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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

WATCH: Rep. Ryan Takes IRS Commissioner To Task Over Lost Emails

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Center for New Security's Eight Annual National Security Conference in Washington.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 11:14 am

There were fireworks on Capitol Hill on Friday in the form of testy exchanges and charges that claims by the IRS were "unbelievable," which, if you've watched Washington for any period of time, is the closest politicians get to saying someone lied.

That was the case when Republican Rep. Paul Ryan hammered IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Friday. Ryan was talking about the IRS' assertion that emails from former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is accused of targeting conservative groups, were deleted.

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Immigration
5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fallin And Inhofe Tour Fort Sill Army Barracks

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Gov. Mary Fallin visit Fort Sill on Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin says 600 immigrant children being cared for in Army barracks at Fort Sill appeared to be healthy and in good spirits, and while they were in Oklahoma some of them were playing the game "Twister."

Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe visited the barracks Friday to view conditions for the children, who are between the ages of 12 and 17. They toured the shelter at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies Friday on Capitol Hill. Koskinen was asked to explain the disappearance of emails that could relate to a probe into the targeting of Tea Party groups.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:33 pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen got a frosty reception on Capitol Hill today, with Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee accusing him of lying about thousands of lost emails sought in connection with the targeting of conservative groups.

About how the emails came to disappear, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan told the Internal Revenue Service commissioner: "I don't believe it.

"That's your problem. No one believes you," Ryan said.

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Business
3:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms

Medtronic Chairman Omar Ishrak said the $43 billion merger with Covidien isn't just about cutting taxes — it makes business sense.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

This week the big medical device company Medtronic said it was moving its legal headquarters from Minneapolis to Ireland. It's part of a $43 billion merger with another medical company, Dublin-based Covidien.

The move is a tax-saving strategy called an inversion and it's growing more common in the corporate world.

U.S. companies make huge amounts of money overseas every year and much of it stays there, stashed away in foreign accounts.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For Longtime Senator

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Next week, voters in Mississippi once again go to the polls; this time in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran remains locked in a tight race against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea-Party-backed State Senator. It is seen as a referendum on whether the GOP establishment can beat back Tea Party fervor. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Energy
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.

Politics
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

IRS Chief Tangles With Lawmakers Over Missing Emails

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. On Capitol Hill today, the House Ways & Means Committee drilled down on one question - what happened to Lois Lerner's e-mails? Lerner is the former official who was at the center of an IRS controversy last year. She oversaw agents who investigated advocacy groups and delayed the applications for tax except status. Conservatives say their groups were unfairly targeted. NPR's Peter Overby was at today's hearing, and he filed this report.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

No politician wants to be seen voting against veterans. A recent bill to increase veterans' benefits and overhaul much of the VA sailed through the Senate, and now the House is working on a compromise to get it to the president. Despite to the momentum, one thing caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise this week - the bill's cost. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports.

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Commentary
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Week In Politics: Military In Iraq And Leadership On The Hill

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going to stand subject of Iraq star Friday political commentators, columnists David Brooks of the New York Times and E.J. Dionne Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, who joins us from New York this week. Hello guys.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

SIEGEL: And as we just heard, President Obama, who ran against the war in Iraq and pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq, announced that he is a few hundred advisers there. And when he did so, he was careful to point out what they won't do.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

Young migrants seen apprehended by the Border Patrol near the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, TX, earlier this year. The next stop for many is either a detention center or deportation.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:40 pm

Citing a rise in the number of children and families attempting to immigrate into the Southwestern U.S. illegally, the Obama administration says it will use new detention facilities to house the families.

The administration says it will boost enforcement efforts and speed up removal proceedings. And it will try to dispel a notion among some migrants that current U.S. policies allow them to enter the country illegally.

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