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  • IRS Tech Said Lerner's Hard Drive WASN'T Damaged

    08/15/2014 4:31:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 58 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | Patrick Howley
    U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan Thursday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to come up with new answers after IRS employees contradicted sworn testimony about damage to Lois Lerner’s hard drive. Sullivan ruled that “the IRS is hereby ORDERED to file a sworn Declaration, by an official with the authority to speak under oath for the Agency, by no later than August 22, 2014″ on four issues: the IRS’ attempted recovery of Lerner’s lost emails after her computer allegedly crashed, bar codes that could have been on the hard drive, IRS policies on hard drive destruction, and information about an...
  • Judge Issues New Order to IRS: Your Excuse For "Lost" Emails is Invalid

    08/15/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    After listening to excuses from IRS officials about why they cannot produce "lost" emails requested through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the IRS to come up with a better explanation as to why the agency cannot produce valid documentation. He's also asking for details about IRS hard drive destruction policy and wants verification from an outside source that IRS hard drives in question were in fact destroyed as officials have claimed. "In an extraordinary step, U. S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan has launched an independent inquiry into the...
  • GOP says Obama health official instructed staff to delete email

    08/15/2014 10:53:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    House Republicans on Friday accused a top Obama administration health official of telling staff to delete an email related to the healthcare laws rollout last fall. In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the Republicans point to an Oct. 5 email from Tavenner to staff about how to handle calls from people applying for ObamaCare. In the first line of the email, Tavenner writes please delete this email but see if we can work on call script. Republicans in their letter ask why Tavenner wanted the email deleted, and whether she has asked for other...
  • Judge launches special inquiry into missing IRS emails and Lerner hard drive

    08/14/2014 8:38:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/14/14 | William A. Jacobson
    Insufficient IRS explanations cause Judge to order sworn answers from IRS about Lois Lerners hard drive and emails. Judicial Watch has sued over missing IRS emails in the federal district court in D.C., pursuant to its FOIA request for such documents.The IRS was ordered to provide explanations as to missing emails, particularly Lois Lerner.The IRS provided explanations, but those were not good enough for the Judge, who launched his own inquiry into the matter, as Judicial Watch explained in a statement posted on its website: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement in response to todays order...
  • IRS wrongly allowed contractors access to sensitive data

    08/14/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    IRS contractors without background checks had access to sensitive information, potentially putting confidential taxpayer data at risk, according to a federal audit. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration found more than a dozen cases in which the IRS awarded contracts that required access to taxpayer information without background investigations or before those checks were completed. Under IRS policy, background checks are mandatory for contractors who work with that kind of data. "Allowing contractor employees access to taxpayer data without appropriate background investigations exposes taxpayers to increased risk of fraud and identity theft, said J. Russell George, the inspector general....
  • Christian Group Demands Release of Secret Deal IRS Made With Atheists to Censor Houses of Worship

    08/12/2014 3:18:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/12/2014 | BY LEONARDO BLAIR
    The Faith & Freedom Coalition demanded Monday the release of a secret legal agreement between the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice and atheist organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation charging that it is likely to censor churches by "potentially infringing upon their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association". The agreement was reached on July 17 in federal court to settle a lawsuit filed by the FFRF in 2012. The group celebrated it as a victory last month. "We're proud that FFRF's litigation should ensure that the IRS will now resume enforcing the law, and go...
  • Court Ruling in Favor of IRS Shows why Tea Party Attorney must play Malik Obama Trump Card ...

    08/10/2014 3:56:47 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 12 replies
    shoebat.com/ ^ | Aug 9, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    This week, a judge in True the Vote (TTV) v. IRS granted a victory to the IRS when it rejected an attempt by the conservative Tea Party group to have the court appoint a forensics expert to find Lois Lerners missing emails and documents. The ruling demonstrates what kind of an uphill climb groups like TTV can expect to face as federal judges have become increasingly beholden to the federal government. The irony is there is a one-page document already in the public arena that would win TTVs case but attorney Cleta Mitchell refuses to point to it. That document...
  • Is the IRS Going to Censor Sermons at Your Church?

