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Congressional tax panel heads: IRS needs ‘significant restructuring’

IRS shakeup needed after scandal, chairmen of Congress' tax-writing panels say (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Internal Revenue Service may need to be restructured after the agency was found improperly targeting conservative groups seeking non-profit status, the chairmen of the two congressional tax-writing committees say. “There does need to…

Translating Michele Bachmann’s Resignation Speech

As earlier reported, Michele Bachmann abruptly announced today that she won’t be running for re-election for a seat that used to be assuredly hers by virtue of her party, but could be under threat from a Democratic challenger as her national profile-seeking has revealed to the country exactly how much…

Michele Bachmann to leave Congress, insisting departure has nothing to do with ongoing ethics investigation

Accompanied by odd digitized theme music, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday morning via YouTube that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress. At this writing, comments for the ‘Team Bachmann‘ video have been disabled. During her video presentation, Bachmann (R-Minn.) insisted that her announcement was not…

Do-nothing Congress gives inertia a bad name

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range — an icy 15 percent by last count — all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations,…

House overwhelmingly votes to block cuts that would have caused air travel delays

Republicans hail victory over Democrats but White House spokesman suggests Congress should help the needy The House of Representatives passed on Friday a draft bill to ease the disruption to air travel across the country that has been created by the sequester budget cuts. The House vote was quick, with…

Jon Stewart castigates Congress for loosening insider trading law

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped Congress for weakening a recently approved law that subjected lawmakers to the same insider trading laws as every other American. Following a scathing 60 Minutes report on the topic, Congress passed the STOCK Act in 2012 to prohibit…

Sen. Baucus retiring in 2014

Senior aides to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the long-serving Democrat has decided to retire from Congress rather than seek re-election. The Senate Finance Committee chairman has served in Congress since 1978, and played a key role in killing President Barack Obama’s proposal for…

TSA chief to defend knives-on-planes rule today at Congressional hearing

Copyright ImageClick to View TSA Administrator John Pistole, shown here testifying before Congress in 2010, will be back at the Capitol this afternoon to defend his decision to allow knives on planes during a hearing convened by a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images…  …

How Congress became the boy who cried ‘Wolf!’ or: How I learned to stop worrying and hate the sequester

Do you even remember the first time Republicans threatened to shut down the government? (The first time, that is, since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich followed through on his promise in 1995 with disastrous political consequences?) Unless you’re a serious political junkie, you probably don’t remember (it was 2010, though, for the…

Obama to release secret drone strike memos to Congress

In a reversal, President Barack Obama will allow lawmakers access to secret documents outlining the legal justification for drone strikes that kill US citizens abroad who conspire with Al-Qaeda. An administration official disclosed the move Wednesday on the eve of a Senate hearing on Obama’s nomination of his top White…

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