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  • Good news: IRS has less identity theft security than your average Etsy shop

    03/26/2015 10:00:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3-26-15 | Mary Katherine Ham
    They rehire people fired for snooping, they allow pretty much anyone into facilities and restricted areas where all our sensitive information is kept, and there’s no telling how many unauthorized current and former employees are able to steal identities as a result. And, you thought they just ruined people’s lives with audits. That’s novice stuff. This is the IRS. I have personal experience with this. I had a fraudulent tax return filed under my Social Security number in 2012. As a result, both my refunds from 2012 and 2013 were put under administrative hold or some such nonsense with no...
  • Ancient Receipt Proves Egyptian Taxes Were Worse Than Yours

    03/25/2015 11:53:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 14, 2015 | Owen Jarus
    A recently translated ancient Egyptian tax receipt shows a bill that is (literally) heavier than any American taxpayer will pay this year — more than 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) of coins. Written in Greek on a piece of pottery, the receipt states that a person (the name is unreadable) and his friends paid a land-transfer tax that came to 75 "talents" (a unit of currency), with a 15-talent charge added on. The tax was paid in coins and was delivered to a public bank in a city called Diospolis Magna (also known as Luxor or Thebes). But just how much...
  • More than 100,000 feds owe back taxes

    03/25/2015 7:12:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Wa Examiner ^ | MARCH 24, 2015 | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Federal employees owed more in delinquent taxes last year than any year in the past decade, costing the Internal Revenue Service $1.4 billion in 2014. The 113,805 civilian government employees who declined to pay all of their taxes last year would be ineligible to work for federal agencies under a House bill introduced last week that would hold officials accountable for evading taxes. ... It is disconcerting that federal civilian employees owe more than one billion dollars in back taxes," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "These employees are not exempt from...
  • Ted Cruz’s Plan To Abolish the IRS Isn’t Stupid, It’s Plain Evil (the piggies squeal)

    03/24/2015 2:10:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 81 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 03/24/2015 | Tom McKay
    Weeks before other Republicans are expected to announce their presidential candidacies, Ted Cruz has already injected a very nasty little virus into the right-wing primary process: the ridiculous idea that the IRS should be abolished.While some have been quick to conclude this idea indicates Cruz is truly stupid, I don’t think he is. You just have to understand that the real intent of the abolish-the-IRS campaign pledge cannot be publicly stated. As The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell notes, the IRS is a cash-flow-positive agency, generating around $255 in income for every $1 assigned to it in federal funding. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities adds...
  • Report Says Former IRS Employees--Think Lois Lerner--Can Still Peruse Your Tax Returns

    03/24/2015 11:33:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/24/2015 | Robert W. Wood
    Could Lois Lerner still take a look at your tax returns on IRS computers? It sounds preposterous, but a new watchdog report says former IRS employees still have access to IRS computer systems long after they have no official business with the information. The report is by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. The GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. In the case of IRS security, the report says not well. This report cites significant deficiencies in the security of IRS financial reporting systems. Millions of Americans who are legally...
  • Too Many Conservatives Running In 2016 Primary

    03/23/2015 5:02:01 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 104 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 23, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Ted Cruz is set to announce is candidacy for President of the United States. Rand Paul is apparently going to announce early next month before going on a campaign tour. Until today technically the only candidate was Jeb Bush, who announced late last year his intentions. At the time everyone thought that Bush was going to force everyone else to declare their candidacy early. It doesn’t appear that has happened, Cruz and Paul have appeared in no rush to make a formal announcement. Scott Walker, perhaps the front runner in the race, still hasn’t formally announced his candidacy and there’s...
  • CIA Director John Brennan Appears On Fox News Sunday – And Missing Historical Puzzle Pieces

