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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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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.

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