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June 03, 2013 10:00 AM Are Those IRS Conferences Really So Wasteful?

The Washington Post has a story with politicians expressing outrage about the recurring scandal of federal employees going to conferences with training videos and food and stuff. The Internal Revenue Service spent an estimated $49 million on at least 220...

By Henry Farrell

May 23, 2013 9:48 AM Why Obama’s Scandals Won’t Lead to Reform

Put aside the politics, and the question of who-knew-what-when. There are two policy problems highlighted by the controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. The first is the growth of 501(c)(4) groups into vehicles for anonymous...

By Ezra Klein

May 15, 2013 10:10 AM No, this Is Not Like Iran-Contra

So many "scandals," so many silly analogies -- but Steve Benen appears to be exactly correct about Lamar Alexander's ridiculous comparison between Iran-Contra and Obama Administration efforts to raise money for publicizing options under the ACA. Benen: In order for Alexander's...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 14, 2013 8:23 AM You Call That a Cover-Up?

Obviously, things don't have to be as bad as Watergate to be important malfeasance, but given all the loose talk about "cover-up" and "worse than Watergate" in the context of Benghazi, I figured it was worth just pointing out quickly...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 13, 2013 10:51 AM Was the Benghazi Attack “Terrorism”?

No.One of the silliest criticisms of the US government in the wake of the assault on the Benghazi diplomatic mission was that it was reluctant to describe it as “terrorism”. Initially it did not, because it didn’t know; a little...

By James Wimberley