Barbi Wheelihan

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Levin: IRS tea party probe 'flawed'

The inspector general report that fueled the IRS tea party targeting scandal is “fundamentally flawed” because it failed to include details that progressive groups were also flagged for extra attention, a senior House Democrat said late Monday.<p>Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, the top Democrat on the …

Obama in the doldrums

Not yet six months into his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is in a dead zone.<p>A combination of familiar Washington intransigence and a more recent run of bad news and political setbacks have left him with less influence over his circumstances — and more buffeted by factors beyond his control …

Raise the minimum wage

Seventy-five years ago, during the height of America’s gravest economic crisis to date — the Great Depression — President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the landmark Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the first federal minimum wage.<p>Roosevelt and minimum wage proponents of the time looked to …