    08/09/2014 4:32:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    An atheist group wants to censor what priests, pastors, rabbis and other clergy say in their sermons by threatening an IRS challenge of their tax-exempt status.Generally, the leaders of houses of worship in America have the constitutional right to preach and promote anything short of an outright endorsement of a political candidate. But now, that freedom is being challenged.In 2012, theFreedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit atheist organization that advocates strict separation of church and state, sued the Internal Revenue Service seeking to force the agency to question the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship if they...
  • Judge Denies Plaintiff Access to IRS Emails

    08/08/2014 4:10:43 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    The quest of those victimized by the IRSs discriminatory treatment of conservative groups hit a brick wall when U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that denial of access to the emails would result in irreparable harm. True the Vote, a conservative organization dedicated to combating vote fraud, had requested that a forensic expert of the courts choosing attempt to recover the lost emails of IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner has refused to testify to Congress on the grounds that such testimony would be self incriminating. Nonetheless, Judge Walton characterized the plaintiffs suspicions as...
  • Judge Sides With IRS Targeting Victims Cannot Hire Forensic Expert to Find Lost Emails

    08/08/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Conservative infidel ^ | August 8, 2014 | Rick Wells
    Chalk up another victory for out of control government and its related rampant abuse of power. A lawsuit brought by the conservative group True the Vote asking to have a forensic expert of the courts choosing attempt to recover the lost Lois Lerner emails has been denied. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said in his decision that the plaintiff failed to show irreparable harm as a result of the lost emails, which, since the contents of them is unknown to those who were not involved in the criminal activities, would likely be an impossible thing to prove before the...
  • Your Ethics Chip is Now Ready for Installation

    08/08/2014 6:01:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-8-2104 | MOTUS
    Just a few things to wrap up before packing for the Vineyards: President Barack Obama stepped in front of the cameras on Thursday to utter words he hoped he would never say as commander in chief."I've therefore authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq," Mr. Obama said in a statement from the White House. "Today America is coming to help." That would be as opposed to the last time we came, under George W. Bush, to kill people and break things andHalliburton!And dont think for a minute that this decision was an easy one for Val Jar....
  • Key ObamaCare official likely deleted emails now sought in House probe

    08/08/2014 3:36:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | FoxNews.com
    A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be retrievable. The missing emails belonging to Tavenner, whose agency runs the ObamaCare exchanges, were first reported by msnbc.com. Issa, whose...
  • Conservatives suing IRS fail to get injunction

    08/07/2014 3:02:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Merced Sun Star ^ | 8-7-14 | Michael Doyle
    <p>A federal judge on Thursday declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Internal Revenue Service from destroying e-mails or other potential evidence.</p> <p>The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton is a blow to True the Vote, the Texas-based organization thats suing the IRS over its handling of a tax-exempt status application. After filing the suit, conservatives and lawmakers learned that e-mails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner had gone missing.</p>
  • IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants Taxpayer Status

    08/07/2014 9:16:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/6/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016. The IRS now prevents peoples Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from automatically expiring after five years as previously mandated. Now immigrants can keep their ITIN so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period.
  • 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. Lets instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothys Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens cant follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • More ObamaCare Chaos

    08/06/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Americans who automatically renew their policies are in for an unpleasant surprise. The Affordable Healthcare Act is apparently the gift that keeps on giving. A series of new revelations are highlighted by the idea that if you like your current ObamaCare plan you can keep itbut it will likely cost you more, and you may have trouble finding a doctor who will treat you.
  • The IRSs God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating theology as politics, and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit high priority examination for allegedly illegal...
  • Tampa Man Sentenced for Role in Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

    08/04/2014 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies
    FBI ^ | June 25, 2014 | U.S. Attorneys Office Eastern District of Virginia
    ROANOKE, VAA Tampa, Fla. man previously convicted of a scheme to profit from fraudulent United States Treasury checks was sentenced in absentia yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. Osama Sam Mustafa, 51, of Tampa, Fla., was previously convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States for the purpose of impairing the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service, to receive fraudulent Treasury Checks, to commit wire fraud and to structure currency transaction, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money...
  • The IRSs God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.

