White House Counsel Learned Weeks Ago of IRS Scandal.
We now know that a series of IRS managers, Treasury Department officials, and administration officials learned – over a period of more than two years – of IRS misdeeds. The administration has claimed falsely that it could not interfere because of an ongoing investigation – which was, by the way, only an audit. In fact, the administration had a clear obligation to step in and stop the behavior as soon as it learned of it. If DOJ were investigating a possible terrorist, would they argue that they had to let him set off a bomb because they couldn't interfere with an investigation? The IRS and administration authorities cannot be allowed to continue to use the ongoing audit as their excuse for permitting wrongdoing to continue! It is possible, likely even, that the audit was initiated for the sole purpose of allowing criminal activity to continue.
Candy Crowley's Short Memory.
CNN anchor actually asked Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer, "Why didn't the president just say, yeah, it was a terrorist attack?" Has she forgotten that, during a presidential debate, she and Obama double-teamed Romney with the false claim that Obama had called it a terrorist attack?
Justice Department Alleged Fox News Reporter Was Engaged in a Criminal Conspiracy.
Allegation was made to obtain a search warrant to investigate reporter James Rosen's involvement in a State Department leak.
Has the IRS Already Seized Your Medical Records?
Class-action lawsuit alleges the IRS "stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans..."
Anonymous Cincinnati IRS Official Appears to Contradict Administration Narrative.
"Everything comes from the top. We don't have any authority to make those decisions without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive."
Department of Justice Forces University of Montana to Adopt an Extraordinarily Broad Student Speech Code.
"Speech codes so broad that virtually every student will regularly violate them."
CBS Correspondent Bob Schieffer Asks an Important Question.
White House aide Dan Pfeiffer performed a "full Ginzberg," appearing on five Sunday morning shows to flack for the administration. Schieffer asked him, simply, "Why are you here today?"
White House Flack: We Will Decide What Is Legitimate Oversight by Congress.
"What we are not going to participate in is a partisan fishing expedition designed to distract from the real issues at hand."
White House Flack: Where the President Was During Benghazi Attack Is Irrelevant.
"I don't remember what room the president was in that night..." (And, by the way, any questions regarding Obama's handling of Benghazi are "offensive." Next question.)
White House Flack on IRS: The Law Is Irrelevant.
"I can't speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant."
White House Flack: Nothing to Suggest IRS Official Did Anything Wrong.
Unless, of course, you believe a supervisor has some responsibility for the misdeeds of the people she supervises.
New York Times: Craig Livingstone Did It! 'Confusion and Staff Troubles Rife at IRS Office in Ohio.'
The lengthy Times article says the IRS scandal is merely a result of overwork, ineptitude, and haphazard management practices. For those who don't remember, Craig Livingstone was the director of the Office of Personnel Security in the Clinton White House. His previous security experience had been as a night club bar bouncer. Livingstone improperly requested and received hundreds of sensitive FBI files, many covering senior officials of previous Republican administrations. Republicans were outraged at what was then called Filegate, but never proved anything beyond a couple of rogue employees. I don't think it will work this time, but incompetence is the last refuge of Democrats.
Meanwhile, Let's See How the New York Times Manages the News.
Story at link regards Times reporting on the May 17 IRS hearing. Read how they bury the lead, and, indeed, the entire story.
Obama Called Hillary Clinton at 10:00p.m. on September 11, 2012.
This phone call has received zero attention. What did they discuss?
The IRS Timeline: What We Know So Far.
Importantly, it shows that targeting of conservative groups began in 2010 when Sarah Hall Ingram was still in charge. Ingram was later promoted to director of the ObamaCare program at IRS. The administration has been trying to claim that she left before targeting began.
Commencement Speakers: Conservatives Need Not Apply.
For example, in 2013, Newark, New Jersey's Democratic mayor, Cory Booker, has as many addresses as all current elected Republicans combined.
99.2% of Illegal Immigrants Who Applied to Remain in U.S. under Obama's Non-Deportation Policy for Young Adults Were Granted Legal Status.
This is actually down from the 99.5% non-deportation rate that the Department of Homeland Security reported last month.