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.):

Judicial Watch Sues Michael Bloomberg for Gun Records

Suit seeks communications between Office of the Mayor, head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Joe Biden
Michael Bloomberg / AP

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit last week against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office seeking communications between the office and Bloomberg’s gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

White House Visitor Logs Not public, Judge Rules

Watchdog: Decision leaves public in the dark
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White House visitor logs are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal judge ruled Friday, blocking the public from reviewing the records.

State Department Stonewall

Judicial Watch files suit for State Dept. docs tied to controversial speech
Muslim protesters in Yemen / AP

A legal watchdog group filed suit against the State Department April 26 in an effort to compel the release of materials related to the potential recruitment of U.S. diplomats through two Muslim-American groups purported to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups.

The Diversity Racket

Controversial speaker hired by more government agencies than previously thought, records show
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Millions of dollars in federal and local taxpayer money have been spent on a controversial “diversity” speaker who has made government workers say the “pilgrims were illegal aliens” and excused illegal immigration because the U.S. “took over what used to be Mexico.”

New Report Condemns Obama, State Dept.

Critical of actions taken both before and after the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack
U.S. consulate after Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack / AP

Government watchdog Judicial Watch released a report Tuesday criticizing the State Department’s and President Barack Obama’s actions both before and after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in which United States Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.