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  • The IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid Dog

    12/20/2014 3:12:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-17-2014 | John Linder
    ContributionThe IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid Dog Dec. 17, 2014 3:25pm John Linder John Linder served in Congress for 18 years from Georgia. He and his wife, Lynne, have retired to a farm in Northeast Mississippi. Since it was first disclosed that the IRS abused the taxpayers and the law, the Democrat refrain has been, “…it is clear that there was no White House involvement…” Well, now it is clear that there was White House involvement, but it is against the law to disclose it.A watchdog group, Cause of Action, filed a Freedom of Information Act...
  • Politics of personalities may have done in Fiore

    12/20/2014 9:58:06 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    In the end, making a political issue personal might have done in Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. The Las Vegas Republican was coming off a tumultuous week — she’d been deposed and then quickly restored as majority leader-designate and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee by Speaker-designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas — when she doubled down on allegations that certain Republican forces were targeting her and other conservatives. Speaking on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN-AM 720 on Tuesday, Fiore not only repeated her rhetoric about a “war on women,” but blamed some of the alleged infantrymen in that conflict: Republican...
  • Choking Constitutional Liberty

    12/20/2014 5:32:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Autry J. Pruitt
    What do porn, pistols and Ponzi schemes have in common? They are all targets of Operation Choke Point, an Obama administration initiative that is the very picture of a selectively oppressive and overreaching government.A program of the Justice Department, Operation Choke Point is the functional equivalent of a mafia extortion racket, using abusive federal regulatory authority to coerce banks and other financial institutions into withholding financial services from companies in industries that are out of favor with the administration, including the firearms and ammunition industries.Operation Choke Point is among the more frightening threats to liberty of late because it relies...
  • Hambrick removes Fiore from Assembly leadership positions — again

    12/19/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 18, 2014 - 6:51pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s tax liens and problems with the IRS were cited in her second removal from Assembly leadership positions Thursday. Fiore’s removal could clear the way for moderate Republicans to control the Assembly in the 2015 session and eliminate any talk of a GOP-Democratic partnership challenge to the leadership. It could also smooth the way for Gov. Brian Sandoval to win more funding for public education. Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick reversed course on Fiore for a second time in recent weeks and removed the controversial lawmaker as majority leader. She has also been...
  • Nonpartisan, apolitical IRS prepares to blame the GOP for delayed tax refunds

    12/19/2014 9:53:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The IRS has been bled white, complained Commissioner John Koskinen. Budget cuts to the agency, he adds, have forced the IRS to eliminate almost all overtime, implement hiring freezes, and furlough nonessential operatives. It will also likely mean a reduction in taxpayer services like audits and, yes, even the processing of refund checks. And Koskinen wants the public to know that it’s all the GOP’s fault. “Everybody’s return will get processed,” the IRS commissioner told reporters on Thursday. “But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly get a refund. This year we...
  • IRS HEAD SAYS BUDGET CUTS COULD DELAY TAX REFUNDS

    12/18/2014 3:10:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2014 | BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. "Everybody's return will get processed," Koskinen told reporters. "But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly getting a refund. This year we may not have the resources, the people to provide...
  • IRS warns of possible shutdown (AWWWW)

    12/18/2014 12:49:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 55 replies
    POLITICO LLC ^ | | 12/18/14 | By Rachael Bade
    The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there. Story Continued Below . . “There is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last...
  • My Advice to Aaron Sorkin: “Take the Cannoli”

    12/17/2014 7:29:54 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-17-2014 | MOTUS
    Aaron Sorkin is disillusioned; he’s left to wonder if there is any "such thing as privacy anymore."Sorkin, famous Hollywood screenwriter who wrote The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, also wrote a New York Times editorial, sharing his views on the Sony hack of Hollywood emails: If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are...
  • Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens (Nevada)

    12/16/2014 11:29:31 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Republican lawmaker Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in an ongoing Assembly GOP power struggle, said Tuesday she is fully in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service over more than $1 million in tax liens against her home health care businesses. In her first comments on the controversy, Fiore appeared on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas, saying her actual active liens total less than $200,000. Liens dating back to 2003 had previously been resolved, she said. Fiore said her lien problems stemmed from a dishonest bookkeeper, who she said is facing...
  • 2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie

