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Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, is coming under fire from Democrats who say the California Republican has been overzealous in his pursuit of oversight of the Obama administration. (associated press)

Democrats slam Issa on HealthCare.gov subpoena

Democrats said Monday that the House's top investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa, went too far in using a subpoena to obtain the secret plans for the computer architecture behind HealthCare.gov, and the Democrats warn that having those documents out in the open could be a major cybersecurity threat. Published December 16, 2013

Nancy Pelosi calls on Obama to halt deportations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the call for President Obama to halt deportations, saying that just being in the country illegally is not enough reason for illegal immigrants to be sent home. Published December 16, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary nominee  Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Democrats begin a drive this week to muscle a half dozen of President Barrack Obama's Republican-opposed nominees through the Senate after clamping shackles on traditional minority party rights in last month's power play against the GOP. Republicans, however, still have some tools for grinding the Senate's work to an excruciatingly slow crawl. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate confirms Obama pick Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary

The Senate approved Jeh Johnson as the fourth Homeland Security secretary, giving him the reins at a department that, more than a decade after its creation, is still unstable and trying to figure out its role in the massive federal bureaucracy. Published December 16, 2013

** FILE ** National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee. (Associated Press)

Federal judge says NSA phone program violates Fourth Amendment

A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday that the government's phone records collection program is likely unconstitutional, setting up a major legal hurdle for the Obama administration, which is desperately trying to preserve the intelligence gathering tool. Published December 16, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has privately urged the Obama administration to halt deportations for some illegal immigrants, saying that President Obama needs to use more "discretion" to reduce the number of people he's kicking out of the country. Published December 16, 2013

** FILE ** Immigration activists gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, as lawmakers speak on the steps of the House of Representatives to appeal for action on an immigration reform bill. A reform bill that could provide a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States has languished as the House Republican leadership has not put the bill to a vote before the holiday recess. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Protesters try to shut down deportations in Virginia

Immigrant-rights activists blocked a deportation office in Fairfax County Monday morning in protest of Congress's failure to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants and trying to pressure President Obama to stop removing immigrants until Capitol Hill does act. Published December 16, 2013

President Barack Obama turns to the podium as he arrives to speak about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Federal deficit shrinks 20 percent in fiscal 2014

Federal spending continues to drop and, combined with this year's tax increases, are making a dent in the federal deficit, according to the latest numbers released Friday by the Congressional Budget Office. Published December 6, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, applauds after handing the gavel to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, on Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Bipartisan House votes to stop patent 'trolls'

Even as it is under fire for lack of accomplishments, the House struck a bipartisan note Thursday, easily passing a bill designed to crack down on bogus patent lawsuits that lawmakers say are sapping innovation. Published December 5, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and other House GOP leaders, meets with reporters following a closed-door strategy session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Boehner says blame for slow Congress lies with Democrats

Pushing back against claims he's leading a do-nothing Congress, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday ticked off a half-dozen significant bills he and his colleagues have passed but that are awaiting Senate action. Published December 4, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and other House GOP leaders, meets with reporters following a closed-door strategy session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House

House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Tuesday he has hired a longtime advocate of immigration legalization to be his policy adviser, encouraging immigration activists but angering those who want to see a crackdown and who say Mr. Boehner's move signals he still wants an "amnesty" bill to pass. Published December 3, 2013

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Adios muchacho: Christie threatens veto of NJ's Dream Act

After saying he would sign a Dream Act in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday raised new objections to the version his state Assembly is getting ready to send him — raising questions about whether he is playing politics or trying to win the best possible deal from the Legislature. Published December 2, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Issa: FBI impeding inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups

The House's chief investigator says the FBI is stonewalling his inquiry into whether the agency and the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative group True the Vote for special scrutiny, and Rep. Darrell E. Issa is now threatening subpoenas to pry loose the information from FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. Published December 2, 2013

President George W. Bush carries a platter with a cooked turkey during a visit to troops serving in Iraq in 2003. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Media feasting on Bush 'fake' turkey claim; false story still repeated 10 years on

It wasn't exactly the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but 10 years ago this week, Washington was consumed with another scandal, dubbed by one CNN newscaster as "Turkey-gate": Was that a fake turkey President George W. Bush was photographed with during his first surprise visit with troops in Iraq? Published November 27, 2013