Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that certain closely held, for profit businesses can opt out of the birth control coverage mandate under the Obama health law, ruling that such firms cannot be forced to violate the religious views of their owners.

“Today’s decision is a landmark decision for religious …

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White House report slams “corrosive culture” at VA

The White House piled on to recent attacks on the quality of care for veterans at the VA, issuing a report late Friday that bluntly said the health care arm of the VA “needs to be restructured and reformed,” giving new impetus to efforts in Congress to make dramatic changes …

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Supreme Court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

In a victory for Senate Republicans and a major legal defeat for the White House, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that President Obama wrongly installed several members of the National Labor Relations Board, ruling that the appointments were not made when the Senate was truly on recess.

“Because the …

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Emails go missing at the EPA

Congressional investigators have run into another example of missing emails, this time at the Environmental Protection Agency, as federal officials tried to assure lawmakers they were doing all they could to extract data from the failed computer hard drive of a former employee.

“We may have some emails that we …

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GOP Establishment strikes back in Mississippi

All the stars seemed aligned for Tea Party and more conservative groups in the Magnolia State, as they prepared for a GOP runoff victory against veteran Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) – but when the votes were counted in Mississippi, the GOP Establishment had chalked up another 2014 victory on the …

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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.

“I don’t think an apology is …

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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.

The evening hearing before the …

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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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