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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 […]

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

Misfired email revealed IRS targeting of right-wing groups

A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with IRS workers by congressional investigators. Transcripts of the interviews, reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, […]

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Republicans aren’t the only ones roiled by internal jostling and recruiting hiccups ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Two top-tier Democratic prospects recently bypassed running for Senate seats in Georgia and South Dakota, highlighting both divisions within the party and its challenge of finding candidates whose ideologies line up with voters in Republican-leaning states. Democrats […]

Republicans back down on health care rescue

Republicans back down on health care rescue

House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — after it ran into strong opposition from both conservatives and Democrats. The legislation is a departure from past GOP efforts to kill the Affordable […]

Feds want money back from lying Lance Armstrong

Feds want money back from lying Lance Armstrong

The federal government is going after Lance Armstrong’s money. As much as it can get. The Justice Department unveiled its formal complaint against Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was “unjustly enriched” while cheating to win the Tour de France. The government had previously announced it […]

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to last week’s deadly assault. Following a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill with the FBI and […]

NBC yanks violent tv series episode in Boston aftermath

NBC yanks violent tv series episode in Boston aftermath

NBC says it’s pulling an episode of its serial killer drama “Hannibal” out of sensitivity to recent violence, including the Boston bombings. NBC said Friday that the episode, which was to air next week, features a character who brainwashes children to kill other children. The show’s producer, Bryan Fuller, asked NBC to pull the episode, […]

Public remains anxious, pessimistic about soft economy

For the third year in a row, the nation’s economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot. Reflecting that weakness, only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The sour mood is undermining support for President Barack Obama’s […]

Lots of attention for bombing rescuer, including visit from FBI

Just about everyone you can imagine stopped by Carlos Luis Arredondo’s little brick row house Wednesday to hear what he had to say about the Boston Marathon bombing. Reporters flew in from as far away as Paris, friends and neighbors strolled in, even two FBI agents made a visit. Virtually overnight, Arredondo has turned into […]