Let Me Start: GOP ISO a White House scandal

The White House seen from the South Lawn in Washington.
The White House seen from the South Lawn in Washington.
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The chief White House lawyer learned last month that the Inspector General at the Treasury Department had finished his audit of the IRS, and its heightened scrutiny for Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. That’s the word from Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who did a “full Ginsberg” of the five major Sunday morning talk shows. Pfeiffer strongly pushed back against what he called a Republican effort to “drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped-up hearings and false allegations.” Still, Republicans are trying to tie the IRS scandal to the White House without even a shred of evidence.

President Obama’s poll numbers are so far holding steady.

Democrats are fearful Republicans will use the IRS scandal and the other controversies to win both houses of Congress in the 2014 midterms.

Surprisingly, Sen. John McCain has emerged as President Obama’s closest Republican ally.

President Obama urged graduates at Morehouse College, a traditionally African American institution, not to rely on excuses and to take responsibility for more than just themselves.

While Washington argues the issues of the day, China has resumed its cyberattacks on U.S. targets.

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