    12/15/2014 9:16:56 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 3 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Kyle Smith
    2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie By Kyle Smith Bowe Bergdahl. The IRS’s missing e-mails. Lena Dunham. “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Jonathan Gruber. GM and that faulty ignition switch. Andrew Cuomo and that anti-corruption commission. The Secret Service and that White House intruder. Rachel Noerdlinger and her “disabled” son. Rolling Stone and gang rape. 2014 was the year when truth was optional. 2014 was the year when convenient fabrication was the weapon of choice for celebrities, activists, big business and politicians. 2014 was the Year of the Lie. In each case, the liars used their powerful positions to...
  • California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group's Donor Addresses

    12/14/2014 6:51:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 13, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity (AFP), co-founded by principals of Koch Industries, sued in federal court to prevent ultra-liberal California Attorney General Kamala Harris from using her office to disclose the names and addresses of their 90,000 donors. Harris may have a problem with AFP being a major force behind the Tea Party movement and its support of free markets, entrepreneurship, lower taxes, and limited government spending and regulation. As a federally registered 501(c)(4), not-for-profit educational organization, Americans for Prosperity is allowed under federal law to raise and spend money educating the public regarding issues associated with political campaigns...
  • IRS Gave $14.5 Billion in Low-Income Tax Credits to the Wrong People

    12/13/2014 2:39:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | Brianna Ehley
    The federal watchdog tasked with keeping tabs on the Internal Revenue Service says the agency needs to do a better job of administering tax credits for low-income people. The reason? Billions of dollars each year are ending up in the wrong hands. A new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, reveals that nearly a quarter of the $63 billion worth of Earned Income Tax Credits distributed in 2012 were improper payments. That’s about $14.5 billion in erroneous payments that were either given to the wrong people or distributed to the right people in the wrong amount. TIGTA...
  • Savage: The new spending bill represents a Republican betrayal of the highest magnitude

    12/12/2014 2:52:10 PM PST · by TBP · 34 replies
    email | Michael Savage
    Dr. Savage poured over the new $1.2 trillion spending bill, noting the colossal waste and bipartisan "pork barrel" provisions it contains. "Who is going to pay for this?" he asks. "We've just experienced a Republican betrayal of the highest magnitude," Savage announced. In the latest $1.2 trillion dollar spending bill, Obamacare is fully funded. So is amnesty. Boehner is out there, pretending he's concerned. Meanwhile, they gave a billion dollars for the amnesty bill to help illegal aliens. The budget is packed with what we used to call "pork barrel" spending. Now they're called "riders," but it's the same thing:...
  • Chaos Caucus has a short time to show it can lead (Nevada)

    12/12/2014 1:05:38 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/12/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    Things are pretty volatile in the Chaos Caucus. Every since Republicans took over the Assembly, things have been anything but smooth. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise. After all, even the GOP itself didn’t expect to be in charge of the lower house, and the last time the party was in charge, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and the pinnacle of technology was the Apple IIe desktop computer. You already know about the disastrous election of Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker. He was undone by ugly sentiments penned in a Sparks newspaper over a long career as...
  • New Lois Lerner emails indicate Obama’s DOJ involved in IRS targeting scandal

    12/11/2014 1:12:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the month prior to the 2010 midterm elections, Internal Revenue Service investigator Lois Lerner met with Justice Department officials to discuss the criminal prosecution of tax-exempt political groups. It had previously been revealed that Lerner investigated avenues for prosecuting certain tax-exempt status applicants upon the suggestion of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) when the watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained Lerner’s emails on that subject via a FOIA request. The email, dated May 8, 2013, revealed some coordination between Lerner and the Department of Justice: I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ, I...
  • New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections

    12/09/2014 9:11:23 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-9-2014 | Mark Tapscott
    New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections BY: Mark Tapscott December 9, 2014 Former IRS executive Lois Lerner met with officials from the Department of Justice election crimes staff as early as September 2010 to discuss prosecution of conservative and Tea Party nonprofit applicants, according to new emails obtained by a watchdog group. In a Sept. 29, 2010, email from an unnamed DOJ official, arrangements were made for a meeting the following month between attorneys from the election crimes unit of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and the IRS to "discuss 501(c)(4) issues." The...
  • Judicial Watch Documents:

    12/09/2014 9:08:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    New documents obtained through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show former IRS head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner met with the Department of Justice Election Crimes Division as early as October 2010, just one month before the historic 2010-midterm elections when Republicans regained control of the House and at the peak of the tea party movement.  From Judicial Watch: As result of a court order, the DOJ last month produced only two pages of heavily redacted emails (832 pages were withheld in entirety) that show the Obama Justice Department initiated an October 8, 2010, meeting between the...
  • Why I’m Giving Up My Passport[US Citizenship]

