HOT BLAST: Keeping track of IRS housecalls
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Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Have you heard the one about Douglas Shulman, a former IRS commissioner, who visited the White House 157 times? 

It's been, shall we say, making the rounds. Bill O'Reilly called it a "smoking gun" that connected the IRS targeting conservative groups directly to President Barack Obama.

The Daily Caller reported, "Publicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama administration, more recorded visits than even the most trusted members of the president’s Cabinet."

Writing at The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta takes a closer look. What she found in "The Fake Story About the IRS Commissioner and the White House" clears some of the smoke from a supposedly hot pistol. In truth, the actual number of visits to the White House may be as few as 11, and most of those likely dealt with the IRS' role in Obamacare. 

Talking Points Memo calls this "another good example of why Republicans so often have bad luck these days with bogus scandals they’re so hyped up about or ones that actually are legitimate scandals but which get overrun by so much hysterical nonsense that the actual scandal gets forgotten amidst a lava-like deluge of The Crazy."

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