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IRS blames Obamacare for shoddy customer service

Wed, 2015-03-18 09:10

The IRS is unable to answer most taxpayers' calls this year because it's had to put money into getting up and running for Obamacare, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.

Mr. Koskinen said his agency has had to shift tens of millions of dollars from customer service over ...

Ashton Carter: Sequestration could threaten homeland, must be undone for entire government

Wed, 2015-03-18 09:06

As the Islamic State continues to metastasize in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter warned lawmakers Wednesday that cutting the Pentagon's budget could lead to serious threats to the nation's homeland and urged members to find a solution to sequestration for the entire government.

Mr. Carter said the ...

Senate, House GOP differ on savings approach to Medicare

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:40

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies.

The Senate budget marker comes as the House Budget Committee began ...

Questions about how Schock handled money lead to resignation

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:28

WASHINGTON (AP) - Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's fall was fast and hard even by Washington's unforgiving standards.

In his fourth term in Congress at a mere age 33, Schock was the rare media-savvy GOP millennial on Capitol Hill, attracting fans by the thousand on Instagram, posing bare-chested on the cover ...

Marco Rubio: Next president shouldn't be bound by potential Iran deal

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:23

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said the next president shouldn't be bound by any potential deal on Iran's nuclear program negotiated by President Obama.

"The United States, although it's less than ideal, could unilaterally re-impose more crushing and additional sanctions," Mr. Rubio told The Associated Press, saying he would also ...

Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee: 'Americans deserve better'

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:20

Big business and big politics meet: Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and has done so with typical big city flair.

"I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of ...

Homeland security: McCaul warns digital frontier 'like the Wild West'

Wed, 2015-03-18 07:52

"As I speak, government computer systems are being hacked, proprietary data is being stolen from American companies, and the computers of private citizens are being compromised. And most of it is being done with impunity. Criminals, hacktivists, terrorists, and nation-states have managed to exploit our networks by staying at the ...

80 years later, how would Atlantic City-based Monopoly look?

Wed, 2015-03-18 07:46

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Monopoly is celebrating 80 years of capitalist cunning and dinner-table deals.

The board game based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City was "born" on March 19, 1935, when Parker Brothers acquired the rights to it.

In the decades since, an estimated 1 billion people ...

Obama to announce manufacturing initiative

Wed, 2015-03-18 07:30

President Obama will announce a $500 million public-private program to boost textile manufacturing Wednesday as he seeks to convince Americans that his deficit-spending budget plan is superior to Republicans' balanced-budget proposal.

At a speech in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Obama will unveil plans for a competition led by the Defense ...

Obama sets new record for denying, censoring government files

Wed, 2015-03-18 07:21

The Obama administration has broken a record for denying and censoring Freedom of Information Act requests.

Federal data analyzed by The Associated Press led the news outlet to make the announcement Wednesday.

A backlog of FOIA requests reached 200,000 by year's end, 375 employees tasked with completing requests were cut, ...

David Simas: Going to 'give space' to Israeli coalition government

Wed, 2015-03-18 06:53

David Simas, director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy Outreach, congratulated "the Israeli people" for Tuesday's elections in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party emerged victorious. 

"We want to congratulate the Israeli people for the democratic process for the election that they just engaged in with all ...

Obama to travel to Panama, Jamaica

Wed, 2015-03-18 06:28

Immigration and Cuba will likely be on the agenda next month when President Obama travels to Panama for the Summit of the Americas.

The White House said Wednesday that Mr. Obama will travel to the Caribbean region from April 8 to 11, with a stop in Jamaica to meet with ...

Carly Fiorina: If hackers can get into Sony, they can get into server in Clinton's basement

Wed, 2015-03-18 06:07

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina cast doubt on Wednesday on the security of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham's private email system that she used when working for the Obama administration, saying if hackers could breach Sony, they could get into a server on Mrs. Clinton's property.

"I think Mrs. ...

Jeb Bush atop potential 2016 GOP field in new poll

Wed, 2015-03-18 05:36

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a new national poll on the potential 2016 Republican presidential field, as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dropped 6 points from a month ago and out of the lead.

Mr. Bush was first at 16 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 ...

Dick Cheney: Obama, Eric Holder playing the 'race card'

Wed, 2015-03-18 05:14

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Obama and Eric Holder are playing the "race card" in suggesting that race is a factor in some of the criticism they receive.

"I think they're playing the race card, in my view," Mr. Cheney said in an interview published by ...

Elizabeth Warren urged to run for president by 27 current, former N.H. lawmakers

Wed, 2015-03-18 04:06

More than two dozen Democratic power brokers in a key early primary state are pleading with Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic presidential nomination against scandal-scarred Hillary Clinton.

Twenty-seven current and former state lawmakers in New Hampshire have signed onto a letter urging Sen. Warren of Massachusetts to ...

Sierra Leone's president fires VP, after party expelled him

Wed, 2015-03-18 03:14

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Sierra Leone's president on Wednesday fired his vice president, who was kicked out of their political party earlier this month on accusations of fomenting violence and trying to form a new party.

Early Wednesday, President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that he had removed Vice President ...

Scott Walker's political aide quits following Iowa comments

Tue, 2015-03-17 21:02

An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's political team has stepped down after drawing fire for comments she has made about the early presidential state of Iowa.

"The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse," ...

Cyanide test positive in letter to White House

Tue, 2015-03-17 19:48

Early tests indicate a letter sent to the White House this week contained cyanide, the Secret Service said Tuesday night.

The letter returned a "presumptive positive" test, the agency said, and an investigation is ongoing.

The letter initially tested negative when examined an off-site mail center on Monday, but further ...

Jeb Bush: 'Preying on people's fears' not the answer on immigration

Tue, 2015-03-17 19:43

Speaking in the early presidential state of South Carolina on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his views on immigration and said that if people want to consider running for office they need to "stop preying on people's fears" and "stop dividing us."

"I have not seen, I don't ...

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