Washington Bureau Chief and Columnist, Wall Street Journal
blogs.wsj.com — Lois Lerner, the director of tax-exempt organizations at the IRS, cited her constitutional right against self-incrimination and said she would not testify. "I have not done anything wrong," she said in her opening statement. "I did not break any laws. I did not violate any IRS rules or regulations."
online.wsj.com — An Orlando, Fla., man whom U.S. law enforcement questioned as an associate of the Boston bombing suspects was shot and killed after he tried to attack an FBI agent, according to a law-enforcement official.
bbc.co.uk — Two prominent figures in Iran have been barred from standing as candidates in next month's presidential election. Ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close ally of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had been excluded by the Guardian Council, state TV reported.
marketwatch.com — As lawmakers and government officials probe the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, tax cheats may be smiling. Stephen VanHorn / Shutterstock.com In addition to facing multiple congressional hearings and a change in leadership, thanks to budget cuts, the IRS is also about to begin furloughing employees.
online.wsj.com — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other senior Obama administration officials were told about a forthcoming report on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, widening the list of people in the White House who knew about the audit ahead of its release, the White House spokesman said.
online.wsj.com — Syrian government forces pushed deeper into a strategic opposition-held town near the Lebanese border, battling rebels in fierce street fighting, state media reported.
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