Questions raised on use of government credit cards

A report by internal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency found ‘ineffective oversight’ at the EPA allowed federal workers to use government credit cards to buy gift cards, gym memberships, food and thousands of dollars in other items that were not properly approved for purchase by the agency in 2012.

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Congress speaks out on Ukraine

As the U.S. House easily approved a plan to funnel aid to Ukraine in the form of loan guarantees, a House committee approved a non-binding resolution that would also express American frustration at the turn of events in Crimea and Ukraine, as lawmakers look to send a message to Moscow.

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Obama health law ‘fix’ extended to 2016

In yet another delay for part of the President’s signature health law, the Obama Administration on Wednesday announced that consumers could hang on to health insurance policies that don’t meet minimum coverage standards for another two years.

It wasn’t even four months ago – in mid-November of 2013 – that …

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No Tea Party upsets for Congress in Texas

In the first test of the 2014 mid-term elections, voters in Texas stuck with their incumbent members of Congress, turning back almost every challenger in both parties, as Republicans shrugged off calls from within for major election upheaval in the U.S. House and Senate.

The results in the Lone Star …

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Obama submits budget for 2015

President Obama today sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2015, a plan focused on plans to boost spending on infrastructure projects and job creation to help spur new economic growth.

“It’s a road map for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans,” Mr. …

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The 2014 Congressional primaries begin

With primary elections Tuesday in Texas, we may get the first hint of whether voters are really ready to make major changes in the U.S. Congress, or if sitting lawmakers in both parties are able to withstand challengers who are ready to bring new blood to the halls of the …

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US scrambles to block Russian push in Ukraine

Threatening economic sanctions and penalties for military advances in Crimea, the United States and six other Western nations suspended plans for a summit in Russia this summer and condemned the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine, rushing to find some way to stop the Russians from a bolder …

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Putin trumps another U.S. President

As President Obama went to the White House Briefing Room on Friday to make comments on the Russian military moves in Ukraine, it was hard not to have a sense of déjà vu about how the United States was handling an aggressive Vladimir Putin.

“I’m deeply concerned about the situation,” …

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Congress shrugs off tax reform plan

A day after a powerful U.S. House committee chairman unveiled what may be the most comprehensive tax reform bill since 1986, lawmakers in both parties in Congress gave the plan a collective shrug, as it created next to no momentum for action on tax reform among either Democrats or Republicans …

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Details of GOP tax reform plan

Even without the support of GOP leaders in the Congress, the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee unveiled his plans for major individual and business tax reform at the federal level, arguing it is time to streamline the code and promote new economic growth at all levels.

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