Tea Party Groups Awaken from Holiday Slumber to Fight IRS Rules

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_46bb7e0f7f.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- After getting off to a slow start, conservative tea party groups are pushing back on the Internal Revenue Service’s new proposal to regulate tax-exempt groups. It’s the latest chapter of a saga over the targeting of conservative groups throughout the 2012 election that exploded over the summer of 2013.  And it comes nearly a month and a half after the IRS first revealed its proposed rules in late November.

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Senate Vote on Extending Unemployment Benefits Delayed Until Tuesday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f5d1698bf7.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Senate delayed a vote on extending unemployment benefits until Tuesday because snow delayed many senators' flights back to Washington. Democrats are looking for just a three-month extension to help more than a million people who have spent more than six months out of work. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. said people on long-term unemployment haven't given up their job search.

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Janet Yellen Confirmed, Becomes First Woman to Lead Federal Reserve

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_b98009d532.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- For the first time ever, a woman will lead the nation’s powerful central bank, the Federal Reserve. A majority of senators has now voted to confirm Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Fed’s Board of Governors, a role she’ll assume on Feb. 1.  The vote was called at 6:13 p.m. ET. with 56 yays, 26 nays. Seventeen senators were not present for the vote because of weather-related travel delays.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Sports Post-Holiday Beard

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ce3f4e2a34.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the holiday break -- and he has the beard to prove it.  Stepping up to the podium for his first press briefing in over two weeks, Carney surprised reporters with a scruffy post-holiday beard. “My wife says she likes it,” Carney said. (Carney is married to ABC News’ Claire Shipman.)

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Losing NYC Political Candidate Argues She Was 'Cursed' By Rival

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_767798a9c9.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A New York political rivalry has taken a turn for the supernatural with a losing candidate suing her former opponent over a "cursed" mural that caused her "emotional distress" which may have led to her defeat on election day. Gwen Goodwin filed suit against incoming New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Friday for her actions related to the placement of a large mural on Goodwin's apartment building.

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