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  • Rand Paul says he hopes 'Southern Avenger' saga won't undermine efforts to broaden GOP's reach

    07/22/2013 6:51:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/22/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul confirmed to reporters Monday that he and staffer Jack Hunter — the former shock jock known as the Southern Avenger — were parted ways in a “mutual decision.” Paul said he hoped that Hunter’s presence on his staff wouldn’t undermine his efforts to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party. Paul has reached out to African Americans, for instance, speaking at historically black colleges in Washington, D.C., and Louisville. “I think everybody occasionally has people that work for them who sometimes have a background that damages what you’re trying to do,” he said. “But I think...
  • Aide’s resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul’s war with neocons

    07/22/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Republicans are accusing the party’s neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The aide, Jack Hunter, who quit on Monday, was eased out by Mr. Paul after a neoconservative publication revealed that, as a radio “shock jock” some years ago, Mr. Hunter advocated that the Southern states secede once again from the union. Saying he had become more libertarian and broad-minded since his days as the “Southern Avenger,” Mr. Hunter revealed...
  • Charlie Rangel: Obama answers not enough

    05/15/2013 9:52:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 May 2013 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he believes President Barack Obama owes the American public explanations for both the seizure of Associated Press phone records by the Department of Justice and the IRS targeting of conservative groups. “I don’t think anyone truly believes that the president has given us a sufficient answer for America, much less the press,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think this is just the beginning and the whole idea of comparing this with Nixon, I really think is just, it doesn’t make much sense. But the president has to come forward and share...
  • The IRS to "enforce" ObamaCare?

    05/15/2013 3:10:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    May 15, 2013 | Jim Robinson
    Give me a break! Repeal this criminal monstrosity! NOW!! Obviously, the government is waaaay too big to control. Cut it back. Drastically (per the U.S, Constitution)!!
  • Eric Bolling: 'I Was Audited by IRS After Being Vocal Against 4 More Years of Obama ... Coincidence?

    05/15/2013 4:26:57 PM PDT · by JoeRed · 13 replies
    Fox News (Insider) ^ | May 14 2013 | As seen on The Five
    Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the Obama administration as it faces scrutiny for the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Today on The Five, Eric Bolling voiced his concern, saying, “2011, I was pretty vocal against four more years of President Obama. […] I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not but I did get an IRS audit in 2012 for my 2011 tax returns. I’m not sure if there’s any correlation.”
  • Lawmakers accuse Obama administration of abusing free speech rights

    05/15/2013 2:20:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | David Ingram and Jeff Mason
    Washington - U.S. lawmakers accused the Obama administration on Wednesday of trampling on free speech rights and evading questions about the Justice Department's secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying before a House of Representatives panel, provided limited responses on the issue, noting he had been recused from the probe into a government leak that led to the records seizure.
  • Today’s meme: Obama’s too passive and disinterested to have had a direct role in these scandals

    05/15/2013 3:35:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on May 15, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I had the same thought as Matt Lewis when reading through the news this morning. There’s too much smoke now from the IRS, DOJ/AP, and Benghazi scandals to pretend there’s no fire. If you’re sympathetic to O, it’s time to shift messages from “what fire?” to “Obama should have done more to put out these fires set by other people,” which conveniently leaves Bambi in the virtuous role of firefighter. It’s a classic plea bargain: He’s guilty of negligence, maybe, but of nothing more serious. Lewis: The media is helping. Obama isn’t a bad guy, he’s merely out of the...
  • Acting IRS commissioner resigns in wake of agency scandal

    05/15/2013 3:42:10 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 154 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/15/2013 | Fox News
    <p>President Obama says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has requested and received the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, after critical report on targeting of conservative groups.</p>
  • Obama's and Holder's Selective Constitutional Deafness

    05/15/2013 4:00:30 PM PDT · by kreitzer · 3 replies
    selwynduke.com ^ | 5/6/2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Often a phenomenon of bad marriages, “selective deafness” is when one hears only what is convenient. The same failing manifests itself in government when politicians and judges hear the Constitution talk only when it sings their tune. Worse still, sometimes these people behave as if the document says things it doesn’t. This is the equivalent of hearing things. Kansas governor Sam Brownback heard something recently. He received a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder stating that Kansas’ newly enacted legislation prohibiting government agents from enforcing federal gun laws in the state “directly conflicts with federal law and is therefore unconstitutional.”...
  • IRS Targeting Pushed By Democrats Aided Obama Campaign