    03/22/2015 6:08:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/22/15 | sundance
    Sorry to go so deep on a weekend, but seeing Brennan broadcast in a 22 minute interview is enough to blow the blood pressure cuff: I have never been more certain of something, yet simultaneously never able to prove it, as I am about two events. The first is that Jack Lew and the White House in 2010/2011 coordinated the DOJ attack, with Eric Holder, against political opposition using the IRS. The second event is that journalist Michael Hastings was killed by the dispatch of CIA Director John Brennan. Director John Brennan spent almost his entire formative career inside the CIA and...
  • DOJ defends Clinton from subpoena - "It's sheer speculation she withheld work-related emails"

    03/20/2015 12:57:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    The Justice Department is defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a motion to subpoena her private emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “Such action is unnecessary and inappropriate under FOIA,” DOJ officials wrote in a legal briefing filed Thursday. Officials were responding to a case launched by Larry Klayman, the founder of the conservative watchdog group Freedom Watch. Klayman is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to subpoena Clinton’s computer server where she housed the private email address she used while serving in the State Department. Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of...
  • IRS gives some Obamacare customers a tax break

    03/20/2015 1:06:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    cnbc ^ | 3-20-2015
    The Internal Revenue Service on Friday expanded relief to Obamacare customers who are filing tax returns based on incorrect information about their health plans. The relief came in reaction to the disclosure by federal health official there were more errors on tax-related forms sent to Obamacare enrollees beyond the 820,000 forms identified as having problems last month. Between 3 and 4 percent of customers of HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare marketplace, have some kind of errors on 1095-A tax forms related to their account, according to marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan. The errors could affect the amount of money a taxpayer owes...
  • 80,000 ObamaCare tax forms on hold

    03/20/2015 12:46:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The Obama administration announced Friday that 80,000 corrected tax forms for people on plans through ObamaCare have still not gone out. It's unclear how many people will be affected by the delay, but the administration said people who have not received the corrected forms do not have to wait to file their taxes and will not have to pay any additional tax due to the effort. The issues stem from the announcement last month that 800,000 people on insurance plans through ObamaCare received incorrect tax information. At the time, the administration said forms with corrected information would be sent out...
  • Should IRS Have Guns? How About Email?

    03/19/2015 3:13:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/19/2015 | Robert W. Wood
    How would you like seeing gun-toting IRS Agents at your door? In comparison, a correspondence audit doesn’t sound so bad. Only the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS gets to carry guns, and they say they need them. The IRS has a hard job to do, and being charged with collecting taxes isn’t easy. Yet some people are extra worried about having this already very powerful organization waving weapons around. For one thing, even this elite unit doesn’t have a perfect safety record. According to one government audit, IRS Agents accidentally discharged their guns 11 times between 2009 and 2011....
  • IRS botches computer security, risks taxpayer info: audit

    03/19/2015 2:58:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS sometimes uses old software without key security patches that leave its computer systems vulnerable and could endanger taxpayers’ private information, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday. GAO investigators raised the issue last year, identifying 69 weaknesses. The IRS said it had corrected two dozen of them, but the new audit found just 14 of them were actually fixed, leaving dozens of weaknesses still to be resolved. Part of the problem is that the IRS hasn’t even always followed its own guidelines for assessing risks and creating information security plans, the GAO said.
  • At the White House, There's Nobody Home

    03/19/2015 10:03:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 19,2015 | By Victor Davis Hanson
    Senator Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) bucked the Obama administration and expressed doubt about administration concessions to the Iranians. Other Democrats could join him But almost immediately after weighing in on Iran, Menendez found himself the target of a federal investigation into purported corruption Meanwhile, the aforementioned Hillary Clinton is bogged down in another trademark Clinton scandal. Clinton never used a standard government e-mail account while secretary. And rather than submitting her actual e-mails to the State Department back in December, Clinton submitted 55,000 printed pages of e-mails — making it much harder for those e-mails to be searched. Obama’s own...
  • So Your Taxes Are Being Audited By the State or IRS: Now What?

