Lawmakers Criticize Europe for Going After Apple's Back Taxes
Calls to make U.S. tax system more attractive for multinational corporations

Photographers take iPhone photos of Apple CEO Tim Cook during a 2013 Senate hearing on offshore profit shifting and charges that Apple was avoiding taxes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers accused European authorities of a money grab by seeking more than $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple Inc.'s Ireland operations, and some are using the case to call for a tax overhaul.

The European Commission concluded Tuesday that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros in “unpaid taxes” — plus interest —from the tech giant's operations in the country.

Obama Goes Off Script at St. Patrick's Day Lunch
President to Lawmakers: 'Reject' Rhetoric That Feeds Violence

From left, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny walk down the House steps following the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon in the Capitol, on Tuesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama went off script Tuesday, using his platform at the typically lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol to “reject” the recent violence at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.  

Sure, there were the typically lighter moments -- like when Obama and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., traded some friendly barbs about their beloved NFL Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. And Obama said he hoped the bipartisan goodwill on display would carry over "to my Supreme Court nominee." But Obama spoke at length about a need to put an end to any political rhetoric and tactics that might breed violence at political rallies.