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  • Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, DOJ Lawyers in Contempt of Court over Lerner

    07/29/2015 1:37:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 29 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015. During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Produces Recovered Lerner Emails

    07/29/2015 9:53:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch released 906 pages of newly recovered Lois Lerner emails from the IRS that are believed to recently have been recovered by the IRS’ internal watchdog – the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  The IRS released the emails under a court order by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.  The new documents show that Lois Lerner and other top officials in the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations.  The documents also show that...
  • Report: IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits

    07/24/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)... confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations....Lois Lerner, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, is mentioned four times in the report...In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about having the IRS...
  • Obama says: Let’s face it, the real IRS scandal is that they need more money

    07/24/2015 7:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    President Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration — from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair — Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing “crummy” laws that were merely implemented “poorly and stupidly.” The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show”...
  • 19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans

    07/23/2015 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal: “You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being...
  • Obama: The Real IRS Scandal Lack of Funding, So Blame Congress

    07/23/2015 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Guy Benson
    resident Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration -- from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair -- Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing "crummy" laws that were merely implemented "poorly and stupidly."  The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal...
  • Obama Just Tried To Rewrite History Straight To Jon Stewart’s Face About This HUGE Scandal

    07/22/2015 8:50:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    The Western Journalism.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    In a classic and cynical attempt to never accept blame...
  • What Today's Top Stories Should Be

    07/10/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What a day folks! What a great day of happiness. Happiness is spreading all over the world. The Greek bailout. The Germans have relented. The Germans have caved. Merkel has said, "Okay, I'll take care of it again." Everybody's happy. Wall Street's rebounding. The Confederate flag is down in South Carolina. Even the NAALCP leader, the judge who refused to marry the lesbian couple... Another judge came along and said, "No problem. I'll do it. It's not an issue." Everybody's feeling great today! Yes, siree. I'm going to explain to you how the Greek bailout happens. What actually happens...
  • Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges...

    07/07/2015 8:49:15 AM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/7/15 | Judicial Watch
    Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges of Obama Opponents (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving...
  • Terrific: Attorney In Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner "Lost" Emails Now In Charge of HRC's Emails

    07/01/2015 1:32:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Attorney Catherine Duval is in charge of handling inquiries from Congress about emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal. Just last week we learned during Congressional testimony from internal government watchdogs that Lerner's hard drive containing emails sent and received when the agency was targeting conservative groups between 2010 and 2012 likely crashed due to "an impact of some sort." We also learned that her hard drive allegedly crashed on a Saturday and that the IRS didn't bother looking for backup tapes. “When asked about the possible cause of...
  • IRS erased backups after realizing tea party emails lost

    06/24/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:19 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Government investigators say IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal had been lost. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence.The report is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. …
  • Agency: Staff cuts take toll on IRS tax enforcement efforts

    06/17/2015 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 3:54 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    Budget cuts to the IRS are hampering the agency’s efforts to uncover tax cheats, an agency watchdog said Wednesday, and more trims are on the way under legislation approved by a GOP-controlled House panel. IRS budget cuts are hurting tax collections because there are fewer agents chasing delinquent taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS budget has been cut by $1.2 billion since 2010. The House Appropriations Committee approved IRS cuts of $900 million more on Wednesday on a party-line vote. Republicans controlling Congress have targeted the much-maligned agency, particularly...
  • IRS official: ‘Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg’

    06/04/2015 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | by Joseph Curl
    The IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special team with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Mary Howard, who also works as the head Freedom of Information Act officer in the IRS, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that once the “special project team” was created and operational, she never saw requests for information. Asked who was on the team, she said: “My first hand knowledge of...
  • Thousands of new Lerner emails found

    04/28/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bernie Becker
    An inspector general investigating the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe. Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said. The IRS said last year that Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, leaving it...
  • Sens. McCain and Levin urged IRS to target Tea Party, conservative groups

    04/11/2015 4:22:02 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 199 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Government documents obtained by a top "Inside the Beltway" watchdog group and released on Thursday reveal that Internal Revenue Service's Lois Lerner was strongly urged by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, her assistance in attacking certain non-profit political groups. The organizations they selected for targeting by Lerner were part of the Tea Party and conservative movements. Newly released documents revealed that Sen. Levin (left) and Sen. McCain both urged the IRS to target conservative groups in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The group that investigates and exposes government corruption, Judicial Watch, released newly acquired...
  • The IRS Loses a Big Procedural Battle in Its War With the Tea Party

