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Sean Lengell was a staff writer for The Washington Times.

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The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Scandal-scarred IRS rejects key Treasury Department recommendations

While the IRS has admitted it made mistakes vetting tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, the agency has rejected two of nine recommendations that a government watchdog says are needed to ensure the problems don't happen again. Published May 15, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama waits for probe before condemning IRS; Congress pounces

While President Obama said Monday that he is withholding judgment on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, angry congressional leaders from both parties aren't waiting — they plan to begin hearings on the matter this week. Published May 13, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, addresses the state Legislature in Helena on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press/The Independent Record)

Baucus blasts IRS for targeting conservative groups, wants probe

A senior Senate Democrat has joined the GOP chorus that for days has blasted the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus saying Monday he plans to investigate the beleaguered agency over the matter. Published May 13, 2013

**FILE** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

McCain senses Benghazi 'cover-up,' wants more Clinton testimony

Sen. John McCain on Sunday said a special congressional committee is needed to investigate last year's deadly attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, and called on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify again on Capitol Hill regarding her role in the matter. Published May 12, 2013

A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, two days before. (Associated Press)

Rep. Adam Smith: GOP obsessed with Benghazi

The senior Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee says Republican obsession over the White House's handling of the inquiry into last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is hurting the investigation. Published May 12, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Boston got warnings about bomb suspect too late

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told Congress on Thursday that federal intelligence agencies didn't tell him before last month's Boston Marathon bombings of warnings received from Russian officials about suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's possible radical ties. Published May 9, 2013

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford gives his victory speech in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on on May 7, 2013, after winning back his old congressional seat in the state's 1st District. (Associated Press)

GOP prepares to welcome back Sanford

Mark Sanford's plea for forgiveness succeeded with South Carolina voters on Tuesday, and now his Republican colleagues will have to decide whether they, too, can forgive him. Published May 8, 2013

This photo combination shows Elizabeth Colbert Busch posing outside her campaign headquarters in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, left, and Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaking with reporters at Hay Tire & Automotive in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith and Mic Smith)

Sanford's late surge in South Carolina gives GOP hope

With Republican candidate Mark Sanford surging ahead in Tuesday's special congressional election in South Carolina, the party is increasingly hopeful it can avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that analysts said it should have been able to hold easily. Published May 6, 2013

House committee to start hearings on Boston bombings

As Republicans continue to raise questions regarding the Obama administration's handling of intelligence leading up to the Boston bombings, the House this week will hold the first of what is expected to be many congressional hearings on the issue. Published May 5, 2013

Support from within the GOP has given Mark Sanford's campaign a boost ahead of Tuesday's special election for an open House seat that many analysts say is too close to call. He must overcome distrust engendered by his affair while governor of South Carolina in 2009.

GOP warming to Sanford in South Carolina House race

After giving Mark Sanford the cold shoulder for months, the Republican establishment slowly is warming to the former governor's campaign for South Carolina's open House seat, with several key Republicans weighing in with endorsements in recent days. Published May 2, 2013

** FILE** Voting tickets are collected near the exit door after each person finishes voting at Linwood Holton Elementary School on Election Day morning, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Group wants states to rid voter rolls of the dead and ineligible

While the Obama administration pushes to stop people from being purged from voter rolls, a conservative-leaning group is pressing localities to clean up their lists — including suing two Mississippi counties where more names appear on the rolls than there are eligible voters. Published May 1, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Lawmakers urge Obama to get tough on Syria

Capitol Hill lawmakers said Sunday that the U.S. must take a tough stance against Syria for reportedly using chemical weapons against its own people but stopped short of calling for troops to intervene inside the country. Published April 28, 2013