Friday, August 9, 2013

IRS Scandal - #4553 - VIDEO: Greta Van Susteren: Interviews Former FEC Chair: IRS Targeting: Part of Long Time Assault on Conservatives - Fox (2) IRS Agent at Thursday Congressional Hearing: Tax Agency is Still Targeting Tea Party Groups - Washington Examiner (3) VIDEO: Bret Baier: Obama Administration Using Housing Department in Effort to Diversify Neighborhoods - Fox (4) La. Sen. David Vitter Fights Back on Obamacare Exemption Given to Congress - Redstate

Greta Van Susteren: IRS targeting: Part of long-time assault on conservatives - Fox - One former FEC chair argues the IRS scandal reflects a long-term assault on First Amendment rights, especially those of conservative groups.












(2) IRS Agent at Thursday Congressional Hearing: Tax Agency is Still Targeting Tea Party Groups - Washington Examiner - In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because the agency has yet to come up with new guidance on how to judge the tax status of the groups. In a transcript from the committee provided to Secrets, a Ways & Means investigator asked: "If you saw -- I am asking this currently, if today if a Tea Party case, a group -- a case from a Tea Party group came in to your desk, you reviewed the file and there was no evidence of political activity, would you potentially approve that case? Is that something you would do?"The agent said, "At this point I would send it to secondary screening, political advocacy." Read more.......


(3) Bret Baier - Obama Administration Using Housing Department in Effort to Diversify Neighborhoods - Fox - In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard a child or her parents work, the life chances of that child, even her lifespan, is determined by the zip code she grows up in. This is simply wrong,” he said. Read more...... Article contributed by Steve Peters.

(4) La. Sen. David Vitter Fights Back Against Exemption for Congress on Obamacare - Redstate - Erick Erickson: I reported yesterday that Senate Republicans and Democrats have declared truce over Obamacare as it relates to congressional staffers and members of Congress themselves. Republicans have decided they will not attack Democrats because they want the exemption too. One member of Congress who is not only enraged by this, but is willing to do something about it, is Louisiana Senator David Vitter. This afternoon he has mailed letters to House and Senate Leaders as well as President Obama, demanding that Congress be treated like everyone else with no exemptions or carve outs for congressional staff. I hope he will hold strong and stand with Senator Mike Lee to oppose funding Obamacare in the continuing resolution. He signed Mike Lee’s letter so I expect we won’t have to worry about that at all. Good for David Vitter taking the lead on this. Read more........

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