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.
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.
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.
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.