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  • IRS Lawyer Who Headed Lerner Email Release Present When Markings on Clinton Emails Changed

    09/02/2015 3:54:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 2, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Markings on no fewer than four emails contained on Hillary Clinton’s private system were changed to a category that blocks Congress and the public from viewing their contents ... One of the lawyers present during the review by State’s legal office was government attorney Catherine Duval, who was a key player in the controversy surrounding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails related to the investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Duval, who is now spearheading the release of materials related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, formerly worked for the same law firm as the Clintons’ private attorney...
  • The War on McDonalds; Email scandals spread; US dry land declared "Waters of the World by EPA

    09/02/2015 2:35:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Club for Growth ^ | 9-2-15 | Wisconsin Club for Growth
    The War on McDonald’s The high and mighty of the Democratic Party sneer at fast-food jobs, calling them unworthy of the often minimally-skilled workers who hold them. But those jobs fill a vital need for such workers: the opportunity to get paid while acquiring stronger skills. Now, in an oh-so-typical overabundance of false solicitude for the welfare of those workers, the Obama administration has acted to make the jobs that are available to them harder to get. Last Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board did what’s been long expected, broadening the definition of a “joint employer” to drag countless businesses...
  • Judge: IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers’ information

    08/29/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot refuse by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws. “This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” the judge wrote. The ruling marks yet another federal judge who has ordered the Obama administration to be more transparent when responding to open-records records. The State Department is facing...
  • A Scandal-Plagued Administration

    08/29/2015 9:57:03 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 30 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2015 | Noah Rothman
    It was particularly revealing when David Axelrod explained that, of all his accomplishments in Barack Obama’s White House, he was proudest of the fact that “there hasn’t been a major scandal.” The qualifier “major” lays the burden on shoulders of the press to define what constitutes a serious scandal, and political media had thus far reliably covered the administration’s ethical lapses as merely the peculiar obsessions of addlebrained conservatives. Surely, much of the political establishment in Washington nodded along with Axelrod as he patted himself on the back. A mere seven months later, though, and it is clear now that...
  • IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers’ information: Judge

    08/28/2015 12:25:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephan Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code. “This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused,...
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first lady’s penchant for secrecy. What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama – and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • Guess who had yet another secret, personal, email account. Nope, it’s not Hillary - it’s Lois Lerner

    08/25/2015 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/15 | Robert Laurie
    Not a smidgen. To date, we’ve been aware of two email accounts used by disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner. The first was her official government account and the second was a personal home account. Both have produced materials salient to the ongoing investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups….And they’re about to be joined by yet another address. HTML5 video is not supported! According to IRS attorney Geoffrey J, Klimas, Lerner a third email account has been uncovered from which Lerner was conducting official IRS business. As the Washington Times reports:
  • Judicial Watch Statement in Response to Obama IRS Disclosure of New Lois Lerner Email Account

    08/25/2015 2:27:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC ) – Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued the following statement today regarding the recent court filing by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealing the existence of an alias email address used by Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS: It is remarkable that the Obama IRS and Justice Department waited two years to tell a federal court that Lois Lerner had a separate email account that contains documents at issue in the IRS scandal. Especially since both agencies knew about this account since April of last year. It could be a crime...
  • Another Lois Lerner secret email account uncovered

    08/25/2015 7:07:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Judicial Watch has uncovered a secret email account linked to official business that was used by Lois Lerner, the IRS executive who took the Fifth Amendment and retired to an estimated $100,000 a year retirement income. The effect of using a secret email account – in this case, Lerner’s email account was in the name of Toby Miles – is to prevent Freedom of Information Act inquiries from uncovering the official information contained in the secret emails. In toehr words, it is a way for a government official to deny the public its right to see how the government...
  • “Clean Up on Email 3!”

