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June 4th, 2013
06:20 AM ET

IRS targetting scandal latest – Brianna Keilar reports


In the middle of his first congressional hearing as the new head of the embattled Internal Revenue Service, Daniel Werfel was asked Monday how he would restore public trust in the agency after revelations that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were targeted for extra scrutiny.

"It is going to be a difficult process," acknowledged Werfel, a career public servant appointed by President Barack Obama last month to clean up the mess that is dominating news headlines early in his second term.

Werfel described a process of identifying what happened, who was responsible and steps to ensure it can never happen again to address what Republicans depict as politically motivated harassment that abused constitutional rights of conservative groups.

READ MORE: New IRS chief asks for patience over targeting probe

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Filed under: Congress • IRS • Scandal • Spending
March 8th, 2013
07:07 AM ET

One week after forced spending cuts: What happened...and what didn't – John Berman reports

The United States is officially one week into the forced spending cuts today. These cuts are a result of the budget battle-ax that many predicted would lead to radical change, eventually. John Berman weighs what happened, and what didn't.

Seven days into the sequester, we have seen "no massive government budget implosion," Berman says. Although the apocalyptic message leaders seemed to send hasn't yet come to pass, changes could become apparent as soon as April. "With no congressional White House cooperation, cuts are coming. Big ones. And soon," Berman says.

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Filed under: Defense • Sequester • Spending • Spending cuts • Washington • White House
March 7th, 2013
07:58 AM ET

President Obama dines with GOP senators – Dan Lothian reports


In a rare social outing, the president dined with 12 GOP senators, including some of his harshest critics, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Asked by a reporter how the dinner went, McCain said "just fine" and gave a thumbs-up.

Another GOP senator, who asked not to be named because it was a private event, described it as a "very positive meeting" that focused on the debt and deficit. The senator also used the words "interactive," "respectful," and "sober" to describe the gathering, adding that it was even jovial at times.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Dan Lothian recaps the dinner and what it could mean for more bipartisan work going forward.

READ MORE: Haute cuisine for Obama and GOP senators

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Filed under: GOP • Spending • Washington
October 23rd, 2012
05:57 AM ET

Fact check: President Obama's military spending claim

Christine Romans on President Obama's claim that U.S. military spending is larger than the next 10 countries combined.

Filed under: 2012 election • Military • Minding Your Business • Spending
April 10th, 2012
01:45 PM ET

GSA videos spur probe into more agencies spending policies – Rep. Jeff Denham explains

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) on how videos from a GSA conference has led to investigating more agencies and their spending.

Filed under: GSA • Spending