An attorney for a Tea Party group that believes the IRS targeted it for special scrutiny while applying for nonprofit status said an IRS analyst told him over a year ago that the agency had a “secret working group” devoted to investigating conservative organizations. Attorney Dan Backer, whose client TheTeaParty.net has been trying to obtain tax-exempt status since 2010, said an IRS analyst mentioned the alleged working group during a phone conversation about one of Backer’s other client organizations. “More than a year ago, one of these guys, really a slip of the tongue, [said]
“Bullfeathers!” That was the reaction to President Obama’s Benghazi comments Monday from the mother of one of the State Department diplomats killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Libya. In an interview with Union-Tribune TV on Monday afternoon, Pat Smith said she doesn’t believe the administration is telling the truth about the attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including her 34-year-old son, information officer Sean Smith. “They sacrificed him for their own political gains. I don’t like that, I don’t think anybody in this United States could ever possibly like that,”
IS CONSERVATIVE THE new radical? The fashion world certainly seems to think so. This season, designers filled their runways with restrained silhouettes that echo the graceful, showing-less-is-more aesthetic of generations past. Designers are reimagining soignée staples for spring and summer—skirt suits, twin sets, below-the-knee dresses, kitten heels and frame bags—that appear anything but moth-eaten. In fact, fashion´s neoconservative coup d´état feels deliciously defiant, given the excessively revealing styles pop culture celebrates. A quick flip through any supermarket tabloid yields an
President Obama resorted to his old “fever” analogy to complain to Democratic Party donors about ongoing Republican “hyper-partisanship.” He also admitted to failing to deliver the post-partisan era promised in 2008. “What’s blocking us right now is a sort of hyper-partisanship in Washington that I was, frankly, hoping to overcome in 2008,” Obama said today, according to the pool report. “My thinking was when we beat them in 2012 that might break the fever, and it’s not quite broken yet. But I am persistent. And I am staying at it. And I genuinely believe there are Republicans out
The last time O.J. Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom, he stood next to defense attorney Yale Galanter before being handcuffed and hauled off to prison for up to 33 years. On Monday, the former football hero returns to Clark County District Court with a different set of lawyers hoping to convince a judge that ... the lawyer who was paid nearly $700,000 for Simpson´s defense had a personal interest in preventing himself from being identified as a witness to the crimes and so misled Simpson that the former football star deserves a new trial. "To me, the claims are solid. I don't know how the court
VALLEY SPRINGS– Among the so many shocking and unprecedented things about the murder of 8-year-old Leila Fowler, there is one piece of context that is seldom reported: Over the last two weeks, when the Calaveras County Sheriff called a press conference to talk about his department’s investigation, it wasn’t the press who showed-up. Or rather, it wasn’t only the press. In nearly every instance, photographers and reporters have been outnumbered by the concerned or curious community members of Valley Springs.(Snip)an audible gasp shot through it as the Sheriff announced that Leila’s 12-year-old brother
The Telegraph´s James Kirkup asks whether President Obama’s call today for Britain to stay in the EU will help or harm David Cameron. James notes that “ordinarily, a Conservative prime minister getting such clear public support from a US president on an important issue of British policy would be extremely pleased, even jubilant. But I wonder whether Mr. Obama´s backing here is quite such a prize.” He is right to be sceptical. This is the latest in a series of arrogant and hectoring interventions by the Obama administration in what is essentially an internal British political debate.
Tax Abuse: As nonconservative groups complain of politically motivated targeting by the IRS, we´re reminded it´s the IRS that´s going to be enforcing one of the greatest expansions of government power in our history. In recent days we´ve come to know what is meant by the adage that the power to tax is the power to destroy. Our country was born in revolt against taxation used by a tyrant to control and stifle liberty, and this is not the first president to abuse this power. Back in May 2009, Professor Glenn Reynolds, better known to his followers as Instapundit, wrote an Op-Ed
Feeding newborn babies small amounts of carefully regulated formula before a mother’s milk comes in does not disrupt the child’s ability to breastfeed – and may ultimately improve breastfeeding success in the future, the New York Times reported. In a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers examined 38 newborns who had lost 5 percent or more of their body weight in the first few days after birth. Each infant was randomly assigned to either breastfeed alone or breastfeed along with a formula supplement(Snip) The supplement was given after a feeding, to boost the child’s hunger for the next
As a colonel I used to work with in the Pentagon was fond of saying: "Well, there´s another blinding flash of the obvious never acknowledged or always denied." The recent admission from the IRS that they did in fact target conservative groups — no surprise to most conservatives and many liberals — underscoring his point. I have often said that many people tend to embrace the truth right up until the moment it reflects poorly upon them or their cause. There are few better examples of that than the numerous reporters who lean somewhat or way-left, denying that "blinding flash of the obvious."