    08/25/2015 5:52:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-25-2015 | MOTUS
    Update in the “not even a smidgen of scandal” IRS non-scandal: apparently Lois Lerner had yet another private email account using a different name - ‘Toby Miles’ - that she used to conduct official government business (this makes 3, if you’re still keeping track). Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. – Washington Times Let’s see, who else do we know of that...
  • IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

    08/25/2015 4:26:38 AM PDT · by Freeport · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial...
  • IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

    08/24/2015 6:40:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    ‘Toby Miles’ account linked to government businessLois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of...
  • IRS sued by taxpayers over data breach

    08/21/2015 3:42:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Hartsville Messenger ^ | 8/21/15 | Andrew Harris
    The Internal Revenue Service must answer in court for a data breach in which hackers gained access to personal identifying data belonging to at least 330,000 people. Two Texas women sued the agency Thursday in Washington, complaining that "the U.S. government cannot be relied upon to keep the personal data of its citizens safe." The women, Becky Welborn of Dripping Springs and Wendy Windrich of Conroe, are seeking to represent anyone whose information was stolen after using the IRS "Get Transcript" service that allow taxpayers to get information on their own filings. They're also asking for unspecified money damages for...
  • Kamala Harris, Dem Rising Star, Goes for the Jugular on Conservative Nonprofits

    08/18/2015 10:16:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 13 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether California’s ambitious Attorney General and candidate for U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris, has violated the First Amendment and federal law protecting confidential tax return information. Harris is California’s top charity regulator, and has been delegated broad, unbridled discretion to tell charities and nonprofit advocacy groups what they must file to obtain a license to speak with potential and existing donors. Nonprofit organizations are some of the most effective critics of government, other powerful institutions -- and ambitious politicians -- making them especially vulnerable to the desire to bully and censor them. The...
  • Lerner, in newly released emails, calls GOP critics 'evil and dishonest

    08/14/2015 8:07:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Fox news
    Newly released emails from Lois Lerner show the former IRS official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal calling Republican critics “evil and dishonest,” and even “hateful.” The emails -- part of a report released Aug. 6 by the Senate Finance Committee -- offer a revealing look at Lerner, who used to head the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status and was at the center of the scandal over the alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. The bipartisan report found evidence that both the Obama administration’s political agenda, and the personal politics of IRS...
  • Conservatives Beware: The Speech Police Are Coming For You

    08/13/2015 6:25:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 13, 2015 | Paul Jossey
    Imagine this: Amidst a close election, a partisan government lawyer with questionable authority investigates a conservative nonprofit supporting a political candidate. The government theorizes the candidate and organization are communicating too much—”coordinating” in legal parlance. A court eventually exonerates the group finding the government’s theory onerous. But it does so only after a years-long investigation that clouds the group’s operations, impedes its fundraising efforts, and ultimately negates its ability to influence voters during the election. The above scenario indeed happened. But it was not, as the reader may suspect, the recently terminated ‘John Doe‘ investigation, which targeted Wisconsin Club for...
  • Senate Report: Lois Lerner’s Political Views Resulted in Disparate Treatment of Conservative Groups

    08/11/2015 11:43:42 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 6, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lerner’s personal political views directly resulted in tea party and conservative non-profits receiving disparate and unfair treatment according to a report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee.Following a review of approximately 1,500,000 pages produced by the IRS, the Finance Committee concluded that Lerner’s was a staunch supporter of Democrat policies and held disdain for conservative values. These personal political views resulted in disparate treatment of conservative organizations, even when members of Congress inquired on behalf of an organization. As the report notes: “We found evidence that Lerner’s personal political views directly resulted in disparate treatment for applicants affiliated with...
  • Lois Lerner’s IRS Granted Only ONE Conservative Group Non-Profit Status in Three Years

    08/11/2015 11:12:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 11, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lerner’s political beliefs led to tea party and conservative groups receiving disparate and unfair treatment when applying for non-profit status, according to a detailed report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee. Because of Lerner’s bias, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax exempt status over a period of more than three years: “Due to the circuitous process implemented by Lerner, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax-exempt status between February 2009 and May 2012. Lerner’s bias against these applicants unquestionably led to these delays, and is particularly evident when compared to the IRS’s treatment of...
  • Shock Poll: Only 41% Of Democrats Want Congress To Approve Obama’s Iran Deal

