Oversight in Government

Democratic Sen. Levin pressured IRS to investigate conservative nonprofits
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Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012. 

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Second term off to rocky start
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News headlines of the past week portray an administration engulfed in potential scandal, providing opponents of President Barack Obama with plenty of ammunition to try to derail his agenda in the early months of his second term. Secretly accessing phone records of journalists. IRS targeting of conservative groups. Misleading statements last year about the Benghazi […]

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Report finds IRS targeted conservative groups
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The IRS deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” in their names and who were applying for federal tax exempt status, delaying processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information, according to an advance copy of a report by the agency’s inspector general.

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Video: Reid: GOP "hyperventilating" about Benghazi "to rile up tea party base"
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., slammed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for being “obsessed” with the attack last Sept. 11 on a U.S. consulate in Libya in an effort “to rile up the tea party base.”

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"Ineffective management" led to IRS tea party targeting
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IG report recommends nine corrective actions for IRS in handling applications from political groups seeking tax-exempt status

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Video: Carney on phone record probe: W.H. has "confidence" in Justice Dept.
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Press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama trusts Attorney General Eric Holder, who said he recused himself from a national security leak probe in which prosecutors obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters to determine how the news organization learned about a counter-terrorism investigation in Yemen last year.

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Holder recuses himself from leaks investigation
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Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Tuesday that he recused himself last year from any involvement in an investigation of national security leaks, and said the administration has no policy of targeting the news media. Holder reminded reporters that he’d testified to a congressional committee last year that he had recused himself to avoid the […]

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