    12/07/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Dec 2014 | JONATHAN TEPPER
    LONDON — The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was born in New York and holds both American and British passports, recently said that he would not pay a tax bill from the United States on capital gains from the sale of his home in the London borough of Islington. Mr. Johnson pointed out that he hasn’t lived in America since he was 5. He’d like to renounce his citizenship, but said the process was “very difficult.”It is, but I am doing it. My “in-person final loss of citizenship appointment” is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the United States Consulate...
  • The IRS Scandal is Not Going Away

    12/06/2014 10:12:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-6-14 | Bruce Walker
    The IRS scandal is not much in the news these days, but it is not going away. The more Obama’s minions stonewall this scandal, the more congressional Democrats discount the scandal, the more the leftist establishment media ignores this scandal, the more toxic it will be for the left. In late November we learned that 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s lost e-mails have been found, but these e-mails have not yet been converted into readable form. The utter contempt the Obama administration shows toward the oversight powers of Congress, toward the millions of information technology-savvy Americans who grasp the lying and...
  • Obama Takes the Fifth [satire]

    12/05/2014 1:52:19 PM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration defied a court order to turn over documents the IRS illegally shared with the White House in its political vendetta against 2500 conservative organizations. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff, maintains that “for us to be compelled to testify against ourselves would violate the the Constitution's Fifth Amendment. And if there's one thing that this Administration will defend to the last it is the inviolability of the Constitution.” The specific clause the Secretary is referring to is the one barring the government from compelling an individual in a criminal case...
  • [Israel Law Ctr] Shurat Hadin charges US Presbyterian Church with having ties to Hezbollah

    12/04/2014 6:33:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/04/2014 05:20 | Benjamin Weinthal
    Shurat Hadin (the Israel Law Center) has filed a legal complaint against the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), alleging violations of the US tax code for unlawful political lobbying and contact with Hezbollah, a US-designated terrorist organization. […] Shurat Hadin said it provided the IRS with “documentary and video evidence showing PCUSA delegates meeting with the US-designated terrorist group Hezbollah, publishing anti-Semitic materials, enacting a racist policy to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, lobbying the US Congress, and distributing political advocacy materials in violation of its tax-exempt status as a religious organization.” The PCUSA declined to provide an...
  • Uncovering Obama’s IRS Enemies List

    12/04/2014 12:39:15 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/04/14 | Matthew Vadum
    Thousands of pages of smoking gun documents remain in legal limbo More proof has emerged that President Obama is using the IRS as a weapon against his perceived enemies as the administration abruptly canceled the release of 2,500 damning documents reportedly showing that the IRS illegally shared taxpayer files with the White House. The existence of the documents is yet more proof that Obama maintains an extensive enemies’ list and that he treats the IRS as his personal plaything while he closely collaborates with senior IRS officials who have practically taken up residence with him in the White House. To...
  • Uncovering Obama’s IRS Enemies List

    12/04/2014 7:02:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/04/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    More proof has emerged that President Obama is using the IRS as a weapon against his perceived enemies as the administration abruptly canceled the release of 2,500 damning documents reportedly showing that the IRS illegally shared taxpayer files with the White House. The existence of the documents is yet more proof that Obama maintains an extensive enemies’ list and that he treats the IRS as his personal plaything while he closely collaborates with senior IRS officials who have practically taken up residence with him in the White House. To Obama, the IRS is an instrument of political repression and taxpayer...
  • Obama Administration REFUSES To Release Documents About White House Role in IRS Scandal

    12/03/2014 8:32:00 PM PST · by DBCJR · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9 hrs ago
    The Obama administration said that it is withholding all of the thousands of pages of documents related to the White House’s coordination with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the IRS conservative targeting scandal. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff, took the documents that were set to be released and now refuses to ever turn them over. His rationale? Lew cannot release information about improper disclosures of confidential taxpayer information because that would be an improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.
  • Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    12/03/2014 10:02:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 3, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Less than a week after ’fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and won’t release the trove to a group suing for access. In an abrupt decision, the Treasury inspector general’s office said that the documents are covered by privacy and disclosure laws and can’t be provided to Cause of Action, despite a promise last week to hand over some 2,500. The decision coincides with publication this week of the Washington Examiner's series, "Watchdogs, lapdogs and attack dogs," that assesses problems...
  • IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and California ..

