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A general view of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Building in Washington, May 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

IRS used 'inappropriate criteria' and had 'ineffective management'

05/14/13 06:11PM

A government oversight agency has determined that the Internal Revenue Service's behavior was "inappropriate." The IRS was found to have applied extra scrutiny to conservative and Tea Party groups applying for 501(c)4 status. In a Tuesday report . Additionally, the offending policies "resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications," and "allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued." read more

President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks, during their joint news conference, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Progressives to president: Say it ain't so

05/14/13 06:04PM

The self-proclaimed "most transparent administration ever," led by a president who said he rejected the false choice between security and liberty, is hardly recognizable to a huge swath of his base. Monday afternoon, the Justice Department disclosed that it had secretly acquired two months' worth of phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors as part of an investigation into unauthorized leaks to the press. read more

President Barack Obama REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Two IRS scandals hit Washington: One you've heard of, one you haven't

05/14/13 02:33PM

There are two IRS scandals that are boiling over Washington—one that is positively roiling the beltway and the country, and another that has received so little attention is might as well be a secret. The president Monday responded to the scandal everyone's heard about—the one that broke open on Friday when an IRS official admitted that the agency had specifically targeted for extra scrutiny, conservative and tea party groups seeking nonprofit status. read more


#click3: Ground Control to Major Tom

05/13/13 10:15PM

1. How equal are your retweets? Thanks to Twee-Q, you can find out whether you retweet as many women as men. If you use Twitter and you care about gender equality in social media, this will make you think. 2. An amazing slideshow depicting a man who attempted suicide in 2005, and the cop who talked him away from the ledge. Here's where they are now. 3. Astronaut Chris Hadfield recently had his last day on the International Space Station, after five months. To celebrate, he sang this awesome cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Check it out: read more

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder read "The Rainbow Fish" book to a pre-kindergarten class at Thirkell Elementary School in Detroit on Monday, May 6, 2013.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

As some Michigan schools remain closed, many more face budget woes

05/13/13 02:55PM

One week into the Buena Vista School District's' budget crisis, school remains out of session for Saginaw, Michigan's 435 public school students. In fact, the district's schools are closed for at least the remainder of this year, district officials announced on Monday. Students who want to complete their coursework will have the option of attending a voluntary "skills enhancement camp" over the summer instead. read more