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Richard Rubin

covers federal tax policy. He worked at Congressional Quarterly and The Charlotte Observer before joining Bloomberg News in 2010.

Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

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Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

Obama Must Overcome ‘Lethargy’ in State of the Union: Daschle

Written with Michael Bender President Barack Obama must demonstrate passion that’s been lacking when he gives the annual State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says. Obama’s remarks should reflect the “universal recognition” that income inequality...

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

IRS Documents Conflict With Prior Statements About Political Reviews

Internal Revenue Service training materials released today contradict agency executives’ prior statements about their tests for determining when nonprofit groups are engaged in too much political activity. Last year, then-acting commissioner Steven Miller told lawmakers that the agency had never...

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

Camp: Pause IRS Regs on NonProfits

The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants to press the pause button on Internal Revenue Service regulations that will shape how nonprofit groups can engage in politics. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan proposed a bill that...

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

IRS Spending Versus Revenue

The Internal Revenue Service warns that budget cuts would impair its ability to enforce the tax code and prevent cheating. The top House Republican overseeing the agency’s budget disagrees. Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida told reporters today that he doesn’t...

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Bills Passed by Lawmaker Who Can’t Vote: Only in Washington, D.C.

Written with BGov’s Loren Duggan One of the members of Congress who wrote the most laws last year is a member of the House minority who doesn’t even get to vote. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate from the...

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, questions J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2013.

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Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, questions J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2013.

Camp Plans Life After Ways and Means — in the House

Rep. Dave Camp, who has one more year remaining as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he plans to run for another term this year. The Michigan Republican told reporters in the Capitol today that he wasn’t...

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John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination.

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John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination.

Koskinen Sworn in as IRS Commissioner

It’s out with the acting, in with the new at the Internal Revenue Service. John Koskinen was sworn in today as IRS commissioner, ending the longest gap between confirmed commissioners since Congress created the tax agency in 1862. He was confirmed...

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Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, has a word with ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Dirksen entitled 'The President's 2012 Trade Agenda,' featuring testimony by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative.

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Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, has a word with ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Dirksen entitled 'The President's 2012 Trade Agenda,' featuring testimony by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative.

Baucus or Hatch: Who Has it Right?

Sen. Max Baucus either has or hasn’t made a private promise to Sen. Orrin Hatch that he won’t seek additional revenue for deficit reduction through a tax code rewrite, depending on whether you believe Baucus or Hatch. “We both have...

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