    08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating theology as politics, and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit high priority examination for allegedly illegal...
  • Exclusive: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lees 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 Lees 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,...
  • Ends up Lois Lerner was e-mailing her husband with the conservative knock

    08/03/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 1, 2014 | By Josh Hicks
    Republicans this week released e-mails showing that former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner expressed scorn for conservatives in an e-mail to an unidentified recipient the name was redacted. Lerners remarks would be troubling if she sent them to another IRS official, but it ends up that she was communicating with her husband, Michael Miles, according to unredacted copies of the exchange that Democrats leaked on Friday.
  • Trey Gowdys brilliant questioning makes absolute fool of law professor in IRS hearing

    08/01/2014 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/1/2014 | Tom Tillison
    At his best Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made short work of a Democrat-friendly law professor testifying before Congress, even offering him some free litigation advice. The former prosecutor turned congressman was surgical in his questioning of Professor Charles Tiefer, who was brought before the House Judiciary Committee as an expert witness by Democrats Tiefer has a history of being of service to the Democratic Party, according to The Blaze. Professor Tiefer, would you seat a juror who referred to your client as an obscene body part? Gowdy asked in his opening question.
  • Trey Gowdy Interrogates Democrat-Invited Law Prof on IRS Scandal

    08/01/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-31-2014 | Jason Howerton
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled a University of Baltimore law professor during a Wednesday House hearing and made a compelling case as to why a special counsel is needed to investigate the IRS scandal. At one point, he even offered the professor some free litigation advice when he refused to answer one of his questions that seemed pretty straightforward. Professor Charles Tiefer was brought in by Democrats as an expert to help determine whether the House Judiciary Committee should appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. Tiefer, who previously served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the...
  • Rep. Gowdy Questions Law Professor on Need for Special Counsel in IRS Investigation

    08/01/2014 11:47:51 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 7-30-14 | Trey Gowdy
    Same link here.
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Lois Lerners Vendetta

    07/31/2014 8:46:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Toxic partisanship revealed in new emails House Republicans have released a Lois Lerner email exchange from November 2012 that clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law, wrote House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
  • Morning Joe Panel: Lerner Emails Make it Hard to Argue Her Innocence

    07/31/2014 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2014 | Staff
    ... If the question is was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS, its hard to argue no after you read that, said Willie Geist. And malice, added MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace. She equates Republicans as inferior to terrorists. I think motive is there, I think state of mind is thereagain, if this were a legal proceeding, theyve got their gal.
  • A Letter to Lois Lerner...with love!

    07/30/2014 10:01:08 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 20 replies
    Self | 7/31/14 | Me
    Dear Lois Lerner... If anyone is an "assh@le" and "terrorist", it is political puppets like yourself who have dishonored and systematically usurped every ideal this nation was founded upon: faith, freedom, limited government, and accountability. Sorry, not only are you the antithesis of those Constitutional cornerstones derived by men much more wise, learned, and courageous than you but you chose to abandon your country and her people at the behest of the most radical and narcisisstic President in our history. I guess saying no is just too difficult. The IRS, founded to more effectively collect tax revenue without...
  • Lerner: Talk radio listeners are 'ass-----'

    07/30/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for criminal charges. Lerner, in an email conversation with an undisclosed person, suggested that listeners to conservative talk radio were ass----s. She followed that up by saying: So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists [sic]. It's our own crazies that will take us down. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said the emails showed not for the first time Lerners bias against conservatives. Other documents released Wednesday also suggest that Lerner used her home computer...
  • 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 Lerners official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerners 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 dont need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). Its our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.
  • How Litigating Lost E-mails Works

