May 29, 2013 The nomination of E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor of Virginia has excited movement conservatives, who love his no-holds-barred rhetoric. Democrats are also pleased with his nomination, arguing that he can help turn moderate swing voters away from the GOP.
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Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, leaves after being dismissed from a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday.
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May 22, 2013 The IRS bureaucrat showed up long enough at a House hearing into the scandal engulfing her agency to declare her innocence and her constitutional right to say no more.
Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
May 21, 2013 Douglas Shulman, who led the IRS during the years when agency workers targeted tax-exempt applications from conservative groups, did his best to deflect accusations from unhappy senators.
The John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati, where many of the missteps by IRS workers who targeted conservative groups occurred.
May 15, 2013 Among the things we learned about the IRS from the inspector general's report was that their boss told the group of employees at the controversy's heart to stop their dubious practices. Which they did, for a little while at least.
The controversies facing his administration could be creating a stiff headwind for President Obama's second-term agenda.
May 14, 2013 This was the critical moment, the brief time between his inaugural and when the nation's collective focus turns to whom his successor will be, when President Obama had to make real progress on his second-term agenda. Instead, controversies have intruded, eating up precious time.
President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference Monday.
May 13, 2013 Lanny J. Davis, a onetime crisis manager in former President Clinton's White House operation, doesn't give President Obama's communications team high marks.
May 12, 2013 Republican lawmakers on Sunday called for a full investigation of the Internal Revenue Service after it was revealed Friday that it had singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for heightened scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.
An Internal Revenue Service official apologized for workers who targeted certain conservative groups. But that did little to defuse the situation.
May 10, 2013 The targeting by IRS workers in Cincinnati of the filings of conservative groups for added scrutiny was an innocent mistake, said an agency official who apologized. But President Obama's critics see more nefarious motives in the action.
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