    03/19/2015 7:34:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Main Street ^ | 03/19/2015 | Jason Notte
    If you're being audited by the Internal Revenue Service this year, you're either an unlucky or extremely unfortunate individual. Budget cuts have steadily decreased the number of IRS audits from 1.4 million in 2013 to 1.2 million last year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters in January that the number of audits would fall again this year after continued belt-tightening. With the IRS budget falling 17% in the past five years, the number of audits this year is expected to hover around 1 million. Koskinen noted that his agency has left an estimated $6 billion to $8 billion on the...
  • Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge

    03/18/2015 5:16:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-18-15 | Jeesse Byrnes
    Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia appointed by President Obama and set to step down next month, has not acted on a contempt of Congress charge for former IRS official Lois Lerner. Machen, who announced at the beginning of the week he'd step down April 1 to return to private practice, has not referred Lerner's case to a grand jury. Her contempt citation for not testifying at two hearings has been in Machen's hands since May 2014. During Machen's five-year tenure as a top prosecutor, the largest U.S. Attorney's Office was dominated by cases related to...
  • Dick Cheney calls Obama the 'worst president of my lifetime'

    03/18/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/18/2015 | Catherine Garcia via James Rosen, From PLAYBOY interview with Dick Cheney
    In a new interview with Playboy, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "playing the race card" and said that he could "go on for hours" about all of the ways Obama has "undone" the work of President George W. Bush.Although the article claims that Cheney's "preoccupations revolve around the books in his study and the purchase of just the right gifts for his grandchildren," it sounds more like he's kind of obsessed with Obama. Calling him "the worst president in my lifetime," Cheney said his criticism of Obama and Holder has nothing...
  • 'Wait you're pregnant? I'm sorry, this is a scam': Con artist cold-caller has attack of guilt when v

    03/18/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2015 | Jill Reilly
    'Wait you're pregnant? I'm sorry, this is a scam': Con artist cold-caller has attack of guilt when victim reveals she's expecting A con artist who told woman she was being convicted of tax fraud seemingly had an attack of guilt after finding out she was pregnant. Sarah Carr, who owns three event venue businesses in Denver, Colorado, told 9News that she received a voicemail on her cell phone from a man who claimed to be from the IRS. Ms Carr said she she rang the number back and broke down in tears at the news at 8am on Tuesday morning....
  • IRS blames Obamacare for shoddy customer service

    03/18/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS is unable to answer most taxpayers’ calls this year because it’s had to put money into getting up and running for Obamacare, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.Mr. Koskinen said his agency has had to shift tens of millions of dollars from customer service over to build the computer systems and get ready to handle questions this year about Obamacare and the law’s tax penalty, which kicks in for the first time this year.
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections

    02/08/2015 5:55:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    IMRA ^ | 2-8-15 | Alana Goodman
    Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections Nonprofits targeting populations, such as Arab Israelis, opposed to Likud BY: Alana Goodman - The Free Beacon February 5, 2015 3:30 pm http://freebeacon.com/issues/u-s-groups-funding-liberal-gotv-effort-in-israel/ [For copy of the memo: http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/APDF-GOTV-Arab-Community-MK-12-17-14.docx1-1.pdf http://bit.ly/1DMu8RV http://bit.ly/1AzUEzP http://bit.ly/1FebGCF http://bit.ly/1zo2zOR ] A coalition of U.S.-funded progressive groups has planned a massive get-out-the-vote effort to influence the Israeli elections, targeting communities that are most likely to vote against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-leaning Likud Party, according to a confidential strategy memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The U.S.-based 501(c)(3) group Ameinu sent out the...
  • Obama-linked nonprofit filed for new IRS status after accusation of meddling in Israeli election

    03/17/2015 5:33:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Steven Edwards
    The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – quietly filed paperwork that would allow it to engage in political activism after two leading Republican lawmakers questioned its use of government funds, FoxNews.com has learned.
  • IRS Shuts Down Program for the Poor to Fund Well-Heeled Liberal Groups

