The Justice Department is investigating whether the IRS targeted conservative groups for special tax screening, but Republicans say a special prosecutor, rather than Obama appointees, would be more likely to get at the truth.
Economists downgrade their forecast for US growth in 2014 from 2.5 percent to 1.6 percent. A tepid economy usually hurts the president's party in an election year. Can competing data help Democrats dodge the blow?
Extra funds to deal with the flood of migrant women and children at the US border, which Obama requested Tuesday, must be offset by spending cuts elsewhere, some Republicans argue. Several factors, though, weigh against that approach.
Since 1975, Congress has sought to keep domestic crude oil at home, for use by American consumers. Signs are afoot that the Obama administration is ready to ease the ban and let some oil be exported. Here are the basics.