    05/15/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Senate Democrats, including supporters of the Disclose Act, provided the names of groups they wanted targeted in a taxpayer-funded witch hunt overseen by an IRS employee and Obama campaign donor. Using the Citizens United case as a pretext, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on July 27, 2012, wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity. The groups Levin asked to be targeted for special scrutiny were Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Priorities U.S.A., Americans Elect, American Action Network, Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund, Americans...
  • A Pattern Of Power Abuse

    05/15/2013 4:14:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Editorial
    Tyranny: Perhaps the most sinister aspect of the president's parade of scandals is that just days before they broke, he mocked as paranoid those concerned about government excesses. On May 5, while giving the commencement address at Ohio State University, President Obama advised graduates to put all their trust in government and reject those shrill "voices" that say it's the source of our problems. Ignore these limited-government types, he told the class of 2013, who warn "tyranny lurks just around the corner." Only, Obama himself has proved our fears are well-founded. Government, particularly governance by this rogue regime, needs more...
  • Under Pressure: Democratic senator pressured IRS to investigate nonprofits (Carl Levin)

    05/15/2013 10:24:19 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 49 replies
    free beacon ^ | 5/14 | goodman
    Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.
  • IRS Spared Lib Groups as TeaParty Languished,More Conservative Orgs Targeted Than Thought

    05/15/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 15 2013 | Guy Benson
    Lerner also reportedly fast-tracked an approval for a foundation operated by President Obama's half brother, taking the extraordinary step of granting it retroactive tax-free status. "Seventy-five organizations effected" - That number almost immediately swelled to 300. Now it's closer to 500:
  • IRS Targeted Well-Known Christian Ministries

    05/15/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 29 replies
    RedState ^ | May 15, 2013 | Todd Stanes
    Several well-known religious organizations say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, including the ministry founded by famed evangelist Billy Graham and a 180-year-old Baptist newspaper, Fox News has learned.Among the ministries targeted are the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse and the Biblical Recorder – the newspaper of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. The revelations seem to indicate the IRS was targeting more than just Tea Party groups and conservative political organizations.“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” wrote Franklin Graham in...
  • Document: IRS ordered conservative ed.group to turn over list of HS and college students it trained

    05/15/2013 10:21:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2013 | David Martosko
    When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train. 'Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,' the IRS demanded. 'Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.' That question was part of the tax collection agency's February 14, 2012 letter to Kevin Kookogey. founder...
  • Claim: Obama Campaign Co-Chair Attacked Romney with Leaked IRS Docs

    05/15/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    One of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Both the Huffington Post's...
  • CNN Exclusive: Two ‘Rogue’ IRS Employees Blamed For Tea Party Targeting Scandal

    05/15/2013 3:20:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 05/15/2013 | by Matt Wilstein
    CNN’s Drew Griffin broke into Wolf Blitzer‘s Newsroom report Wednesday afternoon to reveal new information about the investigation into the IRS’ admission that they targeted conservatives during the 2012 election year. Griffin said a Congressional source told him that the acting commissioner of the IRS, Steven Miller, has identified two “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office, who he characterized as “off the reservation.” The commissioner reportedly said the two, as yet unnamed, employees were “principally responsible for overly aggressive handling of Tea Party requests for tax exempt status over the past two years.” Another source, according to Griffin, said...
  • Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS (pols sicced IRS onto Tea Party)

    05/15/2013 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 5/14/13 | BRIAN WALSH
    With Washington gripped by a trio of exploding scandals – from Benghazi to government spying on news outlets, to thug tactics by the IRS – Senate Democrats seem to be hoping that if they just yell loud enough, voters will overlook a key role they played in at least one of them. The pols quickly sensed the political toxicity associated with Friday's admission by the IRS that they selectively targeted conservative organizations for special government scrutiny, and so Democrats didn't waste any time springing into action. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, for example, vowed congressional hearings and...
  • Eric Holder Let Darrell Issa Know Just How Much He Hates Him Today

    05/15/2013 2:23:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/15/2013 | Dan Amira
    California congressman Darrell Issa and Attorney General Eric Holder are not friends. Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has pestered Holder about the controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking program for years. His committee even voted to hold Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over certain documents. During a hearing today, Holder's feelings for Issa burst out into the open when he called the congressman's behavior "unacceptable" and "shameful," and, getting more personal, "too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress."
  • Could Benghazi, ‘IRS-gate’ derail Obama gun control agenda?

