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  • Strassel: Conservatives Became Targets in 2008

    05/24/2013 9:18:36 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 23, 2013 | Kim Strassel
    The White House insists President Obama is "outraged" by the "inappropriate" targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it's a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics. On Aug. 21, 2008, the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. The Obama campaign and supporters were furious, and they pressured TV stations to pull the ad—a common-enough tactic in such ad spats. What came next was not common. Bob Bauer, general counsel for the campaign (and later general counsel for the White House), on...
  • Who Is Cindy Thomas?

    05/22/2013 9:11:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    The short answer? The highest-ranking official in the Cincinnati office where, the IRS would have us believe, a few rogue employees initiated a scheme to target conservatives. SNIP When an application for tax exempt status comes into the IRS, agents have 270 days to work through that application. If the application is not processed within those 270 days it automatically triggers flags in the system. When that happens, individual agents are required to input a status update on that individual case once a month, every month until the case is resolved. Keep in mind, at least 300 groups were targeted...
  • IRS Scandal: Oversight from Washington, All Along

    05/22/2013 7:24:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    National review Online ^ | May 21, 2013 | Elias Johnson
    From the outset, Internal Revenue Service lawyers based in Washington, D.C., provided important guidance on the handling of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, according to both IRS sources and the inspector general’s report released in mid May. Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers, briefed other agency employees on the status of the special cases, and reviewed all those intrusive requests demanding “more information” from tea-party groups. At times, the Technical Unit lawyers seemed to...
  • Breaking: Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History – Then Was Promoted

    05/22/2013 4:17:01 PM PDT · by hope · 159 replies
    Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?) These actions landed her at the IRS where she used the same tactics against conservatives and Christians – only on a much larger scale. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS during her tenure. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt...
  • Carney: White House, Treasury strategized how to tell public

    05/21/2013 3:05:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Carney: White House, Treasury strategized how to tell public By Justin Sink - 05/21/13 02:47 PM ET Officials in the White House discussed how and when the Internal Revenue Service would tell the public that the agency had targeted political groups, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. Carney said that Mark Childress, the White House deputy chief of staff, twice spoke with officials at the Treasury Department about the strategy for revealing conservative targeting. Childress and the Treasury officials discussed the possibility that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw the agency's tax-exempt organization, would reveal that an...
  • Remember When Obama and Holder Went After Gibson Guitars? Now, it All Makes Sense.

    05/20/2013 12:41:35 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 61 replies
    MinuteManNews ^ | 20 May 2013 | Staff
    Remember Obama and Eric Holder’s attack on Gibson Guitars? Back in 2009 the Obama regime raided Gibson Guitars and demanded that its woodwork labor be done overseas. The original excuse by the Obama regime for their raid on Gibson Guitars was ‘environmental concerns.’ Court documents however, revealed that the raid and legal hassles were from a non-environmental question — which country is working on the wood? That’s right, the Obama regime wanted the ‘fingerboards’ produced outside the U.S. In something that was overlooked at the time but makes a lot more sense now, the Gibson Guitars CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz...
  • Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’

    05/17/2013 7:16:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-16-2013 | Caroline B. Glick - OP/ED
    May 16, 2013 Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’ Caroline B. Glick Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole. As many reporters have noted, the parole violation in question would not generally lead to anything more than a court hearing. But in Nakoula’s case, it led to a year in a federal penitentiary. Because he wasn’t really arrested for violating the terms of his parole. Nakoula was arrested for producing...
  • Were Republican-owned GM dealerships targeted for closure in 2010? (Video)

    05/17/2013 6:04:41 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 45 replies
    Two members of Congress are asking if the Treasury Department disproportionately targeted more Republican or conservative owned auto dealerships during the government-lead restructuring of General Motors in 2009. Breitbart.com reported today that Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) released a letter asking Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to release documents regarding the process and methodology that determined which GM dealerships were closed.
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz: Just tell us the truth, Mr. President

    05/15/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/14/2013 | Ted Cruz
    It's never comforting to have one's longstanding fears confirmed. Yet, that's exactly what's happened over the last week as Americans have been presented with a stunning array of facts that diminish faith in our government. Whether it's on foreign policy, taxes, or the health-care system our lives depend on, members of the Obama Administration are making it harder to trust them to perform the most very basic functions of public service. *snip* Next, the Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has found that conservative and Tea Party groups, after complaining for years of being unfairly targeted by...
  • The IRS Admits To "Targeting" Conservative Groups, But Were They Also "Leaking"?

    05/13/2013 7:48:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 13,2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    A little over a year ago, I reported that, ”It is likely that someone at the Internal Revenue Service illegally leaked confidential donor information showing a contribution from Mitt Romney’s political action committee to the National Organization for Marriage, says the group.”
  • Liberal Panic Now That Benghazi Fiasco Finally Getting Real Coverage?

