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  • 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 · 6 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...
  • More Than 1,800 Pastors Advocate For Political Speech Rights in Church

    10/15/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) - So far this year, more than 1,800 pastors across the United States have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual event hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom that advocates for pastors’ right to speak on politics from the pulpit without fear of losing their churches’ tax exempt status. Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which started Oct. 5 and runs through Election Day on Nov. 4, first began in 2008 with only 33 participating pastors.
  • Satire: Senator Minimizes Concern for Those Who Lost Health Care Insurance

    10/14/2014 9:53:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    In a debate with GOP opponent Ed Gillespie, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) expressed little concern over the reported 250,000 Virginians who lost their health care insurance coverage due to Obamacare. “Look, every battle has casualties,” Warner blandly commented. “What we need to do is weigh these against the gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act, of which I believe there were many.” Among the gains cited by Warner were coverage for preexisting conditions, equal prices for men and women, and keeping children on parents' plans until age 26. As good as these provisions may sound to Obamacare advocates, they yield...
  • Senator Pat Roberts: Valerie Jarrett Was Involved in IRS Scandal [VIDEO]

    10/11/2014 4:58:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-11-14 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said Friday that he thinks the IRS targeting scandal was driven by Valerie Jarrett’s office in the White House, according to information that he saw that Democrats tried to “whitewash.” Roberts told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that he participated in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the IRS scandal but “the effort was made by the majority, by the Democrats in the Congress, to simply end that investigation,” which he called a “whitewash.” “I’m convinced that even Valerie Jarrett was involved,” Roberts said. “I think this was White House-driven. I think all of the...
  • The White House Dogs

    10/10/2014 4:30:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are two dogs living in the White House other than the Obamas' pet dog. The first of the two dogs is the one that eats all the homework. It has been let loose across government agencies. The Internal Revenue Service had an encounter with the dog. Lois Lerner, in charge of the division accused of harassing conservative groups, suddenly had her hard drive crash. All her emails were gone. Then six other employees mysteriously had their emails vanish. All seven were relevant to the congressional probe of the IRS. The emails appear not to be on any servers. They...
  • ‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can’t find top official’s text messages

    10/09/2014 2:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA is poised to “do an IRS” — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that’s suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court on Tuesday that the alert will be coming soon, in a case that’s shaping up as a significant battle over whether government agencies are required to keep cellphone text messages as “official” records. In this case, researcher Chris...
  • Documentary Takes Aim at Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

    10/08/2014 5:29:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10-8-2014 | Paul Bond
    October 8, 2014 Documentary Takes Aim at Former IRS Official Lois Lerner by Paul Bond Unfair SNEAK PEAK-One Minute Trailer"Unfair: Exposing the IRS" is set to screen in 674 theaters nationwide only on Oct. 14 Perhaps unbeknownst to her, former IRS official Lois Lerner will be making her film debut Oct. 14 in a documentary where she’s one of the villains. The film is called Unfair: Exposing the IRS, and it will screen in 674 theaters nationwide, though for one-night only, courtesy of Fathom Events, a company that brings sports, concerts, speeches and other alternative entertainment to movie screens. The...
  • Anti-Obamacare movie producer 'randomly' hit with first tax audit ever

    10/08/2014 8:20:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure glad that all the exposure of the activities of the IRS and Lois Lerner have put an end to using the IRS as a tool to attack administration critics. The crisis clearly is over, citizens. The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit.Logan Clements, producer of “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style,” announced via press release Tuesday that he is being audited for the first time ever.The news comes one month after the conservative Breitbart News announced that it, too, was being audited and...
  • Lois Lerner Tries Busting Into Neighbor's Home to Avoid Tough Questions From Citizen Journalist

    10/07/2014 7:55:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/06/14
    Video of Lois Lerner tries busting into neighbor's home to avoid questions
  • Producer of anti-Obamacare movie ‘Sick and Sicker’ hit with IRS audit

    10/07/2014 9:46:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit. Logan Clements, producer of “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style,” announced via press release Tuesday that he is being audited for the first time ever. “I had never been audited before I made this movie,” he says in a YouTube video. “There seems to be a pattern here.” The news comes one month after the conservative Breitbart News announced that it, too, was being audited and that the action was probably politically motivated. Mr. Clements‘ movie makes the case...
  • VIDEO: Lois Lerner Tries to Barge Into Neighbor's Home to Dodge Journalist

    10/07/2014 8:55:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner attempted to barge into a neighbor's home to dodge questions about her role in the targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups and her infamous missing emails. Jason Mattera, author of the new book Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars, approached Lerner on the street in her upscale neighborhood just outside Washington, D.C. and asked Lerner if she wanted to apologize to conservatives or to comment on her role in "using the government as a weapon to crush political dissent." Lerner then dashed across a neighbor's yard and began knocking on...
  • VIDEO: Lois Lerner Tries Barging Into Neighbor’s Home To Evade Questions

