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Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, says materials from an IRS workshop in 2010 instructed agents to flag applications from "progressive" groups as well as those with "Tea Party," "patriot" or "9/12" in their names.
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VIDEO: 'I Need Help' San Diego Mayor Says

After reports that he has sexually harassed numerous women, Mayor Bob Filner released a video statement in which he apologizes but does not talk about stepping down. The 70-year-old Democrat has only been in office about 6 months.
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Virginia Democrats Say Commonwealth Could Change Tune On Same-Sex Marriage

Various Democrats running for statewide office in Virginia say that they'll push for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the commonwealth, a move that voters are more willing to accept than before.

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D.C. Council Moves To Delay Election Of Attorney General To 2018

D.C. legislators have moved to push back the first-ever election of the city's attorney general over concerns that the office's authority is still unclear.

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Senate Democrats Fed Up With Filibusters On Nominations

Senate Democrats are once again threatening a rules change to allow President Obama to win approval for his executive branch appointments on a simple majority vote. Republicans complain that this strike against the filibuster is both unfair and a bad precedent.
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Marion Barry Censured For Accepting Gifts From Contractors

Former mayor Marion Barry has earned the ire of the D.C. Council again, this time for accepting unlawful gifts from contractors.

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House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

Republican leaders muster the votes to get passage of an abbreviated measure despite opposition from Democrats.
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'Nuclear Option' Would End Filibusters For Appointments

Senate Democrats appear so fed up enough by Republicans blocking President Obama's appointments that they are preparing to change Senate rules. The so-called "nuclear option" would end the use of the filibuster when it comes to appointments, dramatically diminishing the power of the minority party in the chamber.
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Virginia Governor Mired In Controversy Over Gifts, Loans

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as having 2016 ambitions, is not having a good year. He's at the center of state and federal investigations involving $145,000 in questionable financial assistance from a political donor whose company McDonnell and his wife took steps to promote. That includes $15,000 to help pay for their daughter's wedding — a disclosure made by the former chef at the Executive Mansion, himself accused of stealing food.
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Resurrected Farm Bill Passes Without Food Stamps Component

House Republicans made a second run at passing a farm bill on Thursday, weeks after seeing dozens of their own party vote against it the first time.

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