GOP leader warns of attacks on free speech

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader is accusing the government of attacking free speech on President Barack Obama's watch.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status is just one example. He accuses the administration of pitting bureaucrats against the Americans they're supposed to serve in several other agencies.

McConnell, who is up for re-election next year, also criticized public employee unions in a speech he's delivering on Friday. He complained about recent reports that the IRS is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses.

The Associated Press received excerpts of McConnell's speech.

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