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Leila Fowler 911 Call Released; Brother Appears in Court

In the 911 call from the day 8-year-old Leila Fowler was stabbed to death, her father's girlfriend, who was not home, didn't appear to know that …

Leila Fowler 911 call: 'My daughter started screaming'

The 911 call from the day 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found stabbed to death in her Valley Springs home was made by the girl's stepmother, who said, "My daughter started screaming."<p>“My children are at home alone and a man just ran out of our house and my older son was in the bathroom and my …

Why The IRS Scandal Is Built To Last

Of all the controversies swirling around the Obama White House, the Internal Revenue Service scandal seems likeliest to have the longest shelf life.<p>While the Benghazi affair has long been in the news, it's never really taken off as an issue beyond the Republican base.<p>Meanwhile, the Obama …

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White House aides learned of IRS details in April, but didn't tell Obama

The White House first learned of a draft report detailing abuses by IRS officials in targeting conservative groups in late April, though the top administration spokesman maintained on Monday that President Barack Obama was not notified of the emerging controversy at that time.<p>White House press …

‘Who’s going to jail’ over IRS scandal? Probably nobody.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to know "who's going to jail" over the IRS scandal.<p>But ousted acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller says no laws were violated when the agency targeted conservative groups.<p>So who's right? Did the IRS's conduct take a step beyond mere "wrongdoing" and …

IRS Speaks Out: We Messed Up, But We Would’ve Scrutinized Tea Partiers Anyway

IRS official in Tea Party scandal to plead the Fifth

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service official who oversaw the agency's tax-exempt office will invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions when she appears before Congress on Wednesday.<p>In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, Lois Lerner's …

Former NPR CEO Ken Stern: The IRS Had the Right Idea

What’s so bad about the IRS investigating nonprofit applications?<p>Over the last week, commentators have expressed great outrage over the handling by …

Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth

Lois Lerner, the director of the scandal-plagued IRS division that oversees nonprofit groups, struck a defiant tone in her first public appearance since the agency acknowledged that it wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for a tax exemption.<p>“I have not done anything wrong,” she told the …

The IRS Scandal Isn't About Taxes—It's About Disclosure

Tea party groups could have registered as nonprofit 527 political committees, but they didn't. How the GOP love of secret donations has fueled the growth of 501(c)(4)s.<p>First, let me be clear: There has been political intimidation of the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies for …

The IRS Scandal Is a Test: Is It Too Hard to Fire Misbehaving Bureaucrats?

Everyone agrees that some employees acted incompetently. So how much time and money will it take to get rid of them?<p>Reuters<p>What caused me to reach that conclusion?<p>Not a belief that federal employees should be as easily terminated as at will employees in the private sector. Unlike private sector …

IRS Focused First on Tea Party Groups, Employees Say

The Internal Revenue Service’s tougher scrutiny of small-government groups began with a tight focus on Tea Party groups in early 2010, according to …

25 tea party groups sue W.H., IRS

A conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of 25 tea party groups against the Internal Revenue Service and Obama administration officials.<p>The complaint, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, alleges that the Obama administration overstepped its authority and …

IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show

Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the …

Partisan Feuds Roll On In IRS Investigation

It looks like things may be getting even uglier than usual over in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.<p>The panel now headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, has long been a place to watch partisan tempers fly.<p>But the assertion by the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah …

IRS Official: White House Was Not Involved In Targeting Of Conservative Groups

WASHINGTON -- In a rebuke to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has released the full transcript of a key interview with an IRS employee at the heart of the agency's scandal.<p>The 200-page transcript sheds additional light on the decision by the …