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    National Organization for Women Conference

    Ms. Ireland, the future president of the National Organization for Women, delivered opening remarks at the conference and introduced the guest speakers. Ms. Holtzman described the lack of justice for women in court decisions and commented on the inadequacies of Presidents Bush and Reagan, as well as Supreme Court Justices David Souter and William Rehnquist, regarding women’s rights issues. She also spoke about the need to consider R.U. 486 and the Equal Rights Amendment, as well as the necessity of proper day care, health care, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Gloria Steinem delivered the keynote address at the conference, where she addressed the topics of sexual abuse among children, voter apathy, and patriarchy in religious issues. She stated that the men in the country needed to adopt attitudes more like today’s women. Ms. Ireland delivered the final speech, commenting on the rape at the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach, the refusal to let women into the Virginia Military Institute, the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and the possible overturning of the gag rule regarding abortion.

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    Internal Revenue Service Oversight

    Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) response to congressional oversight and investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups. Topics included the difficulties encountered while attempting to recover the electronic communications of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

    There were brief video difficulties.