June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Internal Revenue Service employees used other politically-loaded terms besides "tea party" when they culled applications for tax-exempt status and then subjected them to extra scrutiny - including the words "progressive" and "blue," according to agency memos. The lists with key words to watch for, released Monday by congressional Democrats, are the first documents showing that IRS employees were instructed to flag other types of nonprofit groups engaged in politics, not just conservative ones.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - You can call it Big Brother. You can call it high-tech snooping. But be aware: If you are applying for a mortgage in the coming weeks, you can be sure that your credit will be checked and rechecked - possibly monitored daily - to make certain no hints of new debts pop up before you close on the loan. Just as the federal monitoring of phone traffic that's been in the headlines lately was a direct outgrowth of 9/11, pre-closing credit monitoring is a byproduct of the housing crash.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An Internal Revenue Service manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told congressional investigators that no one in the agency's Cincinnati office was trying to target tea party organizations for political reasons, according to an interview transcript released Tuesday. The manager, John Shafer, said he and an employee in his screening unit decided to pull applications for tax-exempt status filed by political groups and send them to managers in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013
Since President Obama 's "deferred action" program began last August, nearly 270,000 young immigrants have received approvals and are now able to work legally. In most states, they can get driver's licenses. But of the estimated 1.3-million people who are potentially eligible, only a third have applied. The pace of applications has slowed from 116,000 in October to 31,000 in March. Early applicants tended to be college-educated. Some, like Benito Vasquez, 28, are missing a key requirement - a high school diploma.
June 3, 2013 |
The California Film Commission saw a nearly 20% jump in the number applications for its annual film tax credit lottery. The Film Commission said 380 projects had applied for a piece of the $100 million the state allocates annually for film and television projects. That's up nearly 18% from a year ago, when only 28 projects were approved for credits -- the same number that were approved on Monday. Film Commission officials said the winning projects would be identified Tuesday, after applicants have been notified.
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June 2, 2013 |
The state Department of Motor Vehicles hopes to have more information in upcoming days about the driver's license status of the teenager who was behind the wheel in a fiery Newport Beach crash that killed him and four other young passengers. The DMV said it will audit the driver's license application filed by Abdulrahman Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine. He did not have even a learner's permit when his Infiniti sedan crashed May 27 on Jamboree Road. But Alyahyan was cited April 20 for violating terms of a provisional license.
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May 30, 2013 |
The state Department of Motor Vehicles will audit the driver's license application filed by the teenager who was behind the wheel when his car crashed into a tree in Newport Beach on Memorial Day, killing him and four passengers , an agency spokesman said Thursday. Abdulrahman Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine did not have even a learner's permit when his Infiniti sedan crashed Monday on Jamboree Road. But Abdulrahman was cited April 20 for violating terms of a provisional license.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's two leading conservatives staked out opposite stands Monday over whether judges should play a greater role in second-guessing regulations issued by "unelected bureaucrats" in federal agencies. The divide arose when the court, by a 6-3 vote, upheld a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission that says cities and counties must decide within five months whether to approve an application for erecting a new wireless phone antenna. Los Angeles and San Diego had joined two Texas cities in challenging that rule as infringing on their local zoning authority.
May 17, 2013 |
The scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's handling of applications for tax-exempt status by "tea party" groups and other right-leaning organizations took a sharp turn at the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday. In addition to decrying how those groups' applications were flagged for extra scrutiny, Republicans on the panel -- especially Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) -- argued that the Obama administration had covered up the problem for more than a year. "Listening to the nightly news, this appears to be just the latest example of a culture of cover-ups -- and political intimidation -- in this administration," Camp said , according to my colleagues Melanie Mason and Jim Puzzanghera.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In spring 2010, agents in the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service, which handles applications for tax-exempt status, faced a surge of filings by new advocacy groups, with little guidance on how to treat them. Their decision to deal with the problem by singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny has now triggered a criminal inquiry, congressional investigations, the departure of two top IRS officials and the naming of a new acting commissioner Thursday.