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  •  seems like the meat of (10+ / 0-)

    the repug argument is that IRS staff did a keyword search looking for "teaparty" and "patriot" when looking to identify which groups to look at closely. It seems the first thing that needs to be asked is what other keywords did they search for? If the IRS was doing their due diligence and conducting a broad search, it would be logical for them to search t.p. and patriot, within a significant group of terms from the right and the left as well as some politically neutral terms like "campaign" or "elect"

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    by HugoDog on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:21:48 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly, and these are the things (5+ / 0-)

      that an investigation might bear out. Once we have a fuller picture, it'll make more sense for the President to be specific and stop talking in hypotheticals.

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      by Code Monkey on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:24:55 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for such a sensible comment and (4+ / 0-)

      question about keyword searches.  (Really hoping they used a wide range of keywords.)

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      by Observerinvancouver on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:43:48 AM PDT

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    •  From what I've seen, it included such radical (3+ / 0-)
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      terms as "make American a better place to live".

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      by dinotrac on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:25:07 PM PDT

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    •  According to Reuters, they were giving extra (2+ / 0-)
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      scrutiny for applications from groups focused on making "America a better place to live."

      Here's an excerpt and a link below.  [H/T NC]

      IRS Kept Shifting Targets in Tax-Exempt Groups Scrutiny: Report

      By Kevin Drawbaugh and Kim Dixon | Reuters – 4 hours ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When tax agents started singling out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first only for key words such as 'Tea Party,' but later they focused on criticisms by groups of "how the country is being run," according to investigative findings reviewed by Reuters on Sunday.

      Over two years, IRS field office agents repeatedly changed their criteria while sifting through thousands of applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status to select ones for possible closer examination, the findings showed.

      At one point, the agents chose to screen applications from groups focused on making "America a better place to live."

      Exactly who at the IRS made the decisions to start applying extra scrutiny was not clear from the findings, which were contained in portions of an investigative report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

      Expected to be made public this week, the report was obtained in part by Reuters over the weekend as a full-blown scandal involving the IRS scrutiny widened, embarrassing the agency and distracting the Obama administration.

      In one part of the report, TIGTA officials observed that the application screening effort showed "confusion about how to process the applications, delays in the processing of the applications, and a lack of management oversight and guidance." . . .

      Now, this could be trouble, if they are unable to come up with a satisfactory answer as to 'what was going on.'

      Most folks would be far more upset over this type of scrutiny, than 'a Benghazi.'


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      by musiccitymollie on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:09:20 PM PDT

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