    07/29/2014 5:34:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-29-14 | Bruce Walker
    On July 4, 2014, I wrote an article, Litigating Lost E-mails, which proposed using federal judges to compel corrupt bosses to the IRS to force the Obama administration to tell the truth about the lost e-mails or face the consequences of lying to federal judges. What I proposed was to do what Democrats did forty years ago this month to Nixon. The case filed against Nixon in United States District Court was decided on May 31, 1974, and the case was argued before the Supreme Court on July 8, 1974. The unanimous decision (Justice Rehnquist recused himself) was decided barely...
  • IRS Promises Atheist Group to Investigate 'Pulpit Freedom' Churches

    07/29/2014 8:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/28/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Internal Revenue Service has reached a lawsuit settlement agreement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, agreeing to investigate churches that violate a federal law that activist groups often cite in an attempt to silence them by threatening their tax-exempt status. "This is a victory, and we're pleased with this development in which the IRS has proved to our satisfaction that it now has in place a protocol to enforce its own anti-electioneering provisions," FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement last week, following which the Alliance Defending Freedom asked the IRS to release all documents related to...
  • Is It a Coincidence that Obama is Beset by Multiple Crises?

    07/29/2014 6:54:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/29/14 | Ronald Lipsman
    The cable news programs are enjoying a boom time. They have so much scandalous material to choose from that its a challenge to cover all the domestic and international crises in a one hour program. Indeed, the attention of the American people is increasingly drawn to an incredibly wide and varied series of crises and scandals. Not any one of them compares in seriousness to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor; but in breadth and number, they represent a panoply of domestic and foreign crises that is arguably unparalleled in American history.
  • Revealed: IRS and State Department conspired in targeting pro-Israel group

    07/29/2014 5:38:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The IRS scandal has just gained another dimension, and it is more than a "smidgen." Emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the State Department was involved in the IRS’s attempt to deny tax-exempt status to Z-Street, the pro-Israel organization founded and run by AT contributor Lori Lowenthal Marcus, based on Z-Street’s pro-Israel positions that conflicted with Obama administration policy. This is known as “viewpoint discrimination,” and is strictly illegal.The Wall Street Journal explains what has been uncovered:  …emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the IRS and State Department were conferring...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton: 'You don't have a right to know' what's going on at the White House

    07/29/2014 4:20:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-29-2014 | Rick Moran
    Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.'s non voting delegate to Congress, has a novel definition of the separation of powers. Becoming exasperated at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's insistence that a subpoena to David Simas, director of the administration's Office of Political Strategy, should go forward, Holmes Norton dressed down Issa by claiming the Oversight Committee, which oversees the executive branch, didn't have the right to investigate the White House. Washington Examiner: "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton...
  • Obama Administration Turns to Hand-Packed Court

    07/28/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Editor's note: Elizabeth Slattery coauthored this piece. When it comes to defending Obamacare subsidies, the Justice Department appears none too eager to take its case to the Supreme Court. Instead, the administration announced it would appeal Tuesdays adverse ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Obama, it seems, likes his chances with the full court. And why not? He hand-packed it himself. The legal issue at hand is whether the IRS has the authority to subsidize health coverage bought through insurance exchanges run by the feds....
  • 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,...
  • Lemony Lerner's Series of Unfortunate Events [Humor]

    07/26/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by FrogBurger · 5 replies
    Liberty ^ | 7/27/2014 | Fred Mora
    The media are abuzz with the IRS affair. As you may have heard, former IRS official Lois Lerner, in charge of tax exempt groups, directed harassment operations targeting conservative groups. She also recommended auditing Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Appearing in front of the House Oversight Committee (HOC) in May 2013 and again last March, she pled the Fifth and refused to answer any questions. Later, IRS commissioner John Koskinen announced that potentially damning emails that were subpoenaed by the committee had disappeared in a series of computer crashes affecting Lerners machine, as well as the machines of at least six...
  • Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)

    07/25/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | Steven Dennis
    Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White Houses claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of...
  • IRS Beltway Clown Show on Kelly File (Video)

    07/25/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    I visited the Kelly File last night on Fox News with Megyn Kelly. The segment provides an excellent summary of the IRS flip flopping and lies. Here is the video from Fox News Insider:
  • IRS IT officials testify in court that Lois Lerners emails may still exist

