A Republican-led committee on Friday increased pressure on Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to break her silence on who in the tax agency was behind decisions to make it more difficult for tea party and other conservative groups to obtain tax-exempt status. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a 22-17 party line vote, […]

The Hill: Treasury IG: Liberal groups weren’t targeted by IRS like Tea Party

Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury Department’s inspector general. J. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) in a letter dated Wednesday that the IRS did not use inappropriate criteria to scrutinize groups with “progressives” in their name […]

99 Days Away: Are you ready for ObamaCare?

In just 99 days, the federal government will begin implementing ObamaCare. But with recent reports of missed deadlines, drastically higher health care premiums and predictions of doctor shortages, it’s uncertain what kind of health care coverage Americans will be left with. So how about you? Are you, like me, uncertain and concerned about the future […]

WSJ: Case Closed? Far From It.

Right now the IRS story looks stalled and confused. Congressional investigators are asking for documents—”The IRS is being a little slow,” said a staffer—and interviewing workers. Pieces of testimony are being released and leaked, which has allowed one congressman, Democrat Elijah Cummings, to claim there’s actually no need for an investigation, the story’s over, the […]

WSJ: Health-Insurance Exchanges Are Falling Behind Schedule

Government officials have missed several deadlines in setting up new health-insurance exchanges for small businesses and consumers—a key part of the federal health overhaul—and there is a risk they won’t be ready to open on time in October, Congress’s watchdog arm said. The Government Accountability Office said federal and state health officials still have major […]

WSJ: ObamaCare Trail of Tears

Set aside the IRS or the National Security Agency—the most secretive part of the government is the Health and Human Services Department and the black box that is implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For years HHS has stonewalled the congressional oversight committees about its progress, and now we’re starting to learn why. On Wednesday […]

IBD: IRS Tea Party Targeting Was Directed From D.C.

Scandal: A D.C.-based supervisor in the IRS’s tax-exempt status division has indicated during interviews with congressional investigators that the targeting was deliberate and not run by rogue agents in Cincinnati. Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she was personally involved […]

AJC: Democrats’ IRS testimony ‘bombshell’ is a big nothingburger

Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House committee investigating the IRS’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, has released the full 200-plus-page transcript of an interview committee members conducted with one particular IRS employee. Cummings claims this transcript “shows no White House involvement or political motivation” behind the extra scrutiny. In fact, the document proves nothing of the […]

WSJ: IRS Manager’s Interview Transcript Adds Little to Debate

Congressional investigators’ interview of IRS front-line manager John Shafer proved to be more of a blip than a bombshell. The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) released excerpts of the interview more than a week ago, citing Mr. Shafer’s statements as evidence that there was no […]