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January 2014 Headlines

Amnesty vs Citizenship Path in House Plan?

House Republican leaders are laying out a blueprint for immigration reform, trying to gain support from other GOP House members.

Obama Vows to Go It Alone to 'Expand Opportunity'

President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech Tuesday. He outlined a vision of "opportunity for all." But the question is -- who's listening?

Will State of the Union Bring Greater Divide?

While the president is expected to express a willingness to work with Congress, he will also make it clear he'll go it alone if he deems it necessary.

Sen. Cruz: Obama Should Apologize for Health Law

Most Americans still have a negative view of Obamacare, according to a new Associated Press-GFK poll.

Va. Lawmakers: Attorney General Out of Line

Virginia's Republican lawmakers are blasting the new state attorney general for his decision not to defend Virginia's marriage law.

RNC Takes Pro-Life Stand, Refutes 'War on Women'

The Republican National Committee is taking a stand for life and pushing back against Democrats' claims the party is waging a "war on women." 

Huckabee Blasted for 'War on Women' Remarks

The White House is blasting former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for saying Democrats are waging the real war on women.

GOP Picks Woman for State of the Union Response

The Republican party has picked a woman to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday.

Expert Hacker Cracks Healthcare Site in Minutes

If you signed up for Obamacare, your personal information may be extremely vulnerable to hackers, according to expert hacker David Kennedy.

Bipartisan Panel Urges End to NSA Phone Spying

A government task force is urging President Obama to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone data in a new report Thursday.

Obama Draws Fire for Making Light of Al Qaeda Threat

President Barack Obama is being criticized for making light of the terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda.

Lawmakers: NSA Changes Step in the Right Direction

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are praising President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the NSA's surveillance programs despite disagreeing with some of the details.

NJ Mayor: Christie Held Sandy Funds Hostage

Chris Christie is facing new charges from the mayor of a New Jersey town who says his administration tied Sandy recovery funds to support for a real estate project.

Analysis: Congress Aims to Fix Busted Budgeting

The omnibus bill -- really 12 bills wrapped into one -- was "rushed to passage without amendment or meaningful review," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Critics Fear NSA Surveillance Changes May Fall Short

President Obama announced plans Friday to reform the NSA's telephone metadata collection program. But some fear the White House isn't going far enough.

Tom Coburn Resigning from Senate at Year's End

A top opponent of wasteful government spending is stepping down from the U.S. Senate.

Congress Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Congress has passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill that eases the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts.

Experts Cast Doubt on Obamacare Site Security

The top cybersecurity officer for Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about security risks before the launch of the Obamacare website.

NSA Monitoring Thousands of Computers Worldwide

The National Security Agency has bugged about 100,000 computers around the world, according to a new report by The New York Times.

House Votes on Bipartisan $1.1T Spending Bill

The Republican-led House is set to approve a $1.1 trillion spending deal, even without the votes of some conservatives who object to Obamacare funding in the measure.

FBI Won't File Criminal Charges in IRS Probe

The FBI is not planning to file any criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups.

NSA Surveillance Safety Claims 'Misleading'

The National Security Agency's collection of phone data doesn't really help in preventing terrorist attacks, according to a recent study by the New America Foundation.

Obama Faces Fresh Criticism for 'War on Coal'

The Obama administration is facing new accusations over regulations targeting the coal industry.

High Court Hears Challenge to Recess Appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing a challenge to the presidential power to fill high-level positions when the Senate is in recess.

Probe Launched, Christie Goes into Damage Control

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is releasing thousands of documents in an investigation into his staff's role in the closing of the George Washington Bridge.

Obama Supporter Heads IRS Probe, GOP Cries Foul

The leader of the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups is a political supporter of President Barack Obama.

White House Introduces 'Promise Zones' to Help Poor

President Barack Obama is set to announce ways to help poor neighborhoods through five new "Promise Zones."

Christie Sacks Aide as Traffic Fallout Continues

New Jersey Gov. Christie fired one of his aides amid accusations his administration used a traffic jam as a weapon against a Democratic mayor.

Utah Won't Recognize Gay Marriages

For now, Utah will not recognize the nearly 1,000 gay marriages performed in the state. The governor instructed agencies to freeze all actions regarding same-sex marriages.

Big Gov't Programs Wasting Billions for Nothing?

Many of the federal social programs spend billions of taxpayer dollars while doing no good at all, as revealed in "Do Federal Social Programs Work?"

Sen. Rubio: Time to Rethink 'War on Poverty'

The White House is marking the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty."

Robert Gates' New Memoir Takes Aim at White House

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates offers an unflinching account of his years serving the Bush and Obama administrations in his new political memoir.

Senate Advances Debate on Unemployment Benefits

Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate Tuesday to advance debate on an unemployment benefits bill.

Gov't Complicates Adding Babies to Health Coverage

Participants in the new health care exchanges are running into big roadblocks over relatively minor changes, like trying to add coverage for a baby.

Happy 2014! Obamacare, Debt Top Congress' Agenda

Congress returned to work Monday after a two-week break, and with 2014 being an election year, there's a lot at stake for lawmakers.

White House Ramps Up 'Young Invincibles' Campaign

The White House is ramping up attempts to convince healthy young Americans to sign up for Obamacare.

More Fits, Failures for Obamacare with New Year

Obamacare applications haven't been processed and insurance companies say they've received thousands of faulty applications from the government.

New Federal Law Phases Out Traditional Light Bulbs

About 40,000 new policies have gone into effect for 2014. Most of the new laws are at state and local levels.

GOP Midterm Chances Good but Not Guaranteed

This year the Republicans plan to take back the Senate, and they may be able to do that thanks to the public backlash aganist Obamacare.

Will 2014 Be a Tough Year for Obama's Allies?

The failed launch of Obamacare was a 2013 top story. But the impact of the health care law is just one factor that could make 2014 another tough year for Obama's allies.