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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (right), California Republican, with the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, continues his probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service as the panel questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on March 26, 2014, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa on Wednesday accused his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, of colluding with the IRS to attack one of the tea party groups that was targeted by the tax agency for intrusive scrutiny and long delays. Published April 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this Friday, March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, is shown. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers, campaign cheerleading commonplace

Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it's pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats. Published April 9, 2014

** FILE ** Illegal immigrants have been the focus of much debate. (Associated Press)

Deportations down again; pace is lowest of Obama presidency

The Obama administration deported its 2 millionth immigrant sometime Wednesday, according to projections by The Washington Times that also showed agents are on pace this year to remove the fewest number of immigrants of President Obama's tenure. Published April 9, 2014

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Handling of former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk. Published April 7, 2014

This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Heather Carleton pulling up results of Listeria bacteria DNA while demonstrating a whole-genome sequencing machine called a MiSeq in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target: Listeria, a kind of bacteria that's the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning, and one that's especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the technology has helped to solve a small listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Corporate scramble over shortage of 'high tech' visas could spark reform debate

It took less than a week for businesses to apply for all 85,000 specialty visas under the government's H-1B program, which is generally used to bring high-tech workers into the country, and the quick pace could be the spark that reignites the immigration debate in Congress this year. Published April 7, 2014

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, applauded Congress' bipartisan effort to reverse the planned cuts to Medicare Advantage payments. (Associated Press)

Medicare will see boost, not cuts, in 2014

Bowing to intense election-year pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the Obama administration reversed course Monday and said that rather than cutting Medicare Advantage payments, it will actually boost them next year. Published April 7, 2014

Feds run $413 billion deficit at halfway point of fiscal year

The federal government ran a $413 billion deficit through the first half of fiscal 2014, according to a new estimate Monday from the Congressional Budget Office that showed continued improvement in the nation's fiscal picture. Published April 7, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in state law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. The ACLU is trying to build a case that the Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070 and upheld in principle by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, is being applied in an unconstitutional manner. (Associated Press)

ACLU uses profiling charges against police to target Arizona's illegal immigrant law

In a coordinated legal blitz against one of the nation's toughest anti-immigration statutes, the ACLU of Arizona last week accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in the law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. Published April 6, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Immigration activists to keep vigil outside White House

Illegal immigrants and their supporters said Thursday they will keep up a continuous vigil outside the White House until President Obama agrees to stop deportations, as they seek to ramp up pressure on the White House. Published April 3, 2014

**FILE** Former IRS official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (Associated Press)

House GOP sets first vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt over IRS targeting

House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress' ability to oversee the government. Published April 3, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn (left) says opening up coverage to more veterans could lead to longer wait times for injured and low-income veterans already receiving care, and Sen. Richard Burr (right) is arguing against using spending from the Afghanistan War to pay for additional spending. (Associated Press)

Feds charge money for free reports that can be found on Google

The agency that congressional watchdogs criticized for charging other agencies tens of millions of dollars to buy reports already freely available online is actually charging people to buy the very watchdog report that criticizes it for charging people. Published April 3, 2014

No House floor vote to consider legalizing illegal immigrants

Democrats lost the first major immigration fight of the year Wednesday after Republicans — voting in unison in the House Budget Committee — rejected an effort to legalize illegal immigrants as part of the 2015 budget. Published April 2, 2014

Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told Fox News that states should have the right to decide who can carry concealed weapons. "If the guy wants to enjoy the full benefit of residing in the United States, become a citizen." (Associated Press)

New Mexico's immigrant ruling to bolster gun rights cases

A federal judge ruled Monday that legal immigrants have the same right to concealed-carry permits as American citizens, in a New Mexico case that gun rights advocates said strengthens their argument that the Second Amendment is a fundamental personal right. Published March 31, 2014