    07/25/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Wednesday, House Republicans revealed that at least one Internal Revenue Service official believes that it is possible that the agency did not recycle all of the hardware and backup tapes on which were stored former IRS executive Lois Lerners missing emails. This development may contradict testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who told members of Congress that none of Lerners emails could be recovered. The claim came from Stephen Manning, an IRS IT official, and Todd Egaas, director of technology operations and investigative services for the tax collection agency. Both testified in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C....
  • Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

    07/25/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 07/24/14 | Wendy McElroy
    What Exiting Is and Isn't Virno believes a radical disobedience is needed to challenge the state's ability to command. This cannot be expressed through resistance to a specific law on the grounds, for example, that it contradicts a constitution. Such resistance is actually a vote of confidence in the state qua state; that is, such activists fight to enable a purer vision of state authority rather than against the idea of a state itself. A wholesale rejection is required. And, yet, revolutionaries who violently confront the state usually suffer one of two fates: they are slaughtered or otherwise broken or...
  • IRS Agrees To Monitor Church Sermons

    07/25/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    The IRS recently settled a case against it brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). As part of the settlement, the IRS has agreed to monitor church sermons for political content. The suit was filed because FFRF apparently did not like an event called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Apparently once a year a number of pastors preach on political topics, presumably to rebel against the never enforced Federal prohibition on 501(c)(3) political activities. Technically it is illegal for tax exempt non-profits to engage in political activities, presumably this includes commenting on politics from the pulpit. To date there isnt a...
  • 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...
  • IRS: Uninsured face fine of nearly $2,500

    07/24/2014 6:10:35 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 49 replies
    The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday individuals who fail to get health insurance this year will be fined a maximum of $2,448 and families with five or more members can be fined up to $12,240. Under the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate, people are either required to obtain health insurance or risk a tax penalty from the IRS Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/213308-uninsured-could-be-fined-almost-2500#ixzz38REt1dEt Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Gowdy on IRS: Americans agree the government should tell us the truth

    07/24/2014 5:47:05 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 24, 2014 | Tgowdysc
    After Q & A with Koskinen yesterday, Trey Gowdy took to the House floor today: Madam Speaker there is a hunger for things that bind us together. Americans agree that the IRS should never target citizens. Americans agree that government should tell us the truth. The IRS has offered 8 different explanations for targeting our fellow citizens. If we madam speaker changed our story to government 8 different times we would be called inmates. We can't lie to government. Therefore,government should never be able to lie to us. We agree that no president should ever prejudge the outcome of an...
  • IRS Lawlessness: 20 Hard Drives, Six Unanswered Questions

    07/24/2014 8:18:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: An internationally accredited information-technology asset-management firm says the IRS has some explaining to do as our patience is taxed with tales of even more convenient computer crashes. Private-sector organizations as vast as the Internal Revenue Service typically have redundancy built into their information technology systems, as secure record keeping is the key to managing their businesses and staying in business. Such records, if nothing else, are often required to be kept by law, and often by the IRS itself. As we have noted, Lois Lerner's lost emails from the critical period when the IRS was serving as a political...
  • Ex-Fresno IRS employee charged with ID theft of co-workers

    07/23/2014 9:33:11 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bee Staff and News Services
    Federal prosecutors say a former Fresno IRS employee stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes. A grand jury on Friday indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say the alleged identity theft unfolded from June 2012 to January 2014. Prosecutors say Hernandez, who had...
  • Jim Jordan Grills Irs Commissioner John Koskinen 7/23/14. Full Exchange

    07/23/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/23/14 | Jim Browski
    Jim Jordan EXPLODES On Irs Commissioner John Koskinen. Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) response to congressional oversight and investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups.
  • Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You

    07/23/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/23/14 | ali meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you. At the hearing titled, An Update on the IRS Response to its Targeting Scandal, Jordan explained the timeline of events in the ongoing IRS investigation, citing how Koskinen knew about the missing emails in April yet waited until June 13, 2014 to...