    05/16/2013 2:51:48 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 15, 2013 | David Martosko In Washington
    TITLE:Documents: IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and from California offices, despite Inspector General's focus on Cincinnati employees Tax agency has admitted targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations for special, politically motivated scrutiny IRS inspector general focused on wrongdoing in Cincinnati, Ohio office and ignored abusive letters coming from other cities MailOnline found letters from IRS's Washington, D.C. headquarters, and from IRS offices in two southern California cities The American Center on Law and Justice is threatening to sue the IRS if 27 tea party groups aren't granted tax-exempt statuses by Friday Letters from...
  • Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal (I say it is a bald-faced lie)

    12/09/2013 5:44:53 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 12/9/13 | j curl
    Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. That’s a fact. Congress held hearings — embarrassing hearings. Three top Internal Revenue Service officials resigned. No heads rolled, but for the Obama administration, and the lawless Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., that amounted to a major scandal. Even White House spokesman Jay “Circus” Carney called the IRS‘ actions “inappropriate.” Fact. But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media. “When we do things right,...
  • New IRS e-mails: Yep, direction came from D.C. and yep, it was political

    05/15/2014 7:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    A tranche of new Internal Revenue Service e-mails refute the White House’s longtime defense of the agency’s actions in the IRS targeting scandal. The e-mails, uncovered by a Judicial Watch FOIA request, reveal there was direction coming from the Washington headquarters of the IRS and that the targeting of Tea Party groups was indeed political. The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott excerpts: In a July 2012 email, Holly Paz, who was then director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements division, asked IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in...
  • IRS UNION BOSS COLLEEN KELLEY: The Missing Link to Obama?

    07/13/2014 1:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | July 12, 2014 | Lawrence Sellin
    On March 31, 2010, the day before the Inspector General's report says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began its scheme to target tea party and conservative groups, the White House Visitors Log reveals that President Barack Obama met with IRS union boss Colleen Kelley. In a notable feat of investigative journalism, American Spectator reporter Jeffrey Lord exposed what appears to be an unholy alliance among the White House, Democrat members of Congress and the thousands of IRS employees, who are members of the far-left, anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). The NTEU, which supported Obama in 2008 and 2012,...
  • Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails

    06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 65 replies
    sharylattkisson.com/ ^ | 6/20/2014 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans. Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what Congress had been told privately: that emails of Lerner and six other relevant IRS officials have been irretrievably lost because of crashes of their hard drives and servers. Koskinen defended not telling Congress in numerous previous appearances about the email losses. In those appearances, he...
  • Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement Part One: The Tea Party in 2013

    01/10/2014 12:55:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    During the month of January 2014, IREHR will publish a multi-segment special report on the current status of the Tea Party movement. We will publish a track the membership of the principal organizations in the movement—a task undertaken by no organization or agency other than IREHR. We will look at geographic regions where this membership is concentrated. And we will look at some of the money that keeps this movement in the public eye. In the piece below, we follow the Tea Parties over the course of 2013. It was a year of countervailing winds and storms. A drive against...
  • White House counsel kept IRS probe results from Obama

    05/20/2013 8:19:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2013 | Kim Dixon and Roberta Rampton
    Two senior White House aides knew weeks ago that a probe of the Internal Revenue Service had found that the U.S. tax agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, but did not tell President Barack Obama, a White House spokesman said on Monday. A Treasury Department official informed White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on April 24 about the preliminary findings of a report that would fuel the latest in a series of scandals to confront Obama at the start of his second term. The report was issued by a Treasury inspector general on May 14, four days after an IRS official...
  • The five stages of an Obama scandal

    05/06/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-06-14 | DrJohn
    The other day I wrote that as investigators got closer and closer to the truth about Benghazi democrats would max out the volume on the shriek meter. It's begun. The are five stages to a scandal. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We have already passed Stage 1: DenialHouse Democrats Dismiss Existence Of Obama Scandals Rep. Gerry Connolly refuses to use the word “scandal.” After two weeks of brutal news cycles — with frenzied Republicans and a hyped up press corps aggressively covering every inch of three controversies surrounding the Obama administration — Connolly insists this too, shall...
  • "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors." - Barack Obama

    05/21/2013 7:23:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | Barack Obama
    "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors." - Barack Obama Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisconover/2012/10/12/presidential-debates-highlight-what-the-health-care-debate-already-revealed/
  • Denial On NPR: Journos Say Obamacare's Not a Scandal, and Obama's 'Relatively Scandal-free'

