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4:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

IRS Under Fire For Targeting Conservative Groups

Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill in 2011. A surge in applications for 501(c)(4) status in recent years has revealed sometimes murky and contradictory rules governing the political activities of tax-exempt groups.
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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:42 pm

President Obama expressed outrage Monday over the Internal Revenue Service's admission that it targeted certain conservative groups for extra scrutiny. By the time the president weighed in, members of both parties in Congress had already begun preparing hearings to grill IRS officials on the issue.

The controversy is rooted in a question neither the IRS nor Congress has answered clearly: Exactly what kind of political activity is allowed for tax-exempt groups — particularly those with secret donors?

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Does Obama Administration Have The Second Term Curse?

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As we just heard, it's been a rocky few weeks for the Obama administration. And joining us now for some analysis of the politics of the moment is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

CORNISH: So what's going on here? Is the White House, you know, in the grip of that second term curse?

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

White House On Defense Over IRS Audits, Benghazi

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The Obama administration is playing defense on multiple fronts. One topic, the IRS; officials there have admitted they targeted conservative groups that were applying for tax-exempt status. The other issue is Benghazi. Republicans are once again hammering the White House for editing talking points about last September's deadly attack in Libya.

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World
1:33 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Drawing Security Lessons From Benghazi Mission Attack

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The disclosure White House emails is the latest twist in the controversy of how the Obama administration handled the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September. Much of the debate here in Washington is over what happened afterwards and the roles of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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U.S.
1:14 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Understanding Tax-Exempt Status

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:26 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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The Two-Way
12:13 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Benghazi Talking Points Debate Is A 'Sideshow,' Obama Says

Republican questions about how and when changes were made to his administration's "talking points" about last September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are a "sideshow," President Obama told reporters at the White House on Monday.

"There's no there, there," the president declared.

"What we have been clear about throughout," Obama insisted, is that "we were not clear who exactly had carried this out."

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Obama On IRS Actions: 'Outrageous' If True

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:13 pm

It's "outrageous and there's no place for it" if the Internal Revenue Service did, as it has admitted, single out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny in recent years, President Obama said Monday morning during a news conference at the White House.

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Around the Nation
10:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Should Food Stamps Pay To Indulge A Sweet Tooth?

Millions of Americans rely on food stamps to keep from going hungry. They can also use them to buy sugary drinks. Some groups, including the National Center for Public Policy Research, say that's not right. Host Michel Martin discusses this with the Center's Justin Danhof, and University of Illinois Professor Craig Gundersen.

Politics
10:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Is GOP Overtime Bill Family Friendly?

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:17 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're switching gears now. If you're like most people out there, at some point, you've probably found yourself pulling extra hours or extra shifts and you might have looked forward to getting a little extra something in your paycheck at the end of the week or month.

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Business
10:12 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Comp Time Or Cold Cash. Which Would You Pick?

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:19 pm

Overtime or comp time? Which one suits you best?

Both you and your boss may agree it would be best for you to work a sixth day when a big project is due in March, and then take off for a long weekend in June. No big deal.

But under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, private employers must pay time and a half to workers who put in more than 40 hours on the job in any one week.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Mon May 13, 2013

IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows

Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:14 am

"The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to 'make America a better place to live,' " The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Mon May 13, 2013

More automobile jobs may be coming to Alabama

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - An automotive supplier is breaking ground on a new plant in southeast Alabama. HS Automotive Alabama Inc. is holding a ceremony Monday morning to mark the start of work on a new, 65,000-square-foot factory in Enterprise. The project is the company's second expansion in Enterprise. The $12 million investment will lead to about 100 new jobs. HS Automotive Alabama makes weather stripping, tubing and hoses for Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia. Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and others will attend the ground-breaking at Yancey Parker Industrial Park

Politics
3:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

SEC Focus May Lead To 2012 Stock Act Being Amended

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's turn now to the topic of political intelligence. This is the business of collecting highly detailed information from Congress and the regulatory agencies and then using it to make it money on Wall Street. The Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating this practice. The probe comes a year after Congress passed legislation that barred lawmakers and staffers from leaking insider information as a violation of their official duties.

Here's NPR's Peter Overby.

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

GOP Call For Inquiry Of IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 12:40 am

Republican lawmakers on Sunday called for a full investigation of the Internal Revenue Service after it was revealed Friday that it had singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for heightened scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.

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