Friday, May 24, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

Here’s some news moving across the transom Friday morning.

IRS manager placed on leave

Lois Lerner, the manager at the center of a massive scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, was placed on paid leave Thursday afternoon. The move comes after Lerner invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination before a congressional oversight committee earlier this week.

The move may be nothing more than cosmetic.

Brulte makes first mark as California GOP chairman

Former State Senator Jim Brulte, the newly-anointed Chairman of the California Republicans Party, made his first successful move this month. In May, Brulte poured $206,000 of party dough into an independent expenditure supporting the underdog candidacy of Republican State Senate Candidate Anthony Vidak in the 16th Senate District.

The gamble worked. Vidak secured an upset victory last Tuesday night.

Owings learns lesson

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings learned a quick lesson this week.

The mayor has been running the circuit professing his innocence in an ongoing federal investigation into alleged corruption within the city government. Owings, who insisted on testifying before a federal grand jury last week, has announced he is the recipient of a target letter.

So much for that testimony.