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  • The Information Pipeline - IRS Gave White House Tons Of Taxpayer Info

    11/28/2014 3:05:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 27, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The IRS’ improper disclosure of taxpayer information to the White House was extensively investigated, according to thousands of documents the Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently sitting on and could release within the next two weeks. The Daily Caller first reported that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner and White House policy adviser Jeanne Lambrew exchanged confidential taxpayer information about a conservative group that was suing to stop Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate in 2012. Now, with 30,000 Lerner emails set to be turned over to Congress, new information is surfacing about the White House-IRS information pipeline. The legal advocacy firm Cause of Action...
  • IRS Workers to Receive Bonuses of 1 Percent

    11/26/2014 3:46:34 PM PST · by SES1066 · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | 11/25/14
    Commissioner John Koskinen informed IRS employees in an email that they'll get a bonus next March of 1 percent of their base salary. The performance awards go to most employees. "I believe that rewarding our high-performing employees is a vital investment for our nation's tax system," Koskinen said in the Monday email that was obtained by The Associated Press.
  • 2,500 new documents ID'd in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases

    11/26/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by unixfox · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner | 11/25/14 | Paul Bedard
    In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • The IRS Scandal Rears Its Head

    11/25/2014 10:36:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    power line ^ | 11/25/14 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Administration’s IRS scandal is multi-faceted. In addition to the persecution of conservative non-profits by Lois Lerner et al., the question has been percolating for some years whether Obama’s IRS has transferred confidential taxpayer information to Obama’s White House in violation of federal criminal laws. The issue first arose when Austin Goolsbee of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers told reporters that he had information about Koch Industries that could only have come, illegally, from confidential IRS files. When questions were asked, the administration immediately clammed up. Years later, the judicial system may be poised to expose another layer...
  • Thank-you for hitting it right on the nail!

    11/25/2014 4:24:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Years of massive corruption by the man known for stirring up race relations and making them worse are finally being exposed. While flying around the country first class, dressed in lavish suits, and most recently stirring the pot in Ferguson, Mo., Al Sharpton has avoided paying millions in taxes - that would have landed the rest of us in prison. The situation is so egregious that even the left-wing New York Times finally wrote a long article last week exposing Sharpton’s tax evasion as well as graft and crime going all the way back to his teenage years. The Times found there...
  • October Surprise; Shaheen with Lois Learner and Biden with Ormond

    11/04/2014 11:32:59 AM PST · by sr4402 · 7 replies
    Vanity | 11/4/2014 | Vanity
    Been waiting on the Democrat's October Surprise. Seems like racial slurs is all it is. But instead they got Jean Shaheen's involvement with Lois Learner on the IRS Scandal and a claim by VP Joe Biden that Greg Orman is with the Democrats.
  • Lerner Refused Tax Exemption to Conservative Groups – Granted Status to Underage Prostitution Ring

    11/23/2014 11:42:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-23-14 | Jim Hoft
    The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal included: •Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted •At least 5 pro-Israel groups •Constitutional groups •Groups that criticized Obama administration •At least two pro-life groups •An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor •A 180 year-old Baptist paper •A Texas voting-rights group •A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed •Conservative activists and businesses •At least one conservative Hispanic group •IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed •10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS •And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative However, Lerner did grant tax...
  • Threatened With Jail Time IRS Officials Finally Cough Up Lois Lerner’s 30,000 Missing Emails

    11/22/2014 5:28:08 PM PST · by FredDardick · 35 replies
    American Patriot Post ^ | Nov 22, 2014 | Bob Hammond
    A miraculous thing happened this week. After years of stonewalling Congress with claims that Lois Lerner’s emails were lost forever and could not be recovered, the IRS finally handed them over to congressional investigators for analysis. Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up...
  • Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014

    11/22/2014 3:41:03 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 22, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014 In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members.When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had...
  • IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

