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The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers' information: Judge

A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers' private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. Published August 28, 2015

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.   The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records this week after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) **FILE**

Appeals court backs NSA phone-snooping, overturns Klayman victory

A federal appeals court backed the National Security Agency's phone-snooping program Friday ruling that Larry Klayman, the plaintiff and frequent court adversary to President Obama, never proved his calls were scooped up in the phone-records dragnet. Published August 28, 2015

Bloated U.S. voter rolls could lead to lawsuits

America's voter rolls are so bloated that dozens of counties have more people registered than there are adults living there, according to two new studies released Thursday that the authors said could lead to lawsuits forcing states to clean things up. Published August 27, 2015

President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge. (Associated Press)

Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress. Published August 27, 2015

President Obama is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman (right) as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif., on May 26, 2010. (Associated Press)

Solyndra lied to government to secure Obama stimulus cash, IG report finds

Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that took more than $500 million from President Obama's stimulus then went bust, sticking taxpayers for the loss, lied to federal officials to secure the loan, the Energy Department's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday. Published August 26, 2015

**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel during a May 26, 2010, tour of Solyndra Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

Solyndra misled government to get $535M solar project loan: report

California-based solar company Solyndra provided false information and misleading reports to the federal government to secure an ill-fated $535 million loan for a solar project, according to the Department of Energy's inspector general. Published August 26, 2015

President Barack Obama's new $4 trillion budget plan is distributed by Senate Budget Committee staffer Eric Chalmers as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Monday, Feb. 02, 2015. The fiscal blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. Republicans, who now hold the power in Congress, are accusing the president of seeking to revert to tax-and-spend policies that will harm the economy while failing to do anything about soaring spending on government benefit programs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CBO report forecasts unsustainable debt in long term

The economy is sluggish but growing and inflation remains low, painting a decidedly mixed picture for the federal government, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, saying the fiscal situation is improving this year but will snap back by 2018 to swelling deficits and unsustainable debt. Published August 25, 2015

Lois Lerner's emails became an issue after she was singled out as a key figure in the IRS's treatment of tea party and conservative groups who sought tax-exempt status. The IRS improperly delayed hundreds of applications and sent out intrusive questionnaires asking what the agency now says were inappropriate inquiries. (Associated Press)

IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration's efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner's actions during the tea party targeting scandal. Published August 24, 2015

In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, a banner with the Twitter logo hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange in New York the day after the company went public. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) ** FILE **

Twitter cancels Politwoops, warehouse of politicians' gaffes

Twitter has done a huge favor for bungling politicians worldwide after the social media site canceled Politwoops, a series of dozens of accounts that preserved deleted posts the pols would have preferred the public not see. Published August 24, 2015

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio, in this July 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge orders illegal immigrant families quickly released

The Obama administration must begin releasing illegal immigrants mothers and children by October, a federal judge ordered late Friday in a ruling that punctures the last remaining get-tough part of President Obama's immigration policy and, the administration believes, sets the stage for a new surge of illegal immigration. Published August 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after serving on jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The Republican presidential candidate reported for jury duty in Manhattan on Monday and spent much of the day like everyone else, filling out forms and wondering whether he would get picked. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mexico condemns attack on immigrant attributed to Trump rhetoric

Mexico waded into the American political debate over immigration Friday with a plea to tone down the rhetoric after an older Mexican man was beaten in Boston earlier this week and one of the suspects made comments praising GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to get tough on illegal immigrants. Published August 21, 2015

Donald Trump's six-page illegal immigration crackdown plan included calls to build more fencing, require illegal immigrants to go home before being readmitted with legal status and to end the policy granting automatic citizenship to almost everyone born in the U.S., including to illegal immigrant mothers. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump pushes birthright citizenship to forefront of political debate

Birthright citizenship, an issue long kicked about in Republican circles, has leaped to the forefront of the political debate, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge and drawing fierce fire from critics who say he and his fellow candidates are messing with a fundamental principle of American history. Published August 20, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court says Hillary Clinton emails broke 'government policy'

A federal judge said Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's unique email arrangement violated government policy and prodded the department to talk with the FBI to determine what documents can be recovered from the computer server and flash drives used to store her emails. Published August 20, 2015

A New Jersey Transit Police sergeant talks on a radio while patrolling the Secaucus Junction Station on Jan. 31, 2014. The Transportation Security Administration and New Jersey Transit Police began screening bags at the station in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl at the Meadowlands. All passengers with bags will be screened by TSA officers before they will be allowed to board trains to Met Life Stadium on Sunday. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Taxpayer money funds faulty radios for police, firefighters: Audit

Homeland Security still allows local police and fire departments to spend billions of dollars on communications equipment that isn't "interoperable," meaning agencies can't easily communicate with each other, hampering their response in emergencies, the department's inspector general said. Published August 20, 2015