New York (CNNMoney) - Eager for your 2013 tax refund? Well, if you like to file your federal return at the start of every tax season, you may have to wait a little longer for your check.
The IRS said Wednesday that it would not start processing 2013 tax returns until January 31 next year - 10 days later than originally scheduled.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A former Environmental Protection Agency executive was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday for defrauding the government in what the judge called an "unbelievably egregious" scheme to steal taxpayer funds.
John C. Beale spent a decade milking the EPA for unearned pay and perks using a series of increasingly complicated lies, including that he was secretly working for the CIA.
(CNN) - Health insurers announced Wednesday they will give people buying coverage under Obamacare more time to make the first payment.
America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, said consumers now have until Jan. 10 to make their first payment for coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.
(CNN) - In a defeat for the Obama administration over executive privilege, a federal judge has ordered the release of a secret government document dealing with foreign aid that President Barack Obama has refused to make public.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, in a ruling dated Tuesday, rejected as "troubling" the sweeping White House contention that a single unclassified directive was within the so-called presidential communications privilege.FULL STORY
Updated 4:13 p.m., 12/18/2013
(CNN) - An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama recommends the controversial collection of so-called metadata of Americans' electronic communications remain in place.
But the collection program predominantly covering phone records and e-mail must have tighter constraints and greater transparency, according to the report released on Wednesday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Actress Glenn Close joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby for legislation expanding access and quality of mental health treatment.
Along with Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, at a press conference at the Capitol, Close said her sister's diagnosis of bipolar disorder late in life prompted her to take action.
(CNN) - For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress is poised to give final approval to a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinksmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.
The Senate is expected to pass the compromise federal budget framework Wednesday and send it to President Barack Obama, who has signaled his support.FULL STORY
Updated 12:54 p.m., 12/18/2013
(CNN) - Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry.
"We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting a new low in the state that propelled him toward the White House.
The President's approval rating stands at 38% and his disapproval rating at 59% in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa voters. The 39% figure is Obama's lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac polling in the Hawkeye State.