In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Lerner Lost Email Witness Held from Congress Until After Election

A Treasury official who may have knowledge of how IRS official Lois Lerner’s lost emails got lost won’t be available to testify to Congress until after the voting is done. According to The Furnace blog over at the Blaze: House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of preventing an official with information about the IRS scandal from

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Video || I Hear You Knocking, Lois . . .

You may be aware the other day that a video was put out featuring conservative writer Jason Mattera ambushing former IRS official Lois Lerner while she was walking her dogs, asking her if she wanted to apologize for targeting conservatives. Now, I’m no fan of such tactics, which I think are designed more to call attention to the ambusher than actually elicit information or make a

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Lerner Case Now Requires a Special Prosecutor

With the latest email revelation concerning Lois Lerner, one of two things MUST now happen, if we are in fact living in a democracy where government is accountable to the people: Either the Justice Department must name a special prosecutor to focus on potential IRS abuses, or the House must appoint a select committee to investigate the matter. Or both. The whiff of crime and

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IRS Failed to Share News of Lost Lerner Emails

Testifying before the House Oversight Committee today, U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero said the IRS failed, as required by law, to notify him that records – in this case the lost emails of Lois Lerner – had been destroyed. “They did not follow the law,” Ferriero said. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified Monday that he knew of the lost email records in April and didn’t

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George Will: Why the IRS Case Merits a Special Prosecutor

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, George Will yesterday cogently outlined the case for a special prosecutor to probe the IRS scandal. Here are his points, which I’ve quote in bulleted format: WILL: We can no more expect Mr. Holder to investigate this White House than we could have expected John Mitchell to investigate the Nixon White House. Here’s — we know six things, Chris: We know first

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White House Plays the Cuckoo Card

Excuse me, do you actually believe the White House had anything to do with the IRS targeting of OBAMA’S OPPONENTS? Well, you’re cuckoo. That was the message Friday, as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest laid down the new administration line that people who talk of possible White House involvement in the IRS scandal or suggest some kind of plot to target the Tea Party

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Ryan to IRS Chief: “I don’t Believe You”

“That’s your problem,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tells IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Nobody believes you.” Well, that’s true. But this little bit of grandstanding makes me think maybe Ryan is running for president. Some nice fireworks here.

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Dems Pull Anti-Issa Stunt on the House Floor

Here’s the latest attempt by Democrats to make Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, and not Tea Party targeter Lois Lerner, the issue in the IRS scandal. You’ll remember, Lerner on March 5 invoked the Fifth Amendment during her second appearance before the panel, prompting Issa to shut down the hearing. Ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he had a “a procedural question.” When it became clear

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Attorney for Targeted Group: IRS Scandal Not Over

Cleta Mitchell, the attorney for several groups that had been targeted by the IRS, said today the scandal is “real,” the Justice Department investigation is a “sham,” and the scandal continues. Mitchell said: The IRS scandal is real, it’s not pretend, it’s real. The IRS scandal is not just a bone headed bunch of bureaucrats in some remote office, contrary to what the president of

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George Will Compares IRS Scandal to Watergate, Iran Contra

George Will, hardly an intemperate man, compared the IRS scandal Monday to Watergate and Iran Contra. Will, who appeared on Fox News Special Report, was discussing President Obama’s assertion Sunday that the scandal didn’t have a ‘Smidgeon” of corruption to it, thereby undermining an ongoing Justice Department investigation seeking to discover just such a smidgeon, or worse. Will said: We’ve had three major scandals in the last 40

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The Spending Bill’s Foul-Smelling Secret

Do you understand that the IRS will not need to repeat 2012 targeting of Tea Party groups in 2014 because those groups ARE BEING PUMMELED INTO SILENCE instead? Do you understand? The wide-ranging “omnibus” spending bill just approved by Congress, with the cooperation of Republicans, failed to include a proposed provision reversing a new Obama regulation that will turn all those nonprofit groups – which

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Obama to Make IRS Tea Party Targeting Legit

And just in time for 2014! Democracy is such a quaint notion. Why let it get in the way of doing so much good in the world? I mean, what if it turns out people don’t want their money redistributed? That they want it for themselves and will vote to keep it. Greedy bastards. Writing today in the Wall Street Journal, columnist Kimberly Strassel outlines

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