    03/17/2015 4:49:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/16/2015 | John Merline
    Cancel a program that provides free help to low-income families and the elderly, and shift the money to well-connected interest groups with a terrible track record for customer service. It sounds almost like the sort of thing a liberal would acuse a heartless Republican of doing.
  • NO MORE EXCUSES: Obama Admin Has What It Needs To Give Up Lerner’s Emails

    03/16/2015 6:52:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/1/615 | Patrck Howley
    Obama administration investigators now have everything they need to provide Congress with Lois Lerner’s emails, The Daily Caller has learned. Treasury Department deputy inspector general Timothy Camus last testified that his office found more than 30,000 of Lerner’s emails, including emails from 2011 that were on a backup tape at a storage facility in West Virginia that the IRS never went to. (RELATED: Search For Lerner Emails On Hold Over Software Problems). But Camus said that the investigation was on hold because his office was haggling over licensing issues with a company that makes special software that Camus said he...
  • Federal agencies make $125B in improper payments last year

    03/16/2015 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 5:47 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn’t qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday. The level of improper payments was a new high after several years of declines. In addition to fraud, the errors included overpayments and underpayments, as well payments made without proper documentation. While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Together, the three programs accounted for...
  • Media Matters pushes hard for Hillary 2016, putting its nonprofit status in question

    03/15/2015 6:44:45 AM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Mar. 14, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    By retaining longtime Clinton loyalist James Carville as a regular columnist, the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America has increased its influence as a player in the 2016 presidential election. But Media Matters may be edging toward violating the tax rules that govern nonprofit organizations. Carville's new role at Media Matters was announced Thursday, following two weeks of controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state. Media Matters was founded by another Clinton friend, David Brock, one of the rare Clinton acolytes willing to defend her amid reports that she violated federal law by...
  • IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year - 6.5m people in the US are 112

    03/14/2015 7:04:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/14/15
    IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year as Social Security records show that 6.5m people in the US are 112 Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • Suspicious Fires at Al Sharpton’s Offices

    03/11/2015 6:15:12 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    National Review.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    As Al Sharpton ran for mayor of New York City in 1997 and for president in 2003, fires at his offices reportedly destroyed critical financial records, and he subsequently failed to comply with tax and campaign filing requirements. As I write today at National Review, investigators deemed the 1997 fire at Sharpton’s campaign headquarters “suspicious” from the start. It began at a hair-and-nail salon one floor below, and FDNY photos show both traces of an incendiary puddle and what appears to be a singed rag next to a fuse box.
  • Suspicious Fires Twice Destroyed Key Sharpton Records

    03/11/2015 4:25:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    As Al Sharpton ran for mayor of New York City in 1997 and for president in 2003, fires at his offices reportedly destroyed critical financial records, and he subsequently failed to comply with tax and campaign filing requirements. The first fire began in the early hours of April 10, 1997, in a hair-and-nail salon one floor below Sharpton’s campaign headquarters at 70 West 125th Street. From the start, investigators deemed the fire “suspicious” because of “a heavy volume of fire on arrival” and because many of the doors remained unlocked after hours, according to the New York Fire Department’s fire-and-incident...
  • IRS Insists Giving Tax Refunds to Illegal Aliens Is “the Least We Can Do” [semi-satire]

    03/10/2015 10:52:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The IRS has announced plans to follow up President Obama’s illegal grant of amnesty to persons in this country illegally with a program that will permit illegal aliens to receive tax refunds for taxes they never paid. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the move as “a necessary component of the President’s vision for America’s future. The vast majority of these immigrants are poor. They will need substantial help if the President’s dream of transforming our culture is to become a reality. Diverting some of America’s excess wealth to these people via tax refunds is one way of making this happen.”...
  • Is President Obama Really as Clueless as He Claims?

