Public employees honored with week that says ‘government works’

(Evan Vucci / AP)

Public Service Recognition Week should feel at least as good as No Socks Day.

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              Public employees honored with week that says ‘government works’

              A view of the Capitol building on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

              Public Service Recognition Week should feel at least as good as No Socks Day.

              Weak story about IRS tax violators gets new life with watchdog report

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              The High Court

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              U.S. Supreme Court Justices Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan (L-R) applaud prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this file photo from February 12, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on April 28, 2015 on same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes on the issue. Based on the court's actions over the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool/Files

              The chief justice is likely to play a pivotal role in the Obamacare case and has surprised on others.

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Maryland has joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in an amicus brief asking the court to find restrictions barring gay couples from marrying unconstitutional. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

              Maryland and Virginia officials say the issue of gay marriage cannot be left to the democratic process.

              Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates

              This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will weigh a free-speech challenge to Texas’ decision to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag. Specialty plates are big business in Texas, where drivers spent $17.6 million last year to choose from among more than 350 messages the state allows on the plates. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

              Do specialty license plates reflect the free speech rights of states or individuals?

              Justices framing the question on gay marriage

              WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: A view of the Supreme Court, January 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the Supreme Court is meeting in closed conference to decide whether it will take up cases on the issues of same sex-marriage and marriage recognition from several states. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

              On Friday, they agreed to hear arguments and set the table for what some see as a narrowed focus.

              Judge candidates’ free-speech rights at issue before court

              The U.S. flag flies in front of the Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Workers don't have a federal right to be paid for time spent in post-shift security searches, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a decision that will help Amazon Inc. fend off lawsuits seeking more than $100 million. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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              Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

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              How long did it take a unanimous Senate to confirm two judges?

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              Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

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              Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

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              Want to be called ‘Your Honor?’ You may have to wait for that

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              TSP, stung by participants who abandon it, to stress customer service

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              After Supreme Court strikes Md. tax law, is E-ZPass fee next?

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              Court says legal police entry reasonable despite ensuing violence

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              A flicker of hope for ambassador wannabes?

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              VA’s ability to increase health professionals is ‘seriously fractured’

              VA’s ability to increase health professionals is ‘seriously fractured’

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              House members berate VA over billions in alleged improper spending

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              Maryland’s power players turn out in force for Gov. Mandel’s 95th birthday

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