    10/07/2014 7:14:34 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 24 replies
    Daily Surge via Drudge Report ^ | October 6, 2014 | Matt Fox
    . VIDEO: Lois Lerner Tries Barging Into Neighbor’s Home To Evade Questions 10.06.2014 | Matt Fox | 51 Share1.5K Tweet501 25 Share2.3K Lois Lerner attempted to bust into a neighbor’s home uninvited, in a desperate attempt to avoid answering questions about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups. Jason Mattera, author of the explosive new book CRAPITALISM: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars, recently caught up with the disgraced former IRS official in her ritzy neighborhood outside Washington, D.C. Mattera, who publishes the Daily Surge, asked Lerner if she had any regrets for her role in the...
  • The Man Who Knew Nothing

    10/07/2014 6:40:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/07/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Running for office as the "Smartest guy in the room", the Nobel Prize winner has chosen to become a born-again idiot The quintessential question of Watergate was “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Obamagate, the vast scandal that encompasses an entire presidency, offers a preemptive answer. Obama didn’t know anything and he never knew it. At least not until, like smuggling weapons to druglords, bugging journalists, IRSing his political enemies and killing vets, his right hand found out about what his left hand was doing from the morning paper.
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO>>> LOIS LERNER Tries Busting Into Neighbor’s Home When Confronted on Targeting

    10/06/2014 8:46:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/6/14 | Jim Hoft
    The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved: Hundreds of conservative groups were targetedAt least 5 pro-Israel groupsConstitutional groupsGroups that criticized Obama administrationAt least two pro-life groupsAn 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivorA 180 year-old Baptist paperA Texas voting-rights groupA Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassedConservative activists and businessesAt least one conservative Hispanic groupIRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRSAnd… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative
  • Lawsuit based on alleged government targeting of tea party group organizer can go forward

    10/06/2014 10:26:46 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 6, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    From Zherka v. Ryan, 2014 WL 4928956 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2014): Plaintiff Selim Zherka filed this … action claiming that employees of the Internal Revenue Service hindered his application for tax exempt status and initiated an investigation against him as part of a broader effort to penalize members of the Tea Party for their political activities…. Beginning in 2009, plaintiff published newspaper articles and held rallies criticizing government officials for political corruption and “confiscatory tax policies.” Plaintiff organized and supported the creation of the Tea Party, a political party that received extensive publicity in the news media. At some point,...
  • Obamacare Again On SCOTUS To Do List

    10/06/2014 4:48:48 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 10/6/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court begins a new term today, which means the justices will soon have to decide whether to hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS edict that tax credits and penalties will be issued through federally created Obamacare exchanges. It is always risky to make predictions about the Court, but it is quite plausible that the justices will accept this case. Two federal courts, including one in Oklahoma last week, have already declared the IRS decree unconstitutional and the Roberts Court has demonstrated a marked aversion for the very kind of bureaucratic lawmaking that provoked this...
  • It's Time To Talk About Serious IRS Reform

    10/05/2014 7:57:19 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 3, 2014 | Seth Mandel
    On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, the Washington Post noted an amusing coincidence: “Almost a quarter century ago, Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson served as Republican counsel on the Senate Watergate committee. Now he chairs the Senate panel investigating the current White House fund-raising scandal.” The timing was interesting because, as the Post explained, the “controversy came to light last year because of the reforms of Watergate, including requirements that campaigns and political parties regularly submit lists of their contributors to the Federal Election Commission.” The Post went on to list seven major reforms that stemmed...
  • White House Can't Hide Look Into Koch Tax Data Misuse

    10/03/2014 3:40:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: A court tells the White House to ac knowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but. In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries. How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS? The anonymous official has...
  • IRS Erased Key Records in Lawsuit, NetJets Says

    10/02/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 1, 2014 | by John Fund
    There may be a pattern involving the IRS losing e-mails and other key computer records. For months, the House Oversight Committee has been pursuing the lost e-mails of Lois Lerner and other figures in the IRS tax-exempt organization scandal. Now, the private-jet company NetJets is claiming in a lawsuit that as part of its tax dispute with the agency the IRS “wiped clean a number of computer hard drives containing emails and other electronic documents that the Government was required to produce.” NetJets sued the IRS in 2011, claiming that it improperly applied a ticket tax on users of its...
  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • A Special Counsel to Investigate the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups (Good Read)

    10/01/2014 9:17:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Verdict ^ | September 29, 2014 | Ronald D. Rotunda
    On July 30, 1974, President Nixon released the White House tape recordings to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court order. A day earlier, the House Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment. Article 2 dealt with “abuse of power.” The first impeachment count, 40 years ago, complained that the President attempted to use the Internal Revenue Service to harass his enemies. (1) He has, acting personally and through his subordinated and agents,endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law,...
  • Incompetence Running Wild Under Obama

