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  • Illustration on questions over the role of the national archivist in the IRS scandal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    EPSTEIN: All IRS roads lead to the archivist

    The Internal Revenue Service is the House of Representatives' public enemy No. 1. The agency has quietly admitted that it has lost emails for seven employees at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups, including the former employee at the heart of the scandal, Lois Lerner.

  • New Jersey state troopers kept order as motorists and pedestrians waited in long lines to purchase gasoline in the paucity following Superstorm Sandy. The storm's fallout highlighted the need for increased domestic oil reserves. (associated press)

    Energy Department eyes regional gas reserves for emergency use

    In another presidential foray into territory once reserved for Congress, President Obama's Department of Energy is exploring setting up sites to store reserves of gasoline in various places around the country to provide backup when major storms and other emergencies cut off access to local fuel supplies.

  • KING: "Man-caused disaster" on the southern border

    The clarion call has sounded from President Obama and the pundits residing in Washington D.C. that Congress should "do something." Lost in this theory of governing by crisis, is that President Obama's actions created this historic calamity on the border. This is a "man caused disaster" and the man who caused it is Barack Obama.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama. (Associated Press)

    Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll

    Ask Americans if they think Congress should impeach President Obama, and an angry and outraged 35 percent say yes.

  • A Texas Department of Safety Trooper patrols on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

    Obama to Latin leaders: I need help with border

    Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

  • President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, where he made a surprise appearance on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)

    House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays

    The Republican-led House is set to take up a measure next week that authorizes Speaker John A. Boehner to sue President Obama over how he implemented parts of Obamacare, adding to the many legal squabbles that surround the health care overhaul this summer.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, meets with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (right) and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Thursday. Mr. Hernandez said ambiguity in Washington's immigration debate has helped human smugglers convince Central Americans that they can stay in the U.S. if they make the long, illegal journey. (Associated Press)

    Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis

    A day before meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.

  • ** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Associated Press)

    Jeb Bush to Congress: Don't use border crisis as excuse to delay immigration reform

    Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential contender, said Congress should not use the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border as an excuse not to pass broader immigration fixes.

  • U.S. Border Patrol Senior Agent B.T. Hick and his dog Mirza, left, inspect a car at a check point outside Organ Pipe Cactus National Park in Why, Ariz., Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The detention of a prominent immigration activist at a Texas airport served as a reminder of the latitude the Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints for drugs and immigrants in the country illegally at locations not on the border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    House calls for immigration enforcement in Central America

    A House Republican task force Wednesday unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to ease the border crisis, including launching law enforcement operations in Central America and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants before they reach the U.S.

  • The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. (associated press)

    Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful

    Opponents of President Obama's health care law notched their biggest legal win to date Tuesday, when the second-most-powerful court in the country said the administration had unlawfully extended Obamacare subsidies to millions of Americans.

  • RIBBLE: Keeping our waterways flowing: and making Congress work at the same time

    It seems like Congress just can't get anything done these days, even when there's broad agreement that a problem needs to be solved. Instead, the important issues tend to get punted until "after the next election." And then, once the next election passes, it's on to the next election. And the next. And so forth.

  • RICE: From Point A to Point B without Forgetting Point C: Competitiveness

    It is no secret that many of our interstates, highways, and bridges are in dire need of repair. This impacts everyone -- from the school bus driver taking children to school, families traveling out of state for vacations, and truck drivers transporting consumer goods. Not only does this impact our daily lives, but it also threatens our safety in emergency situations.

  • GIBBS: WRRDA: A True Bipartisan Solution

    With Washington in gridlock and the President at odds with Congress, the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in June of this year is a signal that good policy can trump partisan rhetoric.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, practices spycraft that includes passing off cellphones after limited use and dispensing fake information about his whereabouts. (Associated Press)

    McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply

    Fundamentalist Islam now has its own self-declared “state” – the “Islamic State”, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), now expanded into the long sought global caliphate.

  • Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. presided as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could lift restrictions on campaign donations to political parties and candidates. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care

    Obamacare was moved Tuesday to intensive care. Two federal appellate courts split over whether the administration can bypass Congress and rewrite the Obamacare law as it wishes Congress had written it.

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