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Jun 28, 2012

Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court and the “T-word”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats took great pains to avoid the word “tax” when they pushed through Congress a sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul that would require most Americans to buy insurance and would fine them for failing to do so.

Instead they called it a “penalty” and the 2010 law itself used the same term. They wanted to avoid the highly unpopular and politically charged “T-word” that could have sunk the law’s prospects in Congress.

Jun 28, 2012

Obama, the Supreme Court and the “T-word”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats took great pains to avoid the word “tax” when they pushed through Congress a sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul that would require most Americans to buy insurance and would fine them for failing to do so.

Instead they called it a “penalty” and the 2010 law itself used the same term. They wanted to avoid the highly unpopular and politically charged “T-word” that could have sunk the law’s prospects in Congress.

Jun 28, 2012

Holder faces House contempt vote on gun probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces a contempt vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday in a dispute involving a botched gun-running probe, and the chamber’s top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, said some in her party may line up with Republicans against him.

The Republican-led House is to vote on whether to charge the nation’s top law enforcement officer with contempt of Congress related to his withholding of documents in a gun-running sting operation on the U.S.-Mexico border code named “Fast and Furious.”

Jun 26, 2012

War of words heats up over gun walking case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fight between the White House and House Republicans over documents from a botched U.S.-Mexico gun running sting intensified on Tuesday as the lawmaker heading the congressional probe accused the White House of obstructing the investigation.

In a heated seven-page letter to President Barack Obama made public on Tuesday, Representative Darrell Issa questioned the White House’s motives for claiming executive privilege last week to shield some documents from “Operation Fast and Furious” from congressional investigators.

Jun 24, 2012

No evidence of White House cover-up in gun case: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The congressman heading an investigation into a botched gun-trafficking case said on Sunday he had no evidence the White House was involved in a cover-up about the operation or in providing misleading information to Congress.

However, Republican Representative Darrell Issa said documents the White House was shielding under an executive privilege claim would shed more light on how much high-level officials knew about a misleading February 4, 2011 letter to Congress denying that guns had been allowed to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Jun 23, 2012

Cries of cover-up in possible vote on attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the classic Washington investigation at the highest levels of power, it is never the original offense that leads to trouble. It is who knew what and who said what that powers the probe and brings forth the cry of cover-up.

That script is being followed almost to the letter in the drama that continues this week as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives prepares for a possible vote on contempt of Congress charges against the highest law enforcement official in the country, Attorney General Eric Holder.

Jun 21, 2012

House panel votes Holder in contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional panel voted on Wednesday to charge Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress after the Obama administration invoked executive privilege for the first time since coming to office, withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running investigation.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on a party-line vote, decided to cite the nation’s top law enforcement officer in connection with the operation, code-named “Fast and Furious.”

Jun 20, 2012

U.S. House panel votes Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel voted on Wednesday to charge Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress after the Obama administration invoked executive privilege for the first time since coming to office, withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running investigation.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on a party-line vote, decided to cite the nation’s top law enforcement officer in connection with the operation, code-named “Fast and Furious.” The move set up a new confrontation between Democratic President Barack Obama and Congress.

Jun 20, 2012

White House asserts executive privilege in Holder case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday defied the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, invoking a claim of executive privilege as it refused to turn over some documents related to a Mexican gun-running operation.

The move prompted the House Oversight and Government Operations Committee to go ahead with plans to vote on charging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress.

Jun 19, 2012

Lawmaker sets deadline for Holder to avoid contempt citation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said on Tuesday that he would move forward with a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder unless Holder turns over documents by Wednesday morning involving a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexico.

Holder said after meeting Issa late on Tuesday afternoon that he thought he had made a fair offer to provide documents and a briefing to the committee.

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      "Washington congressional correspondent specializing in economics, taxes and budget issues. Covered the healthcare reform legislation and President George W. Bush's push to overhaul Social Security. Also covered the savings and loan crisis and spent time covering the White House during President Bill Clinton's administration. Covered trade and Federal Reserve policy as well."
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