    08/10/2015 10:41:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 10, 2015
    A new poll released on Monday shows that support for Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran continues to unravel. According to the poll from Monmouth University, only 41 percent of Democrats believe Congress should approve the president’s nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. The numbers only get worse among independents and Republicans. Overall, just 27 percent of those polled believe Congress should approve the controversial nuclear deal with Iran. A majority of Republicans (55 percent) and a plurality of independents (33 percent) believe Congress should reject the deal: The public is divided on how Congress should handle the recently negotiated agreement...
  • Lois Lerner: Lincoln Should’ve Let the South Go Instead of Civil War

    08/07/2015 7:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Most Americans tend to agree that Abraham Lincoln was one of this country’s better presidents, having saved the nation from imploding on itself with the Civil War. Former IRS chief Lois Lerner, however, does not apparently have the same thoughts about keeping the South in the union. “Look my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best,” Lerner wrote in 2014. “He should (have) let the south go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” The Senate Finance Committee released a report yesterday that examined 1.5 million pages of IRS emails. A significant focus...
  • IRS's Lois Lerner called conservatives 'a**holes' in emails

    08/07/2015 3:53:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/7/15 | Susan Ferrichio
    A trove of IRS emails show top official Lois Lerner had a deep commitment to the Democratic Party and a significant dislike for the new conservative grassroots groups that formed under the Tea Party banner and sought tax-exempt status from the agency. "Crazies" and "assholes," were the blunt terms Lerner used to describe conservatives, who, with a Supreme Court decision striking down the campaign finance reform law, were bringing about "an end to America," she wrote. The emails are included in a bipartisan report issued Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, which cited "gross mismanagement" and also "personal politics" as...
  • Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency...

    08/06/2015 5:27:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 6, 2015 | CNSNews Staff
    Full title: Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency to Remain Apolitical’ (CNSNews.com) - When the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday released a bipartisan report on its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the committee’s chairman, released a companion report prepared by the committee's majority staff that presented Hatch's additional views on the investigation. In these additional views, Hatch was highly critical of the influence that the National Treasury Employees Union has on the IRS and the ability of...
  • Lois Lerner Wanted To Audit A Group With Ties To Bristol Palin

    08/06/2015 4:52:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The DailyCaller ^ | 8-6-15 | Chuck Ross
    Embattled ex-IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner inquired abouot auditing a pro-abstinance group with ties to Brisol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, according to a Senate report released on Wednesday.
  • Senate report: Lois Lerner wanted to target Bristol Palin

    Auditing with the stars. A new Senate report is filled with details from Lois Lerner’s e-mails - and we haven’t even really gotten to the ones that were claimed lost but have now been found. Apparently she ran quite the dysfunctional operation, and she had a penchant for seeking a lot of feedback from her underlings about whether a particular political target should be put in the crosshairs. One target who had Lerner’s attention, but who apparently didn’t strike her team as such a wise focus of attention, was none other than Bristol Palin - friend of ours and favorite...
  • Emails reveal Lerner considered targeting… Bristol Palin

    08/06/2015 9:52:20 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, as long as it wasn’t partisan I guess. All of those miraculously recovered IRS emails – 1.5 million pages at least – have been under the microscope at the Senate Finance Committee. They released a new preliminary report this week which has more bad news for Lois Lerner and company, including a few eye openers which were highlighted by Orin Hatch. One in particular should really catch the attention of those who, for some reason, still aren’t completely convinced of Ms. Lerner’s unbiased, bipartisan credentials. In it, she indicates that she considered opening an investigation into a charity who...
  • Senate Report: IRS Official Lois Lerner Targeted Bristol Palin (VIDEO)

