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** 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


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

** FILE ** Acting Internal Revenue Service chief Danny Werfel. (Associated Press)

IRS moves to clean up scandal of tea party targeting

Months after it acknowledged improperly targeting conservative political groups for scrutiny, the IRS on Tuesday proposed new guidelines it said will better define political activity and make it clearer when a nonprofit group has crossed the line. Published November 26, 2013

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat: "There is no reason I can think of why any branch of the military should restrict the military service of individuals based on the immigration status of someone else in their family. None. I want to know where this is happening, why and what is being done to fix it." (associated press)

Questioning military ban on troops related to illegals

Members of Congress on Friday challenged a military policy that bans troops who have illegal immigrant spouses or children, saying it amounts to unfair discrimination against people who are volunteering to serve their country. Published November 24, 2013