DC in the Grip of IRS, Benghazi and AP Phone Records Scandals
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In this week before Memorial Day, Washington is preoccupied with "scandals" in the Obama Administration. Is the President's second-term agenda in trouble? Are Republicans going too far? In the midst of partisan gridlock are the news media looking for drama? Also, the massive tornado that ripped across Oklahoma. On Reporter's Notebook, should Apple pay more taxes?
Banner image: Douglas Shulman, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington May 21, 2013. Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters
Wreckage in Oklahoma after Tornado ()
Emergency crews and volunteers are still searching mountains of rubble in Moore, Oklahoma, where other victims may have been trapped by yesterday's monster tornado. We get an update from Bloomberg News reporter Darrell Preston, who just arrived there from Texas, and from Bryan Painter, staff writer and weather blogger for The Oklahoman.
Scandal Time in Washington ()
Steven Miller has been fired as Acting Director of the Internal Revenue Service, but he was back on Capitol Hill today, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, in one of three unrelated "scandals" that could threaten Barack Obama's second-term agenda. In addition to the IRS, there's the Tea Party, the Justice Department and reporters' phone records, and talking points about the killing of diplomats in Benghazi. With the President's approval ratings over 50 percent and holding, many questions remain to be answered. Does the public care? Is there evidence of wrong-doing? Will Republicans overplay their hand? What's the role of the news media? Will there be an impact on action on Obamacare, the minimum wage, sequester or immigration reform?
- Nancy Cook: National Journal, @nancook
- Charles Babington: Associated Press, @cbabington
- Jay Rosen: New York University, @jayrosen_nyu
- James Pethokoukis: American Enterprise Institute, @jimpethokoukis
- Noam Scheiber: New Republic, @noamscheiber
Is Apple a Tax Cheat? ()
A Senate committee today heard details of Apple's web of subsidiaries, in the US and around the world — some with no employees but total exemption from taxes or even laws requiring them to keep records. Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and co-author of its "The iEconomy" series, has more on the most profitable technology company in America and new realities in the digital age.
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