May 13, 2013
'A perfect storm threatening Obama's credibility'
Another excellent Ron Fournier piece from National Journal on the interesection of the IRS and Benghazi stories late last week: When two storms collide, the weather gets hairy. For President Obama, the IRS and Benghazi stories converged this weekend for a self-inflicted tempest that threatens his credibility. His people can't get their stories straight. Internal Revenue Service officials denied for months the targeting of conservative political groups for reviews of their tax exempt status. With investigators poised to expose the chilling operation, a high-ranking IRS official acknowledged it late last week and apologized for it. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. That appears to be untrue. The Associated Press reported Saturday that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general's report. Politicizing the IRS threatens the integrity of an agency...(Read Full Post)