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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

FILE - In this May 24, 2011 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker  John Boehner of Ohio to make a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has invited Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Democrats, GOP brush off Obama threat to veto tougher sanctions against Iran

Democrats and Republicans alike brushed off President Obama's threat to veto stiffer Iran sanctions, insisting Wednesday that the White House is being bamboozled by the ayatollahs, and it's up to Congress to stiffen the administration's spine as it negotiates over Tehran's nuclear program. Published January 21, 2015

President Obama has now issued veto threats in three of his State of the Union addresses. (Associated Press)

Obama sets record for veto threats in State of the Union address

President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday set a record for most veto threats as he promised to nix legislation to tweak Obamacare, change the Dodd-Frank Wall Street legislation, undo his deportation amnesty, and approve stronger sanctions to punish Iran for its nuclear program. Published January 20, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen in the background. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans

President Obama spent much of Tuesday's State of the Union calling for civility in politics — then taunted Republicans over his two election victories, after many of them applauded the looming end of his political career. Published January 20, 2015

Sen. Joni Ernst, a freshman Iowa Republican, delivered the GOP's official response to President Obama's address. (Associated Press)

Joni Ernst, Republicans say Obama speech struck wrong tone

Now in control of both chambers of Congress, Republicans said President Obama's combative State of the Union address Tuesday night struck all the wrong notes, saying their election victories last year gave them a mandate to veer from his course — but they haven't given up finding bipartisan bills to challenge his veto pen. Published January 20, 2015


GOP rejects Democrats' Keystone amendments

Republicans turned back efforts Tuesday to force all oil shipped through the prospective Keystone XL pipeline to be sold in the U.S., as the Senate began the first real work on the biggest bill of the new Congress. Published January 20, 2015


Secure border, punish illegals: Republicans answer amnesty with tough measures

Even as they fight President Obama over his amnesties, House Republicans are moving ahead with legislation to force the Homeland Security Department to secure the worst parts of the southern border within two years, and to have the entire 2,000-mile border under control within five years. Published January 18, 2015

People wait in line to apply for municipal identification cards on the first day they are available at the Bronx Library Center, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in New York. The card, dubbed IDNYC, is aimed at those who don't currently have an ID. That includes the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city who live in the U.S. without legal documentation. The cards will be mailed to the recipients in three weeks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Obama amnesty will cover 2.25 million illegal immigrants: CBO

President Obama's new amnesty will allow illegal immigrants who are approved to get Social Security and Medicare benefits, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed Thursday in a new report that predicted more than 2 million illegal immigrants will be granted the amnesty by 2017. Published January 15, 2015

Demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse Thursday in Brownsville, Texas, to chant, read poems and share stories of their immigration struggles. Attorneys for 25 states are going before a federal judge to argue for a rollback of President Obama's expansive executive actions to spare millions of people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (Associated Press)

Obama amnesty to qualify 2 million illegal immigrants for tax breaks, benefits

More than 2 million illegal immigrants will be approved for President Obama's deportation amnesty over the next few years, and they will be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits as well as claim a special tax break for low-income families, the Congressional Budget Office said in an analysis Thursday. Published January 15, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the impact of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DHS chief demands Congress stop fighting amnesty

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pleaded with Congress on Thursday to stop fighting President Obama's amnesty and instead pass a straightforward spending bill to fund his department through the end of the fiscal year, without any "political" conditions. Published January 15, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michael R. Hoyt, a resident of Cincinnati and bartender with a history of psychiatric illness, was indicted last week on a charge of threatening to murder Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink, according to records made available Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner: Patriot Act snooping helped stop Capitol bomb plot

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that the National Security Agency's snooping powers helped stop a plot to attack the Capitol and that his colleagues need to keep that in mind as they debate whether to renew the law that allows the government to collect bulk information from its citizens. Published January 15, 2015

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

IRS projected to hit new lows of service with budget cuts, trust deficit

The IRS has seen a "devastating erosion" of its ability to do its job, and the worst is yet to come after budget cuts have trimmed staff and the tea party targeting scandal has damaged the agency's reputation, the government's official National Taxpayer Advocate said in a report Wednesday, delivering the latest grim assessment of the agency. Published January 14, 2015

Before heading to the White House today to meet with President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, tells reporters that the House of Representatives will pass a budget for the Department of Homeland Security but will block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto bills that Republicans have put forward as their priorities. Senate and House Republicans, now in control of Congress, will leave Washington Thursday for a two-day policy retreat in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Boehner mocks Obama's knowledge of Constitution

Escalating the immigration battle to a war of constitutional proportions, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that Congress was canceling President Obama's deportation amnesties in order to keep faith with the founders' vision of a government where laws are made by Congress, not the White House. Published January 14, 2015