    11/22/2014 1:15:27 PM PST · by grundle · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | Josh Kicks
    Many of Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails may no longer be missing. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told several congressional committees on Friday that it has recovered as many as 30,000 of the ex-Internal Revenue Service official’s messages from disaster recovery tapes, according to congressional aides who participated in a briefing on the matter. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified in June that the e-mails were lost after Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011. He said the agency tried unsuccessfully to retrieve the records with help from agency IT and forensic experts. Koskinen acknowledged the existence of disaster recovery tapes...
  • Federal watchdogs uncover thousands of lost Lerner emails, decoding to take weeks

    11/22/2014 7:16:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/22/14
    As many as 30,000 lost emails from Lois Lerner -- the ex-IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting scandal -- have been recovered by federal investigators.
  • BOMBSHELL: Investigators Say They Have Recovered Lois Lerner’s ‘Missing’ Emails

    11/21/2014 4:25:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    TPNN ^ | November 21, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported to several Congressional committees that many of the allegedly “missing” emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner have been recovered.Lois Lerner remains at the heart of the IRS scandal for her having overseen the IRS’ tax-exempt division that designated nonprofit statuses. Between the approximate years of 2010 to 2013, Lerner’s division harassed and suppressed the political activities of blossoming Tea Party and conservative nonprofit groups that sought to make a difference. The IRS spent years denying nonprofit statuses for conservative nonprofits while allowing left-leaning nonprofits no...
  • 30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered

    11/21/2014 2:03:17 PM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 198 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system. “They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 115 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Church Leaders Alarmed That IRS Agents Could Pose as Clergy to Access Privileged Information

    11/19/2014 8:04:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information. Following the Times' report last weekend that over 40 federal agencies use undercover agents disguised as attorneys, doctors, news media and other positions to gain access to privileged information, church leaders are appalled to find out that IRS agents are also allowed to pose as clergy, even though the agency doesn't have a crime-fighting function that warrants such a use of undercover tactics. In...
  • Exactly who is Field Marshal Gruber calling stupid?

    11/14/2014 7:18:36 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-14-2014 | MOTUS
    Ordinarily a big brained college professor telling us that we are stupid wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy. “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” said Gruber. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Call it the stupidity of the America voter, or whatever.” Butt when the big brain is Herr Jonathan Guber, MIT Professor of Economics1 and Field Marshal of Big Guy’s Operation Obamacare assault on our formerly great American health care system – and by doing so reveal the fundamental fraud at the heart of that...
  • IRS Has Not Looked for Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails

    11/11/2014 4:14:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 11, 2014 | Staff
    Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved.
  • Congress' to-do list: Major unsolved scandals top the list for new U.S. Congress

    11/11/2014 3:45:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/09/14 | Scott Paulson
    **SNIP** The IRS scandal that still leaves many stones unturned. While persons in the Obama administration have been investigating to a small degree, there is obvious a need to conduct more of an investigation into this concern. The assertions of lost emails by persons involved, such as Lois Lerner, is still unsettled. Just two days ago, Breitbart did a piece titled “IRS: Um, Yeah, We Never Actually Looked for Lois Lerner’s Emails or Anything.” Needless to say, the IRS scandal remains and has not settled well with Americans who want to know the truth. After all, targeting conservative groups prior...
  • IRS Admits It Didn’t Really Look for Lois Lerner’s “Lost” Emails [satire]

    11/10/2014 9:05:39 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that it didn’t exercise much effort to track down emails cited in an investigation of IRS abuses involving harassment of conservative political organizations. “Look, we were between a rock and a hard place,” Koskinen contended. “On the one hand, we have Congress and the Courts demanding we produce these documents. On the other hand, some very powerful and dangerous people were very determined that these documents never be found.” “If we defy Congress and the Courts the worst case scenario is we get held in contempt,” Koskinen pointed out. “It’s embarrassing. We look like crooks...
  • IRS: Gary schools owe $6.7 million

    11/09/2014 10:15:59 AM PST · by John W · 30 replies
    Post-Tribune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Carole Carlson
    GARY — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking $6.78 million in unpaid payroll taxes from Gary Community School Corp. The IRS has filed two liens in the Lake County Recorder’s Office against the school district. One lien, filed Sept. 3, seeks payment of $5,270,467 for payroll taxes in 2013. The other lien, filed June 24, says the district owes $1,514,529 for part of 2012 and 2013. IRS spokesman Luis Garcia said the agency doesn’t comment on specific taxpayers. “The public document has to speak for itself,” he said. The documents state the IRS is giving notice that taxes, including interest...
  • The IRS-Benghazi Congress (Weekly Update)