    03/10/2015 5:40:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I don't know which is more maddening, President Obama's repeatedly claiming he finds out about important matters only after reading the newspapers, his expectation that we'll swallow that, the even scarier prospect that it could be true, or that the media continue to give him a pass on it. Obama told CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante that he learned of Hillary Clinton's use of her private email address for official State Department business after a New York Times report. With no apparent self-consciousness or embarrassment, Obama said he learned about it at "the same time everybody else...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Actually, Justice Kennedy, IRS Did Tell Congress Section 36B Contains “Contradictory Language”

    03/07/2015 7:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    During oral arguments in King v. Burwell on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed skepticism about the government’s claim that the Supreme Court should defer to the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as allowing certain taxes and subsidies in all states, when the statute authorizes those measures only in states that have an “Exchange established by the State.” Specifically, Kennedy expressed skepticism that the IRS interpretation was eligible for so-calledChevron deference, telling Solicitor General Donald Verrilli: And it seems to me a little odd that the director of Internal Revenue didn’t identify this problem...
  • Former IRS Commissioner Everson Running for President

    03/06/2015 12:48:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Accounting Today / The Associated Press ^ | March 6, 2015 | Michael Cohn
    Mark Everson, a former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, is throwing his hat in the ring and running for president of the United States. Everson was IRS commissioner from 2003 to 2007 and left to become president and CEO of the American Red Cross. He is currently vice chairman of the tax consulting firm alliantgroup and lives on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. He recently gave an interview to Accounting Today about the impact of budget cuts on his old agency...
  • Kennedy Won’t Save Obamacare’s Bacon

    03/06/2015 5:26:20 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 24 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/6/2015 | David Catron
    Supporters of the “Affordable Care Act” have been rather glum of late. Since the Supreme Court agreed to hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit that challenges the Obama administration’s decision to funnel insurance subsidies through federal exchanges established in the 36 states that refused to create PPACA “marketplaces,” they have rather ironically bemoaned the possibility that five unelected justices could do irreparable damage to the law with one “wrong ruling.” Consequently, they have desperately grasped at a thin straw tossed their way by Justice Anthony Kennedy during Wednesday’s oral arguments about the case. In an exchange with Michael Carvin, who...
  • On the Charge of Unsubstantiated Neglect, We The People Find “Guilty”

    03/05/2015 8:10:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-5-2015 | MOTUS
    Remember our free range Baltimore kids? Apparently their parents have been convicted of “unsubstantiated neglect” for allowing them to walk home from the park alone.The Meitiv kids, engaging in unapproved “dangerous behavior” How can you hold someone responsible for anything that’s “unsubstantiated?” Where, other than government bureaucracies, would that NOT be an oxymoron?Perhaps I need to elaborate; what exactly  is “unsubstantiated neglect?” It is something that is not illegal (the law being silent on it) butt that some busybody – in this case Maryland Child Protective Services – thinks should be. Therefore they create an “illegal” act on their own...
  • NEW EMAILS Could Send Democrat Elijah Cummings to Prison for Targeting Voter Rights Group

    03/05/2015 7:43:23 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February. She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group. Engelbrecht said this during her testimony before Congress and Cummings, “Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.” ... This week the...
  • The House Takes on IRS Lawlessness

    03/05/2015 5:37:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/05/2015 | George Will
    <p>Representative Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of the IRS exempt-organizations division, directed the suppression of conservative advocacy groups by delaying and denying them the tax-exempt status that was swiftly given to comparable liberal groups.</p>
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary's Personal Email Use Part of Pattern

    03/04/2015 9:51:18 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Mar 2015 | Sean Piccoli
    We know that under this administration, high-ranking officials in various federal agencies have claimed that they didn't understand — or had reasons not to follow — federal law that requires certain sorts of record retention," including for official email correspondence, said Attkisson, "This has happened, I believe, at the IRS, with HHS," she said, citing the agencies accused, respectively, of targeting politically conservative PACs ... Attkisson, an independent journalist formerly with CBS News, said that while working on a story about the ACA's online insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, she has learned that one official "was specifically told, 'Don't email things; we...
  • Congress demands Obama-approved IRS emails disclosing taxpayers’ info

