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IG faults use of Star Trek movie for 'team building'

An internal investigation at the Commerce Department has faulted a 'team building' exercise for a group of government and contract employees involved in a major weather satellite program, where workers first went to lunch and then spent an afternoon watching a matinee showing of a Star Trek movie. "Even if ...

Strikes also hit Al Qaeda splinter group

As the Pentagon announced that the U.S. had not only attacked Islamic State targets inside of Syria, but also an Al Qaeda splinter group described by President Obama as "seasoned al Qaeda operatives," officials said the attack was undertaken to thwart the possibility of a planned terror attack that might ...

6 weeks to Election Day - Governors

From Jacksonville, Florida - While the fight for control of the U.S. Senate has garnered most of the attention in recent months, there may actually be more races for Governor that could go to either party in the rush to Election Day, as the GOP tries to hold on to ...

Obama stimulus law still chugging along

It has been over five and a half years since President Obama signed an economic 'stimulus' plan into law, and even though it was intended to immediately spur new economic growth, money from the original $787 billion package is still being spent by federal agencies in 2014, long after it ...

Obama health law enrollment shrinks

After trumpeting "over eight million" enrollments just a few months ago in the exchanges for the Obama health law, a top Obama Administration official told Congress on Thursday that the latest report on the number of Americans signed up has shrunk by as much as 10 percent. "As of August ...

Whistleblower labels Phoenix VA report a "whitewash"

The former VA doctor who blew the whistle on major troubles at veterans health facilities in Phoenix publicly accused internal VA investigators of downplaying his charges and issuing a report that was a "whitewash," telling lawmakers at a House hearing that he was forced to take his claims to the ...

Special Benghazi hearings begin in U.S. House

Just over two years since four Americans died in an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya, a special committee convenes Wednesday in the U.S. House to further probe the incident, as Republicans vowed to get answers and Democrats accused the GOP of playing politics with the matter. Asked to ...

Immigration status could cost 115,000 health coverage

While federal officials have resolved hundreds of thousands of data discrepancies for consumers enrolled in the Obama health law, 115,000 people could lose their coverage at the end of September, because they have not been able to prove that they are U.S. citizens or legal residents. And officials say another ...

Congress tries to rush home for Election Day

The U.S. Congress may have only returned to Washington, D.C. last week from a lengthy summer break, and Election Day may still be seven weeks away, but lawmakers could try to wrap up work this week in order to rush back home to campaign for the November elections. Along the ...

Yahoo documents go public in surveillance fight

The internet search company Yahoo said on Thursday that the U.S. government threatened massive fines in 2007 unless the company provided online user information to intelligence agencies, a request that Yahoo argued violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure for its customers. "At one point, the U.S. Government ...

White House background on Obama speech

As President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday night, vowing to wage systematic campaign of air strikes against Islamic State terrorists in both Iraq and Syria, the White House made clear this campaign would be about much more than just a military campaign. "In concert with our coalition partners, the ...

New data manipulation charges leveled against VA

Lawmakers on a House committee will hear new charges from inside the VA about data manipulation, this time from a whistleblower at the Board of Veterans' Appeals, who is publicly accusing top officials of fudging dates to make it look like veterans were not waiting as long for the disposition ...

Congress grapples with next move on Islamic State

As lawmakers in the Congress returned to Capitol Hill from a five week break, members of both parties said it was time to deal with the threat of Islamic State militants, by voting to authorize U.S. military action. "ISIS is the issue now," said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who argued ...

Congress returns for a few weeks

After a five week summer break, lawmakers in the Congress return to session on Monday with little chance of getting much substantive legislative work done in the next few weeks, before scampering back home to campaign for the November elections. Instead of rushing to finish work on the budget for ...

50 Senators back delay in Postal Service cuts

In a reminder of how difficult it has been for the Congress to agree on the best way to reform the workings of the Postal Service, a bipartisan group that now covers half of the U.S. Senate has publicly expressed opposition to plans to shut down up to 82 mail ...

No imminent Islamic State threat seen in US

While a top counter terrorism official said the U.S. has no credible evidence that Islamic State militants are planning some kind of attack on the U.S. homeland, intelligence agencies are closely watching for Americans who might have gone to the Middle East, and then could then return home at some ...

More U.S. soldiers to Iraq to defend embassy in Baghdad

The White House announced on Tuesday evening that President Obama had approved a State Department request to have the Pentagon send more military personnel to Iraq, in order to defend the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad, the largest American diplomatic facility in the world. The extra 350 military personnel would ...

Ukraine overshadows Obama trip to Europe

As President Obama leaves on Tuesday for the Baltics, the U.S. and Europe continue to focus on more economic sanctions combined with diplomatic efforts as the preferred way to try to convince Russian leader Vladimir Putin to halt what has been a slow motion invasion of areas in the east ...

Obama: No strategy yet on IS strikes in Syria

Knocking down the idea of imminent air strikes against Islamic State rebels operating from Syria, President Obama on Thursday made clear he is not ready to expand U.S. military action in Iraq. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," the President told reporters in the White House ...

Deficit forecast to drop, then increase

It used to be that there was a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about actually balancing the budget. Back in the Clinton Administration, the Republican Congress came within one vote of sending a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. But after a few balanced ...

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