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Former IRS Commissioner Faces Grilling

Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER AND ALAN FRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are getting their first chance to question the former head of th...

First Lawsuit Filed Against IRS Over Tea Party Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

By Nate Raymond May 20 (Reuters) - A California-based Tea Party group sued the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Monday in what marked ...

IRS Rarely Denies Applications From 'Social Welfare' Groups

Center For Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

By Michael Beckel Center for Public Integrity During its past four fiscal years, the Internal Revenue Service has formally denied the applicat...

Carney: Senior White House Staff Knew Of IRS Probe

AP | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was first informed about an audit of the IRS' inappropriate targeting of conse...

Michael McAuliff

Senators Ask What White House Knew About IRS Scandal | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday fired off a lengthy letter demanding answers to 41 separate qu...

Will Main Street ever trust Washington again?

Don McNay | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Don McNay

"You know you cannot trust them They know they can't trust you." -Steve Goodman (Jimmy Buffett) "Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscien...

IRS Scandal a Carbuncle -- on a Cancer-Wracked Body

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Permitting Tea Party, left-wing, libertarian, middle-of-the-road -- whatever -- groups to define themselves as untaxed social welfare organizations that may accept unlimited, untaxed, secret corporate gifts and sponsor political ads is a sarcoma on democracy.

Ryan Grim

Issa Comes To White House Rescue | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said earlier this week in a little-noticed interview that he knew "approximately" what the IRS inspector ge...

Jindal Makes Bold Claim Over Tea Party Targeting Scandal

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is pushing for punishment for Internal Revenue Service officials that targeted conservative groups in the lead-up to t...

An IRS With Integrity: Will This Be the Dawn of Another New Era?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Will today mark the dawning of another new era? Or will Congress miss the opportunity to examine the problems within the agency that extend beyond this one scandal?

Say What? Benghazi, AP, and IRS Are "Failures" of "Progressive Government", Says GOP Strategist

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Say what? "Benghazi. The IRS. AP phone records. The failures for which Barack Obama will be remembered are not just those of one man or one administr...

Scandal, Scandal, Scandal

Christopher Bergin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

In Washington, they throw the word scandal around with such abandon it's hard to know at any given time what it means.

The Tax Man Targeting our Right to Diversity of Thought

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

We all have skin in this game to maintain our liberties. It is an ironic turn of events that the very issue of inappropriate scrutiny of our liberties is now the focus of the IRS by the public, media, elected officials; even the ACLU has raised its head.

Impeaching Obama: Serial Madness in Washington

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The litany of Congressional Republican nuttiness in the past 20 years is impressive. Think back on assertions that Hilary Clinton was involved in murdering Vince Foster and Whitewater, and the Mother Of All Scandals the Lewinsky/impeachment saga.

Ousted IRS Chief Facing Tough Questions

Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM AND STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Se...

Political Storm Shifts To Congress

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday opens the first in a series of inve...

Another IRS Official Retiring Amid Tea Party Scandal: Memo

AP | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — As second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the ag...

Obama Dismisses 'Fix' To Big Scandal

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official on Thursday to become ...

This Year's Deficit: Don't Break Out the Bubbly Just Yet

Michael Farr | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Farr

It is most unfortunate that it takes a severe crisis to get anything done on Capitol Hill, but we fear that a new one will be required to effect material change.

Beyond the Tea Party: How the IRS Is Killing Nonprofit Media

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.

It's Time for the IRS to Crack Down on Phony Non-Profits

Jessica Levinson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

There is little doubt that the IRS' approach to determining whether to grant tax-exempt status should be politically even-handed, without regard to partisan affiliation. But this kerfuffle is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama To Announce Replacement For IRS Head (UPDATE) | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. -- Obama named Daniel Werfel as the new acting commissioner of the IRS Thursday afternoon. Werfel, who currently serves as the cont...

Dear IRS...

Sandi Bachom | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Sandi Bachom

One morning, the buzzer rang. Three plain-clothes detectives were standing in the doorway. They put me in handcuffs (hands cuffed in front) which I'm told they do if there is not an imminent threat of violence.

Bachmann: Everyone Wants Obama Impeached

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told a crowd at a tea party rally that she's asked every weekend why Congress isn't working to impeach President Barac...

Jay Carney to Be Replaced by Flo, the Progressive Girl

Spencer Green | Posted 07.16.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Effective immediately, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will be replaced by Flo, the bubbly spokesgirl for Progressive Insurance.