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IRS hearing: The takeaways

May 17, 2013 - Politico

The ousted head of the IRS was grilled for four hours Friday, but we still don't know how the tea party targeting really started.

What we do know from the first hearing since the scandal broke: IRS officials haven't convinced lawmakers they played it straight with Congress. It's not over for the IRS workers. And witnesses are being beat up too much for these to be "just the facts" hearings.

Here are the top takeaways from Friday's hearing:

How'd this really start: Who knows?

The big question that's on everyone's mind didn't get answered during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday: Who, exactly, had the bright idea at the IRS to zero in on conservative groups with search terms like "tea party" and "patr...