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Miller faces Capitol Hill grilling.
The Internal Revenue Service building, Washington DC.  (Photo by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
The Internal Revenue Service building, Washington DC.

Miller faces Capitol Hill grilling. Outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller appears before the House Ways & Means Committee this morning, "his first public appearance since controversy erupted last week over how the agency mishandled applications for tax-exempt status for conservative advocacy groups," the Los Angeles Times reports. While Miller resigned Wednesday, he remains on the job through next week. On Thursday, President Obama named senior OMB official Daniel Werfel as the acting IRS head to begin next week. We'll carry Miller's testimony before the House committee live on this morning's The Daily Rundown.

EXCLUSIVE: NRCC hits lawmakers over IRS cash. The GOP's House campaign arm will start running paid Facebook and StumbleUpon ads calling on Democrats to return contributions they may have received from the IRS union. From the NRCC release: "The IRS has been embroiled in controversy all week for improperly investigating conservative groups. But as the agency was targeting these organizations, Democrats were gleefully cashing checks totaling over $700,000 from the IRS’s union and the National Republican Congressional Committee is ready to hold them accountable for their hypocrisy."

37 Times. "The House voted Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Republicans using this week’s furor over the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative advocacy groups to warn against the power the IRS will have to help administer the health care law’s new insurance coverage requirements," NBC News reports. The 229-195 vote was the 37th time the House has voted to repeal all or part of the law, though the bill has no chance of passing the Senate. Two Democrats crossed party lines to vote with the GOP: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).