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Topic - Linda T. Sanchez
The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups — a finding that seems to confirm a political bias was at play.
Liberals are trying every tool at their disposal this year to go after guns. They have failed on Capitol Hill to restrict the Second Amendment, so they are moving through the states to enact their agenda.
The House Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to empanel an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat, used her congressional position to help her husband's business interests.
The House Committee on Ethics has voted to extend an inquiry into an unspecified ethics allegation against Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican, the panel reported Thursday.
The House Ethics Committee has hired outside counsel to review claims by Rep. Maxine Waters that the panel mishandled an investigation into allegations that she improperly tried to obtain a federal bailout for a minority-owned bank where her husband was a stockholder.
A coalition of reform groups wants the House Committee on Ethics to resume its work on the long-pending investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters and provide a public accounting of the status of the case against the California Democrat.
The 2010 California ballot isn't just a list of traditional ballot initiatives and propositions - at times it's a toe-to-toe slugfest between the state Legislature and anyone standing in its way.
A House panel cleared the way yesterday for contempt proceedings against former White House counsel Harriet Miers after she obeyed President Bush and skipped a hearing on the firings of federal prosecutors.
"Wild West vigilante justice was often swift, but it was not always correct, nor was it always fair," she said. "I think that probably compounding some of the potential failures of the IRS would be mistakes in how the investigation is handled. And if it were to be done hastily and not thoroughly, I don't think that that serves the American public."
Mr. Bonner and Mrs. Sanchez said the committee has until Feb. 6 to announce its next step in the matter and noted that “the mere fact of a referral or an extension,” which is mandated by House rules, does not indicate that any violation has occurred or “reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee.”