IRS Releases ‘Target’ List of TEA Party and Conservative Groups

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Tip of the iceberg of the politicization and weaponization of the federal government under the Obama administration…

(Washington Times) – More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.

The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.

But even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny.

The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit.

That total is much higher than the 298 groups the IRS‘ inspector general identified back in May 2013, when investigators first revealed the agency had been subjecting applications to long — potentially illegal — delays, and forcing them to answer intrusive questions about their activities. Tea party and conservative groups said they was the target of unusually heavy investigations and longer delays,

Edward D. Greim, the lawyer who’s pursuing the case on behalf of NorCal Tea Party Patriots and other members of the class, said the list also could have ballooned toward the end of the targeting as the IRS, once it knew it was being investigated, snagged more liberal groups in its operations to try to soften perceptions of political bias.

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He said if that did happen, it would have “tainted” the list the IRS has now released.

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Sixty of the groups on the list released last month have the word “tea” in their name, 33 have “patriot,” eight refer to the Constitution, and 13 have “912” in their name — which is the monicker of a movement started by conservatives. Another 26 group names refer to “liberty,” though that list does include some groups that are not discernibly conservative in orientation.

Among the groups that appear to trend liberal are three with the word “occupy” in their name.

And then there are some surprising names, including three state or local chapters of the League of Women Voters — a group with a long history of nonprofit work.

Some of the most active and prominent tea party groups snared in the targeting aren’t on the class-action list. At least some of them opted not to be part of the joint legal action to preserve their own lawsuits.

20,642 Legacies: Barack Obama’s Eight Year Trail of “Red Tape”

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What a busy dictator…

(The Daily Signal) – The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday.

More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.

That’s a dollar for every star in the galaxy, or one for every second in 32 years.

The consequences of this rampant rulemaking are widespread:

  • Restricted access to credit under the hundreds of rules unleashed by the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statute
  • Fewer health care choices and higher medical costs from the Affordable Care Act
  • Reduced Internet investment and innovation under the network neutrality rules dictated by the Federal Communications Commission

These are just a few of the 2,353 regulations of 2015—and there have been 20,642 since Obama took office in 2009.

The worst of last year’s wave—in terms of cost, at least—was the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The rule represents the first direct regulation of so-called greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, at a cost of $7.2 billion a year (and far more according to critics). Despite the huge costs, the plan will do nothing to mitigate global warming.

America’s problem with excessive regulation did not start with the Obama administration, of course.

His predecessor George W. Bush was hardly a paragon of deregulation. Although Bush showed restraint during his first term, the number of regulations soared during his final years in office. Under the two administrations combined, their new rules added $176 billion in annual regulatory costs on Americans.

And there is much more to come. Obama’s final year in the White House could be his busiest. Historically, rulemaking increases as presidents scramble to fulfill their regulatory agenda before leaving office.

There are already more than 2,000 proposed or final rules in the pipeline—including 144 that are expected to cost $100 million a year or more. These include yet more energy-efficiency mandates for home and commercial appliances, additional food-labeling requirements, stricter fuel economy standards for vehicles, and more stringent limits on consumer access to credit.

In a post-Obama era, the need for reform of the regulatory regime will be greater than ever before. Immediate reforms should include requiring legislation to undergo an impact analysis before a floor vote in Congress, as well as requiring that every major regulation obtain congressional approval before taking effect.

Sunset deadlines should also be imposed for all major rules, and independent agencies should be subject to the same White House regulatory review as executive branch agencies…

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Remember … THIS is exactly how Venezuela started its slow suicide under Chavez, and continued after his muerte under his henchman Maduro.

Obama Era Business: It’s Not Personal, But Personally, It’s Just ‘Business’

So, after nearly eight years of a know-it-all, power-stoned narcissist and his politicized and weaponized administration bullying, picking and choosing ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in this country’s economy and business world, we now have a shit-paper-thin economy that is like that kid’s slow-leak raft out in the middle of the deep pool that needs constantly blown-up, fearful of all the air suddenly shooting out to a dangerous sink-age level the next time the valve is opened to puff it back up.

The Washington DC has been nothing but an East Coast Las Vegas for Barack Obama and his minions, and the Oval Office his own slot machine chair where he yanks the lever…

The Daily Signal: Former Top Obama Official Says Operation Choke Point Had ‘Collateral’ Consequences

One of President Barack Obama’s former top Justice Department officials behind Operation Choke Point said Thursday the program had “unintended but collateral consequences” on banks and U.S. consumers.

