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President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden  during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six years in - still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress.

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U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Congress faces long to-do list, uncertain success

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House passed a $2 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.

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John Boehner Holds Media Briefing At The Capitol
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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House alters reporting of lawmakers’ free trips

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is no longer requiring lawmakers to report some free trips they take on the annual forms they file about their personal finances, drawing fire from advocates of more transparency in government.

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President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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‘So sue me,’ Obama taunts Congressional Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

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From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Obama on radio: Congress obstructs, so I act alone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he'll keep acting on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda.

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President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014,  after having lunch with Rebekah Erler.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014, after having lunch with Rebekah Erler. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama pitches economic priorities in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Republican obstructionism in Congress is keeping intact a system that is "rigged" against average people who are trying to do the right thing.

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Bowe Bergdahl
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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AP Analysis: Bergdahl Release Talks Had Wider Goal

The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Congress Kept in Dark on Bergdahl Swap Since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior Democrats and Republicans said Tuesday.

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