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IRS chief says screening was wider than first disclosed

WASHINGTON — The IRS screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday.

An internal document said that besides ‘‘Tea Party,’’ lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination included the terms ‘‘Israel,’’ “Progressive,’’ and ‘‘Occupy.’’ The document said an investigation into why specific terms were used was still underway.

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