What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries

Two weeks ago, voters unceremoniously dumped the House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Tuesday’s primaries and runoffs give voters the chance to turn out another incumbent member of the Congress (or two) in one more step on the road to the 2014 November elections.

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IRS chief spars with GOP on Tea Party probe

A U.S. House hearing on missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service on the targeting of conservative groups turned into a bare-knuckled verbal political brawl, as Republicans accused the IRS chief of misleading Congress and Democrats mocked the GOP for spinning sinister conspiracy theories.

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Congress takes VA & IRS prime time

Continuing to hammer on the Obama Administration, Republicans will hold two hearings after dinner on Monday, hauling in the IRS Commissioner for more questions on missing emails at the tax agency, and using a separate hearing to review how the VA treats its veteran patients.

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Obama shuns military strikes against militants in Iraq

After a lengthy meeting with his national security team, President Obama said the United States is prepared to take “targeted” military action to stop the advance of extremist Sunni militans, but Mr. Obama said for now the emphasis will be on providing intelligence and other support to the Iraqi government.

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Congress: More IRS emails are missing

The questions only increased on Tuesday about missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service, as Republicans charged that not only are emails missing for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, but also for a half dozen other IRS workers who seemed to play a part in extra scrutiny for more conservative groups …

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GOP pushes for answers on missing IRS emails

Ridiculing the IRS assertion that a computer crash caused the permanent loss of over two years of emails to and from a key figure in the Tea Party targeting scandal, Republicans moved Monday to get answers as they summoned the IRS chief to two hearings early next week.

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Republicans demand answers as IRS emails go missing

When stories are released late on a Friday by some federal government agency, we often refer to it as a “document dump.” But when the IRS sent a letter on the afternoon of Friday the 13th, it was to tell Congress that the tax agency had lost all kinds of …

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Feds urge families not to send kids across US border

Detailing a range of measures to deal with a surge of illegal immigration by children, the Secretary of Homeland Security publicly tried on Thursday to persuade Central American families to not send their kids on a dangerous trip to America, making clear that those who enter the United States at …

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GOP grapples with Rep. Cantor loss

It was one of those rare days in the halls of Congress on Wednesday where we were able to watch lawmakers scramble to deal with an internal political battle that no one expected, as Republicans grappled with the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and quickly tried to …

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Tea Party topples Rep. Cantor in Virginia

In a major upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was defeated on Tuesday night by a college professor who had won the backing of Tea Party groups, dealing a major setback to the GOP Establishment and opening the way for an internal …

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