    08/06/2015 8:18:23 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 15 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypuncit.com ^ | 8/6/2015 | Jim Hoft
    The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved: â—ľHundreds of conservative groups were targeted â—ľAt least 5 pro-Israel groups â—ľConstitutional groups â—ľGroups that criticized Obama administration â—ľAt least two pro-life groups â—ľAn 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor â—ľA 180 year-old Baptist paper â—ľA Texas voting-rights group â—ľA Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed â—ľConservative activists and businesses â—ľAt least one conservative Hispanic group â—ľIRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed â—ľ10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS â—ľAndÂ… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative Now thisÂ… IRS official Lois...
  • Emails reveal Lois Lerner considered targeting… Bristol Palin

    08/06/2015 7:58:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/06/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, as long as it wasn’t partisan I guess.All of those miraculously recovered IRS emails – 1.5 million pages at least – have been under the microscope at the Senate Finance Committee. They released a new preliminary report this week which has more bad news for Lois Lerner and company, including a few eye openers which were highlighted by Orin Hatch. One in particular should really catch the attention of those who, for some reason, still aren’t completely convinced of Ms. Lerner’s unbiased, bipartisan credentials. In it, she indicates that she considered opening an investigation into a charity who...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Now or never' to save America

    08/06/2015 3:41:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    WND ^ | 8/5/15 | Garth Kant
    The questions don’t come much bigger.In essence, it was: Is this last chance to save America as we know it?Some might find the answer chilling.WND asked Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas: If the Democrats win the White House again in 2016, will it be too late to prevent the country from turning into a permanent social-welfare state, and will it be the end of American exceptionalism?“I do believe, with this election – it’s now or never,” was his succinct and foreboding response.Why?“The threats to our liberty have never been greater,” Cruz began to explain.First, he addressed the immediate...
  • Bipartisan investigation cites management flaws at IRS (contributed to a "dysfunctional culture")

    08/05/2015 3:10:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/15 | Stephen Ohlemacher - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Management flaws at the IRS contributed to a "dysfunctional culture" that allowed agents to mistreat conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status, according to the results of a bipartisan congressional investigation released Wednesday. The report by the Senate Finance Committee lays much of the blame for the scandal on former IRS official Lois Lerner, who used to head the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The report says Lerner waited nearly two years before informing her supervisors about long delays in the processing of applications.
  • IRS commissioner promises not to revoke tax-exempt status of colleges that oppose gay marriage

    08/04/2015 3:35:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/3/15 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    After the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, religious leaders feared that religious universities, nonprofits and other institutions could lose their tax-exempt status. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has promised the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee that his agency would not go after the tax-exempt status of religious colleges and universities that oppose gay marriage. During a hearing Wednesday conducted by the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) asked Koskinen whether the IRS would “not, in the absence of a directive by Congress or by the courts,” take action to remove religious schools’...
  • Court Threatens Obama IRS Commissioner With Contempt (Weekly Update)

    08/01/2015 10:40:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, Justice Attorneys In Contempt Over Lerner Emails. Judicial Watch Exposes Key Document in Government-Funded Race-Based Hawaii Separatist Vote Judicial Watch Partners with TheBlaze On Documentary On Border Narco-Terror Threat: “The Sun City Cell” Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, Justice Attorneys In Contempt Over Lerner Emails. This was quite the week for those of us demanding that the Obama IRS be held accountable to the rule of law for its abuse of innocent taxpayers. We received more documents that expose more Obama administration misconduct and lies in the IRS scandal. And...
  • IRS “Midnight Unit” Destroyed Backup Tapes With Lois Lerner Emails

    08/01/2015 9:57:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    atr.org ^ | july 31, 2015 | alexander hendrie
    Backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails were destroyed by an IRS entity officially known as the “Media Management Midnight Unit” located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, according to documentation released this week by the House Oversight Committee. In all, 422 backup tapes holding the emails were magnetically “degaussed” despite an agency-wide preservation order and congressional subpoena. Degaussing is a process whereby powerful magnets are used to erase data on a storage tape. The preservation order came from IRS Chief Technology Officer Terence Millholland in response to Congressional subpoenas over Lois Lerner’s emails. However, the agency completely failed to ensure...
  • Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of July 31, 2015

