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John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

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John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

IRS Needs Commission Bosses: Report

House Republicans are so sick of dealing with Internal Revenue Service commissioners that they want to get rid of the job entirely. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be replaced by a bipartisan commission, according to a House Oversight and Government...

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

Obama ‘Effective Messenger, Period:’ DNC Chair

For all the political bruising that President Barack Obama has taken — his job approval hovering just above 40 percent in opinion polls — his party will be calling on him to campaign for congressional candidates in the fall midterm...

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

2014 Midterm Offense v. Defense: ‘Disaster’ v. ‘Tough’ One

A “summer of disengagement” by President Barack Obama will lead to a “disaster” for Democrats in the Nov. 4 midterm election, according to the Republican overseeing his party’s strategy in House races. Voter disenchantment with Obama on issues including his...

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

Obama’s Approval Slump: Elders and Women Driving it Down

It’s not only the support that President Barack Obama is losing that should concern his party heading into the midterm congressional elections. It’s whose support he’s losing. Below the surface of the latest measure of the president’s job approval today,...

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

Refugee Children: Humanitarian Challenge or Border Problem

Slowly, perhaps, political leaders around the United States are coming to understand the influx of more than 50,000 children from Central America as the humanitarian crisis which it is, as opposed to another sign of perennial border problems. “The influx...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

Ryan’s New Poverty Plan — ‘Schizo Steroids:’ Van Hollen

Democrats are attacking an ambitious anti-poverty plan from Rep. Paul Ryan by essentially questioning his credibility. And the former vice presidential candidate welcomes it. Ryan, who’s considering a presidential campaign in 2016, pitched his new plan yesterday promising “not a...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

Obama: ‘Gaming the (Tax) System’

It’s a matter of “economic patriotism,” President Barack Obama says. Targeting the tax “inversions” that have enabled American companies to merge with firms offshore and benefit from the lower tax rates of foreign countries, the president called for an end...

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