IG letter to Geithner: Targeting not among top concerns
May 18th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
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IG letter to Geithner: Targeting not among top concerns

(CNN) - Treasury officials were made aware in June 2012 that the IRS inspector general was reviewing the office that handles tax-exempt applications, but a letter from October shows that the inspector general did not highlight the audit as a top concern for the agency.

In a memo dated October 15, 2012, to then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about IRS challenges for 2013, Inspector General J. Russell George noted other problem areas, but made no mention of the investigation taking place at the time of the agency's intense scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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Filed under: 2013 • IRS • Treasury
White House aims to spend 10% of its time on controversies
May 18th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
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White House aims to spend 10% of its time on controversies

(CNN) – With the White House slashing its way through the recent brush of controversy, the president is putting out the message that he's focused on the economy as the administration enters another week of hearings on Capitol Hill.

"That’s why I like getting out of the Washington echo chamber whenever I can – because too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are," he said Saturday in his weekly address, referring to his jobs tour that took him to Baltimore this week. "Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life."
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • President Obama
Bloomberg talks gun control in commencement address
May 18th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
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Bloomberg talks gun control in commencement address

(CNN) - Diverging from the generally non-political college sendoff, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun-control advocate, Saturday tore into members of Congress for failing to pass background check legislation.

Giving a commencement address at Kenyon College in Ohio, Bloomberg recounted a shooting last year by a 17-year-old who opened fire at an Ohio high school, killing three and injuring others.
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Filed under: 2013 • Michael Bloomberg
Jindal: IRS offenses worthy of jail time
May 18th, 2013
01:23 PM ET
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Jindal: IRS offenses worthy of jail time

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver biting criticism to President Barack Obama for recent controversies surrounding his administration in a speech Saturday to Virginia Republicans as they nominate GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli in the state's gubernatorial race.

According to Jindal’s prepared remarks provided to CNN, the Republican governor will address the IRS’ extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, calling for jail time for members of the IRS involved in the targeting.
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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Ken Cuccinelli
From history to Hollywood, Los Angeles mayoral race offers it all
May 18th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

From history to Hollywood, Los Angeles mayoral race offers it all

Los Angeles (CNN) - Voters in the nation's second-largest city will elect a new mayor Tuesday in a race that will make history and offer a possible indicator on public sentiment toward unions representing municipal employees during a budget crisis.

Incumbent Antonio Villaraigosa, the first Latino mayor here in more than 130 years, is stepping down after eight years because of term limits.

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Filed under: 2013 • California
Romney weighs in on Washington controversies
May 18th, 2013
11:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney weighs in on Washington controversies

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday and weighed in on the barrage of controversies plaguing the White House in recent weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor said he's “over” the election but is "not a fan of the president." He said a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Obama administration and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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Filed under: 2013 • IRS • Jay Leno • Libya • Mitt Romney • Obama administration • Washington D.C.
Obama promotes jobs tour in weekly address
May 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama promotes jobs tour in weekly address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama highlighted his recent jobs tour Saturday, emphasizing a need to focus on improving the economy rather than getting distracted by other issues in the nation’s capital.

“That’s why I like getting out of the Washington echo chamber whenever I can – because too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life.”
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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • President Obama
GOP: IRS scandal is one more strike against health care law
May 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP: IRS scandal is one more strike against health care law

(CNN) - Republicans capped the week with another attack against President Obama's health care reform, criticizing the law and its relationship with the Internal Revenue Service.

"It's the IRS that will be responsible for enforcing many of these regulations. If we've learned anything this week, it's that the IRS needs less power, not more," Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, an anesthesiologist of nearly 30 years' experience, said Saturday in the Republican weekly address.
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Filed under: Health care • IRS