Obama urges calm again in Ferguson, Missouri

Back for two days from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, President Obama said he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday,  as he again urged police and protestors to avoid further conflict in the wake of the killing by an officer of an unarmed black teenager.

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Political spotlight swings to Missouri shooting

It took a few days, but members of Congress finally started to speak out in large numbers on Thursday about the shooting death of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri, as President Obama appealed for calm and Democrats demanded hearings in Congress on the reaction of local police.

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Report: Some tax-exempt groups evade taxes

A new report from the Inspector General for the Internal Revenue Service has found more than 64,000 tax exempt organizations owe the federal government nearly $875 million in overdue taxes, just a little less than what a similar government analysis found seven years ago.

“A significant amount of the Federal …

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Senator demands answers on Amtrak “informant”

Aggravated by news that the Drug Enforcement Administration had paid an Amtrak worker for almost 20 years to get confidential train passenger information, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has asked the head of the DEA for answers, demanding to know if the DEA is making such payments to any other people …

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Few worries for incumbents in Tuesday primaries

So far in 2014, only three incumbents running for re-election in the Congress have been bounced out by the voters, and there is little reason to think voters will stray from their current roster of House and Senate members in primaries on Tuesday in Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Hawaii US Senate primary goes into extra time

Baseball games go into extra innings. Football can go to overtime. Golf tournaments can have playoffs. Even some states have runoffs. But when was the last time you remember an election result staying in limbo while the candidates wait for some voters to cast ballots at a later time to …

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National Guard drops NASCAR, IndyCar sponsorships

After taking heat from some in the Congress for years over spending millions to sponsor car racing teams as a way to bolster recruiting efforts, the Army National Guard announced on Thursday that it would drop its sponsorship of NASCAR and IndyCar teams in 2015.

“Significantly constrained resources and the …

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Tea Party tries again for Senate upset

As voters in Tennessee go to the polls for the Volunteer State’s unique Thursday primary elections, Tea Party backers are hoping they can find a way to oust veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) as the GOP Establishment tries again to fend off a high profile U.S. Senate challenger in 2014.

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Watchdogs say federal agencies withholding information

A group of internal federal watchdogs has told the Congress that they are encountering resistance too often from different agencies, charging that investigations are routinely made more difficult by the withholding of documents and other relevant information.

“Each of us strongly supports the principle that an Inspector General must have …

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What to watch in Tuesday’s primary races

The countdown to November 2014 takes another step on Tuesday with voters in four different states selecting candidates for the Congressional mid term elections, as lawmakers in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State face primary contests.

It might seem odd to some, but August is actually the busiest month of …

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