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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, before the Senate Finance Committee. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Feds to pay 'generous' settlement to tea party groups for targeting

The government apologized Thursday for illegally targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and agreed to settlements with hundreds of organizations snared in the targeting, bringing to a close one of the more embarrassing episodes of the Obama administration. Published October 26, 2017

Former IRS executive Lois Lerner fears threats if her testimony in the tea party-targeting scandal is made public. A judge agreed her testimony can be secret for now. (Associated Press)

Trump administration officially apologizes for IRS tea party targeting

The IRS admitted in court Wednesday that it wrongly targeted tea party and other conservative groups for intrusive scrutiny, placing specific blame on former senior executive Lois G. Lerner, and entered into a settlement designed to make sure that kind of political targeting never takes place again. Published October 25, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray listens to a speaker during a a hearing in Denver. State and federal authorities are suing Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the mortgage servicing company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday, April 20, 2017, that Ocwen generated errors in borrowers' accounts, failed to credit payments, illegally foreclosed on homeowners, and charged borrowers for add-on products without their consent. Ocwen is one of the nation's largest non-bank mortgage lenders. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Congress overturns anti-arbitration rule as GOP flexes legislative muscle

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate late Tuesday approved a rollback of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule that would have prohibited companies from forcing customers into arbitration, rather than class-action lawsuits. Published October 24, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as he is introduced to speak with winners from the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards Program, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Supreme Court drops Trump travel ban case

The Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday dismissing Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's refugee policy, as encapsulated in his earlier "extreme vetting" executive order, saying the case is moot because the 120-day refugee pause has now expired. Published October 24, 2017

Border Patrol agents on horseback look on as crews work on border wall prototypes Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in San Diego. Companies are nearing an Oct. 26 deadline to finish building eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Top border official says illegal immigration at 45-year low

The acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that illegal immigration across the southwest border will be at a 45-year when final 2017 numbers are fully tallied, and he credited President Trump with the success. Published October 24, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses during a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Ryan received a first-hand look at devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as the island seeks billions in assistance to recover from the storm.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Ryan on Trump-Corker Twitter feud: 'Forget about it'

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pleaded with reporters Tuesday to stop focusing on President Trump's Twitter feud with Sen. Bob Corker and instead cover the GOP's attempts at tax reform. Published October 24, 2017

In this March 10, 2015, file photo, The Inspire 1, a drone manufactured by DJI, is flown in Davenport, Calif. Mexico published rules governing the use of drones on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, allowing people to operate the smallest drones in daylight without a permit but with safety rules. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Terror from skies as Mexican cartel attaches bomb to drone

Mexican police discovered four men carting a kamikaze drone equipped with an IED and a remote detonator last week, in what analysts say is an example of cartels figuring out how to weaponizing UAVs. Published October 24, 2017

William F. Browder, Chief Executive Officer Hermitage Capital Management, asks questions during the session 'Russia's Next Steps to Modernization' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Michael Wuertenberg

U.S. to restore travel permit for Putin critic Bill Browder

The Trump administration says it has approved the travel permit for Bill Browder, an anti-corruption crusader who Russia had tried to blacklist through an Interpol database in what he says is retaliation for exposing Moscow's dirty secrets. Published October 23, 2017