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House GOP probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Republican investigation faults senior IRS officials in the mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, but could find no link to the White House, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Congress Convenes On Columbus Day As Government Shutdown Continues
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Poll: Americans have little hope in new Congress

Americans are not very optimistic that a new Congress will break partisan gridlock in Washington in 2015, according to a Monmouth University Poll released on Dec. 22.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP confident of finishing spending measure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite genuine anger among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than like.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Policy disputes hold up $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negotiators inched closer to agreement on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill on Tuesday, as House Republicans indicated they would advance several controversial policy provisions on a separate track.

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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House Republicans plan to undo Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Struggling to reach a long-term agreement, House Republicans are weighing a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

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President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Businesses wanted Obama to go further on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

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A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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Obama veto threat shelves bill extending business tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and GOP Senate colleagues, on Capitol Hill Thursday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and GOP Senate colleagues, on Capitol Hill Thursday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

WASHINGTON (AP) -- United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

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