GOP governors want special prosecutor in IRS case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's admission that it targeted conservative political groups.
   
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker call the allegations "Big Brother come to life."
   
They want a special prosecutor to find out if any laws were broken and say Obama should fire any IRS employees responsible for the situation.
   
The IRS has apologized for what it calls "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups. The agency targeted groups during the 2010 congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election.
   
Jindal is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and Walker is the group's vice chairman. Both are potential presidential candidates in 2016.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting commissioner of the IRS says the agency was guilty of a "lack of sensitivity" in screenings of political groups seeking tax-exempt status.
   
Steven Miller said in an opinion piece in Tuesday's USA Today that there was - in his words - "a shortcut taken in our processes" for determining which groups needed special screening. He said the agency demonstrated "a lack of sensitivity to the implications of some of the decisions that were made."
   
Miller has emerged as a key figure in the controversy over the IRS' singling out of conservative political groups for extra scrutiny. President Barack Obama said Monday that if the agency intentionally targeted conservative groups, "that's outrageous and there's no place for it."
   
Miller said new procedures have been implemented.

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