    11/08/2014 10:41:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 7, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    The IRS-Benghazi Congress In many ways, the results from this week’s elections confirm what you already know as a supporter of Judicial Watch. Voters are sick and tired of the Obama administration’s lawlessness. The new Congress has new mandate to clean up Washington and put the Obama administration (and, frankly, itself) back under the rule of law. And all the talk of policies and campaign ads is for naught if elections can be stolen. Assuming the leftists in the Obama administration cared about what voters think, they would see their war on voter ID has little support. Contrary to what...
  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 9:58:45 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 21 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 11/8/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS decision to issue tax credits and penalties through federally created Obamacare exchanges. Two federal courts have already declared the regulation unconstitutional, but a third court ruled that the IRS has acted within its authority. It was this ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prompted the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell to file an appeal with the high court. If the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in this case, it could well be the undoing of the reviled health care...
  • Six potential effects of a Supreme Court ruling against HHS on Obamacare

    11/07/2014 10:25:39 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 7, 2014 | Philip Klein
    On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the insurance subsidies through President Obama's healthcare law are illegal in 36 states, because the text of Obamacare limited subsidies to those states that set up their own exchanges. Here are six potential outcomes if the Supreme Court rules against the Department of Health and Human Services and declares such subsidies illegal. 1. Uncertainty keeps repeal flame alive The Supreme Court is coming at a time when there's an internal debate among Republicans about how the new Senate majority should approach the prospect of repealing Obamacare. Ever since the major...
  • IRS admits to court it hasn't searched for missing Lois Lerner e-mails in the obvious places

    11/07/2014 7:54:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/7/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    If there was ever any doubt that the IRS is stonewalling production of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, recent IRS filings in the Judicial Watch lawsuit in the court of U.S. District Court Judge Emmett G. Sullivan remove all ambiguity.  Even though the IRS has stipulated to Judicial Watch that backup systems exist to preserve all federal government e-mails, it has not bothered to search them, and now admits that to the court. A press release from Judicial Watch that has received far too little media attention (with the conspicuous exception of Legal Insurrection) explains: IRS attorneys conceded that...
  • IRS Admits To Court They Never Even Looked for Lois Lerner E-Mails…

    11/05/2014 5:43:48 PM PST · by combat_boots · 31 replies
    The Conseervative Treehouse ^ | 11/5/2014 | Sundance
    All of this, ALL OF THIS, is to avoid sunlight upon the reality it was the DOJ who initiated the targeting scheme, and used the IRS to get it done. In addition the White House fully knew what Eric Holder was doing. (Via Judicial Watch) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court...
  • IRS Commissioner Predicts Miserable 2015 Tax Filing Season

    11/05/2014 1:45:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    forbes ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Ashlea Eberling
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen warned that close to half the people trying to reach the IRS by phone might not get through during the upcoming 2015 tax filing season. “Phone service could plummet to 53%,” he told an audience of tax practitioners at the AICPA National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C. today. That would be down from an already unacceptable 72% during the 2014 filing season. The average hold time projection: 34 minutes! What’s to blame? Budget woes. “All we can do is try to maximize our services as well as we can; as well as we can...
  • IRS Admits to Court it Hasn’t Searched for Missing Lerner Emails

    11/05/2014 9:38:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 5, 2014
    “…it has become apparent that the IRS did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails from alternative sources following the discovery that the emails were missing” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in anIRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of...
  • BOMBSHELL MEMO: Jeanne Shaheen Conspired With White House Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal

    11/04/2014 1:39:31 AM PST · by taildragger · 113 replies
    The DC Caller ^ | 9:36 PM 11/03/2014 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama’s political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not want to publicly release 2012 correspondences exchanged between the IRS and Jeanne Shaheen at her personal Washington office: the agency delayed releasing the information to a major conservative super PAC multiple times, even threatening to see the super PAC in court, according to emails. (RELATED: Lois...
  • Police: Man Arrested For Kicking Heinz Field Barriers, Trying To Bribe Officers (IRS Agent)