    07/31/2015 4:22:37 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of July 31, 2015 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...
  • We Now Know Where Lois Lerner's Emails and Backup Tapes Were Destroyed

    07/31/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There have been dozens of questions surrounding the disappearance of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. Some of Lerner's emails have been recovered, after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said under oath they were lost forever. Thousands are still missing. But perhaps the most compelling questions that have been asked since the IRS targeting scandal broke in May 2013 are 1) Exactly where were Lerner's emails and backup tapes destroyed? 2) Who destroyed them? Now, we have an answer. According to Americans for Tax Reform,Lerner's hard drive was...
  • Hard Drive Failures Happen Everyday. Hee, hee, hee!

    07/30/2015 12:50:36 PM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-30-2015 | MOTUS
    Chalk up a win for Team Judicial Watch. Because they dare go where no man has gone before, they are, so far, the only team that’s managed to score against Team Obama. “These recovered Lois Lerner emails had to be dragged out of the Obama IRS, which is still resisting a federal court order requiring disclosure of Lerner’s ‘lost’ emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “This material shows that the IRS’ cover-up began years ago.  We now have smoking-gun proof that top officials in the Obama IRS unlawfully harassed taxpayers just to keep them from complaining to Congress about...
  • IRS Demanded Content of Prayers from Pro-Life Group (and promise not to picket Planned Parenthood)

    07/30/2015 11:44:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    CBN ^ | July 30, 2015 | CBNNews.com
    At a hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen why the tax agency would demand that an Iowa prolife group tell them about the content of their prayers. Koskinen admitted the request was "totally inappropriate," saying he has apologized for the IRS. The agency also made every member of that Iowa group promise not to picket Planned Parenthood. "We should not have a federal government agency that becomes an intimidator, going after citizens, going after citizen groups, violating their First Amendment rights," Cruz said. Overall, the IRS targeted dozens of conservative and Tea Party groups, blocking...
  • The Curious Case of Lois Lerner's Physically Damaged Hard Drive

    07/30/2015 11:31:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    American's for Taxreform ^ | July 30, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    New ( documentation) released by the House Oversight Committee this week again raises questions on how Lois Lerner’s hard drive was physically damaged and whether there was some kind of deliberate act to destroy data on it. The House Oversight Committee report cites an officially transcribed interview with John Minsek, senior investigative analyst with the IRS Criminal Investigations (CI) unit. Minsek examined the Lerner hard drive in 2011. In the transcribed interview, he notes Lerner's hard drive contained “well-defined scoring creating a concentric circle in the proximity of the center of the disk.” The Oversight Committee report states: "Using the...
  • Judge threatens to hold Obama’s lawyers in contempt over Lerner’s IRS emails

    07/29/2015 12:33:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge rebuked the Obama administration’s IRS Wednesday for refusing to divulge documents, including Lois G. Lerner emails, and warned he would hold those who break his orders in contempt. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called the administration’s defense “nonsensical” and said the IRS must release documents every Monday to Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that requested the documents under open-records laws, and then sued after the IRS didn’t comply. “Officers of the court who fail to comply with court orders will be held in contempt,” Judge Sullivan said in a published order. On July 1, at...
  • 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...
  • Lois Lerner Used Instant-Messaging System Because It Didn’t Save Her Messages

    07/29/2015 9:47:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-29-15 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) used an instant-messaging system that did not automatically save the messages they sent, according to newly released emails obtained by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner loved the agency’s “Office Communication Server” (OCS) specifically because it left no record of her messages during the period in which her department was targeting conservative and tea party groups. “I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so...
  • China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

    07/28/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 16 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | James T Areddy
    SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of...
  • IRS Used Instant Messaging System to Hide Internal Communications

