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?I Am Not Holder,? Lynch Tells Senate at AG Confirmation Hearing (January 28, 2015, 02:07 PM)

The shadow of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder loomed over Loretta Lynch's attorney general confirmation hearing underway before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.


GOP Plans Bill to Halt Proposed IRS Rules on Tax-Exempt Groups (January 28, 2015, 11:29 AM)

Republicans will seek to block the Obama administration from issuing new rules curbing use of tax-exempt organizations for political purposes.


Live Video and Chatter: Loretta Lynch Confirmation Hearing (January 28, 2015, 10:03 AM)

Loretta Lynch will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee today at a confirmation hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general. Here is video and live Twitter chatter.


Seib Video: A Quick Start to 2016 GOP Race (January 28, 2015, 08:02 AM)

What set off the recent scramble by Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and Scott Walker? Jeb Bush's early move into the 2016 spotlight. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains why that's significant.


Capital Journal Daybreak: Lynch?s AG Confirmation Hearing Set to Begin | Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ?529? Accounts | Jeb Bush?s Influence (January 28, 2015, 07:38 AM)

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.


Sgt. Bergdahl Still Awaiting General?s Decision On His Case (January 27, 2015, 08:30 PM)

The Army general weighing whether to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in connection with leaving a military base in Afghanistan in 2009 has not yet made a decision on how to proceed in the case, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.


What the Demise of Obama?s 529 Plan Says About Tax Reform (January 27, 2015, 07:02 PM)

David Wessel: Officials clearly didn't think through the politics of the plan--whatever its merits--and now the administration is in the embarrassing position of sending Congress a budget that includes a proposal the president has dropped.


Michelle Obama Not Blurred Out on Saudi TV (January 27, 2015, 06:35 PM)

Erroneous reports circulated Tuesday that Saudi state television blurred first lady Michelle Obama's face at a meeting between President Barack Obama and the new Saudi king. Fake videos surfaced online of a blurred-out Mrs. Obama at meeting between a visiting American delegation and King Salman, who assumed the throne last week after the death of his half-brother. However, observers of the live broadcast ? including a Wall Street Journal reporter in the country ? said that there was no blurring of Mrs. Obama, and that she also shook hands with King Salman.


Obama Backtracks From Plan to Tax ?529? College Savings Accounts (January 27, 2015, 06:08 PM)

John Feehery: The president's proposal suggested that he believes that middle-class parents who don't qualify for financial aid shouldn't get any kind of break on paying for college.


The Fight Over Charging Fees to Medicaid Beneficiaries (January 27, 2015, 06:02 PM)

Should Medicaid beneficiaries pay fees for health coverage?


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