    11/03/2014 7:22:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | November 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –A man was arrested after injuring a woman by kicking a steel barrier at Heinz Field Sunday evening. According to police, 29-year-old Stephen Sapp was intoxicated at the time of the incident. While at the hospital, Sapp allegedly tried to bribe officers to let him go. According to the criminal complaint, Sapp stated, “Listen, I know how this works. How much money will it take to make this go away and to let me go home today?” The officers informed Sapp that he could not attempt to bribe them, but Sapp continued. “Look, I am an IRS agent...
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...
  • Time for the Fair Tax; Ted Cruz is a sponsor

    11/03/2014 9:13:54 AM PST · by redinIllinois · 134 replies
    good article by Neal Boortz http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2014/oct/29/michelle-nunn-and-fairtax/ http://fairtax.org/cosponsors/ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:s00122:@@@P THE FAIR TAX WOULD BE THE BIGGEST TRANSFER OF POWER FROM DC BACK TO THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY A flat tax is still an income tax, and would leave the IRS in place. It punishes productivity, and fails to capture any revenue from the illegal aliens and illegal activities like drugs and prostitution because most of them don't report their income, but they buy stuff, so with the Fair Tax, they would start paying a share. The IRS tried to take out the Tea Party, it would be sweet vengeance...
  • Should Pastors Endorse Candidates From The Pulpit?

    11/03/2014 4:58:04 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 24 replies
    A group called Alliance Defending Freedom organized a group of around 1,600 pastors who endorsed candidates from the pulpit in the weeks leading up to tomorrows election. Since the 1950’s the IRS has banned 501(c)(3) tax exempt churches from engaging in political activity, including endorsing candidates. The IRS has never enforced the law. Every few years the government sends out warning letters but it’s never actually taken the law to court. They likely know it wouldn’t be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Alliance Defending Freedom appears to be a conservative group and as such their 1,600 pastors appear to...
  • Some Courage Required

    11/02/2014 8:19:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Two days from now, elections across the country will produce a “new” Congress, with all 435 seats in the so-called House of Representatives on the ballot and one-third of the U.S. Senate up for grabs. The state of play in Senate contests makes it appear increasingly likely there will be a change of party control from Democrats to Republicans in that upper chamber. Elections are better than no elections, of course, even though the power of incumbency, fed by rampant cronyism, squelches the opportunity for widespread change. And certainly Republican control of the U.S. Senate could hardly be worse than...
  • Sharyl Attkisson Just Released a Creepy Video of Her Computer...

    10/31/2014 4:07:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/31/2014 | Jon Street
    Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson — who claims the government hacked her computer, TV and phone while she reported on the Benghazi terror attack — has released a new video showing what could be evidence of the government taking over her computer. “That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day’s interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line...
  • Anti-gun judge in Tea Party vs. IRS suit shows ‘moderate’ dangers to liberty

    10/30/2014 6:08:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 October, 2014 | David Codrea
    The federal judge who dismissed lawsuits by Tea Party groups against the Internal Revenue Service was nominated by President George W. Bush. The media is making sure everyone knows that. Judge Reggie Walton was “a Republican-appointed federal judge,” Politico tells us. “Walton [was] a President George W. Bush-appointee.” “Walton was nominated as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by President George W. Bush in 2001,” USA Today chimed in. That background was also noted in stories appearing in “conservative” sites, creating the impression that, even if the decision may be unpopular in some...
  • Our Make-It-Up World

    10/30/2014 4:39:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform. The Islamic State is at times dubbed jayvee, a manageable problem, and a dangerous enemy -- or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on the political climate of any given week. Some days Americans are told there is no...
  • Trashing the Presumption of Liberty

    10/29/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 16 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 30, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Because of our recognition of natural rights, and our history, values and written constitutional guarantees, we in America are self-directed and free to make our own choices. In fact, the constitutional guarantee of due process mandates that because our individual liberty is natural to us, it is always presumed; thus, it is always the government’s obligation to demonstrate our unworthiness of freedom to a judge and jury before it can curtail that freedom. It is not the other way around. Until now. This past week has seen disturbing events in which the government, as if in “Alice in Wonderland” mode,...
  • IRS Has Been Seizing Bank Accounts of Law-Abiding Small Business Owners

