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** FILE ** President Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mr. Obama announced the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

Senate Republicans asked President Obama Thursday to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. Published January 29, 2015

"This took a bipartisan effort to get done. That's what the people want," said Sen. John Hoeven, the North Dakota Republican who sponsored the legislation. (Associated Press)

Senate approves Keystone pipeline as 9 Democrats buck party leaders

Senators approved the Keystone XL pipeline in a momentous vote Thursday as nine Democrats bucked their party leaders and joined Republicans in backing the long-stalled project, setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has vowed a veto. Published January 29, 2015

Obama amnesty would save feds $7.5 billion: CBO study

Halting President Obama's deportation amnesty will end up hurting Uncle Sam's bottom line, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a new report that is bound to cause more problems for Republicans trying to block the White House's executive action. Published January 29, 2015

Keystone filibuster fails, pipeline poised for approval

The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it's ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto. Published January 29, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid has returned to the Capitol after missing the first two weeks of the new session with major injuries from an exercise accident.  The Senate's top Democrat has broken bones in his face and fractured ribs suffered when a piece of exercise equipment broke and sent him barreling into cabinets at his new home in Nevada.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats who wrote Obamacare tell Supreme Court to reject lawsuit

The congressional Democrats involved in writing the Affordable Care Act told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they intended for consumers in all states to be eligible for subsidies, and they argue that the law they drafted reflects that intention. Published January 28, 2015

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Up to 30 million taxpayers to claim Obamacare exemption

Up to 30 million taxpayers will claim an exemption from Obamacare on their tax forms this year, the administration predicted Wednesday as officials tried to prepare the country and a skeptical Congress for the first wave of tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. Published January 28, 2015

In this photo taken Jan. 21, 2015, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Winners by far in last fall’s elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters’ desire. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: 'There've been a couple of stumbles'

House Speaker John A. Boehner acknowledged Tuesday he and his colleagues have stumbled over their agenda early in this new Congress after they had to nix votes this week on a border security bill that didn't have enough support to pass. Published January 27, 2015

House Speaker John A. Boehner. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

John Boehner suggests only courts can stop Obama amnesty, considers House lawsuit

Speaker John A. Boehner told his House GOP colleagues Tuesday morning that a judge could be the only thing that can stop President Obama's deportation amnesties, in comments that signaled just how little power Republican leaders believe they have to push back against the White House's executive actions. Published January 27, 2015

The administration asked the federal court late Monday to dismiss the House lawsuit against President Obama, saying he is faithfully carrying out his health law and the GOP lawmakers who filed the legal challenge have no right to sue. (Associated Press)

Obama lawyers tell judge to toss GOP’s health care lawsuit

The administration asked the federal court late Monday to dismiss the House lawsuit against President Obama, saying he is faithfully carrying out his health law and the GOP lawmakers who filed the legal challenge have no right to sue. Published January 26, 2015

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the Texas Republican who wrote the border bill, said last summer's surge was part of what he was trying to combat in his new legislation. (Associated Press)

Trouble in GOP ranks kills votes on border and abortion bills

Facing a rebellion in their own ranks, House Republican leaders scrapped their plans to vote this week on their first border security bill of the new Congress, blaming the weather for the delay but buying themselves time to try to stiffen the bill and make it more palatable to conservatives. Published January 26, 2015

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Russell Neal, left, gives job information to job seeker Queena Moise, foreground second from right, at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week ending Jan. 17, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Feds' unemployment benefits made job recession worse: Study

If you pay people not to work, they won't work — and cutting off their payments sends them scurrying back into the job market, according to new research by three academics who looked at the federal government's extended unemployment benefit program and concluded that it actually deepened, rather than helped, the jobs recession. Published January 26, 2015

U.S President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the CEO Summit at theTaj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials in both countries say Obama and Modi developed an easy chemistry when they first met in Washington last fall. The two leaders spent several hours together Sunday and heralded their close relationship. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Federal budget shows short-term rebound, long-term deficits

The U.S. economy will rebound strongly over the next two years then settle into a more normal economic cycle with steady but slow growth, albeit significantly less than in the 1980s and 1990s, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Published January 26, 2015

JetBlue airplanes at their gates at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

TSA cites secrecy in deleting airport security breaches from report

The TSA has a number of security problems at John F. Kennedy airport in New York, but it declared many of the details classified to try to hide the embarrassing information from the public, the agency's internal auditor charged in a report released Friday. Published January 23, 2015

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., questions witnesses at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senator tells NFL to punish cheaters before Super Bowl betting

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller said Thursday that NFL cheating could be a problem for his state, where sports betting is legal, and he called on the football league to punish cheaters after reports surfaced that the New England Patriots may have doctored footballs in last weekend's game. Published January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nancy Pelosi accuses John Boehner of 'hubris' in running Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Speaker John A. Boehner of "hubris" Thursday, saying his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress broke with custom, and his decision to cut the size of House committees was dictatorial. Published January 22, 2015

In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, immigration rights protesters sit out in front of the House of Representatives after then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gave her State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Republicans clash over immigration enforcement tactic

Republicans are about to face another immigration fight within their own ranks after conservatives rebelled this week against a border security bill, saying it's a fig leaf that doesn't tackle any of the issues surrounding President Obama's lax enforcement of immigration laws. Published January 22, 2015