DOJ Official Testifies on IRS Probe of Lost Emails

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e5703f61ee.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Top Department of Justice official James Cole faced tough questions from a House Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday, addressing an investigation into the disappearance of former IRS official Lois Lerner's emails. Cole, Deputy Attorney General, said no politics were involved in the DOJ's probe of the Internal Revenue Service, and no decisions have been made on whether to criminally charge any employees.

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Chris Christie Kicks Off Campaign Before the Campaign

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_97ce52a960.jpgNew Jersey Governor's Office (MARION, Iowa) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to Iowa for the first time in two years Thursday, launching what looked like his campaign before the campaign in the state that gets the first crack at sizing up political candidates. He insisted he has made no decision about his political future and that although he appreciated the rousing reception, it wouldn’t factor into his decision to run for president.

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VA Seeks $17.6 Billion To Hire Additional Clinical Staff, Add Resources

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_10f9fc55c9.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking $17.6 billion in additional funding to hire 10,000 more clinical staff members and expand its resources following its recent scandal over prolonged wait times for patients. Speaking before a Senate committee Wednesday, Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the agency is looking to employ another 1,500 doctors to enhance its services for veterans.

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FBI Probing Lost IRS Emails as DOJ Sets to Defend Its Investigation

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_afc7ac6e5f.jpgAnn Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Amid a flurry of Republican calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department is set to defend its own probe of the matter as exhaustive and sufficient during a House hearing Thursday on the department’s response to the scandal.

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Lawyer: Ex-Taliban Captive Bowe Bergdahl Says Obama ‘Saved His Life’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_464ed85a6c.jpgU.S. Army via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The new lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said the former Taliban prisoner is “deeply grateful” to President Obama for his freedom. “He believes President Obama saved his life,” attorney Eugene Fidell told ABC News in an interview to be broadcast on World News with Diane Sawyer.

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