    10/01/2014 4:59:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    In his first inaugural address, Obama promised that "those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account." Maybe he'll get around to that after his 200th round of golf.
  • Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

    09/29/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can’t locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday. The study does not estimate exactly how much money the IRS might collect if its workers were conducting all the research they are supposed to perform to find the taxpayers. The investigators wrote that in 2012, the IRS declared $6.7 billion in unpaid taxes to be uncollectable—involving nearly 483,000 tax returns—because it couldn’t find the taxpayers. Of that total,...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • 500 Days After IRS Scandal Broke, Reporter Still Refuses To Pay His Taxes

    09/22/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/22/2014 | Patrick Howley
    This week the IRS conservative targeting scandal turned 500 days old. It’s been 500 days since we learned that Lois Lerner’s former agency targeted right-leaning groups applying for nonprofit status and audited ones that already exist. And it has been 500 days since I righteously decided to stop paying my taxes.500 days later, the IRS still hasn’t produced emails from Lerner and the more than 20 other IRS employees whose computers allegedly crashed, whose Blackberries were thrown away and “upgraded,” and, in Lerner’s case, whose hard drive was “scratched” and destroyed. But we know that Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information...
  • Gohmert: Lois Lerner will miss Eric Holder

    09/25/2014 1:15:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-25-14 | Patrick Hawley
    Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said that Lois Lerner will miss departing-Attorney General Eric Holder’s presence in the Department of Justice. Holder, who announced his resignation as attorney general Thursday, has been overseeing a federal criminal investigation into the IRS scandal that has been accused of protecting the key Obama administration officials involved. “For many years now, I have been calling for Attorney General Holder’s resignation,” Gohmert said in a statement. “Not only has he lied before members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced, and self-pitying...
  • Targeting the Constitution

    09/23/2014 1:16:12 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 9 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 23, 2014 | Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
    It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution. According to the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: “the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.” The revised criteria included “political action type organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and...
  • IRS Commissioner Taunts Congress

    09/23/2014 8:07:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner John Koskinen made light of Congressional efforts to probe his agency for evidence of wrongdoing. At a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Koskinen mocked committee members, saying that “hard drive crashes continue as we speak. We can erase files and destroy incriminating evidence faster than you can imagine where to look.” Charges that IRS employees broke the law and broke file retention protocols elicited only a chuckle from the Commissioner. “Congress is not my boss,” Koskinen pointed out. “I answer to the President. Last I heard, he thinks we’re doing fine.” Koskinen belittled...
  • Lois Lerner Compares Herself to Jeffrey Dahmer

    09/22/2014 7:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-22-14 | Alex Pappas
    Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over...
  • Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Can’t the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

    09/22/2014 6:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration doesn’t want Lerner answering any real questions about what happened at the IRS when it was targeting conservative organizations. While Lois Lerner gave a lengthy interview to Politico in the presence of her legal defense team, including her husband, who is also a lawyer and a partner at a major law firm,...
  • Politico: 15 things you didn’t know about the brownie-baking Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 47 replies
    Politipage ^ | 09/22/14 | Jon Fitzpatrick
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • Sorry, Politico, But Lois Lerner Is Not A Victim

    09/22/2014 2:11:36 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Lois Lerner. Hero. Servant. Brownie-baking puppy lover. Sister of the Blessed State. This is about all a person reading Politico’s new exclusive “interview” with the former head of the I.R.S. division that oversees tax-exempt groups, might take away. “I didn’t do anything wrong” claims Lerner, who, like any innocent person, is flanked by a major law firm’s partner, two personal attorneys and her husband – a lawyer. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.” And in around 3,700 obsequious words, Politico seems to agree. What exactly did she do for her country, you ask?...
  • Politico does weepy story about poor Lois Lerner

    09/22/2014 9:33:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Do you feel sorry for Lois Lerner? A remarkable long feature article in Politico about the former high-ranking IRS official who pleaded the Fifth Amendment paints a remarkably sympathetic picture of her. The title of the piece by Rachel Bade tantalizingly suggests that some negotiations as to subject matter and tone might have taken place: “Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence.” As Rick Moran pointed out to me, Lerner could have taken her exclusive to the New York Times or Washington Post, and almost certainly they would have been delighted to sit down and talk with her for two hours, as...
  • No apologies: Lerner breaks silence, says 'not sorry' over role in IRS scandal

    09/22/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS scandal, is breaking her silence in an unapologetic interview where she says she's not sorry and maintains she “didn’t do anything wrong” -- despite widely documented evidence that her division targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. The former head of the tax-exempt unit, speaking with Politico, gave her first media interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. She has twice refused to answer questions before Congress, but used the interview to publicly assert her innocence. "I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for...
  • More Abject Failure from Koskinen’s IRS

    09/22/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/22/14 | Alan Joel
    His leadership has been derelict; his attitude abysmal. America deserves better, John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.”
  • Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

    09/22/2014 5:27:09 AM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Politco ^ | Sept 22, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....