David Lightman

Inside the immigration bill: Details, bureaucracy and pork

Inch your way through the Senate immigration bill and you’ll find special stuff for ski instructors, cruise line repairmen and Irish workers. You’ll see “committee’’ mentioned 152 times, and task forces cited 39 times. | 07/15/13 00:00:00 By - David Lightman and William Douglas

Where’s the shame? Scandals may no longer end political careers

Sex. Drugs. Cheating on a spouse. Those words used to add up to shame. Put them in the same sentence as a politician’s name, and they ended careers. Not anymore. The latest batch of unlikely back-from-the-swamp hopefuls are Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. | 07/11/13 16:29:22 By - By David Lightman

House GOP fails to resolve party split over immigration

Republicans struggled without success Wednesday to find common ground over how to deal with the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. | 07/10/13 19:24:12 By - By David Lightman, Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Immigration votes will echo into 2014, 2016 elections

The nation’s immigration debate has become an epic struggle between two of the nation’s most potent political forces, the growing, crucial Latino vote and the well-funded, highly motivated conservative movement. It’s also caused a schism within the Republican Party, a divide with the potential to cause serious wounds. | 07/02/13 13:40:46 By - By David Lightman

Gays, race and immigrants stir the U.S. and its politics

The blur of Washington news this week – major decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and immigration – was a vivid illustration of how Americans are grappling with fundamental social change. | 06/28/13 16:16:30 By - By David Lightman

Immigration overhaul in doubt after Senate vote

The Senate Thursday voted 68-32 to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, an ambitious plan that creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants while requiring tough new steps to secure the nation’s borders. | 06/27/13 18:53:52 By - By David Lightman

New IRS leader touts changes following scandal but reveals little

The temporary head of the Internal Revenue Service on Monday released a much anticipated but ultimately disappointing report on how the agency came to unfairly target tea party and other conservative organizations. | 06/24/13 17:46:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman

Let’s tea party like it’s 2010? Probably not in Massachusetts this week

The tea party isn’t much of a factor in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate election, a stark contrast with 2010, when a similar contest jolted the nascent movement into national prominence. | 06/24/13 15:18:48 By - By David Lightman

Spy data disclosures show anew that executive branch holds all the cards

Disclosures about National Security Agency cyber-spying on millions of Americans vividly illustrates how the federal government’s check-and-balance system is out of balance. | 06/19/13 15:16:04 By - By David Lightman

IRS cases were referred to ‘Group 7822’

The Internal Revenue Service diverted applications for tax-exempt status from tea party and like-minded organizations to a special track known as Group 7822 for special scrutiny, according to transcripts of an interview by congressional interrogators with a key IRS official. | 06/18/13 18:33:37 By - By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall

IRS scandal brings out more charges of political audits

If reports of political targeting of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service shocked the nation, they didn’t seem that surprising to many other groups who experienced problems with the tax agency in the past. | 06/17/13 14:59:03 By - By Kevin G. Hall

As public concerns grow, Congress spooked over spying

The American people are growing increasingly concerned about reports of domestic spying. And Congress isn’t sure how to respond. | 06/14/13 16:19:49 By - By David Lightman

Feinstein will seek limits on who can see NSA spy data

The Senate intelligence committee chairman on Thursday vowed an effort to limit the access of government contract workers, such as Edward Snowden, to highly classified information. | 06/13/13 18:25:40 By - By William Douglas and David Lightman

Congress grills NSA chief Keith Alexander about spying

Increasingly uneasy senators subjected Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency, to a tough grilling Wednesday as congressional concern grew over his agency’s cybersnooping. | 06/12/13 19:03:05 By - By David Lightman

House members voice skepticism about surveillance programs after FBI, NSA briefing

Members of Congress on Tuesday expressed growing doubts about the way the country’s top-secret surveillance programs are managed, even as the top legislators from each party voiced confidence in the programs and showed little interest in a public discussion of the issue. | 06/11/13 20:43:21 By - By David Lightman, William Douglas and Kate Irby

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