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States stepping up

States stepping up

State governments are continuing to fill voids left by the federal government amid the shutdown.

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NO TALKING: Obama Administration puts free speech on ice

NO TALKING: Obama Administration puts free speech on ice

The U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

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In the pipeline: Biz groups see economic recovery in Keystone XL's future

In the pipeline: Biz groups see economic recovery in Keystone XL's future

  • Oct 10, 2013
  • Source: The Hill
  • by: Ben Geman

Powerful business groups hope to raise the political stakes in the Keystone XL pipeline battle by warning President Obama that blocking the project would shake investor confidence in the U.S. economic recovery.

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Top IRS staffers passed tax information to White House officials

Top IRS staffers passed tax information to White House officials

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

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With Yellen at the helm, will the Fed take on the regulators?

With Yellen at the helm, will the Fed take on the regulators?

  • Oct 10, 2013
  • Source: POLITICO
  • by: KATE DAVIDSON

Washington has had plenty of time to chew over Janet Yellen’s nomination to lead the Federal Reserve but a key question remains: would she change the way the central bank oversees Wall Street?

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Is Ryan pushing the GOP toward a short-term deal?

Is Ryan pushing the GOP toward a short-term deal?

The partisan logjam that has paralyzed the capital showed signs of easing Wednesday, as conservative Republicans warmed to the idea of a short-term increase in the country's borrowing limit and House GOP leaders prepared for their first meeting with President Barack Obama since the government shutdown began.

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Under costly EPA pressure, end nears for coal jobs in New England

Under costly EPA pressure, end nears for coal jobs in New England

'This is the death knell for coal-fired power in New England'

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 “How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work?”

“How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work?”

  • Oct 9, 2013
  • Source: The Hill
  • by: Pete Kasperowicz and Ian Swanson

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday criticized the first week of Obamacare as a system that threatens to fine people for failing to buy health insurance on websites that don't work.



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Administration repeatedly ignored warnings

Administration repeatedly ignored warnings

  • Oct 9, 2013
  • Source: El Paso Times
  • by: Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar

Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations.

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Boomtown USA: Time to support US energy

Boomtown USA: Time to support US energy

THE North American shale boom has brought with it many benefits, including new jobs, cheaper electricity and the potential for energy independence.

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Toomey: 'Zero chance' U.S. defaults

Toomey: 'Zero chance' U.S. defaults

  • Oct 9, 2013
  • Source: POLITICO
  • by: TAL KOPAN

Sen. Pat Toomey said Wednesday that even if the debt ceiling is not raised before Oct. 17, the U.S. will not default on its debt, and the White House is using the threat of default to “cow” Republicans.

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'Cut up the credit card.'

'Cut up the credit card.'

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., cut up a giant poster of a credit card on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying it demonstrated why Washington politicians must end their addiction to spending money they don't have.

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Top IRS officials used private emails to share tax info

Top IRS officials used private emails to share tax info

  • Oct 8, 2013
  • Source: Breitbart
  • by: Mike Flynn

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, recently informed the IRS that the committee's investigation has revealed that senior IRS officials were using their private emails to transmit confidential tax information.

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Debt growth overpowering economic output

Debt growth overpowering economic output

The U.S. has added two times more debt than economic output in the last two years.

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Is the House GOP ready to make a deal?

Is the House GOP ready to make a deal?

With the government shutdown entering its second week and the Oct. 17 debt-limit deadline looming, House Republicans are poised to pursue a strategy that deals with each crisis separately, with an emphasis on agreeing to a short-term debt-ceiling deal as quickly as possible.

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