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  • Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

    10/25/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 62 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....
  • IRS Court Update: Judicial Watch Asks Court for Discovery in IRS Scandal

    09/20/2014 9:15:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 19, 2014
    When a government agency becomes abusive and recalcitrant, that agency calls for the need of vigorous, legal challenge. That’s why Judicial Watch is pleased to report that we have filed a Motion for Limited Discovery in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. Thus far, the IRS has refused to obey federal court orders to provide information that explains how its “lost and/or stolen” records pertaining to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved. And we intend to find out. Remarkably, the IRS has filed a total of seven declarations that make an end...
  • Bill Henck: Inside the IRS, part 7

    09/19/2014 11:02:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/19/2014 | Scott Johnson
    William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts including, most recently, “Inside the IRS, part 5″ and, most recently, “Inside the IRS, part 6,” both regarding the promotion of Fred Schindler to a senior position within the Office of Chief Counsel. Bill now writes to suggest how a competent investigation of politically targeted IRS audits could be conducted:...
  • FairTax® and unFair Movie Update

    09/10/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by Taxman · 59 replies
    Tennessee Valley Republican Club ^ | 11 June 2014 | Written by Ralph Weber
    A team of acclaimed filmmakers is spearheading “Unfair”, a ninety minute documentary motion picture intended for all audiences. It will be the first major theatrical documentary to shed light on the certain damage the Income Tax and the IRS have wrought on our liberties, our businesses, our families, and our religious, charitable and civic organizations, while empowering a political agenda contrary to America’s heritage. This film will be promoted to mainstream audiences based on its factual and dramatic content. In addition, the Picture will be marketed heavily to interested grassroots audiences that identify themselves strongly with any and all of...
  • Koskinen: ‘Hard Drive Crashes Continue As We Speak’

    09/17/2014 3:12:32 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 46 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner John Koskinen testified Wednesday that the IRS did not save any of the information on Lois Lerner’s destroyed Blackberry and that there is no outside system to store agency emails. “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak,” Koskinen admitted at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing when asked if any computers had recently crashed under his watch. Koskinen admitted that destroying records would be an act “not consistent with the law,” but maintained that there’s no evidence that the IRS intentionally destroyed records. “Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry was replaced in February 2012 as part...
  • IRS Chief Says “We Try to Follow the Law Whenever We Can”

    09/17/2014 8:55:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee that “as a general rule, we try to follow the law whenever we can.” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex), who leads the subcommittee, expressed the idea that the IRS ought to always follow the law and asked for instances in which Koskinen thought breaking the law might be necessary. “Laws are such static things,” Koskinen observed. “They don’t necessarily provide for every possible contingency. If the President feels that there is a gap in the law we’re not going to allow ourselves to be stymied by the lack of legislative...
  • Outrageous IRS Commissioner False Claim: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'

    09/16/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2014 | By Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen made a disturbing statement before Congress that the IRS follows the law “whenever we can.”As Thomas Lifson wrote, “The law, to Koskinen, evidently is a suggestion, not an ironclad requirement.” Actually, the situation is even worse than that. Lernergate unveiled for the public a deeper, even more sinister problem at the IRS. The evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the Tax Exempt unit of the IRS, with its cover-up involving widespread destruction of evidence, is like one highlight reel of a bigger reality within the Service and government agencies generally. The IRS, like other government...
  • IRS Poised to Start Taxing Employer Provided Lunches

    09/15/2014 9:20:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Some employers provide employees with company-paid free lunches. The idea is to keep workers at their desks and improve productivity. The expense has normally been lumped in with other expenses as a cost of doing business. The IRS now wants to tax these lunches as income to the employees. IRS spokesperson Jason Coveter explained that “most employees have to furnish their own lunches. Whether they go out and buy it or bring it from home, they are bearing this cost themselves. It is unfair for other employees to get a lunch paid for by their employer. We’re just trying to...
  • A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal

    09/13/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 9-12-2014 | The Tribune-Review OP/ED
    TribLIVE | Opinion/The Review A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal By The Tribune-Review Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 8:57 p.m. Had Brian Fallon, Attorney General Eric Holder's communications director, just said, “Sorry, wrong number,” and hung up a week ago Friday, his apparent attempt to coordinate a document leak with staff for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, wouldn't be the IRS targeting scandal's latest twist. But Mr. Fallon didn't realize he had actually called staff for the committee's Republican majority before saying he wanted to leak documents...
  • The Obama DOJ’s Subversion of the IRS Investigation

    09/12/2014 8:31:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Yet another indication of the endemic corruption that infests the Obama administration, their Democrat colleagues and a willfully somnambulant mainstream media In a letter written to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Issa reveals there was an attempt to coordinate media spin regarding the IRS investigation between the DOJ and the staff of the Committee’s Ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). How did Issa find out? A DOJ official in the Office of Public Affairs who thought he was calling Cummings’ office, mistakenly phoned Issa’s office instead.
  • Kill the Obama Lunch Tax: Why is the IRS targeting Free Meals?

    09/12/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/12/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    As if its appetite were not insatiable enough already, Obama’s Internal Revenue Service is considering taxing the free lunch. Some companies offer workers mid-day meals on the house. This encourages their employees to stay near work, dine with colleagues, exchange ideas, avoid nosy competitors, and then return to their duties. These voluntary arrangements are among the things that attract people to high-tech companies like Apple, Google, and PayPal. According to the Wall Street Journal, “IRS auditors are now flagging the issue and demanding back taxes from companies amounting to 30 percent of the meals’ fair-market value.” So if an employee...