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This week, Weekend Reader brings you an excerpt from The Price Of Justice: A True Story Of Greed And Corruption, by Laurence Leamer. A real-life drama, The Price Of Justice details a court case in West Virginia in which Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, one of the top coal-producing companies in the U.S.Read more...
Can President Barack Obama put out the brush fires that are sucking the air out of his second-term agenda? Can he stop the spread of mini-scandals that are consuming Washington?
No, he cannot. The president could (unconstitutionally) shutter every Internal Revenue Service office and fire every staffer, from top-ranking executives to lowly administrative aides, and it would hardly matter.
Testifying in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller apologized for his agency Friday.
“I want to apologize on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for the mistakes that we made and the poor service that we provided,” Miller said. “The affected organizations and the American public deserve better.
A new Gallup poll finds that Americans are paying less attention to the Benghazi and IRS “scandals” than they typically do to major news stories.
Republicans are more likely than Independents or Democrats to be following both stories.
They are also more inclined to believe both stories merit serious investigation.Read more...
Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing.Read more...
The National Memo’s David Cay Johnston explained the real scandal at the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday’s Democracy Now.Read more...
After North Carolina introduced legislation that would make it illegal to predict rising sea levels on its coast, the state’s Republicans are now moving to make in-state business difficult for an electric-car manufacturer.Read more...
What the IRS scandal really shows us is that it’s getting harder and harder to draw a line between electioneering and political speech.Read more...
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Throughout the past week, revelations regarding the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups, the Department of Justice’s decision to subpoena the phone records of over 100 Associated Press journalists, and the Republican Party’s continued obsession with a supposed cover-up in Benghazi have left President Barack Obama on the defensive.
President Obama said Thursday that he did not know that agents in the IRS had been targeting Tea Party groups until the Inspector General’s report leaked last week.
Speaking at a press conference with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the White House Rose Garden, the president said that he first heard of the IRS misconduct through reports in the media.
Two weeks after the press partied hearty with President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the administration admitted that federal authorities had secretly combed through phone records for dozens of Associated Press journalists.Read more...
WASHINGTON — “What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there’s a leak?” Steve Roberts, a former New York Times journalist who teaches at George Washington University, observed to The Baltimore Sun. “It’s going to have a tremendously chilling effect on this interplay between sources and reporters.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the advocacy and political arm of the women’s health organization, has launched a new web campaign opposing Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s candidacy for governor of Virginia.
The ad, titled “Keep Ken Cuccinelli Out of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion,” makes the case that the Tea Party favorite is too right-wing for Virginia.