Bor­ing but im­por­tant

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The In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice has sub­jected lib­eral-lean­ing groups seek­ing tax-ex­empt sta­tus to ex­tra scru­tiny along­side con­ser­va­tive ones, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral watch­dog’s re­port this week. An au­dit by theTrea­sury In­spec­tor Gen­eral forTax Ad­min­is­tra­tion found that be­tween 2004 and 2013, the IRS flagged as many as 146 groups whose names and pol­icy po­si­tions sug­gested a left-wing bent, tar­get­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions with names that in­cluded “Pro­gres­sive,” “Green En­ergy,” and “Oc­cupy.” An au­dit re­leased in 2013 set off a firestorm among con­ser­va­tives when the watch­dog found that the IRS had sub­jected scores of Tea Party and con­ser­va­tive groups to ad­di­tional review. That re­port did not in­clude the cri­te­ria the IRS used to ex­am­ine other groups.

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