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Baucus Pledges Complete IRS Probe

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. left, accompanied by the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, questions ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are broadening their probe of the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of targeting conservative groups, asking the agency to turn over an extensive batch of communications detailing who was involved in the program. In a letter sent Monday to acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sought details on how the agency reviewed applications for wide range of tax exemptions — not just the requests for 501(c)(4) status at the center of the current scandal/Lauren French, Politico. More here.

Question: On its online edition, the Lewiston Tribune asks which of the political scandals now plaguing the Obama administration will haunt it most: 1. IRS targets Tea Partiers, Associated Press phone tapping, fallout from Behghazi attack, or uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act?

We Four Kings of Capitol Hill

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks with reporters.

Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) — Last month, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong defender of the public option for health care, warned: “I don’t want four Democratic senators dictating to the other 56 of us and to the country, when the public option has this much support, that it is not going to be in it.”

But in the end, those senators won the battle over the public option, as well as several other provisions in the health care bill.

They have emerged as the powerhouses of the Senate.

Before 2009, most Americans never heard of Sens. Ben Nelson, Max Baucus or Kent Conrad. More have heard of the Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman as a result of his Democratic vice presidential bid in 2000.

Yet now they are the movers and shakers in the Senate.

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