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Two emerge as frontrunners in GOP leadership race

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

The race for the House GOP's whip leadership post is turning into a two-man affair, lawmakers said Wednesday after emerging from a closed-door meeting where they heard pitched from the candidates. Published June 18, 2014

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President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" during a taping, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama defends IRS, says tea party targeting didn't happen

- The Washington Times

President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party targeting scandal was actually Congress's fault for passing "a crummy law" and that the real problem is the agency doesn't have enough money.

Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz and tea partyers: Let the Ex-Im Bank stay dead

- The Washington Times

Sen. Ted Cruz and other conservatives told GOP leaders Wednesday not to let Congress revive the federal Export-Import Bank, an agency that financed the sale of U.S. goods overseas for decades but is creeping toward a slow death, after lawmakers failed to renew its charter by the June 30 deadline.

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, toasts with Vice President Joe Biden during the inaugural luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Federal government's tax-take hits all-time high

- The Washington Times

The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2014, topping $3 trillion in revenue for the first time in its history, according to Treasury Department numbers released Wednesday that show the influx helped drop the deficit to its lowest level under President Obama.

Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

- The Washington Times

The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn't regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records.

**FILE** Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014. (Associated Press)

The Washington Times

Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting scandal, tried to get her agency to conduct an exam on a sitting U.S. senator, according to emails released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. James Lankford: 'National tea party' is oxymoron

- The Washington Times

Rep. James Lankford said Wednesday that his victory in the Oklahoma Senate primary race should serve as a clear reminder that local tea party activists are not going to take their marching orders from the national groups that claim the mantle of the grassroots movement.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, said it should not have taken a year for the IRS to tell Congress that it didn't have all of former employee Lois G. Lerner's emails. "The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS's response to to congressional inquiriers," he said. (Associated Press)

GOP: IRS lost emails go beyond Lerner

- The Washington Times

Two top Republicans said Tuesday that in addition to Lois G. Lerner's emails, the IRS appears to also have lost records from six other agency employees involved in the tea party targeting scandal.

** FILE ** Senate Rules Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, joined by the committee's ranking member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo)

Ted Cruz scolds FBI director on handling of IRS probe

- The Washington Times

Sen. Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite and on the short list of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential bid, railed against FBI Director James Comey's handling of the IRS investigation that targeted tea party nonprofit applicants for undue examination.

Midland University president and Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse is pictured on campus in this photo from June 5, 2013, in Fremont, Neb. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a national conservative group, has endorsed Sasse in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, setting him up as the race's tea party candidate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Tea party favorite Ben Sasse wins bruising Nebraska GOP primary

- The Washington Times

Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for Nebraska's open Senate seat Tuesday, besting a crowded, competitive field, leaving him well-positioned to win in November and delivering a win to insurgent conservative groups who said it served as a rebuke to GOP power brokers in Washington.

Witness: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen tried to assure lawmakers that taxpayers would be treated in a fair manner. (Associated Press)

House Republicans find 10% of tea party donors audited by IRS

- The Washington Times

Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn't destroy all of the donor lists scooped up in its tea party targeting — and a check of those lists reveals that the tax agency audited 10 percent of those donors, much higher than the audit rate for average Americans, House Republicans revealed Wednesday.

**FILE** Former IRS official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (Associated Press)

House votes to find IRS's Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

- The Washington Times

Nearly a year to the day after she revealed the IRS gave inappropriate scrutiny to some groups applying for tax-exempt status, the House voted Wednesday to declare Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for blocking its investigation, sending her case to the legal system.

Thom Tillis speaks to supporters at a election night rally in Charlotte, N.C., after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 6, 2014.   Tillis, the Republican establishment’s favored son in North Carolina, won the state’s Senate nomination by running as a proud conservative who’s not terribly different from his tea party and Christian-right opponents.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GOP establishment defeats tea partyers in Ohio, N.C. and Indiana primaries

- The Washington Times

In matchups of the Republican establishment versus tea party challengers, House Speaker John A. Boehner won his GOP primary race Tuesday night and North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis came out on top in the U.S. Senate primary race — and won the 40 percent of the vote required to avoid a July run-off election.

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CURL: Racism everywhere, Obama and Democrats agree

Racism is everywhere these days. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is a racist. L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist. Redskins owner Dan Snyder is a racist. "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson is a racist. And of course, every member of the tea party is clearly racist.

The attorney for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner says his client will continue to assert her rights not to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. (Associated Press)

IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits

- The Washington Times

IRS emails released Wednesday show that just before the tea party targeting scandal was revealed last year, Lois G. Lerner and her colleagues at the tax agency were talking with the Justice Department about making examples out of nonprofit groups that they felt were violating campaign laws by playing political roles.

**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (right), California Republican, with the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, continues his probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service as the panel questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on March 26, 2014, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Issa: IRS coordinated with Dems to attack tea party group

- The Washington Times

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa on Wednesday accused his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, of colluding with the IRS to attack one of the tea party groups that was targeted by the tax agency for intrusive scrutiny and long delays.

** FILE ** In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Issa: FBI impeding inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups

- The Washington Times

The House's chief investigator says the FBI is stonewalling his inquiry into whether the agency and the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative group True the Vote for special scrutiny, and Rep. Darrell E. Issa is now threatening subpoenas to pry loose the information from FBI Director James B. Comey Jr.

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