    05/11/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 12, 2013 | Howard Portnoy
    here is no escaping the fact that, where Benghazi is concerned, there is blood in the water and the mainstream media has (at long last) picked up the scent. Yesterday, the sharks representing the three major TV networks circled Press Secretary Jay Carney, bombarding him with questions that were uncharacteristically tough. ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who broke the story that the talking points underwent twelve revisions, had the aspect and attitude of a man scorned and determined to set the record straight as much to clear his own name as to ascertain the truth. When Carney attempted to weasel out of his claim...
  • Obama Is Every Bit as Bad as We Warned You

    05/12/2013 12:11:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | May 11, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Kurt Schlichter notes that conservatives have been vindicated quite often in the past several weeks: Kurt Schlichter @KurtSchlichter Things Conservatives Have Been Proven Right About Lately: ☑ Benghazi; ☑ Pigford;☑ Obamacare; ☑ IRS. Next up: The immigration reform scam. 6:43 PM - 10 May 2013 357 Retweets 90 favorites I suspect that list will grow longer. The common thread in each of these scandals is corruption and a willingness to abuse the expanded powers of big government--while failing to carry out the most basic responsibilities of any government. In Benghazi, Obama a) failed to take action to save American diplomats...
  • Bush Cabinet official target of corruption probe (Hurl)

    09/18/2009 12:46:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 979+ views
    Yahoo!Finance ^ | September 18, 2009 | John Heilprin And Dina Cappiello, Ass ociated Press Writers
    Justice Dept. investigating former Interior Secretary Gale Norton's ties to oil companyWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to steer lucrative oil leases to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company she works for now, officials with both departments confirmed to The Associated Press.
  • Canada asked to detain former IDF head

    03/22/2006 5:01:13 AM PST · by Alouette · 18 replies · 497+ views
    YNet ^ | Mar. 22, 2006 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Arabs, Jews representing left-wing organizations ask Canadian government to detain former Chief of Staff Yaalon upon his expected arrival in Toronto for suspicion of committing war crimes. Yaalon consults Israeli ambassador in Ottawa, decides make trip anyway WASHINGTON - A group of left-wing organizations, mostly Arabs, some Jewish, called on the Canadian government to detain former Chief of Staff Moshe (Bugi) Yaalon who is planning to visit Toronto on Wednesday to appear in synagogue for a fundraising event for the benefit of wounded IDF soldiers. The organizations claim that their request to ban Yaalon from entering Canada is based on...
  • Alleged hate crime occurs in Ogg [UW Dorm] (Students spit on LBGT door)

    01/19/2006 9:18:25 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 72 replies · 1,753+ views
    Badger Herald ^ | 1/19/2006 | Megan Costello and Mike Gendall
    Two University of Wisconsin freshmen appeared in court Jan. 17 facing felony charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property as hate crimes. The students, Benjamin Chamberlain and Michael Riha, allegedly vandalized the dorm room door of a UW student and LGBT liaison in Ogg Hall Dec. 21, according to court documents. Also charged and due to appear in Dane County Court Feb. 13 are Purdue University freshman Kevin Cochacki and Auburn University freshman Caleb Moore, both of whom were visiting Riha, their Naperville, Ill., high school friend. According to court documents, Chamberlain is a U.S. Marine ROTC student,...
  • Democrat Landlord Bilks Republican's Homeless Shelter

    12/24/2005 6:26:19 AM PST · by ccmay · 42 replies · 2,139+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 12/23/2005 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    A liberal lawyer in Los Angeles is threatening to throw nearly three dozen homeless center residents back on the streets because of something he finds indefensible: The center's founder is a Republican and voted for President Bush.
  • Libby indicted on obstruction of justice, false statement and perjury charge - RESIGNS

    10/28/2005 9:45:41 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 750 replies · 39,887+ views
    http://drudgereport.com/ ^ | October 28, 2005
    Libby indicted on obstruction of justice, false statment and perjury charge...
  • Firm fires GOP chairman for putting bounty on Daley

    07/29/2005 4:44:23 AM PDT · by Lockbar · 6 replies · 543+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 29, 2005 | LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporter
    Cook County's top Republican lost his day job for putting a $10,000 bounty on Mayor Daley's head. Gary Skoien, chairman of the county's Republican Party, was fired Thursday as chief operating officer with real estate development company the Prime Group Inc., where he has worked in various capacities for nearly 15 years. The company's top man, Mike Reschke, said he canned Skoien because the GOP chairman "crossed the line"......
  • Teacher:Principal Forced Bush portrait to be yanked

