Internal Revenue Service

Attempts to broaden scandal beyond IRS not working so far

Attempts to broaden scandal beyond IRS not working so far

Three days of congressional hearings about the Internal Revenue Service‘s targeting of conservative political groups have lawmakers looking for ways to widen an investigation that has so far been largely contained within the tax collection agency. More than 11 hours of testimony and an inspector general’s report have revealed plenty of wrongdoing within the IRS. […]

IRS targeting of right-wing: Stupid is as stupid does

IRS targeting of right-wing: Stupid is as stupid does

When the incredibly-stupid Internal Revenue Service decided to target and harass right-wing groups it rescued the rapidly-fading tea party from sinking in the political obscurity it so richly deserves. In so many ways, it’s hilarious that the IRS thought the tea party and its affiliated organizations were worth scrutiny or concern.  Public approval of the […]

Former IRS boss pleads ignorance on targeting of right-wing groups

Former IRS boss pleads ignorance on targeting of right-wing groups

The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner. Douglas Shulman, who vacated his position last November when his five-year term expired, told […]

Senior White House aides knew about IRS targeting

Senior White House aides knew about IRS targeting

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior advisers knew in late April that an impending report was likely to say the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama’s spokesman disclosed Monday, expanding the circle of top officials who knew of the audit beyond those named earlier. But McDonough and the […]

Lowered deficit forecasts also lowers drive for budget deal

Lowered deficit forecasts also lowers drive for budget deal

The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading. A sudden improvement in the outlook for the government deficit over the next decade has alleviated some of the pressure on lawmakers to act. And a […]

Obama seems to be weathering scandals, controversies

Obama seems to be weathering scandals, controversies

Despite Democratic fears, predictions of the demise of President Barack Obama’s agenda appear exaggerated after a week of cascading controversies, political triage by the administration and party leaders in Congress and lack of evidence to date of wrongdoing close to the Oval Office. “Absolutely not,” Steven Miller, the recently resigned acting head of the Internal […]

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Will White House scandals hurt Obamacare?

Political scandals have strange ways of causing collateral damage, and Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will ensnare their biggest target: President Barack Obama’s health care law. But no one appears to have connected the factual dots yet, and it’s unclear whether they will. The Internal Revenue Service […]