    11/05/2013 1:15:45 PM PST · by DFG · 19 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/05/13 | Tim Graham
    In a sign of liberal panic, NPR's Diane Rehm Show spent its first hour Monday questioning President Obama's management style. As their website elaborated on the Healthcare.gov fiasco and the NSA spying on world leaders, "the latest embarrassments have even some of the president’s supporters questioning his management style." To insure that their comments weren't too upsetting to Obama-loving NPR listeners, several journalists -- Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and David Gergen of CNN -- insisted the Obama administration has been "relatively scandal-free" in its operations: MARCUS: This is not a scandal in the traditional sense of scandal. And...
  • IRS Rationale for Tea Party Scandal Is Debunked by Data

    05/16/2013 9:36:52 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 5 replies
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy ^ | 5/15/2013 | Doug Donovan
    Applications for tax exemption from advocacy nonprofits had not yet spiked when the Internal Revenue Service began using what it admits was inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups in 2010. In fact, applications were declining, data show. Top IRS officials have been saying that a “significant increase” in applications from advocacy groups seeking tax-exempt status spurred its Cincinnati office in 2010 to filter those requests by using such politically loaded phrases as “Tea Party,” “patriots,” and “9/12.” Both Steven Miller, the agency’s acting commissioner until he stepped down Wednesday, and Lois Lerner, director of the agency’s exempt-organization division, have said over...
  • Southern California Offices Named in IRS Tea Party Scandal

    05/15/2013 8:16:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 5/14/13 | Heather Navarro
    Two Southern California offices were named Tuesday in an Internal Revenue Services scandal where offices singled out Tea Party organizations during the 2012 election. Offices in El Monte and Laguna Niguel came under fire after allegedly targeting conservative social welfare groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names in the national scandal. IRS officials sent questionnaires to the groups, probing about their donor lists and requesting other information after the groups filed for tax exempt status.
  • You Want Angry? I'll Show You Angry, Obama Says on IRS Scandal

    05/16/2013 3:30:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 15, 2013 | Beth Reinhard
    Under pressure to show who's boss, President Obama called a press conference late Wednesday to say he was “angry” that the IRS singled out conservative groups for extra vetting and to announce that the agency’s acting commissioner had been forced out. "Its inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," he said. "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives." [Snip] Obama's former deputy press secretary, Bill...
  • When the IRS Targets Anyone, America Loses

    05/22/2013 7:01:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2013 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Who knew that I would be a victim of the oppressive attacks of the IRS on people of conservative values and Christian faith. But I have, and it is a personal stinging reminder of how terribly close we are to losing all of our freedoms. Like many readers of my column, I have been watching accelerated attacks against Constitutional government, free speech, free markets, freedom of religion - you name it, we have lost much over the last few years. Even so, I wasn't expecting that I would be caught up in the latest scandal to rock the Obama Administration....
  • Why Progressives Will Underwrite Obama's Impeachment (In due time)

    05/15/2013 6:48:02 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 66 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | May 15, 2013 | Rob Cunningham
    Obama will not complete his 2nd term as President. First, for Obama’s repeated lies, coverup and abandonment of two heroic Navy Seals, leaving both to die on the Benghazi battlefield on 9/11/2012, while the liberal media openly carried his YouTube video water for eight months. During last week’s House hearings, the mainstream media was shamed and embarrassed before the entire world, exposed as being lazy, partisan and incurious. The Obama-fawning media was highlighted as being unwilling to honestly report to their fellow citizens. Secondly, the 60-day electronic DOJ surveillance blanket thrown over the Associated Press, monitoring 100 reporter’s work and...
  • White House corruption

    05/01/2014 8:35:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 5-1-2014 | Katie Pavlich - Commentary
    White House corruptionBy Katie PavlichPublished: Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:55 p.m. There are two major scandals that will taint President Barack Obama's legacy: Benghazi and the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. When both of these scandals came to light, senior Obama administration officials, out of habit, immediately blamed everything and everyone outside the White House. But as we move forward with lawsuits and demands for answers, the White House walls are starting to cave in. This week, an email obtained by Judicial Watch revealed White House communications adviser Ben Rhodes as the architect of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's...
  • Has Obama Committed An Impeachable Offense?

