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      Justice Dept. denies briefing Obama on IRS targeting

      The Justice Department said Tuesday that nobody briefed President Obama on its investigation of the IRS ahead of his statement Sunday that there was no evidence of corruption in the tax agency's targeting of tea party groups.

      "Generally, we do not brief elected officials," Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a House committee on Tuesday.

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