The Russian ambassador to the U.S. is so frustrated by senior U.S. lawmakers and government officials refusing to meet him that he has sent a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asking for help. Anatoly Antonov listed 20 top U.S. elected and administration officials that have refused or ignored his requests for meetings, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Donations to the National Rifle Association’s PAC spiked after 17 people were killed in the Valentine’s Day mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. The NRA’s political arm, the Political Victory Fund, raised roughly $779,000 in February compared with nearly $250,000 in January, according to Federal Election Committee filings.
A taxpayer’s chances of being audited by the IRS have plunged due to budget cuts and staff reductions at the agency mandated by the Republican-controlled Congress. In the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the IRS audited just 1 in 160 individual returns—down from 1 in 90 in 2011. Households making $1 million or more were scrutinized 4.37 percent of the time, down from 12.48 percent in 2011.
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Just 32 percent of employed adults report having more take-home pay because of the tax cuts, according to a CNBC poll. More than half say they see no change in their paychecks, and 16 percent are unsure.