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Michael McAuliff
Michael McAuliff was a Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News, where he covered Sen. Hillary Clinton, the 2008 presidential campaign, and the fight over the 9/11 health and compensation law. Before coming to the paper in 2003 as a national and metro desk editor, he was the national editor of He was also the national editor of the groundbreaking crime-news site APB He went to Brooklyn College, and got his start covering news in New York City.

Entries by Michael McAuliff

Republican Outrage At IRS Is All About Protecting Karl Rove, Dark Money, Dems Say

(53) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have accidentally produced several revelations this month, including how poorly the IRS enforces its rules, how many of those groups actually want to ignore those rules, and how much...

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Republicans Accuse Census Bureau Of Trying To 'Hide The Effects Of Obamacare'

(1411) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Republicans who have tried for years to hamstring detailed surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau were suddenly alarmed Tuesday over news that changes to one of its surveys might in turn hamstring one of their political strategies -- attacks against Obamacare.

The changes, reported by The...

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Not Implicated In the Lois Lerner IRS Furor: The White House

(3122) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Two House of Representatives committees held nearly unprecedented votes this week targeting the former IRS official at the heart of the scandal over tax-exempt political groups. But the most illuminating thing about those votes, and the committee investigations that preceded them, may be what they didn't reveal: Any...

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Republicans Vote To Hold Former IRS Official Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress

(1370) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted on party lines Thursday to hold in contempt of Congress the former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's inappropriate scrutiny of political nonprofits. This is the first time congressional lawmakers have acted to hold...

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Tom Cotton Cleared Of One Ethics Complaint, Faces A New One

(10) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 8:48 PM

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was reportedly cleared of one House ethics complaint Wednesday, only to have another fired at him.

The first case was sparked by a Huffington Post article about radio interviews with Cotton in which the talk show host's remarks made it appear that the congressman...

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Republicans Vote For Criminal Probe Of Lois Lerner Over IRS Targeting

(443) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee took the scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's botched scrutiny of political nonprofits to a new level Wednesday, voting along party lines to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to bring a criminal case against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Lerner ran the...

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Darrell Issa Tries Tactic In IRS Probe Last Used In McCarthyism

(1262) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Research Service finds that Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) probe of the Internal Revenue Service is veering into territory last trod by Congress in the McCarthy era.

Issa, chairman of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform, has been investigating the IRS's...

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Republican Slams Dems' Equal Pay Push As 'Condescending' To Women [UPDATE]

(3755) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' push for pay equity between men and women is "condescending," one of the top women in the House Republican leadership argued Tuesday, suggesting that the campaign for equal pay for equal work reflects a lack of understanding of women's contributions to the workforce.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.),...

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Club For Growth Hits GOP Senator For Votes He Cast When Jimmy Carter Was President

(28) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- It looks like the Club for Growth really holds a grudge. The right-leaning free enterprise group that has been going after Republican incumbents is out with a new ad Monday targeting Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R) -- for votes as far back as the administration of President Jimmy...

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Dems Ask How Paul Ryan Budget Would Affect Poverty

(118) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been talking an awful lot about poverty lately -- some say insultingly -- but there is very little nonpartisan evidence of whether his proposals, particularly the budget plan he is advancing on the House floor this week, would help...

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Nancy Pelosi: We've Finally Filled The George Bush Jobs Hole

(658) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- The latest jobs report contained a politically important fact for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- America finally replaced the jobs lost from the "Bush economic policies," the House minority leader said Friday, blaming Republicans for the slow pace of recovery.

Pelosi's declaration came shortly after the Labor Department announced...

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Democrat Michelle Nunn Uses George Bush In First Georgia Senate TV Ad

(36) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Nunn, a Democrat running in the Georgia Senate race, released her first ad today, and it features none other than former Republican President George H.W. Bush.

Those who know Nunn probably aren't surprised by the spot. Nunn is the CEO of the Points of Light...

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Supreme Court's McCutcheon Ruling Is 'Amateurish,' 'Mind-Boggling,' Democrats Say

(739) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's latest campaign finance ruling is a mind-bogglingly "naive" and "amateurish" decision that only promotes the power of the rich and pushes the United States closer to a Ukraine-like nation ruled by oligarchs, Democrats charged Wednesday.

The court ruled Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC...

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John Boehner's Replacement For Obamacare: A Promise To Replace Obamacare

(1525) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have repeatedly mocked Republican promises to craft a replacement for Obamacare, and while the GOP is reportedly working on a plan, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had only another promise to offer on Wednesday.

When asked at a news conference whether Republicans would...

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Koch Brothers' New Obamacare Attack: An Arkansas Trucker Is Confused

(799) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:45 PM

After a number of ads run by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity have been hammered for making false charges against Obamacare, the outfit has a new spot in Arkansas that offers a less-daring claim: A truck driver is confused about his insurance.

"It's like living...

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Not Just Castration: Battle For Iowa Farm Cred Has Phony Pigs, Too

(13) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Were those Iowa pigs that Joni Ernst bragged about castrating? The ones she made squeal the way she promises to make Washington's "big spenders" squeal? Or were they really from ... Denmark?

It's the latest chapter of absurdity being written in the Iowa U.S. Senate campaign, after Rep....

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Senate Democrats Plot Move To Make Medicare Changes Harder

(61) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- As part of a midterm elections effort to portray Democrats as the party protecting and nurturing the middle class, the Democratic Senate leadership is eyeing a way to make it harder for lawmakers to cut Medicare.

The proposal, which was outlined by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in...

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Darrell Issa Hearing Reveals IRS-Targeted Groups Prefer To Be Political

(1180) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa's latest oversight hearing into the Internal Revenue Service's botched enforcement against tea party and other "social welfare" groups has revealed a dirty little secret: Many of those groups actually want to preserve the option to run as "dark money" political operations.

That revelation came primarily...

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Member Of Congress Unloads Russian Stocks Following HuffPost Report

(11) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- A member of Congress who held stocks in Russian companies has requested that her broker sell them "forthwith" after the investments were revealed on Tuesday by The Huffington Post.

Freshman Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) was one of six members of Congress who owned stock in Russian...

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Crushes Republican's Contempt Of Congress Threat

(1034) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- A frustrated Republican earned himself a fierce rebuke from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday for suggesting that the top taxman should be held in contempt of Congress.

Koskinen spent hours in front of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform for its ongoing probe...

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