    03/04/2015 9:30:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Two top congressional chairmen demanded Wednesday that the IRS turn over all its emails that might have given private taxpayer information to the White House, after President Obama’s lawyer last week passed the buck to the tax agency, insisting they would be able to search for the emails. The IRS last year had claimed it didn’t have the technological ability to search for those emails, so Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan went to the White House for them. In letters last month White House lawyer W. Neil Eggleston declined, saying he...
  • The Betrayal Papers (Part III): Obama and Muslim Brotherhood Conspire to Destroy America from Within

    03/04/2015 8:43:36 AM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | March 4, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role in many Obama scandals. Introduction What...
  • AUDIO: Obama Admin Is ‘Going After’ Gun Dealers [VIDEO]

    03/04/2015 8:17:23 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/3/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point program targets gun and ammunition dealers and tries to make life “miserable” for businesses that it doesn’t like, a payment processor told a Choke Point victim in jarring new audio. Operation Choke Point is a program by which the Department of Justice works with other administration agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to force banks to shut down accounts of businesses that it objects to. The program purports to fight fraudulent businesses, but has instead targeted many gun and ammunition dealers and other lawful businesses.
  • Seven Things You Should Know about the IRS Rule Challenged in King v. Burwell &#8203;

    03/04/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Nationanl Review ^ | 3-4-15 | Michael F. Cannon
    And none of them make the IRS look very good. This week, the Supreme Court considers King v. Burwell. At issue is whether the IRS exceeded its authority under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by issuing a final IRS rule that expanded the application of the Act’s subsidies and mandates beyond the limits imposed by the statute. King v. Burwell is not a constitutional challenge. It challenges an IRS rule as being inconsistent with the Act it purports to implement. The case is a straightforward question of statutory interpretation. Here are seven things everyone needs to know about...
  • 17 Errors & Omissions in Vox's Otherwise Excellent History of King v. Burwell

    03/03/2015 11:03:33 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, one of four legal challenges to an IRS regulation that purports to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but in fact vastly expands the IRS’s powers beyond the limits imposed by the Act. Just in time for oral arguments before the Court, Vox’s Sarah Kliff has produced what I think may be the best history of King v. Burwell and related cases I’ve seen. Still, there are a few important errors and omissions.... Kliff reports that all congressional staff involved with the drafting of the...
  • IRS Defends Giving Refunds to Illegal Immigrants (Tax Laws are for Congress, not the Dictator)

    03/03/2015 9:20:58 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/2015 | Greta Van Susteren
    In a letter to Congress, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the decision to allow illegal immigrants to get refunds from the agency. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) went “On The Record” tonight to explain that illegal immigrants who get a social security number can go back and apply for a refund through the earned income tax credit. He said this is due to President Barack Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration, calling it unconstitutional and unfair. “It’s unfair to taxpayers that noncitizen illegals are gonna get this bonus that
  • Lawyer: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails

    03/03/2015 8:18:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails.The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails...
  • IRS defends giving tax refunds to illegals who didn't pay any taxes

    03/03/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2015 | Rick Moran
    There's plenty to be mad about with Obama's executive orders on immigration. But this ruling by the IRS that illegal aliens who didn't pay any taxes or file a tax return can recieve a tax refund on monies they never paid is about as outrageous as a government action can get. Washington Times: The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability...
  • IRS defends giving refunds to illegals who never paid taxes

    03/03/2015 3:56:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar. 02, 2015 - 4:50 | Fox News
    IRS defends giving refunds to illegals who never paid taxes Mar. 02, 2015 - 4:50 - Agency tells Congress in a new letter that lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number justifies illegal immigrants' ability to go back and ask for previous refunds [Video]
  • EXPOSED: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails

    03/02/2015 10:05:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Department of Justice shut down an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities. The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails were stored at off-site facilities,...
  • IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes

    03/02/2015 10:31:53 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/02/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds. Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code requires an SSN on the return, but a taxpayer claiming the EITC is not required to have an SSN before the close of the year for which the EITC is claimed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in his letter...