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The lines for voting at Precinct 225 in Reston, Va. were already long when the polls opened at 6 a.m. for election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. This precinct, located in Fairfax County, normally has about 3,500 registered voters. Here voters stand in lines designated by the first letter of their last name.

States seek right to ask new voters for proof of citizenship

States are vowing to go to the courts for permission to ask newly registered voters to show proof of citizenship after a federal commission ruled late Friday that it's up to the national government, not states, to decide what to include on registration forms. Published January 19, 2014

In this Jan. 16, 2014, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering of home owners in Manahawkin, N.J., who were affected by last year's Superstorm Sandy. Christie faces a big test this weekend following the eruption of a political scandal in his home state. He needs to reassure top financial donors that he’s addressing allegations of political payback in New Jersey and remains a viable presidential contender.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Dems subpoena records from Christie's office, campaign in bridge scandal

New Jersey Democrats have subpoenaed documents from Gov. Chris Christie's office and campaign in their legislative investigation into the bridge-closure scandal, along with records from 18 individuals, according to the complete list released Friday evening. Published January 17, 2014

Republican leaders push bill to update Voting Rights Act

Key lawmakers announced a rewrite of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, creating a test to judge which states are still so discriminatory that they need federal scrutiny of their voting decisions — moving to revive the iconic law just months after the Supreme Court declared part of it unconstitutional. Published January 16, 2014

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to deliver his State Of The State address at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Christie, eager to get on with business amid a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have manufactured by aides, is meeting Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2014, with homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy even as the Legislature prepares to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

New Jersey lawmakers probe Christie's handling of Bridgegate

The New Jersey General Assembly voted Thursday to open a special investigation into Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the bridge-closure scandal, setting up a committee that immediately issued 20 subpoenas. Published January 16, 2014

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, is concerned about President Obama's announcement outlining his national security policies. "If the speech is anything like what is being reported, the president will go down in history for having retained and defended George W. Bush's surveillance programs," he said. (Associated Press)

ACLU bashes Obama on NSA surveillance

A leading civil liberties group lashed out Wednesday after reports suggested that President Obama won't make major changes to government surveillance programs after months of review and hand-wringing over revelations by former spy-agency contractor Edward Snowden. Published January 15, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to pass health care reform, prior to a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

BENGHAZI WAS PREVENTABLE: Hillary Clinton cited for major security lapses

The 2012 terrorist assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, involved attackers from several major international terrorist networks, according to a Senate report that blames the intelligence community and the State Department — and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens himself — for lapses. Published January 15, 2014

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is facing questions from Republicans over what he knows about the woman heading an investigation into the IRS' targeting of tea party groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Issa questions Labor secretary over IRS scandal

The House's chief investigator on Tuesday implicated another top Obama administration figure in the controversy over the administration's probe into criminal wrongdoing at the IRS, saying Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez must answer questions about why an Obama donor was named to lead the investigation into the tax agency's tea-party targeting. Published January 14, 2014

**FILE** Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

Spending bill takes first swipe at NSA over domestic spying

Tucked inside the massive new government spending bill are several demands from Congress that the National Security Agency finally report to Congress on the details of its snooping programs, including the number of telephone records collected and the number actually viewed by NSA employees. Published January 14, 2014

**FILE** House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (left), Kentucky Republican, testifies before the House Rules Committee at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Spending bill bans IRS targeting, preserves incandescent light bulbs

Congressional negotiators reached a deal late Monday on a massive spending bill to fund the government for the rest of 2014, agreeing to undo last year's cut to military retirement benefits and a list of other GOP demands in exchange for the higher spending levels. Published January 13, 2014

"I think these investigations need to be done by independent people outside of the administration," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, says of the IRS inquiry. (Associated Press)

FBI, dragging feet on IRS probe, finally contacts tea party groups

The FBI finally has begun to contact some of the tea party groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for inappropriate scrutiny and delays in the first public signs that the administration's criminal investigation is progressing. Published January 9, 2014

House Minority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California, speaks at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington, June 27, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi: Don't call it Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi corrected a reporter Thursday who called Democrats' health care law "Obamacare." Published January 9, 2014

In a letter to the Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that not only is the border insecure but that it is patrolled ineffectively. (Associated Press)

McCain slams way border is patrolled

Sen. John McCain, one of the chief authors of the Senate immigration bill, said Wednesday that the border is still not secure, and said he thinks U.S. Customs and Border Protection isn't even patrolling it correctly. Published January 8, 2014