    04/07/2015 7:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/6/15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio. In litigation filed in 2013 by conservative organizations targeted by Lerner and her colleagues at the IRS, a federal judge granted a motion to compel and ordered the IRS to produce the names of the 298 targeted organizations identified by the IRS for the Treasury Inspector General. In 2013,...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

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

    03/03/2015 8:18:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails.The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails...
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner

    02/26/2015 7:31:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/15 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS...
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Week’

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. “To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

    02/11/2015 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 11, 2015
    Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s. Over the years, he watched his business grow. And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account. Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity -- even without actual criminal activity.
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • IRS Scandal Is Back (Weekly Update)

    01/16/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    The Obamacare-IRS ScandalFrench Terror Attacks Tied To FBI Asset? New Docs: Top IRS official may have obstructed investigations into the IRS scandal The Obamacare-IRS Scandal There is a lawsuit that could bring President Obama’s federal healthcare crashing down under the weight of its own lawlessness. A few weeks ago, we filed anamicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are making the plain obvious point to the United States Supreme Court that President Obama (or any other president) should not be permitted to rewrite federal statues in brazen violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. The plaintiffs in David King...
  • Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office

    01/14/2015 1:47:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-14-2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office Katie Pavlich | Jan 14, 2015 New emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit show former IRS official Lois Lerner begged her supervisor not to visit the Cincinnati office or ask specific questions related to Congressional inquiries into whether the agency was improperly targeting conservative groups just ahead of the 2012 presidential election. As a reminder, it wasn't until May 2013 when Lerner admitted inappropriate targeting had occurred and plead the Fifth in front of the House Oversight Committee. “Please don’t...
  • IRS Cries 'Budget'!

    01/06/2015 7:04:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | John Ransom
    Another day and another complaint by the IRS that they won’t have enough money to administer the tax code properly. Boohoo. Maybe they should have thought about that before Lois Lerner came before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and decided to invoke her right not to incriminate herself. Repeatedly. Its one thing when a Mafia don does that. But come on: The IRS? Or perhaps they should have thought of it before they lost the emails that they said died because of a hard drive failure. This time the crier for the IRS is CNNMoney, which complains that...
  • NY Times, Wash Post Give Early Gift to Obama on IRS Scandal: 'No Links to White House'

    12/24/2014 12:26:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/24/14 | Clay Waters
    A new congressional report on the IRS persecution of conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election? Nothing to see here, the New York Times' headline blared. Both the paper's headline writer and reporter David Joachim set the bar sky-high for anti-Obama scandal, using the evident lack of a smoking gun linking IRS persecution to the White House as an excuse to completely dismiss the scandal in a rather brief story, no matter what "strident" Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican who chaired the hearings, might think. The Washington Post was little better. Joachim's story was buried on page A13...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 2,500 new documents ID'd in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases

    11/26/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by unixfox · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner | 11/25/14 | Paul Bedard
    In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
  • Some wonder if IRS scandal began with Goolsbee remark on Koch taxes [White House broke the law]

    11/29/2014 8:43:57 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 24, 2013 | Richard Pollock
    Treasury Department investigators completed but never released a 2011 law enforcement probe of White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, The Washington Examiner has learned. The investigation by the Treasury Department Inspector-General for Tax Administration was sparked by Goolsbee's remarks during an Aug. 27, 2010, White House news briefing in which he appeared to possess confidential tax information on Koch Industries, the private conglomerate controlled by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. "So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of...
  • Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014

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

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

    11/17/2014 5:14:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    I was intrigued by an article posted by Dan Mitchell from Cato here over the weekend that in part said that how Republicans treat reform at the Joint Committee on Taxation (and the CBO) as a kind of an IQ test. As Mitchell notes “when JCT does revenue estimates, the bureaucrats grease the skids for anti-growth tax policy by overstating revenue losses from lower tax rates and overstating revenue gains from higher tax rates.”And indeed they do. In fact, both the CBO and the JTC act as giant Ways and Means committees for higher taxes and bigger government. But that’s...
  • President Barack Obama's Legacy Pitch

    10/30/2014 8:35:37 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/14 | Brown, Epstein
    Speaking to a mostly white college audience: "“This progress has been hard but it has been steady and it has been real,” Obama said at Northwestern University on Oct. 2. “And it’s the direct result of the American people’s drive and their determination and their resilience, and it’s also the result of sound decisions made by my administration. So it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than when I took office.” Obama griped to party donors several days later that his accomplishments are a mystery even to his most loyal supporters. “Most of you don’t know the statistics...
  • 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...
  • Pat Roberts: Jarrett Involved with IRS Scandal (estab Repub actually gets something right)

