Dem Senator Hit With Ethics Complaint

Carl Levin / AP

Tea Party Patriots has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), who the group claims “violated Senate rules by unlawfully and unethically exerting pressure” on the IRS to target conservative non-profit groups.

Washington Deeply Involved in IRS Targeting, New Emails Show

IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C. / AP

This week marks one year since the IRS targeting scandal was revealed. To mark the occasion, the transparency advocacy group Judicial Watch has released a series of emails relating to the scandal.

The emails, which were produced in response to a 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, highlight the extent to which the IRS targeting of conservative nonprofit groups was directed by the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, and was carried out under pressure from Senator Carl Levin (D., Mich.):

Dem Backs Off Support for Amendment Saving Military Pensions

Update: Levin says he cannot support closing loophole ending welfare for illegal immigrants
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin

Sen. Levin now says he does not support Sen. Ayotte’s bill due to its closing of the loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive tax credits. Levin’s office said he supports eliminating pension cuts to military retirees, but was unaware of how Ayotte’s legislation offset the cuts.

His spokesman told the Hill: “Sen. Levin would support legislation to repeal the military pension cuts if such an amendment didn’t endanger underlying legislation and if he supported the offset. He doesn’t support the offset in Sen. Ayotte’s legislation, so he couldn’t offer support for her legislation.”

Democratic Leaks Aim to Scuttle New Iran Sanctions

Error-ridden article about bill causes embarrassment
Hassan Rouhani / AP

The Obama administration and its allies attempted to scuttle a new Iran sanctions measure late Wednesday night with a coordinated mix of leaks and statements just hours before the bill was to be filed by a bipartisan team of senators.

Democratic sources opposed to the new sanctions measure leaked the text of the resolution to a controversial freelance writer and former Center for American Progress (CAP) blogger who is known for his sympathetic views on Iran and hostility to pro-Israel organizations.

Gen. Martin Dempsey Warns U.S. Intervention in Syria Will Trigger Wider War

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff: Intervening on behalf of rebels risks widening conflict
Gen. Martin Dempsey / AP

U.S. military intervention in Syria on behalf of Syria rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime risks embroiling the United States and states in the region in a wider conflict, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a letter to Congress.

Carl Levin Calls for Supporting Syrian Rebels in Syrian Civil War

Levin: ‘Doing nothing, for me, is not an acceptable option in these circumstances’
Carl Levin / AP

Arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime remains the only option for achieving a negotiated settlement in the war-torn country despite fears that the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist groups, one senator argued Wednesday after his recent trip to the region.