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Lawmakers push to punish sexual offenders in the military
On the heels of a recent report detailing 26,000 cases of military sexual assault in 2012 alone, a handful of lawmakers are pushing tough new laws that would punish the perpetrators of these crimes rather than the victim, and which seek to help transform the culture in a military that has been riddled with sexual offense.
IRS hearing: Best moments
Check out the highlight reel from a House hearing Wednesday: bizarre plot twists, witness missteps and new revelations from IRS officials.
House panel moves to curb military sexual assaults
Members of a House panel angry over the growing epidemic of sexual assaults in the military took a key step toward tackling the problem by passing legislation Wednesday that would strip commanding officers of their longstanding authority to unilaterally change or dismiss court-martial convictions in rape and assault cases.
Wed May 22, 2013
House panel seeks to curb military sexual assaults
Determined to check the growing epidemic of sexual assaults in the U.S. armed forces, a House panel is poised to approve a series of revisions to longstanding military law.
Tue May 21, 2013
Military Sexual Assault Tackled by Flurry of Legislation
Turner, co-chairman of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, has grown more frustrated over the years as the problem of sexual assault has persisted in the military.
Mon May 20, 2013
Update on Sexual Assault in the Military
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , along with 15 original co-sponsors, introduced the "Military Justice Improvement Act" this week in the wake of a recent Pentagon report indicating that an estimated 26,000 cases of sexual assault occurred in the military during FY 2012.
Fri May 17, 2013
GOP lawmakers look for ways to punish, limit reach of IRS
While the IRS scandal is only a week old, Capitol Hill Republicans already are pushing more than a half-dozen pieces of legislation that would punish and clip the wings of the beleaguered agency.
Do American Soldiers Need Multibillion Dollar Night Lights?
Republicans and hawkish Democrats in Congress warned us all that if the military spending cuts that were part of the sequestration were allowed to go through, we would all be sorry.
Thu May 16, 2013
Time for Legal Fees from Lawbreaking Government
Following the IRS scandal targeting Tea Party and conservative organizations for special "scrutiny," Republican Congressman Michael Turner introduced legislation to increase penalties against government employees who violate laws governing issuance of tax-exempt status.
Sen. Rubio introduces bill banning IRS political targeting
Newscast Media WASHINGTON-Congressman Mike Turner introduced the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013 on Tuesday that would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code, making it a crime for the Internal Revenue Service to discriminate against anyone based on their constitutionally protected rights of political speech and expression.
Wed May 15, 2013
IRS Mess Exposes Split Between What Congress Will Say and What It Will Do
It took four days in Congress for predictably unanimous rhetorical outrage at the IRS to devolve into a predictably partisan disagreement over the proper legislative response.
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State budget deal within reach at State Capitol
With less than two weeks to go in the legislative session, House chief budget writer Republican Rep.
Tue May 14, 2013
If your understanding of what, exactly, the Hungarian American Caucus has been up to in recent years is as clear as a bowl of paprika-spiked goulash, allow HOH to bring you up to speed.
Mon May 13, 2013
Rubio Pushes IRS Amendment to Water Bill
For Sen. Marco Rubio, multiple congressional investigations are not enough. The Florida Republican upped the ante on the IRS this afternoon, filing an amendment to an unrelated water resources bill to provide criminal penalties for similar acts in the future.
5 questions about the IRS scandal - Ohio GOP wants to ramp up...
FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IRS SCANDAL. A classic Washington scandal is unfolding - complete with accusations of lies, abuse of power and questions about cover-ups. To add to the intrigue, it involves one of the most hated government agencies: the Internal Revenue Service.
Bill would penalize IRS lawbreakers
In the wake of an admission by an IRS official that conservative groups had been targeted for additional scrutiny, Rep.
Sun May 12, 2013
Sentencing Law and Policy
Ohio prosecutor upset public unwilling to pay higher taxes to make his job easier
The title of this post is my proposed alternative headline for this local article discussing recent sentencing law reforms in Ohio .
Thu May 09, 2013
Pressure Building to Address Military Sexual Assault in Defense Bill
A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers met with senior White House officials Thursday morning to discuss several legislative proposals aimed at getting the military's growing epidemic of sexual assault under control.
Wed May 08, 2013
Burnt Orange Report
House Tensions Run High as Deadlines Loom
Looming with the deadline that any non-local House Bills must be passed out of the full House by tomorrow night, tensions can run high, and that came to boiling point yesterday.
Mon Apr 29, 2013
Investigator: Ohio politicians living large in D.C.
When Rep. Jim Renacci huddled together with a group of retired football players during a May 2012 press conference, he spoke of helping the NFL Hall of Fame acquire priceless football artifacts through a proposed bill that wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime.