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'Fox & Friends' mistreats Elijah Cummings on IRS emails story
The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 18, 2014 | By David Zurawik

Posted on 04/19/2014 9:40:24 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

As I watched Tuesday while the anchors on “Fox & Friends” leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts, I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations.

The Fox News morning show was playing one of cable talk’s dirtier games, and the longtime Democratic congressman from Baltimore was its target for his role in the House IRS probe. The lightweight, smiley morning crew — Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — were saying things no responsible anchors would. They were the kind of things that could seriously damage the reputation of an ideological foe.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coverup; irs; teaparty; tyranny
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I guess the Obama administration will have to start targeting reporters before liberal journalists will acknowledge tyranny ....
1 posted on 04/19/2014 9:40:25 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
at least they didnt impune St Cummings reputation of Twitter....


2 posted on 04/19/2014 9:43:03 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Who is David Zurawik and has he never, ever seen a Republican interviewed by any network other than Fox News?

By the way, I saw the interview he wrote about. Cummings was NOT mistreated.

3 posted on 04/19/2014 9:43:36 AM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

it is almost unbelievable that anyone would defend this shameless lying shill fore the corrupt Obama regime , Elijah Cummings . God , please send down another firey chariot and remove that bum from our midst . ( UAV)


4 posted on 04/19/2014 9:43:57 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
They were the kind of things that could seriously damage the reputation of an ideological foe.

It doesn't matter what someone says if their ideological foe is clean and bulletproof.
5 posted on 04/19/2014 9:44:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Problem with the article is Old Joe was correct, and the left smeared him....


6 posted on 04/19/2014 9:44:33 AM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
more Barbara Streisand, from the Marxist Media.

7 posted on 04/19/2014 9:45:13 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. Cattlegate..0'Caligula / 0'Reid? ;-)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Very very tiny violin I hear in the distance playing: I don’t care....


8 posted on 04/19/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I guess the Obama administration will have to start targeting reporters before liberal journalists will acknowledge tyranny ....

The liberal (actually leftist) journalists will be fine with Obama targeting journalists as long as only conservative journalists are the targets. He'd have to go after leftist journalists for them to raise any objection.

Aren't double standards great? If the left didn't have them, they'd have no standards at all.

9 posted on 04/19/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I wonder if this guy would like even odds on a thousand dollar bet that an impartial inquiry, if such a thing were possible, will show Elijah Cummings guilty as not-yet-charged.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 9:46:11 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — were saying things no responsible anchors would.”

They are NOT ‘anchors.” They are morning talk show hosts.

Sheesh. . .


11 posted on 04/19/2014 9:46:48 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Regardless of this situation, Joe McCarthy was proven correct!


12 posted on 04/19/2014 9:47:16 AM PDT by BillT (If you can not stand behind our military, you might as well stand in front of them!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is this the same David Zurawik who is still falsely accusing President Bush of lying about WMD in Iraq?

Hypocrites, one and all.

13 posted on 04/19/2014 9:47:17 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This dopey reporter is dead wrong about Corrupt-oCrat Elijah Cummings


14 posted on 04/19/2014 9:47:35 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: MeshugeMikey


15 posted on 04/19/2014 9:47:40 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Oldeconomybuyer:.. “Fox & Friends” leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts.."

Do you mean that Cummings has given up an Sadism and "S & M " ?
I thought he was a Demorat, argueing "against truth , justice, and the American way" ?
He should be used to it ,.. as he has conducted lies in Congress committies for the last few years ,
and has been the apologist for the administration .

16 posted on 04/19/2014 9:48:48 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Volunteer

Don’t bother trying to deny it.

That’s the scam

“When did you stop beating your wife!!” Screams the Inquisitor.

Obviously, sir, you are a RACIST for criticizing poor ‘Lijah!

Now give us you’re money and slink back into your corner, you evil doer you.

Don’t fall for it.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 9:49:01 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The look of a fascist, ugly yellow toothed goose stepper. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/
18 posted on 04/19/2014 9:49:09 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations. ..."

.... This statement is actually proof that the media elite are absolutely totally unaware that this is what these hearings are all about!!! These investigations are all about the targeting of everybody and all things conservative or connected to the "Tea Party." It IS the new McCarthyism of today. The new litmus question is "Are you ... or have you ever been a member of the Tea Party."

19 posted on 04/19/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
                            Leave Elijah Alone!


20 posted on 04/19/2014 9:51:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: LeoWindhorse

No surprise here...Democrats never turn on other democrats.
There is no such word as DINO in democrat vocabulary.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 9:52:10 AM PDT by entropy12
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To: Chode

........hard at work....defending their right to be tyrants


22 posted on 04/19/2014 9:52:14 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: BillT

SSShhhhhhhhh...

We should not be confusing them with facts.


23 posted on 04/19/2014 9:52:56 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I guess this 0bamatard has never hear Rustle Reid drone on and on from the Floor of the Senate making all sorts of unsubstantiated accusations.

It's an art form.

24 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:00 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Volunteer
He's obviously just another sycophantic useful idiot.
25 posted on 04/19/2014 9:55:38 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I guess this 0bamatard has never hear Rustler Reid drone on and on from the Floor of the Senate making all sorts of unsubstantiated accusations.

It's an art form.

26 posted on 04/19/2014 9:56:03 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: American Constitutionalist

Is it just me, or should there have been a barf alert attached to this sob story about poor ol’ Elijah gettin’ mistreated by FNC? I wish I’d seen that. I didn’t know FNC had anyone with the stones to mistreat ANY democRAT.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 9:58:28 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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I'd rather listen to 40 year old heavy metal.

Deep Purple-Mistreated

28 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:15 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
For these who don't read the entire article, Zurawik doesn't absolve Cummings, he is critiquing Doocy and Fox & Friends:

After just four days of reporting and fact-checking the story, I don’t pretend to know all the facts. Overall, I am in no position to say whether Cummings behaved ethically.

But I do know there is no evidence that has been produced at this point for the accusations leveled against him as fact on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning. I also know there was evidence available to “Fox & Friends” that Cummings’ staff could not have flagged True The Vote for the IRS.

29 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:42 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Tucker39

He and the Democrat party are just smarting ( hurting ) from being caught with their hand in the cookie jar, that’s all this is.... Elijah getting caught being one of those individuals who had a part in going after conservative group with the IRS.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 10:03:54 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You now know just how far our country has fallen after reading this. One does hardly know where to start the criticism. Here’s the reason why this country will fail because “the people” like this idiot now approximate the majority & a nation is only as good or bad as its people.


31 posted on 04/19/2014 10:04:25 AM PDT by Digger
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To: stockpirate

If the internet had existed then, maybe the truth
would have gotten out and we wouldn’t be in the
mess we are today.

Joe was vindicated by Vernona.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kristinn
But I do know there is no evidence that has been produced at this point for the accusations leveled against him as fact on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning.

There is also no evidence that has been produced at this point that shows that President Bush lied about WMD. Yet that hasn't stopped Zurawik from insisting for a decade now that Bush lied. Ah, the Double-Standard of the Self-Anointed rears its ugly head once again.

33 posted on 04/19/2014 10:06:32 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: csvset
or 44 year old power trio Mean Mistreater Grand Funk Railroad
34 posted on 04/19/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Mears

bfl


35 posted on 04/19/2014 10:10:15 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Think pelosi’s unsubstantiated charges against all republicans that they want the poor to remain poor, and who would be for amnesty if it were for “the Irish,” or Reid and his “domestic terrorists.”

Hard to feel sorry for Cummings, whose corruption has been on display for some time now.


36 posted on 04/19/2014 10:10:16 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

37 posted on 04/19/2014 10:12:11 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: entropy12

yep , any lying scum will do .....


38 posted on 04/19/2014 10:12:22 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I stopped reading at the part that said “Baltimore Sun.”


39 posted on 04/19/2014 10:18:43 AM PDT by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: kristinn

” actually shows is Cummings staffers asking for “publicly available information” on True The Vote. That would be information available to anyone.

And the emails from the IRS show that executives there triple-checked to make sure only such information was included.”

Is this true? Still, even if publicly available, he still could have been pointing the finger!


40 posted on 04/19/2014 10:22:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I guess the Obama administration will have to start targeting reporters before liberal journalists will acknowledge tyranny ....

I'll wager The Baltimore Sun would be safe from the dragnet.

41 posted on 04/19/2014 10:29:42 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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Rep Cummings issued a succinct, self-deprecatory statement.

"I don't know nuttin."

42 posted on 04/19/2014 10:30:53 AM PDT by Liz
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Issa issued a statement. “These (Lerner/Cummings) e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”

ALL OF THIS NEEDS TO GO VIRAL One of the Articles of Impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon was merely "threatening" to use the Internal Revenue Service to selectively audit political opponents.

OBAMA HAS WEAPONIZED THE IRS AGAINST POLITICAL OPPONENTS ordering multiple covert campaigns of intimidation, threats, and persecution of tea party/conservative organizations, and those daring to criticize Obama's agenda.

<><> Seven lock-stepping Democrats scared-***tless of losing their seats ask the IRS to “Investigate” political opponents,

<><> Rep Elijah Cummings led the Democrat pack in smearing True the Vote patriot Catherine Englebrecht....

<><> the FBI, ATF, the IRS, and OSHA were sicced on Catherine Englebrecht, as she valiantly tried to improve the US voting system.

<><> Obama said Tea Parties were a "threat to democracy."

<><> The IRS (a tax-funded L/E agency) takes its marching orders from Democrat;

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THE LIKELY SUSPECTS----DEMS STOOP TO CONQUEUR
order IRS to act to save their seats by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, 2/13/14

Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the IRS to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races. In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly.

Dems are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.

One of the most powerful groups is Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. It has already spent close to $30 million on ads attacking Democrats this election cycle. “If they’re claiming the tax relief, the tax benefit to be a nonprofit for social relief or social justice, then that’s what they should be doing,” said Sen. Mark Begich (D), who faces a competitive race in Alaska. “If it’s to give them cover so they can do political activity, that’s abusing the tax code. And either side."

<><><><>Asked if the IRS should play a more active role policing political advocacy by groups that claim to be focused on social welfare, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) responded, “Absolutely. Both on the left and the right,” she said. “As taxpayers, we should not be providing a write-off to groups to do political activity, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Shaheen called the glut of political spending by self-described social welfare groups that qualify under section 501(c) (4) of the tax code “outrageous.” Shaheen is in a good position now but could find herself embroiled in a tight campaign if former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass) challenges her.<><><><>

Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.), the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, said the IRS has jurisdiction over 501(c)(4) groups, as well as charities, which fall under section 5/01(c)(3) of the tax code and sometimes engage in quasi-political activity.

“That whole 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) [issue], those are IRS numbers. It is inherently an internal revenue matter,” he said. “There are two things you don’t want in political money, in the fundraising world and expenditure world. You don’t want secret money, and you don’t want unlimited money, and that’s what we have now.” --SNIP-- /////NOTE: I believe the Congressional "Sergeant-at-Arms" also has arrest powers....under certain conditions.

=============================================

--SNIP--The House Ways and Means Committee Republicans have not ruled out its “inherent contempt” authority to arrest former IRS chief Lois Lerner if Eric Holder continues to refuse to act on the panel’s vote to seek an investigation of Lerner and her role in the IRS targeting scandal.

The Washington Examiner reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke about the committee’s threat to hold Lerner in contempt: "The Ways and Means Committee, led by Chairman [Dave] Camp [R-Mich.], has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

"As I've said, if Lois Lerner continues to refuse to testify, then the House will hold her in contempt. And we will continue to shine the light on the administration's abusive actions and use every tool at our disposal to expose the truth and ensure the American people get the answers they deserve."

The constitutional “inherent contempt” authority gives the House power to hold Lerner until a new Congress is convened in January 2015, which could then renew the subpoena if she continues to refuse to testify, though Republicans are not emphasizing that option.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) told The Washington Examiner, "I think we'll deal with that, should that occur, but I think this too is an ongoing investigation, and, frankly, for the attorney general to turn a blind eye to this evidence would discredit him greatly.”

SOURCE http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/true-vote-calls-out-rep-cummings-role-irs-targeting-scandal

Site also has links to documents WRT Rep Cummings interacting with the IRS about True the Vote.

43 posted on 04/19/2014 10:35:58 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mc Carthy was 100% right, Cummings is a lying, communist, piece of shit!


44 posted on 04/19/2014 10:36:24 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: csvset
Thanks for that. You might also like Ronnie James Dio's version.

Rainbow-Mistreated Live 1977

45 posted on 04/19/2014 10:40:36 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Baltimore Sun is pretty much a completely worthless rag. It is, de facto, a propaganda arm of the VERY progressive, leftist DimocRATS running the People’s Republic of Maryland.

In Maryland, the only way I can get any newspaper not completely dishonest and leftist is through my subscription to the Wall Street Journal.


46 posted on 04/19/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
If Cummings wanted ‘publicly available information’ why would he be asking the IRS for it in an email? The IRS is part of the executive branch and Cummings has a staff of his own to look up publicly available information. It's pretty clear he wanted dirt to throw at True the Vote,something the compliant IRS might ‘mistakenly’ release.
47 posted on 04/19/2014 11:27:07 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations.

Yeah? Fast-forward 60 years. Newsflash: McCarthy was RIGHT!

48 posted on 04/19/2014 11:27:15 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Let’s look at the number of people that were “mistreated” by Cummings and then we will talk.

F U B O!


49 posted on 04/19/2014 12:01:24 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Old North State

“If Cummings wanted ‘publicly available information’ why would he be asking the IRS for it in an email?”

Could it be “publicly available” but only by going through the irs? I have no idea, but cummings is disgusting!


50 posted on 04/19/2014 12:01:34 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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