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IRS approved liberal groups while tea party applications languished

During the time that the IRS was scrutinizing groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in the name, the agency reportedly approved applications for tax-exempt status by dozens of liberal-sounding groups, according to a report by USA Today.

From USA Today:

As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.

Some of the groups included Bus for Progress, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and Progress Florida.

As Bloomberg News reports, though, the agency also scrutinized three Democratic groups during the same time period:

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