Race creeps into stalled vote on Loretta Lynch

Civil rights activists protest on Capitol Hill. (AP)

The Senate’s failure to act on the first female African American nominee for attorney general is “inexcusable,” according to civil rights leaders, who are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones. President Obama has not characterized the matter in racial terms. But in his strongest comments to date about the issue — during a press conference Friday with the Italian prime minister — he called the Senate’s inaction a “crazy situation.”

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After Misfire, Texas House Republicans Give Open Carry Initial Approval

After Misfire, Texas House Republicans Give Open Carry Initial Approval

The Legislature is one step closer to allowing concealed handgun license holders in Texas to carry openly in public. The House gave tentative approval of the measure Friday evening after hours of debate and opposition from Democrats.

The GOP field flocks north: ‘Anyone can come back in New Hampshire’

The GOP field flocks north: ‘Anyone can come back in New Hampshire’

Republican presidential hopefuls flood New Hampshire, ready to state their case in a battleground state.

Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

The government has sharply reduced spending on travel and training for federal employees.

Behind Christie’s budget claims, a more controversial legacy

Behind Christie’s budget claims, a more controversial legacy

The N.J. governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits.

State tax revenue up, but experts worry growth isn’t enough

Tax revenues rose by 2.2 percent last year, led by gains in rebounding sales taxes.

Justice lawyers make appeal to lift stay on Obama immigration actions

Justice lawyers make appeal to lift stay on Obama immigration actions

The administration asked a 5th Circuit panel to allow program to proceed as judge deliberates over states’ lawsuit.

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Texas Roundup: Measuring shark fin trade

Texas Roundup: Measuring shark fin trade

State lawmakers kept busy this week advancing a slew of items in both chambers – including a measure on the trade of shark fins. And they considered several controversial bills in committees.

Hillary Clinton: Risk-Avoider in Chief

Hillary Clinton: Risk-Avoider in Chief

Even voters aren’t getting much chance to ask the presumptive Democratic frontrunner questions.

Obama blasts Senate over stalled Lynch confirmation

Obama blasts Senate over stalled Lynch confirmation

The president called the stalled process for confirming Loretta Lynch, his pick for U.S. attorney general, an “embarrassing” example of the Senate’s “dysfunction.”

In defense of reporters chasing after Hillary Clinton’s van

In defense of reporters chasing after Hillary Clinton’s van

Why one reporter said she’s proud of running after the van.

Snopes.com has been debunking Clinton rumors since the Clinton years

Snopes.com has been debunking Clinton rumors since the Clinton years

What better way to rebut ‘90s rumors than a ‘90s website?

Marco Rubio cleans up Senate campaign committee before renaming it ‘Rubio for President’

Marco Rubio cleans up Senate campaign committee before renaming it ‘Rubio for President’

Before Marco Rubio made his Senate campaign committee his presidential one, he cleared the air with the FEC.

New Hampshire is not Iowa

New Hampshire is not Iowa

These two states start the nominating process, but they offer different tests for candidates.

Rubio just caught Jeb in a new Florida poll. Don’t start planning the inaugural just yet.

Rubio just caught Jeb in a new Florida poll. Don’t start planning the inaugural just yet.

A very different question leads to a very different result.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Medicaid expansion: No, yes, no, we’re suing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Medicaid expansion: No, yes, no, we’re suing

First, he was opposed. Then he supported the expansion. Then he was opposed again. Now he’s suing.

Ted Cruz loves ‘The Simpsons,’ but he botched his favorite quote

Ted Cruz loves ‘The Simpsons,’ but he botched his favorite quote

And he said he likes to play video games to unwind.

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Tax Day brings on the laughs

Tax Day brings on the laughs

Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver and others take on both the IRS and IRS-haters.

Obama’s fishy claim on the House GOP tax plan

Obama’s fishy claim on the House GOP tax plan

The president uses fuzzy math about the GOP’s still-vague tax plan.

The parents of the boy killed in Boston don’t want the death penalty. Here’s why.

The parents of the boy killed in Boston don’t want the death penalty. Here’s why.

Martin Richard’s family would rather not go through the process, which takes an average of 16 years.

DEA agents had the fun, now boss pays the price

House committee issues ‘no confidence’ statement for DEA chief and White House offers no support after reports of DEA sex parties with prostitutes. Interest in faster firing of feds grows.

Jon Stewart on why Cheney, and not Obama, is softer on Iran

Stewart wore a detective hat to crack the case.

Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

The State Department historian is digitizing all the agency’s history volumes.

Why the Obama economy could benefit Hillary Clinton

Why the Obama economy could benefit Hillary Clinton

A new poll shows people say 52-33 that things are getting better.

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Jeb Bush: 'To hell with the diet'

Jeb Bush: 'To hell with the diet'

At a "Politics and Pies" event in Concord, N.H., former Florida governor Jeb Bush had a rare treat: blueberry pie. The presumed Republican presidential candidate generally sticks to snacks on a strict "paleo" diet.

Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

The idea is that Congress might trim funding for agencies that end a cycle with surpluses.

Where nearly every GOP presidential contender is headed this weekend

Where nearly every GOP presidential contender is headed this weekend

Republican hopefuls will converge in New Hampshire to stake their claim as the party’s 2016 standard bearer.

What Hillary Clinton’s debut on the trail reveals about her policy agenda

What Hillary Clinton’s debut on the trail reveals about her policy agenda

She ventured into new territory on campaign finance and regulation, and expressed flexibility on health care.

Will the Lee-Rubio proposal cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans?

Will the Lee-Rubio proposal cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans?

Rubio makes a broad statement based on a provision that isn’t written into the tax proposal.

O’Malley knocks Clinton on same-sex marriage, immigration

O’Malley knocks Clinton on same-sex marriage, immigration

The 2016 hopeful appears increasingly comfortable criticizing the Democratic front-runner.

When veterans return, their children also deal with the invisible wounds of war

When veterans return, their children also deal with the invisible wounds of war

There’s a toll on childhood for the youngest caregivers of injured troops of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’

Even though the agency’s agents did all of the partying, she’s the one who could be fired yet.

O’Malley speaks out against trade deal, supports $15 minimum wage

O’Malley speaks out against trade deal, supports $15 minimum wage

The Democratic White House aspirant says the pact would ship jobs overseas.

Clinton’s launch pushes other Democrats off stage — but not entirely

Clinton’s launch pushes other Democrats off stage — but not entirely

While she has the spotlight, potential rivals for the nomination also will get a closer look from voters.

The man in charge of upholding Washington state’s integrity has been indicted

The man in charge of upholding Washington state’s integrity has been indicted

State auditor Troy X. Kelley is accused of illegally pocketing up to $2 million and failing to report it as income to the federal tax officials.