(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

President Obama lowered the boom on the Internal Revenue Service. And he lowered it hard. The president directed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to ask Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller for his resignation and to accept it. Obama called on the IRS to adopt all the recommendations of the Inspector General report released Tuesday. And he wants to work with Congress to erase the ambiguities in the laws governing the IRS.

“The conduct uncovered was inexcusable,” Obama said. “Americans have a right to be angry. I am angry about it. … I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.” He later said, “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this happens again.” Obama was stern in manner, angry in word and clear in what he wants. Finally.

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