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**FILE** Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer speaks Oct. 4, 2010, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

Top 'Fast and Furious' official to resign

Republicans expressed satisfaction Thursday at news Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the top Justice Department figure who had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, is resigning.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (AP Photo)

McConnell: Obama should abandon 'far-left agenda' on debt

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a stinging criticism of President Obama's post-election approach to the national deficit, saying the president has adopted an "adversarial tone" and "far-left agenda" and instead should try to help Democrats recognize they are living in a "fantasy world" when it comes to the nation's fiscal challenges.

**FILE** President Obama pauses during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders in the briefing room of the White House on Dec. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama nonprofit invites pay to play, watchdog says

A government watchdog group that often has attacked the secrecy of Republican-leaning political money machines turned its sights on President Obama Tuesday, giving a scathing review of his decision to turn his campaign committee into a little-regulated nonprofit group.