    05/15/2013 4:09:35 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 45 replies
    Steven Birn Speaks ^ | 05/14/13 | Steven Birn
    The President is currently mired in three major scandals. We all know about Benghazi and the IRS Scandal. The third involves the Justice Department secretly obtaining the phone records of journalists at the Associated Press, allegedly for the purposes of discovering a whistleblower. The White House of course has directed the media to the Justice Department, who will no doubt either refuse to comment or send the press back to the White House. This is an issue that won’t go away, largely because the press has a vested interest in protecting their sources. How can we have a free press...
  • In IRS Scandal, Begging Is Not an Action Plan

    03/10/2014 4:48:17 AM PDT · by Moseley · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    One of the Articles of Impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon was merely threatening to use the Internal Revenue Service to selectively audit political opponents. Don’t let anyone forget that. Today, IRS officials should go to jail for the overt campaign of intimidation, threats, and persecution of tea party organizations, conservative organizations, and individual critics of the liberal agenda. Yet the conservative response to the IRS scandal consists mainly of begging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute and begging the IRS to start playing nice by releasing information implicating its own staff in wrongdoing and perhaps criminal...
  • Rangel Used PAC Money for Legal Defense

    11/14/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by Racehorse · 27 replies
    New York Post via Fox News ^ | 14 November 2010
    Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense. Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis. Two legal experts told The Post such spending is against House rules. "It's a breach of congressional ethics," one campaign-finance lawyer said. Washington, DC, political lawyer Cleta Mitchell said there is "no authority for a member to use leadership PAC funds as a slush fund to pay for personal...
  • Cleta Mitchell to Newsmax: IRS Scandal Reaches to White House

    05/14/2013 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 01:08 PM | Melanie Batley and Kathleen Walter
    Cleta Mitchell, one of Washington’s most respected elections attorneys, told Newsmax she has tangible proof that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were fully aware of the agency's campaign to target conservative groups for heightened scrutiny, despite their denials. And she thinks the president knew about the practice too. If proven, she said, it could be an impeachable offense. Mitchell, in an interview with Newsmax TV on Tuesday, said she was told by a Cincinnati IRS agent that applications by two of her conservative clients were being processed by—and would ultimately be approved or denied—in Washington. She said she also is...
  • NBC: W.H. Blaming Treasury Dept. For IRS Scandal

    05/15/2013 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    NBC's David Gregory suggested that the White House is blaming the growing IRS scandal on the Treasury Department for not "deal[ing] with this more quickly":
  • Cincinnati Ground Zero of Exploding IRS Scandal, But Answers Hard to Find

    05/20/2013 1:35:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    ABC ^ | May 20, 2013 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    Welcome to Cincinnati – Ground zero of the exploding IRS scandal. Things started brewing earlier this month when Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington first admitted conservative groups were targeted for extra scrutiny by tax bureaucrats in Ohio's Queen City. By May 14 – three days into the mess -- IRS staffers in Cincinnati were hard to find as reporters descended on the city. At the home of IRS staffer Elizabeth Hofacre, who was caught up in the blossoming controversy, mail below the slot in her front door was noticeably piling up when an ABC News reporter stopped by last...
  • Bush is the 'most corrupt president', says Nixon aide jailed for Watergate perjury

    04/03/2004 4:45:45 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 66 replies · 600+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/04/04 | Julian Coman
    John Dean, Richard Nixon's legal counsel who was jailed for his part in the Watergate scandal, has accused the Bush administration of trumping even the Nixon regime in secrecy, deception and political cynicism. In the latest book to attack the conduct of the current United States administration, Mr Dean says that it has created potentially the most corrupt, unethical and undemocratic White House in history. His Worse than Watergate, the Secret Presidency of George W. Bush is published this week by Little Brown. "Bush and [Vice-President Richard] Cheney are a throwback to the Nixon time," Mr Dean, 65, told The...
  • Boehner Says Prison Time Possible in IRS Scandal

    05/15/2013 9:12:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/15/13 | Kristina Peterson and Janet Hook
    House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) suggested Wednesday that government officials might deserve prison time as a result of the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative groups. -snip- “Clearly someone violated the law,” Mr. Boehner said. “There are laws in place to prevent this type of abuse. Someone made a conscious decision to harass and to hold up these requests for tax-exempt status. I think we need to know who they are.”
  • MEDIA BIAS AND THE OBAMA SCANDALS

    06/24/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by lasereye · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | JUNE 24, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news. That is no longer true. Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing. Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats. Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one. Consider Fast and Furious. The Obama administration deliberately encouraged guns to be sold illegally and transferred to Mexican drug lords, for reasons that have never been explained. Hundreds of Mexicans and...