Just when everyone in Washington, D.C., was trying to get along
and pass budget resolutions and immigration reform, the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) revealed it was unfairly targeting
conservative groups. The revelation brought the uneasy alliances to
a screeching halt and further embarrassed the Obama administration,
which already was trying to pivot away from renewed attention to
the deaths in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
The IRS admitted to targeting about 75 conservative groups that
applied for tax-exempt status. The agency's Cincinnati office (so
far, the only office implicated in the scandal) searched
applications for words such as "patriot" and "tea party" and then
proceeded to scrutinize the organizations in question—in some
cases asking for donor records, which typically is beyond the IRS'
As can be expected, high-level IRS employees are claiming
ignorance, and Republican lawmakers are looking for answers. At
press time, the House Ways and Means and Oversight and Government
Reform committees have called hearings in the hopes of uncovering
President Obama has forced the resignation of the head of the
IRS and condemned the IRS' practices, saying: "I have no patience
with it; I will not tolerate it; and we will make sure we find out
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