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Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
This year's tax season just wrapped up, so the phrase IRS audit may put you into a bit of a panic. But over the past few days the Internal Revenue Service itself has been audited and what we're learning sounds a bit distressing. The actual audit hasn't been made public yet, but it's being widely reported that starting in 2010 IRS agents may have specifically targeted conservative political groups that were applying for non-profit status. Republican Senator Susan Collins:
"This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government."
The Cleveland kidnappings have grabbed our attention, for better or for worse, in a way that few stories do. And one of the questions many of us are wondering is how could ten years go by without anyone knowing that Ariel Castro was allegedly keeping three women and a child locked up in his home. Now Castro's brothers, Pedro and Onil, are speaking out for the first time to CNN. Oneil Castro calls his brother a monster:
"I hope he rots in that jail. I don't even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail to the last extent. I don't care if they even feed him for what he has done to my life and my family's."
Four weeks ago today a quiet news day turned into one of the biggest stories of the decade. The Boston Marathon had been attacked. And while the storyline has unfolded in dramatic fashion on television, seemingly ending with the death and arrest of two brothers from Chechnya, the investigation is continuing. Intelligence analyst Ron Marks is a former CIA official:
"We've spent over a half a trillion dollars since 9/11 on the Homeland Security Department. The question I would now ask is, after we have spent all that money, you know: Is this worth it?"
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