“Unfortunately, as the investigations continue, so too have one of the unintended but collateral consequences of such vigilance: mass de-risking,” wrote Michael J. Bresnick, who previously served as executive director of Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, under which Operation Choke Point was created. “Members of the industry have raised their hands in frustration and simply avoided lines of business typically associated with higher risk. This reaction to [the Justice Department’s] enforcement initiative, and similar matters brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is certainly understandable.”

Bresnick addressed the issue in an op-ed for American Banker.

According to government documents, Operation Choke Point was designed by the Justice Department in 2012 to “attack Internet, telemarketing, mail, and other mass market fraud against consumers, by choking fraudsters’ access to the banking system.”

Critics of the program say it was used to put the financial squeeze on entire industries the Obama administration doesn’t like, such as firearms sellers and payday lenders.

In addressing what he referred to as “consequences” of Operation Choke Point, Bresnick called for government officials to work “closely” with banks to solve problems he says the program created.

“Only when the government truly understands the consequences of its actions (especially the unintended consequences), acknowledges those concerns to those directly affected, and works closely with them to address the challenges they face, can we expect that the multitude of good actors who desperately want to avoid the last resort of de-risking will be able to do so with relative comfort,” he wrote.

The concept of “de-risking” refers to banks’ decision not to do business with industries that federal regulators flag as “high risk” for fraud…

Uh-huh…

In Voicemail, Bank Says It No Longer Lends to Firearms Dealers

The fact is guns and ammunition and its sales are legal and already regulated by all levels of government in the U.S. The Obama administration has used the politically whorish banks in this country to do his disarming bidding by having them throw the flaming torches on the Second Amendment by doing this shit in the name of whatever socialist/Progressive tactic to obliterate our gun rights by running the industry out of business. Picking and choosing.

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Meanwhile, as another democrat demagogue, New York’s governor, tries to strike out at and punish states for fighting to keep male and female public bathroom privacy and safety rights a given for its majority sane and sexually-designated citizens in this era of bullshit ‘gender fluidity’ he and the others joining this unbelievable social justice crazy train have no qualms about doing business with countries that actuall not only discriminate against LGBTXYZs but severely punish them: 8 Questions for PayPal on Its Decision to Boycott North Carolina

This also goes for the NY governor who believes in Obama’s new policies toward Cuba and Iran, and NYC’s commie mayor who honeymooned in Cuba who joins the state’s governor in this crap move.

Federal Court Takes IRS and DOJ to the Woodshed for Abuse of Power and Law

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Remember, according to the Obama sycophant liberals in the MSM and the talking-heads, there’s no there there with this scandal investigation…

(Washington Times) – A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.

The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting — by fighting the disclosure.

“The lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation’s interests and enforcing its laws — all of them, not just selective ones — in a manner worthy of the Department’s name. The conduct of the IRS’s attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote in a unanimous opinion for a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “We expect that the IRS will do better going forward.”

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Hillary’s Libya Lie: “We didn’t lose a single person…”

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Still awaiting calls from Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glenn Doherty, and Sean Smith for confirmation of Hillary’s Libya report…

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I guess their cell phones aren’t getting a very good signal six feet underground.

I don’t give a shit what context Hillary was speaking in. To just blatantly throw that generalized claim up against the wall, and for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to just sit there, knowing the reality and still hold up the claim on the wall as everyone else sees it sliding down, is just so much fucked-up. There is no way in Hell if Clinton were a republican sitting there representing the republican administration she had served under during the Benghazi attack that Matthews would have allowed her to get away with it and would have been angrily slobbering and spitting all over her his contradicting indictment of her statement. Pathetic.

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Justice Scalia Day 4: The Bork is on The Other Foot for Liberal Dems

Powerline Blog: THE SUPREME COURT CONTROVERSY IN ONE SENTENCE

Republicans have been waiting 30 years for payback for the shameful rejection of Bork; that day has arrived. Time to pay up, Dems. That’s the only sentence you really need to know. Everything else is mere rhetoric.

For “Progressive” democrats and liberal/leftist blabber-mouths it’s always so much history to re-write and so little time to do it with the damned non-government controlled internet countering the LMSM…

NYT Then: New York Times, 1987: Party That Won the Senate Has ‘Every Right to Resist’

NYT Now: ‘Double Standards-R-Us’: NYT editorial board’s take on what Senate has ‘every right’ to do has evolved

Gee, I guess that means that the Republicans who won control of the Senate in 2014 have every right to resist, right? After all, this is not the same Senate that confirmed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan…

Meanwhile: Chuck Schumer Claims He Didn’t Call For Blocking Bush Noms, Even Though He Clearly Did

Hypocrite says ‘what’: Schumer: Don’t use my 2007 speech to justify blocking Obama nominee

TRANSLATION: HE’LL CALL THEM RACIST IN BETWEEN ROUNDS OF GOLF. Roll Call: Obama Plans ‘Robust Engagement’ With Congress on Court Nominee.