    10/29/2014 9:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Samuel Smith
    The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners. Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000. The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is...
  • Citizens United Wins At The 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals

    10/27/2014 8:54:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington, DC – Citizens United won at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today in Citizens United v. Gessler. Earlier this month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Citizens United in its emergency injunction. Today the 10th Circuit rebuked the lower Court’s ruling, and found that Citizens United's latest documentary Rocky Mountain Heist is constitutionally protected speech. This eye-opening documentary about the liberal takeover of once-Red Colorado was released after the emergency injunction was granted. “The 10th Circuit once again embraced the First Amendment today with its ruling in favor of Citizens United,” said David N....
  • Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

    10/27/2014 4:43:20 AM PDT · by Makana · 22 replies
    New York TImes ^ | October 27, 2014 | Sheila Dewan
    ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000. The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less...
  • "They Just Want The Money!" The IRS Can Now Seize Accounts On Suspicion Alone

    10/26/2014 8:58:59 PM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-26-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/26/2014 “How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?” The federal government does. * * * The topic of civil asset forfeiture has been high on our agenda recently as federal 'agents' discover how to steal Americans' hard-earned cash with zero repurcussions , and decide unilaterally how much cash a 'common man' is allowed to carry; but as The NY Times reports, the escalation to The IRS brings a whole new world of possibilities with regard asset confiscation based on no...
  • How the IRS is seizing bank accounts with no criminal action charged

    10/26/2014 3:36:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This one came as enough of a surprise to me that it seemed worth sharing. I’ve long been aware that there are limits on cash transactions taking place at banks beyond which the deal has to be reported to the IRS. You run into the same thing at casinos, though I have never won anywhere near enough money to need to worry about reporting it. This is an annoying, but I will agree, necessary function which used to allow law enforcement to track down drug dealers and organized crime entities who were dealing in large, untraceable cash deals. But...
  • WOODWARD: LOTS OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON OBAMA'S INVOLVEMENT IN IRS SCANDAL

    10/26/2014 12:56:12 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/26/2014 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel's "MediaBuzz," Bob Woodward said there are, "lots of unanswered questions," about the Obama administrations involvement in the IRS scandal surrounding the targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Woodward said, "The reality now in my view that in the Obama administration, there are lots of unanswered questions about the IRS, particularly. If I were young, I would take Carl Bernstein and move to Cincinnati where that IRS office is and set up headquarters and go talk to everyone."
  • Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda

    10/26/2014 2:59:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Paul Sperry
    He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes....
  • Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

    10/25/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/25/14 | SHAILA DEWAN
    ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000. The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than...
  • IRS notches legal victory in tea party cases

    10/23/2014 4:07:51 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.
  • The Age of Spam

    10/23/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this an object lesson and fair warning for all those other states that are trying to what they can to improve education or even cut through the bureaucracy that seems to cover it everywhere -- like kudzu. Here in Arkansas, our never-give-up reformers came up with a simple way to let parents, teachers, schools boards, taxpayers and anybody else who's interested -- and we all should be -- know how good a job their neighborhood school is doing. That's right -- the school where little Johnny or Judy goes. Just give each school a grade, the kind you might...
  • IRS Still Not Getting the Message

    10/19/2014 9:28:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    You might think that with the scandal surrounding the IRS and the resulting budget cuts that have hampered their activities that the organization might become more aware of its procedures and adjust them to appear more customer friendly. If what happened this past week is any indication then they are still living somewhere in the ozone. Most Americans think of April 15th as the final day for filing their personal income tax return. That is so for most people, but a large part of the population files an extension that allows them to file their return by October 15th as...
  • New Record: Federal Tax Revenues Top $3T for 1st Time

    10/15/2014 1:29:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM | Ali Meyer
    Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues not only hit a record high in fiscal 2014, but marked the first time that tax revenues have ever topped $3 trillion, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement. In fiscal year 2014, inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $3,020,848,000,000, but the federal government still ran a $483,350,000,000 deficit during that time. Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous...