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The targeting of conservatives by the IRS started earlier and was more extensive than the IRS acknowledged last week, according to a draft IRS inspector general report obtained by ABC News.
As we reported on “Good Morning America” this morning, the IRS began targeting “Tea Party or similar organizations” in March 2010. That was when the Cincinnati-based IRS unit responsible for overseeing the applications for tax exempt status starting using the phrases “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12″ to search for applications warranting greater scrutiny.
During this first phase, 10 Tea Party cases were identified. By April of 2010, 18 Tea Party organizations were targeted, including three that had already been approved for tax-exempt status.
By June 2011, the unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”
The report, done by the Inspector General for the IRS, also shows that senior IRS officials in Washington was aware of what was going on as early as August 4, 2011 when, according to the report, the IRS chief counsel held a meeting with the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements unit “so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”
Hhhmm…….. Something tells me that this may just be the “tip of the Iceberg!”
From the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham:
The protesters at the Worcester funeral home are right: Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body doesn’t belong there. He should be buried among his own people, back in the land he called home and among the people whose values he shared.
That’s why I say, “Send him back to Cambridge!”
As I write, a good Samaritan in Worcester is trying to find a burial plot for the dead Boston bomber, and I hope he has succeeded. Sorry, my talk radio friends, but when I hear that a terrorist is taking a dirt nap, I don’t protest, I celebrate.
I have no interest in the juvenile “wrap him in bacon and drop him in a shark tank” posturing. Let’s leave the desecration of corpses to the Islamist barbarians.
We’re civilized Americans. We gave proper burials to Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and one day — if the Obama administration ever stops playing politics with his case — we will do so for Khalid Sheik Mohammed. We can do the same for this son of Cambridge.
Besides, his Uncle Ruslan Tsarni is right: “He grew up here and for the last 10 years he decided to be in Cambridge … his home country is Cambridge, Massachusetts.”
Cambridge is where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended mosque. Cambridge is where he attended high school — a school where liberal teachers enthusiastically push the notion of evil American imperialism.
Reuters) – More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system.
The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007.
Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported.
Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally, and 31 percent want most illegal immigrants to stay.
Ok, we all saw Senator Marco Rubio take the now famous sip of water during his response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Rubio even poked fun at himself by tweeting a picture of the bottle of water he drank out of. But now in true Rubio comedic form, (he thinks he is a comedian- let him think that, because some of us who know him know better) Rubio answered my email request for a statement on his sip of water from last night.
Here’s the text he just sent moments ag0-
“I don’t always respond to the president but, when I do, I drink water. Stay thirsty my friends.”-Senator Marco Rubio
Will someone please tell Rubio to stop using other people’s material? But then again, Rubio is “the most interesting man” in politics, so I guess he gets a pass.
The Rubio team is offering “water bottles” in exchange for “political contributions”!
Meanwhile, somewhere in Liberalville:
Well, well, well, it appears the Democrat party is beginning to lay the groundwork for their ‘great brown hope’ to possibly counter a Senator Marco Rubio 2016 presidential candidacy- this ‘hope’ rests in none other than San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Democrats featured Castro prominently at the 2012 Democratic National Convention to introduce him to the broader party in hopes that he would attract more Hispanics to the party.
After President Obama carried over 70% of Latino in the 2012 Presidential election, Castro would be a logical choice on the ticket to maintain that advantage. But it’s not been widely disclosed that Castro is only now learning Spanish, and his mentor in this venture is non other than my ex-girlfriend’s look-alike, Eva Longoria.
Longoria is reported to have sent Castro some ‘Se Habla Espanol’ tapes to help Castro learn Spanish. Yes, Julian Castro, who spoke ‘un poquito’ (a little) Spanish during his DNC convention address doesn’t speak Spanish- at least not yet. (Washington Free Beacon)
Thanks to the SHARK-TANK team!