Late last week, an IRS official apologized for her department targeting right-wing groups for additional scrutiny. Over the weekend, various media outlets got a look at a pending inspector general report. The report is expected to be released publicly this week, but the controversy is already swirling.
The U.S. State Department has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the pending, and controversial, Keystone XL pipeline that lays the groundwork for the project to go ahead. The Environmental Protection Agency, however, has some issues with what the statement says.
At least three countries are convinced the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in his country's ongoing civil war. On Thursday, U.S. officials confirmed they too believed Assad had unleashed sarin gas. But its options are limited.
President Barack Obama is still trying to get his second-term cabinet nominees in place. A number of those still to be confirmed focus on the environment, including Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz and EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy. Moniz and McCarthy both recently had confirmation hearings.
Palestinians haven't voted in a presidential election since 2006, frustrating many. A local TV producer decided to take that frustration and channel it into a reality TV series, just in time for President Barack Obama to come to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
A relative of Osama bin Laden appeared in a New York court last week in connection with the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. While the trial is being criticized for being held on American soil, one reporter says the shift could be helpful to the Obama administration.
The National Rifle Association's ad agency has been helping craft the NRA's image since the early 1980s. Though their approach has been controversial over the years, some critics say the NRA won't be changing its approach any time soon.
With the sequestration budget cuts coming quickly, there are countless examples of how the budget cuts will have real world consequences. The National Park Service, advocates say, will be forced to greatly reduce operations to cope with mandated cuts.
Israel has been a hot topic of discussion recently at the U.S. Senate has considered Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary. All of that attention, though, has some Israelis more than a little uncomfortable.
President Barack Obama called for an increase in minimum wage in his State of the Union address -- increasing it from $7.25 to about $9. increasing minimum pay is often controversial, and business owners and economists are hoping to find middle ground.