"Crossfire" hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones discuss whether or not civil rights charges should be filed against George Zimmerman.
Washington (CNN) – In the latest salvo of a pitched political battle over Internal Revenue Service targeting, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that interviews with 15 tax agency employees found no evidence of bias or White House manipulation alleged by Republicans.
"Despite an extremely aggressive investigation involving thousands of documents and more than a dozen interviews of IRS employees, the overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in this process," said the memo made public by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's ranking Democrat.
Updated 4:44 p.m. ET, 7/17: Spitzer's campaign released pages from his 2011 and 2012 tax returns on Wednesday.
(CNN) - After calls from his Democratic opponent to release his personal income tax returns, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer – currently making a political comeback bid for New York City comptroller – disclosed his income and taxes paid for the past two years.
Spitzer, who stopped short of releasing his full tax returns, said he made an adjusted gross income of $4.268 million in 2012 and paid $2.094 million in federal, state and city taxes, a rate of 49%.
(CNN) – Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, has some blunt advice for those protesting or focusing on last week's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
"We're hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury. That's the way the American law system works," Harris said Tuesday morning in a radio interview. "Get over it."
Washington (CNN) – Most House Democrats are expected to oppose two House Republican bills on Wednesday that would delay key provisions of Obamacare, the number two House Democrat told reporters Tuesday.
"I think most Democrats will stick together," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said when asked about the upcoming votes. He called the Republican bill to delay the employer mandate to provide health care insurance "redundant" because it "doesn't do anything beyond what the president has already done."
Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET on 7/16
Washington (CNN) – An effort to remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command received a bipartisan boost Tuesday as conservative Republicans joined the bill's main backer, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, to voice their support for the measure.
“Our carefully crafted common sense proposal was written in direct response to what the victims told us, the stories that came from them, what happened to them, the fact that they didn’t trust the chain of command, that they were retaliated against, that they didn’t think justice was possible,” Gillibrand said at a Capitol Hill event.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Five years after the Wall Street meltdown, the agency that protects consumers is on the verge of getting a chief confirmed by the Senate.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 71-29 to clear hurdles to confirm Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder, a longtime target of Republicans who have tried to force him out of office, now faces the prospect of angering liberal supporters when his Department of Justice decides whether to file federal charges in the Trayvon Martin killing.
Civil rights groups are planning nationwide protests, and hundreds of thousands of people support an online petition drive calling for admitted shooter George Zimmerman to face federal charges in the February 2012 killing.
Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET at 7/16
(CNN) – While Sen. Marco Rubio's push for comprehensive immigration reform drew some derision from conservatives – particularly his support for a bill that contained a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants – the Florida Republican's fundraising spiked as the measure was debated in Washington.
In the second quarter of 2013, Rubio brought in $3 million - up 31% from his haul in the first three months of the year, according to a source familiar with his financial reports.
Updated at 10:33 a.m. ET on 7/16
Washington (CNN) - Ed Markey was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of the U.S. Senate.
But Markey, 67, is anything but a rookie on Capitol Hill. The Democrat from Massachusetts was in his 20th term in the House of Representatives before winning election last month to the Senate.