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AP letter to Attorney General on phone records

  • 10:35 pm Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

After being notified last week that the Justice Department had secretly seized two months of records from work, cell and home phones of various Associated Press reporters, the AP sent a stern letter on Monday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that the information be destroyed and not used …

Obama on IRS, Benghazi

  • 2:06 pm Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

President Obama on Monday used a joint news conference with the British Prime Minister at the White House to express his opposition to the targeting of any political groups by the Internal Revenue Service and to push back hard against Republicans in Congress who are investigating the Benghazi attacks. Here …

Congress boils over on IRS

  • 11:37 am Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

There may be no bigger political target and punching bag than the Internal Revenue Service, and that is obvious on this Monday, as Republicans express outrage over reports that the IRS had targeted more conservative political groups for review of their tax-exempt status applications, and even a few Democrats joined …

IRS blasted for review of conservative groups

  • 9:06 pm Sunday, May 12th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

Just the mere mention of wrongdoing by the Internal Revenue Service always has a different ring about it in Washington, D.C., and last Friday’s revelation that the IRS had apologized for wrongly targeting more conservative groups grew steadily over the weekend, as new reports indicated groups that focused on the …

Federal court defends judicial conference at Georgia resort

  • 10:00 pm Thursday, May 9th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

Even as automatic budget cuts force various federal agencies to cut spending, a group of federal judges from the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit went ahead with their 2013 Judicial Conference last week, spending several days – and maybe several hundred thousand dollars – at a golf resort and spa in Savannah, …

The fine print of immigration reform legislation

  • 4:00 am Thursday, May 9th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

As work begins in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on immigration reform legislation, Senators have laid out 300 amenmdents to what is now an 867 page bill, covering everything from immigration issues involving same-sex spouses to plans that prevent anyone in the U.S. illegally from becoming a U.S. citizen. Supporters …

Lawmakers tangle over Benghazi attacks hearing

  • 3:26 pm Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

A former top official at the U.S. Embassy in Libya gave lawmakers a riveting moment-by-moment review of the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, as he sternly disputed the idea that an anti-Muslim video on the internet had been the cause for the violence. “The You Tube event was …

From the Appalachian Trail back to Congress

  • 9:20 pm Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

Once again proving that political obituaries are sometimes written far too early, voters in South Carolina have sent a scandal scarred ex-Governor back to Congress, as Republican Mark Sanford easily won a seat in the U.S. House over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. While the polls had indicated an edge for …

Internet sales tax bill moves to House

  • 11:29 pm Monday, May 6th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

The Senate on Monday gave easy, bipartisan approval to a bill that would push internet retailers to collect and remit sales taxes for 45 states, but the bill’s future remained unclear in the House. The vote was 69-27, with most of the opposition coming from Republicans in the Senate, as …

Congress returns to active legislative agenda

  • 9:49 pm Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Jamie Dupree

With the next vacation break just three weeks away for Memorial Day, the Congress returns to work this week with a series of issues on the agenda that could certainly spur some animated partisan battles up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. The first order of business in the Senate on Monday …