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  • Union fights push to hire private tax collectors Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining that agency employees could do a better job. The National Treasury Employees Union said the program failed in the past and should not be forced on the IRS. The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill two weeks ago that included an amendment requiring the IRS to revive the program.

  • Republicans block US Senate bill on gender pay gap Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience. Barbara Mikulski, D- Md., stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on.

  • Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. This might lead to fewer changes for the plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.

  • Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

  • Live-culture wars: US, Russia wrangle over Chobani Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis hands out Chobani at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Countdown in New York's Times Square on Oct. 29, 2013.

    Plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering it taking place to get a huge Chobani shipment sent to Sochi for Team USA.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Federal officials on Monday unveiled plans for a second round of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief totaling $5 billion for five states and New York City, and they pledged that the pace of spending would pick up after a slow start.

  • Boehner: Debt ceiling increase in return for talks Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with members of the House Republican leadership during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting of the House Republican conference October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.

  • Sen. Schumer: Solve the Shutdown problem now     Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 10:38 AM ET

    Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that if the market thinks these games are going to become routine, another downgrade is possible.

  • Long term deal right for markets: Schumer     Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-NY), says he will fight to get the longest term debt ceiling deal possible. "It is the right thing to do for the markets, country, and citizens."

  • Boehner takes a hard line in call for concessions Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner.

    John A. Boehner said the House would not vote to reopen the government without compromises on the health law.

  • Debt ceiling comes into focus as shutdown drags on Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers reporters' questions during a news conference after a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. 'This isn't some damn game,' Boehner said about the current federal government shutdown.

    House Republicans huddled on Friday to plot their next move amid a U.S. government shutdown and hopes for a deal to avoid a default.

  • GOP-Controlled House Takes On Immigration Fight Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    GOP leaders, including Rep. John Boehner (L), discuss the immigration bill and the Obama administration's decision to delay part of the Affordable Care Act.

    House Republicans confronting the politically volatile issue of immigration are wrestling with what to do about those already here illegally.

  • Senate Immigration Bill Boosted by Border Deal Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 7:39 AM ET
    U.S. Border Patrol agent Ryan Bell looks for drug smugglers along the Rio Grande.

    Immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions is swiftly gaining ground following a bipartisan agreement on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.

  • Agreement Nears for Billions for Border Security Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 9:24 AM ET
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands at the border fence in Nogales, Ariz.

    Key senators say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars to stiffen the immigration bill's border security requirements.

  • Who Foots the Bill for Presidential Libraries? Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:56 PM ET
    Statues of former Presidents George W. Bush (L) and his father George H.W. Bush are on display during a tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

    The mix of tax dollars and undisclosed private financing raises questions about presidential libraries, like the one dedicated Thursday to former President George W. Bush.

  • Why Immigration Legislation May Disappoint Activists Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 8:26 AM ET
    An immigration activist holds up a sign outside the Capitol during a rally.

    Immigration requirements in the emerging Senate bill could end up excluding hundreds of thousands from the path to citizenship, a Senate aide said.

  • US Business, Labor Groups Reach Immigration Deal Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 4:05 PM ET

    Major U.S. business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest-worker program that removes a major hurdle to a broad immigration overhaul and clears the way for Senate legislation to be introduced soon, according to a source.

  • A petitioner holds a US flag during a naturalization ceremony.

    A bipartisan group of leading senators unveiled an agreement Monday on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

  • President Obama: We Are Not 'Nation of Takers'     Monday, 21 Jan 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

    In this excerpt from his Second Inaugural Address, President Obama defends the "commitments we make to each other - through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security." (1:31)

  • President Obama is ceremonially sworn in to his second term, and addresses the people of the United States. "We the people still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity, we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit," he says.

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