Wow, this is not the way for the IRS to maintain credibility in a very politically sensitive area: “Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.”
UPDATE: On the IRS story: It turns out Lerner’s apology came in response to a question from the floor at a conference. Why no press release?
A transcript will be available shortly.
FURTHER UPDATE: My additional thoughts here.