The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement plans.
The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress on Friday for his agency's tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
As the investigation into the IRS' targeting of conservative political groups widens, House Speaker John Boehner says he has a question: "Who's going to jail over this scandal?"
The good news is the budget deficit for the current year is projected to come in well below what was estimated just a few months ago.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general's report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.
The top Democrat on the House Oversight panel said Monday that the authors of an independent investigation into the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, should answer questions about their work at a congressional hearing, not in a private deposition that the Republicans want.
The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
The U.S. Treasury says it took in a surplus of $113 billion in April, the largest in five years. That lowered the federal deficit through the first seven months of the budget year and kept it on pace to be the smallest since 2008.