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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:33 pm | Updated: 1:59 pm, Wed Jun 26, 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chief of the Internal Revenue Service is acknowledging that the agency's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed.

An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press indicates IRS screeners were given lists advising them to be on the lookout not only for tea party and conservative groups, but for groups using terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy." Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released 15 lists of terms that the IRS has provided to congressional investigators. The lists evolved over time and also included the phrases "Medical Marijuana," ''Occupied Territory Advocacy," ''Healthcare legislation," ''Newspaper Entities" and "Paying National Debt."

While investigators have said that agency screening for those groups had stopped in May 2012, Monday's revelations made it clear that screening for other kinds of organizations continued until earlier this month. That's when the agency's new chief, Danny Werfel, says he ordered the practice halted.

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266-v-35-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent)--The IRS says its screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than previously disclosed. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (24 Jun 2013)

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267-c-21-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent)-"had been disclosed"-AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports new IRS chief Danny Werfel says the agency's inappropriate screening of some groups was broader than had been previously revealed. (24 Jun 2013)

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286-a-11-(Danny Werfel, principal deputy IRS commisioner, in conference call)-"outside the IRS"-Principal Deputy IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel says the matter was contained within the agency. (24 Jun 2013)

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287-a-09-(Danny Werfel, principal deputy IRS commissioner, in conference call)-"a broad spectrum"-Principal Deputy IRS commissioner says more groups were being screened than previously has been acknowledged. (24 Jun 2013)

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288-a-09-(Danny Werfel, principal deputty IRS commissioner, in conference call)-"tax exempt status"-Principal Deputy IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel says the terms that were used to focus on certain groups are no longer being used. (24 Jun 2013)

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289-c-11-(Danny Werfel, principal deputy IRS commissioner, in conference call)-"risks we face"-Principal Deputy IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel says the agency will make whatever changes are needed to fix the problem. (24 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO WX105: FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Werfel unveils his plan to fix an agency besieged by scandal. President Barack Obama ordered Werfel to conduct a 30-day review of the IRS when he appointed him last month. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) (6 Jun 2013)

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