    10/12/2014 7:32:09 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-11-14 | P 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.
  • 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,...
  • IRS Official Who Called Conseratives ******** Says She "Isn't a Political Person,"

    09/22/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    “Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did,” former IRS official Lois Lerner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview released today. In the piece, Lerner portrays herself as being unfairly attacked by the very groups she spent years inappropriately targeting. Lerner, for her part, assumes she is at the center of the storm because “I was the person who announced it. I assume the other part of it is because I declined to talk, and once I declined to talk, they could say anything they...
  • 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...
  • Attorney Representing Conservative Groups Not Surprised by More "Lost" IRS Emails

    09/08/2014 2:19:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Surprise! The IRS claims it has lost emails belonging to even more employees embroiled in the scandal surrounding the targeting of conservatives. Guy covered the details of the newest revelations earlier today and the AP reported about the lost emails over the weekend. The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status. The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes...
  • Surprise: IRS 'Loses' Emails of Five More Employees Connected to Targeting Investigation

    09/08/2014 1:50:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This admission dropped late Friday in a classic news dump -- the purpose of which is to bury a damaging story over the course of a weekend.  There was zero chance we'd allow this update to the IRS scandal to slip our minds, however. The preposterous and insulting cover-up continues apace, reports the Associated Press: The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status. The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from...
  • Stronger Independent Prosecutor Law Needed

    08/22/2014 4:55:02 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 7 replies
    According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) the Obama administration violated the law by swapping Gitmo terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl. The administration is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before the release of Gitmo terrorists. In addition, the GAO believes the administration violated the Anti-deficiency Act because Congress did not appropriate any money for this transfer yet the administration spent money anyway. The act prohibits the President from spending more money than appropriated, which obviously Obama did in this case as no money was appropriated. The President violated two laws for this obscene transfer of terrorists for a...
  • State Department hires testimony coach to prepare for congressional grillings

    08/09/2014 12:17:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/7/14 | Jim McElhatton
    After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings. The contract with Orlando, Florida-based AMTIS, Inc. includes classes entitled “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying” and pays for one-on-one sessions to hold a mock hearing with questioners playing the role of lawmakers asking hard questions of the would-be witnesses. Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, said if officials were doing their jobs correctly, the money wouldn’t be needed....
  • Oh Goody: The IRS Fairness Brigade!

    08/06/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS. Ode may be too friendly a word, however. Let’s instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothy’s Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens can’t follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • Exclusive: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s Staff Threatens Taxpayer For Asking About

    08/03/2014 1:18:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | july 31, 2014 | dwayne horner
    That was startling. I asked to speak to someone in the office to register my thoughts on a congresswoman lying on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. From there, it got crazy but not as crazy, and then a little crazier. I was transferred to a gentleman on Lee’s staff. When I again asked him about the contradiction and stated that perhaps I was confused, the man said “Oh look it here, we have one of those right wing, tea-bagger nut jobs on the phone taking his cues from FOX News.” He then accused me of being un-American,...
  • New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives As ´***holes´ and ´TeRrorists´

    07/30/2014 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/30/14 | Susan Jones
    A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner´s official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner´s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ´---holes,´" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don´t need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It´s our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.
  • Megyn Kelly Chronicles IRS Lies and Flip-Flops the Press Refuses to Cover, Let Alone Feature

    07/27/2014 10:16:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    News Busters ^ | July 26, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    On Thursday, with PJ Media's J. Christian Adams as her guest, Fox News's Megyn Kelly recited a list of assertions (under oath, she reminded us) made by Internal Revenue Service officials which have later been shown to be lies or cause for agency flip-flops after "new" facts have been revealed. It's a significant list. By implication, it's an indictment of the vast majority of the establishment press, which has refused to give the IRS scandal the attention it deserves. Video and a transcript follow the jump. ... The establishment press has been almost completely uninterested in telling their readers, listeners,...
  • More Lying By The IRS Before Congress And The Courts

    07/24/2014 6:31:23 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The tangled web of IRS deceit unravels a bit more with news recycled backup tapes of lost emails still exist and statements before a federal judge that Lois Lerner's hard drive was irreparably damaged were untrue. Deliberately destroying evidence pertaining to the investigation of possible criminal activity is a crime. So is lying about it to Congress and the courts as part of a cover-up of that activity. On July 11, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by the targeted conservative group True the Vote, told Obama administration lawyers he...