IRS: Sorry for Targeting Conservatives

    FILE - This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service has recouped more than $5.5 billion under a series of programs that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, government investigators said Friday, April 26, 2013. In all, more than 39,000 tax cheats have come clean under the programs.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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    The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for inappropriately “flagging” conservative political organizations who submitted applications containing the words “tea party” or “patriot.” Their startling confession backs myriad complaints from conservative groups who claim that they were unjustly harassed by the IRS in 2012. Speaking to a conference in Washington, Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS, said that it was a group of low-level workers in Cincinnati who launched the procedure—one that she admits was wrong.

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