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May 21, 2013

Democrats call for controls on tax-exempt groups at IRS hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As they joined Republicans on Tuesday in bashing the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status, Senate Democrats had another target: the regulations that require the tax agency to weigh the political activity of such groups.

Beyond the question of what led still-unidentified IRS agents to use what an audit called “inappropriate” criteria in reviewing conservative groups, the rise of tax-exempt groups in American politics is at the core of the scandal.

Feb 21, 2013

Gingrich’s jab at Rove shows conflicts within Republicans’ makeover

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If there is anything more tense than the relations between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, it might be what is happening between two prominent Republicans: strategist Karl Rove and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Three months after Republicans failed to oust Democratic President Barack Obama from the White House, Rove, Gingrich and other Republicans are locked in an increasingly bitter debate over how to revamp their party to appeal more to women and minorities.

Nov 7, 2012

Analysis: Victory puts Obama in position to expand government’s reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Both sides called it a generation-defining race for the White House: a choice between Democrat Barack Obama’s brand of government activism and Republican Mitt Romney’s commitment to reducing Washington’s role in Americans’ daily lives.

Obama’s victory, however, did not settle that question.

Instead, the hard-fought battle for the White House exposed an electorate deeply divided by race, age and party.

Sep 7, 2012

Analysis: Things we learned at the Democratic convention

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – In the two years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, he and his fellow Democrats have largely struggled to articulate the merits of the complex law.

The law – which requires most people to buy health insurance – bans insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions. It eliminates lifetime caps on essential benefits, allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and can make prescriptions less expensive for people on Medicare, the nation’s health insurance program for those 65 and older.

Apr 19, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Going to the dogs


U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (C) is seen here in 2008 with his grandson Parker and his son Craig greeting a dog at a campaign stop in Bluffton, South Carolina in this file photo (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst). AT LEFT: U.S. President Barack Obama bends down to pet his dog, Bo, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 15, 2012 (REUTERS/Larry Downing).

It’s now official: The presidential campaign is going to the dogs. And like a lot of things this election year, it’s doing so via Twitter.