    07/22/2005 5:06:49 PM PDT · by Man50D · 51 replies · 1,324+ views
    A portrait of President Bush has led to the filing of a federal lawsuit, after a New York schoolteacher says she was ordered to remove the image from a display of U.S. presidents and ultimately was forced to resign her position. Jillian Caruso, 26, of Suffolk, N.Y., is suing the Massapequa Union Free School District in Long Island for unspecified damages along with reinstatement to her position at Birch Lane Elementary School. Caruso claims she was forced to quit by principal Joyce Becker-Seddio, who happens to be the wife of state Assemblyman Frank Seddio, a Brooklyn Democrat. In her complaint...
  • More Dirty Lies Courtesy of The Hague

    12/20/2002 10:50:39 AM PST · by FireWall · 1 replies · 106+ views
    anitwar.com ^ | Nebojsa Maliv
    December 19, 2002 More Dirty LiesCourtesy of The Hague Inquisition Just recently, this column examined the many facets of falsifying history, noting in passing the role of the Hague Inquisition in currently the largest such effort in the world. Indeed, the ICTY is an endeavor more massive even than the current campaign to conjure a reason for invading Iraq, and it seeks not merely to modify history, but to rewrite it wholesale. Lubyanka, not Nuremberg Its main thesis, that Slobodan Milosevic and other Serb leaders organized a vast conspiracy, a "joint criminal enterprise," to murder, expel or conquer other...
  • The Milosevic trial is a travesty

    02/11/2004 8:58:33 PM PST · by Int · 46 replies · 1,319+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday February 12, 2004 | Neil Clark
    The Milosevic trial is a travesty Political necessity dictates that the former Yugoslavian leader will be found guilty - even if the evidence doesn't Neil ClarkThursday February 12, 2004 It is two years today that the trial of Slobodan Milosevic opened at The Hague. The chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, was triumphant as she announced the 66 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide that the former Yugoslavian president was charged with. CNN was among those who called it "the most important trial since Nuremburg" as the prosecution outlined the "crimes of medieval savagery" allegedly committed by...
  • UN body and Arbour deserve each other

    02/27/2004 7:11:01 AM PST · by Clive · 4 replies · 184+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | February 27, 2004 | Peter Worthington
    Madame Justice Louise Arbour didn't last long on the Supreme Court of Canada. Five years on the highest court, and still only 57, her career has been spectacular - and it's still on the rise. Her days of relative anonymity on the Supreme Court are likely over now that she's agreed to be the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in Geneva. The job became open last August when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was bombed and High Commissioner Vieira de Mello and 21 others died. Reaction to Arbour's appointment is mostly positive - she was hand-chosen by UN...
  • U.N. Court Imposes Lawyers on Milosevic

    09/02/2004 10:53:24 AM PDT · by Jane_N · 20 replies · 616+ views
    AP via Guardian Unlimited ^ | September 2, 2004 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The U.N. war crimes tribunal on Thursday imposed two defense lawyers on Slobodan Milosevic in an effort to end repeated trial delays and because doctors have warned that representing himself threatens the former Yugoslav strongman's health. The tribunal's judges named British attorneys Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins, until now court observers ensuring fair proceedings, as Milosevic's defense counsels. They will take over the case from Sept. 7 when his first witnesses are due to be called. The former Yugoslav president protested the decision to impose a lawyer on him and said he will appeal. Judges...
  • International Tribunal or Star Chamber? The ICTY’s decision to impose counsel on Slobodan Milosevic

    09/14/2004 1:31:38 PM PDT · by uplandgame · 4 replies · 293+ views
    BRITISH HELSINKI HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP ^ | 13-Sep-2004 | Editorial
    On 10th September 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia imposed defence counsel on its most famous defendant, Slobodan Milosevic. This decision overturned previous rulings: the Prosecution had tried, at the beginning of the trial, to force a lawyer on Milosevic, and the judges had addressed the issue several times during the hearings. On 3rd July 2001, the very first day of the trial, the presiding judge, the late Sir Richard May, said, “Mr. Milosevic, I see that you’re not represented by counsel today. We understand that this is of your own choice. You do have the right,...
  • Rush to Judgment (Democrat State Attorney Krischer's Obsession with Limbaugh)

    12/07/2003 1:01:02 PM PST · by Prime Choice · 72 replies · 149+ views
    Sacred Cow Burgers ^ | 12/07/2003 | Sacred Cow Burgers
    Must be nice living in Florida. The crime rate must be so low that Democrat State Attorneys can spend all their time and energy going after a harmless little fuzzball with all kinds of trumped-up charges.