    07/28/2015 1:48:57 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | July 28, 2015 | By Alexander Hendrie
    The IRS used a “wholly separate” instant messaging system that automatically deleted office communications, according to documentation released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday. The system appears to have been purposefully used by agency officials responsible for the targeting of conservative non-profits, in order to evade public scrutiny. The system, known as “Office Communication Server” or OCS was used by IRS officials, including many in the Exempt Organizations (EO) Unit, which was headed by Lois Lerner. As the Oversight Committee report states, the instant messaging system did not archive any communications, so it is not possible to know what...
  • IRS Failed to Search 5 of 6 Locations for Learner E-mails

    07/28/2015 1:47:01 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 10 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 7/28/2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    The IRS failed to search five of six possible sources of electronic media for Lois Lerner’s emails, according to a documentation released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday.
  • IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails

    07/28/2015 2:04:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | July 28, 2015 | By Alexander Hendrie
    The IRS failed to search five of six possible sources of electronic media for Lois Lerner’s emails, according to a documentation released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday. Over the course of investigations into the Lois Lerner targeting scandal, Commissioner John Koskinen repeatedly assured Congress that he would provide all of Lois Lerner’s emails. But based on testimony from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), this did not occur. The agency’s ineptness -- or corruption -- resulted in 24,000 Lerner emails being lost when they were “accidently” destroyed. According to TIGTA official Timothy Camus, the IRS had...
  • House GOP panelists demand resignation of IRS chief

    07/27/2015 4:38:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Accuse Koskinen of obstructing investigation of agency Tea-Party targetingRepublicans on House Oversight Committee on Monday called on President Obama to oust Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for obstructing the committee’s investigation into the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said the committee was actively considering contempt charges and impeachment proceedings against Mr. Koskinen in the event the president does not remove him from office. “Mr. Koskinen should no longer be the IRS Commissioner. We have asked the president to remove Mr. Koskinen from office,” Mr. Chaffetz said at a Capitol Hill press conference,...
  • National Review Calls for Impeachment Over Iran Deal

    07/27/2015 9:44:18 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dave Blount
    Even the normally restrained if not downright tepid National Review has reached the obvious conclusion — Obama must be impeached for facilitating the acquisition of nuclear weapons by America’s worst enemy. Andrew McCarthy notes that in the time of the Founding Fathers, it was regarded as an impeachable offense for a president to withhold information from Congress regarding a treaty, or to use unscrupulous tactics to acquire Senate approval. Compare that to what Obama has done:
  • 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...
  • IRS Scandal: It's Dangerous to be on Wrong side of Obama

    07/23/2015 4:43:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-23-15 | Editorial
    Corruption: A new batch of IRS documents shows an agency that's more political than practical. Besides harassing groups applying for nonprofit status, it went after donors of existing groups. Documents produced by the IRS confirm that being on the wrong side of this administration is a dangerous place to be. Judicial Watch, which used the Freedom of Information Act to pry the documents from the government's grasp, said Wednesday they "confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits." Among these groups was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That organization "may find itself...
  • Jon Stewart To President Obama: Act Quickly If You’re Going ‘To Take Away Americans’ Guns’

    07/22/2015 9:16:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/22/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    During the July 21 airing of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart told President Barack Obama he needs to act quickly if he’s going to “take away Americans’ guns and declare martial law.” Obama walked out to sit beside Stewart amid rousing rounds of applause. The two exchanged niceties amid laughter, with Stewart pointing out Obama has “about a year” left in office and Obama responded by saying he is going to issue an executive order forbidding Stewart from leaving The Daily Show. (Stewart previously announced he is leaving the show in August.) According to Deadline, Stewart then...
  • Obama defends IRS, says tea party targeting didn’t happen

    07/21/2015 6:33:32 PM PDT · by PROCON · 71 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | July 21, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal was actually Congress’ fault for passing “a crummy law” and that the real problem is the agency doesn’t have enough money. Mr. Obama, who has overseen a series of scandals at the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and now the Office of Personnel Management, was asked why government didn’t seem to be working on his watch. But the president said he’s not to blame, using the IRS as an example of how what...