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Ark. treasurer accused of taking cash from broker
20 May 2013 at 10:50am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? Arkansas' state treasurer was accused Monday of taking at least $36,000 in cash ? sometimes stashed in a pie box ? from a broker who later came to manage a large share of the state's $3.3 billion stock and bond portfolio.
Senators work through changes to immigration bill
20 May 2013 at 9:13am
Senators working on a wide-ranging immigration bill have agreed to tighten controls on the asylum system that allows people fleeing war or persecution to find refuge in the U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsey ...
Former GOP Senator Judd Gregg named CEO of lobbying group SIFMA
20 May 2013 at 6:02am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association named former Republican Senator Judd Gregg as its chief executive officer, the lobbying group said Monday. The appointment of the veteran politician, who also was governor of New Hampshire and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, continues a growing trend of legislators, financial regulators, bank executives and lobbyists moving back and forth among the channels. ...
Play of the Day: Rounding Up a Tough Week for the White House
20 May 2013 at 5:07am
With three scandals dogging Barack Obama, the president and government functions continue to be a focal point on late-night television. David Letterman went headlong into the jokes, opening with a connection to the 40th anniversary of the Watergate hearings. He also brought baseball, the Republican party and Joe Biden into the mix.
Analysis: Shrinking deficit reduces pressure for budget deal
19 May 2013 at 10:09pm
By Jason Lange and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading. A sudden improvement in the outlook for the government deficit over the next decade has alleviated some of the pressure on lawmakers to act. And a spate of scandals, involving the Internal Revenue Service, security for the U.S. ...
Bipartisanship on Water Projects in Senate Spurred by Freedom to Fish Act
19 May 2013 at 2:41pm
The senior energy aide to Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader from the coal state of Kentucky, was praised last week by one of the Senate?s top environmentalists, Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. The compliment seems unusual amid the hyper-partisanship that?s now the norm in Washington, but when put into context it makes sense.
White House accuses Republicans of 'fishing expeditions'
19 May 2013 at 12:23pm
By Tabassum Zakaria and Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Sunday accused Republicans of conducting political "fishing expeditions," while Republican lawmakers showed no let up in attacking President Barack Obama's administration for a culture of what they called cover-up and "intimidation. ...
U.S. state cancels subsidy for investment from Pakistani company
18 May 2013 at 2:49pm
By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Indiana has canceled subsidies for a planned $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in the state because of concerns that a Pakistani company involved in the project makes products used in improvised explosives that kill and injure U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Midwest Fertilizer Corp, which has sought to build the plant in southern Indiana, is 48 percent owned by Fatima Group, which produces a calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizer in Pakistan known to have been used in improvised explosives in Afghanistan. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican, had put a $1. ...
Tea party hero Cuccinelli is Va. GOP gov nominee
18 May 2013 at 7:57am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Virginia's activist conservative attorney general has won the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination by acclamation.
Colorado sheriffs sue to block new gun-control laws
17 May 2013 at 8:46pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A group of Colorado county sheriffs, angry about two new state gun control laws passed in the wake of last year's mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado, filed a federal lawsuit on Friday seeking to block the laws from going into effect. The two laws, passed by the state's Democratic-controlled legislature with scant Republican support, ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds and require background checks for all private gun sales and transfers. All but 10 of the state's 64 county sheriffs signed on to the suit, filed in U.S. ...
Republicans see IRS scandal parallel in EPA info requests
17 May 2013 at 5:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers on Friday began an investigation into whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greatly favored left-leaning environmentalists over conservative groups when granting fee waivers for requests to access information. The lawmakers drew a comparison between the actions they say the EPA has taken with the Internal Revenue Service, which is embroiled in controversy over its targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. ...
IRS chief declines to identify employees involved in scandal
17 May 2013 at 5:54pm
By Andy Sullivan and Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outgoing head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service angered Republican lawmakers on Friday by resisting their demands that he identify who at the tax-collection agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. But during the first hearing into a growing IRS scandal that could preoccupy Washington for months, Republicans did learn that a top official in President Barack Obama's administration knew that the IRS was looking into targeting by the tax agency nearly a year ago. ...
House panel demands deposition from Benghazi investigator
17 May 2013 at 2:04pm
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a congressional oversight committee on Friday ordered the leader of the investigation into the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks to sit for a private interview next week. As Republicans and Democrats wage a political battle over the attacks in which four Americans were killed, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa issued a subpoena ordering retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering to appear for a taped deposition on Thursday to answer questions about the Accountability Review Board report he prepared on the incident. ...
House votes for more scrutiny of economic impact of SEC rules
17 May 2013 at 12:44pm
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided House of Representatives on Friday passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would force federal securities regulators to conduct more economic analysis before adopting rules for Wall Street. The bill, which is not expected to make it to the Democrat-controlled Senate floor for a vote, passed largely along party lines in a 235-161 vote. Republicans backed the measure as reducing red tape for business. ...
House bill to have more stringent immigrant controls: aides
17 May 2013 at 11:20am
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan plan brokered in the House of Representatives will be tougher on illegal immigrants living in the United States than a Senate counterpart, congressional aides said on Friday. But it fails to address the difficult issue of how many low-skilled foreign workers should be allowed into the country. Late on Thursday, the eight Republican and Democratic House negotiators working on an immigration bill announced that they had successfully wrapped up a four-year effort and had hammered out a tentative deal. ...