Democrat claims Republican, not White House, started IRS targeting of right-wing groups

Democrat claims Republican, not White House, started IRS targeting of right-wing groups

A self-described conservative Republican who is a manager in the Internal Revenue Service office that targeted tea party groups told investigators that he, not the White House, set the review in motion, the top Democrat on the House watchdog committee said Sunday. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., released a partial transcript of the House Committee on […]

American spy boss defends spying on U.S. citizens

American spy boss defends spying on U.S. citizens

Eager to quell a domestic furor over U.S. spying, the nation’s top intelligence official stressed Saturday that a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intentionally target a U.S. citizen. He decried the revelation of that and another intelligence-gathering program […]

Big brother monitors just about everything we do

Big brother monitors just about everything we do

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital […]

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an unusual late-night […]

Does anyone from New Jersey want to run for the Senate?

Does anyone from New Jersey want to run for the Senate?

For politicians, there are few more desirable career opportunities than an open seat in the U.S. Senate. But in New Jersey, where Frank Lautenberg‘s death this week created such a spot — to be filled in a special election in just four months — more officials are announcing they’re out of the race than in […]

IRS agents say supervisors directed targeting of conservatives

IRS agents say supervisors directed targeting of conservatives

Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status, a contention that directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month. The Cincinnati agents didn’t provide proof that senior IRS officials in […]

White House defends intentional invasion of American citizens’ privacy

White House defends intentional invasion of American citizens’ privacy

The White House on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” While defending the practice, a senior Obama administration official did not confirm a newspaper report that the NSA has been collecting the telephone records […]

IRS officials living large at taxpayers’ expense?

IRS officials living large at taxpayers’ expense?

Internal Revenue Service officials can expect a grilling when they face lawmakers over the latest controversy to rock the agency: lavish spending at employee conferences. The IRS, however, is planning a robust defense at a congressional hearing Thursday. The agency has already imposed strict regulations to prevent expensive conferences in the future. And on Wednesday, […]