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  • Ousted IRS chief Steve Miller, right, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, are sworn in on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, prior to testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Official's testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    The IRS's new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties.

  • In a letter asking Barbara Bosserman, the lawyer involved in the IRS investigation, to testify at a hearing next week, Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, expressed concern over Ms. Bosserman's history of financial and personal support for President Obama. (Associated Press)

    Attorney General Eric Holder won't rule out criminal charges for employees in IRS scandal

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that there is still a chance the government would file criminal charges against Internal Revenue Service employees who targeted tea party groups for special scrutiny, disputing press reports that the criminal probe into the tax agency has already decided the behavior didn't rise to the level of a crime.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing oversight hearing on the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP wants key Justice Dept. lawyer to testify in IRS scandal probe

    The House oversight committee has asked a lawyer who's helping run the criminal investigation into IRS targeting of tea party groups to testify to Congress next week, seeking to find out where the investigation stands and whether her political leanings have undermined the probe.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2104, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Eric Holder: Criminal charges still possible in IRS scandal

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that the Justice Department could still bring criminal charges against IRS officials for targeting tea party groups, contradicting press reports that said investigators have already concluded no crime was committed.

  • Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is facing questions from Republicans over what he knows about the woman heading an investigation into the IRS' targeting of tea party groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Issa questions Labor secretary over IRS scandal

    The House's chief investigator on Tuesday implicated another top Obama administration figure in the controversy over the administration's probe into criminal wrongdoing at the IRS, saying Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez must answer questions about why an Obama donor was named to lead the investigation into the tax agency's tea-party targeting.

  • **FILE** Tea party members gather for "Audit the IRS," a rally against the Internal Revenue Service, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    JUSTICE: Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe into IRS tea party targeting

    EXCLUSIVE: The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.

  • Office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, Washington, D.C., Thursday, January 2, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    D.C.'s gun debates a preview of national fights

    Gun control legislation got a much closer look over the last year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade.

  • ** 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 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.

  • **FILE** Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

    House GOP accuses IRS of obstructing investigation into abuse of power

    House Republicans on Tuesday accused the Internal Revenue Service and President Obama's hand-picked new leader of the agency of trying to "delay, frustrate, impede and obstruct" their investigation into abuses of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, and pointedly warned that it could be breaking the law.

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    FBI chief has little to say on IRS probe

    Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III locked horns during a rancorous House Judiciary Committee hearing over the bureau's investigation into whether the IRS inappropriately subjected conservative or conservative-sounding groups filing for tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny.

  • Incoming Chairman Steve Scalise. (Associated Press)

    GOP duo: Compromising principles not necessary to win

    Two top congressional conservatives rejected the notion Tuesday that they must compromise their principles to adapt to changing political winds, as both — the old and new chairmen of the House Republican Study Committee — said they will hold firm in the face of the Obama administration's agenda.

  • Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Confident conservative Jordan: Stand ground on taxes

    Other Republicans may be worried about the campaign prospects of Mitt Romney but not Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the conservative caucus in the House, who said voters have made the decision to reject President Obama and replace him with the GOP nominee.

  • Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (right) and Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announce construction of a hybrid geothermal/solar power plant in Nevada last summer. (Associated Press)

    Lights go dim on another energy project

    A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project in Nevada — which received hearty endorsements from Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — faces financial problems, and the company's auditors have questioned whether it can stay in business.

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    TURNER: What's next? Step One after Obamacare

    Obamacare is on the rocks, and the heart of the law - the individual mandate - or the whole thing could be struck down by the Supreme Court. Whatever the court does, the voters could finish the job in November.

  • Jim Jordan (front) and Robby Hardison in 2005 stand in front of the "Snoopy House" they started 44 years ago in Costa Mesa, Calif. The city has offered to host a massive, animated display of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" Christmas characters because the house was lost to foreclosure. (Associated Press)

    It's the city that saved Christmas

    Jim Jordan created a heart-warming Christmas display of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters more than 40 years ago at his Southern California home, and it became a holiday tradition as tens of thousands of people showed up each year to see the sparkling extravaganza.

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