications policymaking has long been compared to a three-ring circus consisting of the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and Congress. Nowhere has that been truer than in the long-running debate over net neutrality regulation.