CNN’s John King Suggests Obama Will Blame Race If GOP Filibuster SCOTUS Nominee

Well, yeah … I mean, if he’s really pissed. But Bam has more than enough toadies in the commiecrat party and the MSM cesspool to throw the spitballs and poo for him. Right, Hills?…

Hillary Clinton: GOP threats to block SCOTUS nominee based on ‘hatred and bigotry’

SUPREME COURT STALEMATE NOT UNPRECEDENTED

Justice Felix Frankfurter: Temporarily having an eight-justice Supreme Court is not ‘sacrificing a single interest of importance’

Andrew C. McCarthy: There will be no reason for the Senate to vote on Obama’s nomination to replace Justice Scalia.

Anyhow, we are all probably wasting our collective breath on this. I suspect the Snake-in-Chief is just waiting patiently for the next break Congress is scheduled to take (Easter/spring, I believe) and will just seat his primo pick via Congressional Recess Appointment. Then the democrats and the LMSM will cheer him a superhero.

Obama Plans Hostile Takeover of the Judiciary – One Man Stands in His Way

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Well, we already knew this spiteful, vindictive, post turtle was petty and classless. In over 7 years we have never seen him do, or say, anything genuinely non-political and unbiased and uniting (without his usual footnote bullshit) in the face of such divisiveness and partisanship seething within this country. The guy cannot ‘lead by example’ simply because he has no natural or learned “leadership” qualities or ability. He is a self-centered, self-serving political hack and a coward…

‘REMARKABLY GRACELESS’: Obama will reportedly ‘SKIP’ Justice Scalia’s funeral on Saturday

Hillary Emails: “The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it …”

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Well, apparently this molten lava-rolling mountain of facts and evidence of then Secretary of State, and now democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton is a really, really bad damning conspiracy too far for the MSM to actually report on…

(Hugh Hewitt @ Washington Examiner) – Hillary is lying to the American people about her server and what was on it. Her spokespeople unleash Gatling guns of word clouds and smoke screens of on-camera smirks whenever the subject comes up, and the media try hard to mix into every report on Friday’s news murmurs about the Benghazi hearings and “vast right wing conspiracy,” but the dissembling and dodging won’t work.

The facts: Hillary built and maintained an unofficial, non-sanctioned server that was almost certainly compromised by our national security enemies according to both former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

What do these men mean by this? That there is near certainty that at least the Russians and the Chinese but also the Iranians and North Koreans were reading all incoming and outgoing email to Hillary in real time from almost the moment she hooked up her “home brew” server.

A former senior spook told me that it would be “professional malpractice” for the foreign intelligence counterparts to the NSA and CIA not to have found and penetrated Hillary’s server. He added our agencies probably know what is in the 30,000 emails she deleted but cannot say so because that would compromise our ability to watch them watching us. The dark side of the ledger is dark indeed, but we know enough to say with certainty what all of the serious intelligence professionals know.

Another retired spook assured me that whoever got emails from Hillary, including the president, could count on the bad guys attaching all sorts of bad bugs to Hillary’s email hellos. Welcome to the real world of cybersecurity nightmares.

Hillary compromised our national security. Badly. In ways the extent of which we can only guess but all of which were serious, lasting and deeply damaging.

Just ask yourself what we would give to know what the Russian or Chinese foreign secretary was reading and sending every day in real time. That’s what our enemies had for four years. Thanks, Hillary. Even the president was sending her emails the enemies of the United States were reading…

I keep saying, why is nobody warning NOT to let this self-serving harpy anywhere near the nuke codes?

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit: “What’s more, she did this in an illicit effort to avoid accountability under the law — and, quite possibly, to make it harder for the Obama Administration to keep tabs on what she was doing.”

This: HotAir – Oh my: Hillary e-mail contained “operational” intel; Update: State proposed workaround for nonsecure system; Update: NOC lists?

You Can’t Make This Shit Up: Clinton: ‘I take classified information seriously’

As I’ve said before: If her lips are moving she’s lying … If she is heavily lisping she’s trying her damnedest not to think about how badly she is sounding like she’s lying. It’s like Obama’s “S” whistling.

Even Bernie Sanders is smelling blood in the democrat waters. Feel the Bern, Hills.

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