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Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

IRS officials tell Congress about stark reductions in taxpayer services because of staff and budget cuts.

Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

Among the bill’s proposals, it would allow inspectors general to subpoena testimony from federal contractors, grant recipients and former employees.

DHS shutdown threat dimming as House GOP proposes stopgap plan

DHS shutdown threat dimming as House GOP proposes stopgap plan

The option of passing a stopgap bill that would avoid a shutdown and keep the agency running is gaining attention.

Why Republicans are making a big strategic mistake with the DHS showdown

Why Republicans are making a big strategic mistake with the DHS showdown

The more it’s about them, the worse they do.

Holder’s official portrait to be unveiled while he’s still there -- it’s been ready for years

Holder’s official portrait to be unveiled while he’s still there -- it’s been ready for years

The attorney general’s official portrait-- to be unveiled Friday -- was done about five years ago.

Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

A Reagan-era executive order requires the federal workplace and workforce to be drug-free. The rules are especially strict for personnel with security clearances.

Did Rand Paul really ‘return’ money to the Treasury?

Did Rand Paul really ‘return’ money to the Treasury?

The Kentucky lawmaker likes to display an oversized check made out to the U.S. taxpayer. But who really gets the money?

With clock ticking, Republicans feud over DHS funding, immigration action

With clock ticking, Republicans feud over DHS funding, immigration action

With two days left before funding runs out, House and Senate Republicans trade barbs and stiffen their positions.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln

If he can change the way this troubled state does business, there’s hope for the rest of the nation.

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Where would Ronald Reagan fall on the GOP meter?

Where would Ronald Reagan fall on the GOP meter?

A group compared the Gipper with today’s potential Republican presidential candidates.

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John Boehner, waiting for the punch

John Boehner, waiting for the punch

The speaker is leading from behind as the DHS deadline looms and conservatives crack their knuckles.

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Can Rahm Emanuel save himself?

Can Rahm Emanuel save himself?

Chicago voters sent their mayor a message.

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New format adds twist to CPAC expectations for GOP hopefuls

New format adds twist to CPAC expectations for GOP hopefuls

Conservatives want one of their own — and a winner — for the White House 2016. Who fits the bill?

The long (and amazing) feud between Rahm Emanuel and Howard Dean

The long (and amazing) feud between Rahm Emanuel and Howard Dean

They REALLY don’t like each other.

Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown

Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown

About 85 percent of Homeland Security’s roughly 240,000 employees would have to work without pay in the event of a shutdown.

Flash Sale: ‘Ready for Hillary’ swag now at 40 percent off!

Flash Sale: ‘Ready for Hillary’ swag now at 40 percent off!

The Hillary Clinton Super PAC store is giving huge discounts, which could be a sign. . .

Giuliani, after saying Obama didn’t ‘love America,’ takes time to chill

Giuliani, after saying Obama didn’t ‘love America,’ takes time to chill

After saying President Obama didn’t “love this country,” Rudy Giuliani gets in some beach time.

VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

Rep. Jeff Miller is using his House chairmanship to remake the civil service at the Department of Veterans Affairs one step at a time.

Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

The Secret Service announced the exercises Tuesday but provided few details about them and declined to answer basic questions about the program.

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) offered statistics that were wildly off the mark on an issue crucial to his state.

McConnell plan moves Senate closer to deal on Homeland Security funding

McConnell plan moves Senate closer to deal on Homeland Security funding

The Republican leader wants a vote on a separate bill for immigration, but House support is far from a given.

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VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

House chairman leads agency employee changes that could be government-wide template.

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Afghanistan’s quietly forceful first lady

Afghanistan’s quietly forceful first lady

Rula Ghani is a soft-spoken voice for change who refrains from pushing too hard against cultural norms.

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Is Twitter really America’s conscience?

Is Twitter really America’s conscience?

The reaction to Sean Penn’s Oscars quip reveals a social media force too focused on political correctness.

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A brief history of the ‘gotcha question’

A brief history of the ‘gotcha question’

Politicians and reporters have a long history of wrestling over the issue.

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Reid takes the stage in the DHS fiasco

Reid takes the stage in the DHS fiasco

Democrats seem to be enjoying their lack of responsibility for the Homeland Security funding flap.