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In a Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama says he won't accept budget that doesn't raise spending

With $3.999 trillion in total spending, more than $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade and a host of controversial new spending, the 2016 budget President Obama submitted Monday amounted to a declaration of political war against Republicans on Capitol Hill, who flatly declared his plans dead. Published February 2, 2015

Newly arrived people who were caught in Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol are initially processed at Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 9, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ariz. sheriff: Illegal immigrant criminals 'heading to your neighborhoods'

Immigration agents in Arizona are releasing up to 50 illegal immigrants a day with serious criminal records under President Obama's new amnesty, dropping them off at bus stations and they are "heading to your neighborhoods," an Arizona sheriff will testify to Congress on Tuesday. Published February 2, 2015

FILE - In a Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  President Barack Obama’s budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama to demand GOP fund new amnesties

President Obama will escalate the looming Homeland Security shutdown showdown Monday by traveling to the department's headquarters for a special budget speech, saying more than 100,000 federal employees could be left on the job but without pay if Congress doesn't pass a funding bill by the end of this month. Published February 2, 2015

Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, to chant, read poems and share stories of their immigrations struggles. The leading immigration court case on President Obama's deportation amnesty has turned into a wild affair. (Associated Press)

Obama amnesty lawsuit cites variety of arguments — some of them wild

The leading immigration court case on President Obama's deportation amnesty has turned into a wild affair — including a Florida goat farmer who insists that cracking down on immigration would be bad for his business because native-born white Americans just don't buy goats. Published February 1, 2015

Incarcerated gang members. (Image: FBI)

Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley. Published January 30, 2015

Obama amnesty would save feds $7.5 billion: CBO study

Halting President Obama's deportation amnesty will end up hurting Uncle Sam's bottom line, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a new report that is bound to cause more problems for Republicans trying to block the White House's executive action. Published January 29, 2015

** FILE ** President Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mr. Obama announced the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

Senate Republicans asked President Obama Thursday to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. Published January 29, 2015

"This took a bipartisan effort to get done. That's what the people want," said Sen. John Hoeven, the North Dakota Republican who sponsored the legislation. (Associated Press)

Senate approves Keystone pipeline as 9 Democrats buck party leaders

Senators approved the Keystone XL pipeline in a momentous vote Thursday as nine Democrats bucked their party leaders and joined Republicans in backing the long-stalled project, setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has vowed a veto. Published January 29, 2015

Keystone filibuster fails, pipeline poised for approval

The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it's ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto. Published January 29, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid has returned to the Capitol after missing the first two weeks of the new session with major injuries from an exercise accident.  The Senate's top Democrat has broken bones in his face and fractured ribs suffered when a piece of exercise equipment broke and sent him barreling into cabinets at his new home in Nevada.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats who wrote Obamacare tell Supreme Court to reject lawsuit

The congressional Democrats involved in writing the Affordable Care Act told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they intended for consumers in all states to be eligible for subsidies, and they argue that the law they drafted reflects that intention. Published January 28, 2015

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Up to 30 million taxpayers to claim Obamacare exemption

Up to 30 million taxpayers will claim an exemption from Obamacare on their tax forms this year, the administration predicted Wednesday as officials tried to prepare the country and a skeptical Congress for the first wave of tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. Published January 28, 2015

House Speaker John A. Boehner. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

John Boehner suggests only courts can stop Obama amnesty, considers House lawsuit

Speaker John A. Boehner told his House GOP colleagues Tuesday morning that a judge could be the only thing that can stop President Obama's deportation amnesties, in comments that signaled just how little power Republican leaders believe they have to push back against the White House's executive actions. Published January 27, 2015

In this photo taken Jan. 21, 2015, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Winners by far in last fall’s elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters’ desire. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: 'There've been a couple of stumbles'

House Speaker John A. Boehner acknowledged Tuesday he and his colleagues have stumbled over their agenda early in this new Congress after they had to nix votes this week on a border security bill that didn't have enough support to pass. Published January 27, 2015

The administration asked the federal court late Monday to dismiss the House lawsuit against President Obama, saying he is faithfully carrying out his health law and the GOP lawmakers who filed the legal challenge have no right to sue. (Associated Press)

Obama lawyers tell judge to toss GOP’s health care lawsuit

The administration asked the federal court late Monday to dismiss the House lawsuit against President Obama, saying he is faithfully carrying out his health law and the GOP lawmakers who filed the legal challenge have no right to sue. Published January 26, 2015

U.S President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the CEO Summit at theTaj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials in both countries say Obama and Modi developed an easy chemistry when they first met in Washington last fall. The two leaders spent several hours together Sunday and heralded their close relationship. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Federal budget shows short-term rebound, long-term deficits

The U.S. economy will rebound strongly over the next two years then settle into a more normal economic cycle with steady but slow growth, albeit significantly less than in the 1980s and 1990s, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Published January 26, 2015

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trouble in GOP ranks kills votes on border and abortion bills

Facing a rebellion in their own ranks, House Republican leaders scrapped their plans to vote this week on their first border security bill of the new Congress, blaming the weather for the delay but buying themselves time to try to stiffen the bill and make it more palatable to conservatives. Published January 26, 2015

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Russell Neal, left, gives job information to job seeker Queena Moise, foreground second from right, at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week ending Jan. 17, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) **FILE**

Feds' unemployment benefits made job recession worse: Study

If you pay people not to work, they won't work — and cutting off their payments sends them scurrying back into the job market, according to new research by three academics who looked at the federal government's extended unemployment benefit program and concluded that it actually deepened, rather than helped, the jobs recession. Published January 26, 2015