Benghazi: President Obama has chosen the high-risk strategy that when you lie, lie big and stick to it. Just how many new facts will it take to crack his poker face? In his Monday press conference, President Obama´s damage control strategy became ... "perfectly clear." Asked if the intelligence community´s Benghazi talking points "were not purposely changed to downplay" terrorism at the height of his re-election campaign, after newly revealed emails showed the White House and the State Department heavily revised them, Obama instantly pointed to Republicans.
WASHINGTON—The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for the Associated Press in what the news cooperative´s top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for
The Justice Department secretly collected two months of telephone records for reporters and editors at The Associated Press, the news service disclosed Monday in an outraged letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The records included calls from several AP bureaus and the personal phone lines of several staffers, AP President Gary Pruitt wrote. Pruitt called the subpoenas a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into its reporting. "These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period,
Late Sunday afternoon, back nine of The Players Championship, and Tiger Woods was rolling. Up two strokes on the field with five holes to play, Woods had the game and the demeanor of a man in total control. And then came the 14th hole, and just like that, another Tiger Woods drop controversy. Unlike a similar event a few weeks back at Augusta, however, this one was squashed within moments ... even though the evidence suggests it shouldn´t have been.(Snip) NBC´s commentators first describe the shot´s arc as sailing out over water almost immediately. They then backpedal rapidly when Woods
Jack Bauer will soon have another ticking time bomb to defuse. “24,” the counterterrorism drama that brought to life the American’s public’s fears after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is returning to Fox as a 12-hour special event next year, the network said Monday. Kiefer Sutherland will return in the title role of Jack Bauer, a secret agent who will stop at nothing to stave off impending attacks. “The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,”
There is no conspiracy. The imagined cabal of political journalists and editors colluding in their respective conference rooms to bury news items which are potentially damaging to President Barack Obama or his liberal allies is just that – imagined. There is, however, like-think in the political press that results in an institutional culture which views with suspicion any story that conservative media outlets deem worthy of added scrutiny. Some of the media’s most influential members are beginning to realize that their own biases have shielded the administration from criticism. This was not intentional, but it
A Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker, but his nephew said Monday that it was all a misunderstanding about a device he simply wanted for cooking. Two pressure cookers were used in last month´s Boston Marathon bombings. Hussain Al Khawahir was being held in Detroit on allegations of lying to Customs and Border Protection agents and of using a passport with a missing page. He was arrested Saturday. His nephew, Nasser Almarzooq, told The Associated Press that he
Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel scored invitations to Harvey Weinstein’s A-list, $32,000 per plate Democratic National Committee fundraiser Monday night in New York City.President Barack Obama spoke at the dinner, which apparently is on the early-bird special schedule.Obama addressed the crowd for nine minutes about his final three-and-half years as president. “[Y]ou start thinking about history and a longer sweep of time,” he said, according to the pool report. ”The three-and-half I’ve got is not a lot of time.” According to the president’s pool report, the couple are among the 64 attendees
Press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged Monday that the White House was informed in April that the Treasury Department´s Inspector General was investigating the IRS´s Cincinnati field office, which is accused of targeting conservative political groups for extra scrutiny. "My understanding is that the White House Counsel’s Office was alerted in the week of April 22 of this year, only about the fact that the IG was finishing a review about matters involving the office in Cincinnati," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. "But that’s all they were informed as a normal sort of heads up.
White House press secretary Jay Carney had a tough week last week concluding with an absolutely deplorable press conference wherein he continued to spin totally unbelievable yarns about the administration´s talking points regarding Benghazi. This led George Will to say on ABC´s This Week Sunday that Carney´s "usefulness to this administration is diminishing rapidly" (video follows with transcript and commentary): MARTHA RADDATZ, SUBSTITUTE HOST: And they got those talking points out there. George Will, is this going to last? Is this going to have a lasting effect as an unacceptable way to
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pushed ahead Monday with their investigation of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year as President Barack Obama asserted that GOP charges of a cover-up are baseless. The latest Republican focus is the independent review that slammed the State Department for inadequate security at the installation before the twin nighttime attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,
ROME — The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency´s Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.
PARIS — The French government is considering creating a new tax on smartphones and tablets in a bid to raise millions to support the creation of digital cultural content inside France. The proposal, handed to President Francois Hollande Monday, outlines a 1 percent tax on the sale of Internet-compatible devices, targeting companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon. The tax would yield about 86 million euros per year. The revenue would help cultural industries create French content such as music, images and videos. The proposal is part of France´s "cultural exception," a policy that protects
ORLANDO, Fla. - State prosecutors in the case against George Zimmerman are pushing to keep Zimmerman´s attorneys from bringing testimony about Trayvon Martin´s past during the trial. The state said in motions filed on Friday they want to prevent Zimmerman´s attorneys from bringing up Martin´s personal life, including his school records, previous suspension from school, fights, text messages sent prior to his death unless related to case and his social media use. The motion also says the state wants to prevent the defense from using Martin´s toxicology report, which