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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee at the Capitol in Washington on March 26, 2014, in the panel's continuing probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government's tax agency. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House to hold IRS 'impeachment' hearing for Koskinen over Lerner emails

House Republicans on Friday announced hearings to investigate whether IRS Commissioner John Koskinen misled Congress and violated a subpoena, taking the first steps that could ultimately lead to his impeachment over the tax agency's tea party targeting. Published May 13, 2016

Hooded protestors dressed to resemble prisoners at Guantanamo Bay march past the Justice Department in Washington on April 30, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Congress ducks open-records law as judges reject plea to see torture report

The federal government doesn't have to release the full post-9/11 torture report, an appeals court ruled Friday, saying that Congress remains beyond the scope of the Freedom of Information Act even when it shares its records with agencies that are subject to open-records laws. Published May 13, 2016

FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, 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, Texas. The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the U.S. border are placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

DHS signals new round of raids for illegals in child, family surge

Immigration authorities signaled a new series of upcoming roundups of illegal immigrant families that surged across the border in recent years, drawing a fierce rebuke Thursday from advocacy groups who said President Obama could pay a political price among Hispanics. Published May 12, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose goals conflict with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, meets Thursday with the businessman. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump agree on principles

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump found agreement on core conservative principles in a "pleasant" meeting Thursday, including pro-life values and the importance of limited government. Published May 12, 2016

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Earnest discussed the Zika virus, the Syrian city of Palmyra, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House calls waste study 'pathetic'

The outrage over federal money being spent to study penis bee stings doesn't extend to the White House, where President Obama's spokesman said Wednesday the government should be opening its pocketbook wider. Published May 11, 2016

Former Republican presidential, candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks past reporters as he returns to the Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ted Cruz files to run again for Senate in 2018

Looking to tamp down on any speculation that he was a flash-in-the-pan senator, Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that he's already filed to run for re-election in 2018 in Texas Published May 11, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Ryan is expected to meet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Paul Ryan: Trump from 'different wing' of GOP

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that he and likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump are "from different wings of the party," and Thursday's meeting is about trying to find a way to unify their visions. Published May 11, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a rally on April 28 in Costa Mesa, California. (Associated Press)

Trump pulls even with Clinton in swing states as GOP coalesces around him

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in polling in the key swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, as Republicans begin to coalesce around their presumptive nominee, beginning a six-month sprint to Election Day. Published May 10, 2016

"We fully acknowledge we have an uphill climb ahead of us, but we're used to that," Sen. Bernard Sanders said in the fundraising email. "We have been fighting uphill from the day this campaign began, and we're going to stay in the race until the last vote is cast." (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders wins West Virginia primary

Sen. Bernard Sanders was projected to win West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night, earning a second straight victory as he continues to stall Hillary Clinton's coronation as her party's nominee. Published May 10, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a visit to a Facebook Innovation Hub in Berlin on Feb. 25, 2016. Zuckerberg presented studies on Artificial Intelligence. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP) **FILE**

Senate begins probe into Facebook over conservative censorship allegations

The chairman of the Senate's Commerce Committee demanded answers Tuesday from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg over whether his operation censored conservative media by keeping topics popular with Republicans out of the ubiquitous online service's list of trending topics. Published May 10, 2016

In this July 8, 2015, file photo a bumblebee gathers nectar on a wildflower in Appleton, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Feds pay researcher to have bee sting his penis

Taxpayers paid for one scientist to have a bee sting his penis and paid other researchers to figure out that cheerleaders look more attractive in a group than individually, according to a painful new survey of wasteful spending released Tuesday by Sen. Jeff Flake. Published May 10, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Bernie Sanders' tax and spend plan is 'severe' drag on economy: Study

Sen. Bernard Sanders' health and other spending plans would cost a whopping $33.3 trillion over the next decade, and his massive tax increases would still pay for less than half of it, leaving a gaping hole that would be a "substantial drag on the economy," the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a new report Monday. Published May 9, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes a photo with a supporter after a rally in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. Trump spent a second day in the Northwest on Saturday, telling supporters he'd win Washington state in November and decrying manufacturing job losses.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Donald Trump 'blindsided' by Paul Ryan's refusal to endorse

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump said he was "blindsided" by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's decision to withhold his endorsement for now, saying they'd had a nice conversation just a few weeks ago, and the about-face was surprising. Published May 7, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he does want to end up supporting Mr. Trump, though the billionaire businessman will have to convince Republicans that he accepts their philosophy of limited government and must prove he will tone down the bullying and insults that characterized the Trump campaign during the primaries. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan among Republicans still not on board with Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that he is withholding his support from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, adding to the bizarre and tense conversation that has erupted as the party tries to come to grips with its new standard-bearer. Published May 5, 2016