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Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exercises her Fifth Amendment right not to speak about the IRS targeting investigation before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Blast IRS Over Lost Emails Allegedly Targeting Tea Party, Others

Contentious hearings on lost Internal Revenue Service emails got back underway in Washington on Tuesday. There was plenty of heated back and forth.

06/24/2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about his knowledge of a traffic study that snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge during a news conference on Jan. 9, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

So How Much Damage Did Christie Do To White House Hopes? Pols Weigh In

What the nation saw earlier in the day was either genuine contrition or a carefully choreographed act to dig out from under a burgeoning scandal. Either way, Chris Christie is in search of an E-ZPass to put the bridge-gate scandal to bed.

01/09/2014

Government Shutdown

No Deal: Government Shutdown Goes Ahead

The White House’s budget office has notified federal agencies that the government is shutting down Tuesday, after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a temporary spending plan.

10/01/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is flanked by House Republicans while speaking about Obamacare during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Sept. 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Cruz spoke about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Said To Be A ’50-50′ Proposition

The stage is set for a partial government shutdown Tuesday morning. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers could be furloughed, including many in the Tri-State Area, and services cut unless a last-minute deal is struck.

09/27/2013

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota waves to the media after voting on Sept. 10, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Pundit: Government Shutdown Likely Dooms Lhota In NYC Mayor’s Race

Pundits say if House Republicans shut down government public anger could affect local elections in New York City and also Nassau County, where Republican County Executive Ed Mangano is in a tough rematch with Tom Suozzi.

09/20/2013

President Barack Obama (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama On ‘Sequester’ Spending Cuts: ‘None Of This Is Necessary’

They just couldn’t get anything done. A high-stakes meeting at the White House to avoid the next fiscal cliff at midnight ended with no deal, but instead another round of the blame game.

03/01/2013

The sequester budget cuts will put a severe strain on senior citizen services in New York City. (Photo: CBS 2)

NYC Senior Citizen Services To Take Big Hit When Sequester Cuts Go Through

There was more squabbling in Washington on Thursday as the nation prepared to go over the latest fiscal cliff — $85 billion in budget cuts.

02/28/2013

The scene inside Clifford Fusco's New Dorp, Staten Island home is not pretty, but his angst has been multiplied by the federal government's inaction because his flood insurance has not been allowed to kick in. (Photo: CBS 2)

EXCLUSIVE: Washington Dysfunction Devastating Those With Flood Insurance

On Friday, Congress will finally vote on the first bit of aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. That won’t be soon enough for thousands of people, including a Staten Island man who is left out in the cold.

01/03/2013

John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, holds up his gavel after being re-elected as Speaker of the House during the opening session of the 113th US House of Representatives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 3, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Boehner Goes From Pin Cushion To Once Again House Speaker In A Day

Just 24 hours after he was reviled by his colleagues in Congress for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief, John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Thursday.

01/03/2013

New Jersey Natural Gas technician Carlos Rojas inspects a leaking gas main that is under water at a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Congress’ Inaction On Sandy Relief Infuriates Storm-Devastated Residents

The debate over federal aid for Superstorm Sandy has infuriated many elected officials, but it is more than a war of words for those still struggling in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

01/02/2013

President Barack Obama said he was "modestly optimistic" while making a statement on "fiscal cliff" negotiations following a meeting with Congressional leaders at the White House on Dec. 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Obama Locks Power Players In A Room, Orders ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

The clock is ticking in Washington. Lawmakers are running out of time to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

12/28/2012

Sen. Harry Reid speaks on the Senate floor (credit: CBS 2)

With No ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal In Sight, Americans Brace For Huge Tax Hikes

Tax doomsday is looming, but it’s still a political standoff in D.C., with one side seemingly waiting for the other to act. While the Senate is already in session, the House will not be back before Sunday.

12/27/2012

House Speaker John Boehner, left, and President Barack Obama (credit: Getty Images)

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Quickly Closing In And Washington Lawmakers Nowhere To Be Found

President Barack Obama was to return to Washington on Thursday after cutting short his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Senate will be in session. But so far the House of Representatives has no plans to meet.

12/26/2012

House Speaker John Boehner, left, and President Barack Obama (credit: Getty Images)

Obama Willing To Up Threshold For Raising Taxes On Households To $400,000

There were signs Tuesday that a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” may be in the offing. President Barack Obama blinked on tax hikes and so did House Speaker John Boehner.

12/18/2012

Obama (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images); Boehner (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Spending Cuts Remain Major Sticking Point In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Negotiations

The fact is it won’t be a merry Christmas if there is no deal on the so-called fiscal cliff, because without a compromise tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts kick in.

12/13/2012

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