    05/15/2013 2:02:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 May, 2013 | Dave Workman
    Could the twin eruption of the Benghazi and IRS scandals over the past few days derail the Obama administration’s gun control agenda, despite the insistence of Vice President Joe Biden that at least four U.S. Senators are willing to revive gun regulation proposals on Capitol Hill? On a political scale, it's a cataclysm on par with the Mount St. Helens eruption a generation ago. However, President Obama reportedly said Monday morning that the IRS revelation is an "outrage" and he called the Benghazi flap a "politicdal sideshow" according to a report in the Seatte Times. He wants the IRS abusers...
  • IRS exec got $42K in bonuses in three years

    05/15/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 3 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 15 2013 | Mark Tapscott
    Lois Lerner, the senior executive in charge of the IRS tax exemption department and the federal employee at the center of the exploding scandal over the IRS targeting of conservative, evangelical and pro-Israel non-profits, was given $42,531 in bonuses between 2009 and 2011.
  • Conservative group says IRS approved nonprofit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’

    05/15/2013 2:00:55 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5.15.2013 | Chris Moody
    In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve nonprofit status for a new conservative watchdog group. He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a research site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a "non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government." Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the site's organizers are unapologetically conservative. Eight months passed without word from the agency about the group's application, Ryun...
  • Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS

    05/15/2013 11:30:35 AM PDT · by Lacey · 19 replies
    US News ^ | 5/14/13 | Brian Walsh
    The same Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who this week is calling for hearings into IRS activities, specifically called on the IRS to engage in that very conduct back in 2010. And he wasn't the only one. Just last year, a group of seven Senate Democrats sent another letter to the IRS urging them to similarly investigate these outside political organizations.
  • The Real War on Women Occurred at IRS

    05/15/2013 11:34:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-15-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let me start digging into this IRS Stack that I have here. UK Daily Mail: "When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train. "'Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,' the IRS demanded. 'Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training...
  • Should there be class action against IRS by conservative groups?

    05/15/2013 11:39:07 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    Vanity | 5-15-2013 | vanity
    With the law suit against the IRS for Medical Records, a question arises whether conservative groups should follow suit by filing class action suits. What if, as a result, we would no longer need Freep-A-Thons. Or suppose that the NRA would have even more money to spend on TV commercials. What if the T.E.A. Party would be become a major player in the US Political system... Certainly, many pro-life groups could use the shot-in-the-arm that money from the IRS might provide. On the other side, this is contrary to conservative beliefs: government waste, i.e., having to pay out millions of...
  • Houston group among those targeted by IRS? (True The Vote)

    05/15/2013 12:24:13 PM PDT · by Kolath · 15 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 05/14/2013 | Ted Oberg
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Last week, the IRS admitted it targeted groups with Tea Party or patriot in their name for extra scrutiny. The groups were applying for tax exempt status. True the Vote is one group based here in Houston. True the Vote was the subject of harsh critique during the election season for some of their polling place monitoring work. Critics said it was designed to hurt Democratic candidates. It may be one of the things the IRS was looking at to keep the group from being tax exempt. But after three years of intense IRS questioning and investigations...
  • Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’

    05/15/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’ The Ticket By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 46 mins ago In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve non-profit status for a new conservative watchdog group. He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a news site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a "non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government." Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov....
  • Prominent Catholic professor claims IRS audited her after speaking against Obama

    05/15/2013 1:57:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/15/2013
    Startling allegations are emerging in the midst of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. Dr. Anne Hendershott, a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author, says that she believes she may have been one of the IRS's targets. Hendershott claims that the IRS audited her in 2010 and demanded to know who was paying her and "what their politics were." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hendershott says she received a phone in May of that year in which she said she was being audited. A letter that followed on May 19, 2010 solidified the IRS's request to meet...
  • IRS commissioner: Hey, turns out it was mainly just two “rogue” employees who targeted tea partiers

    05/15/2013 1:58:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via Mediaite, it took a few days but at last we have some fall guys. It’s ludicrous, of course, to think the problem was limited to two people — the IG report last night specifically blamed ineffective management and, as Guy Benson reminds us, we already know that knowledge of the harassment went all the way up the chain — but pay attention to the fine print in the video clip at 1:22. Miller, the commissioner, apparently acknowledged that the IRS’s mishandling of this went beyond the two “rogues.” Evidently they’re setting up to put most of the blame on...