In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture - and big donors – have fallen through the cracks. Read more here.
It is increasingly difficult for Iranians to access popular websites like Google, Facebook, and YouTube to find information about the elections outside of state-run and semi-official news outlets. Read more here.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was questioned Wednesday by lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee over when he learned that the IRS had targeted certain conservative non-profit groups. By Steph Dingbaum GOP lawmakers argued that he must have known something before the public became aware of it on May 10. Read more here.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) led off Wednesday’s hearing into the IRS scandal by asking why the agency sat on its own review for roughly a year. In his opening statement, Issa said that his staff had recently interviewed IRS official Holly Paz, who said that she had participated in an [...]
The director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups refused to answer questions Wednesday at a House hearing on the program, as a Democratic lawmaker warned there would be “hell to pay” if the agency stonewalls Congress on its investigation. The IRS official, Lois Lerner, invoked the Fifth Amendment Wednesday as she declared [...]
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced he is running for mayor of New York City, almost two years after resigning over a Twitter scandal. In a video released Tuesday night, Weiner announced his candidacy for the election in November 2013, with his wife, Huma Abedin, aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their [...]
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave final approval Tuesday to a sweeping immigration reform bill, setting up a debate on the Senate floor for early June. Read more here.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that there were conversations between officials at the Treasury Department, which operates above the IRS, and the White House involving when to announce the Treasury Inspector General’s report that documented wrongdoing on the part of agents tasked with handling applications from non-profit groups seeking tax-exempt status. [...]
In a 15-to-3 vote Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed legislation that would provide Syrian rebels with “limited lethal and non-lethal assistance” as well as military training for certain groups. Read more here.
Republican Sen. Tom Colburn from Oklahoma issued a statement assuring victims in his state “that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay.” Coburn’s statement came after his spokesman said that the senator “will ask his colleagues to sacrifice lower priority areas of the budget to help Oklahoma.” Read more here.