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  • ** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Associated Press)

    Jeb Bush to Congress: Don't use border crisis as excuse to delay immigration reform

    Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential contender, said Congress should not use the current crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border as an excuse not to pass broader immigration fixes.

  • President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, where he made a surprise appearance on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)

    House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays

    The Republican-led House is set to take up a measure next week that authorizes Speaker John A. Boehner to sue President Obama over how he implemented parts of Obamacare, adding to the many legal squabbles that surround the health care overhaul this summer.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, meets with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (right) and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Thursday. Mr. Hernandez said ambiguity in Washington's immigration debate has helped human smugglers convince Central Americans that they can stay in the U.S. if they make the long, illegal journey. (Associated Press)

    Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis

    A day before meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.

  • RICE: From Point A to Point B without Forgetting Point C: Competitiveness

    It is no secret that many of our interstates, highways, and bridges are in dire need of repair. This impacts everyone -- from the school bus driver taking children to school, families traveling out of state for vacations, and truck drivers transporting consumer goods. Not only does this impact our daily lives, but it also threatens our safety in emergency situations.

  • RIBBLE: Keeping our waterways flowing: and making Congress work at the same time

    It seems like Congress just can't get anything done these days, even when there's broad agreement that a problem needs to be solved. Instead, the important issues tend to get punted until "after the next election." And then, once the next election passes, it's on to the next election. And the next. And so forth.

  • The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. (associated press)

    Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful

    Opponents of President Obama's health care law notched their biggest legal win to date Tuesday, when the second-most-powerful court in the country said the administration had unlawfully extended Obamacare subsidies to millions of Americans.

  • GIBBS: WRRDA: A True Bipartisan Solution

    With Washington in gridlock and the President at odds with Congress, the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in June of this year is a signal that good policy can trump partisan rhetoric.

  • U.S. Border Patrol Senior Agent B.T. Hick and his dog Mirza, left, inspect a car at a check point outside Organ Pipe Cactus National Park in Why, Ariz., Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The detention of a prominent immigration activist at a Texas airport served as a reminder of the latitude the Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints for drugs and immigrants in the country illegally at locations not on the border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    House calls for immigration enforcement in Central America

    A House Republican task force Wednesday unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to ease the border crisis, including launching law enforcement operations in Central America and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants before they reach the U.S.

  • Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. presided as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could lift restrictions on campaign donations to political parties and candidates. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care

    Obamacare was moved Tuesday to intensive care. Two federal appellate courts split over whether the administration can bypass Congress and rewrite the Obamacare law as it wishes Congress had written it.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, practices spycraft that includes passing off cellphones after limited use and dispensing fake information about his whereabouts. (Associated Press)

    McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply

    Fundamentalist Islam now has its own self-declared “state” – the “Islamic State”, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), now expanded into the long sought global caliphate.

  • Yellen Money Balloon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    MORICI: Yellen's denials of rising inflation

    Testifying before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen cherry-picked data on inflation by noting prices are up, on a year-over-year basis, less than the Federal Reserve's target of 2 percent.

  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson holds a news conference on the steps of Wisconsin Eastern District Federal Courthouse Monday, July 7, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. A government attorney is trying to persuade a federal judge in Green Bay to toss out Johnson's lawsuit challenging rules forcing congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. U.S. Justice Department attorney James Luh  told U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on Monday that Johnson can't sue because he hasn't shown how the rules have caused him any injury. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Judge throws out Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit over Obamacare exchanges

    A Republican senator had no grounds to sue the Obama administration over how it interpreted the part of Obamacare that forces members of Congress to get their health care insurance through the law's new exchanges, a federal judge ruled Monday.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has taken Congress to task for its noncommittal approach to investing in the nation's aging infrastructure. Lawmakers have thus far rejected the Obama administration's efforts to pass a long-term improvement plan. (Associated Press)

    Transport chief seeking long-term bill

    With a major infrastructure spending bill hanging in the balance, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday compared Congress to shopping with his grandmother when she would tell him to put the toy back on the shelf because they were just browsing.

  • Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

    The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn't regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records.

  • White House warned about 'antiquated' VA scheduling system 5 years ago

    Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times.

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