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YAWN...Gallup Finds Public Attention To Scandals BELOW Average

* PUBLIC ATTENTION TO SCANDALS BELOW AVERAGE: Gallup finds that while slim majorities say they’re paying attention to the Benghazi and IRS stories, that’s actually lower than the public’s historic attention to major news stories. Gallup also finds that slim majorities think both stories merit further investigation, but it’s unclear what that means in the case of Benghazi: it could mean the public wants more of a look at security lapses.


Heritage letter to Republicans on Capitol Hill: don’t legislate, just scandalize Obama

Heritage letter to Republicans on Capitol Hill: don’t legislate, just scandalize Obama
by Joy-Ann Reid | May 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Joy Reid at The Grio reports that the Heritage Foundation, the uber-rightwing think tank that Jim DeMint left the Senate to head up, just sent this letter to Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor:

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor:

For the first time, the activities of the Obama administration are receiving a sustained public vetting. Americans’ outrage over Benghazi is amplified by the Internal Revenue Service’s intimidation of conservative grassroots organizations and a cascade of negative headlines. There is the real sense the Obama administration has been less than forthright with the American people, the press and lawmakers.

Recent events have rightly focused the nation’s attention squarely on the actions of the Obama administration. It is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.

To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference. Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another “circular firing squad” article.

Make no mistake, principled conservatives will still oppose bad policy if it comes to the floor. Rather than scheduling such legislation for consideration, we urge you to keep the attention focused squarely on the Obama administration. As the public’s trust in their government continues to erode, it is incumbent upon those of us who support a smaller, less intrusive government to lead.


Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America


2012-Emerge America-was denied the exemption because the IRS said they were too political.

I agree. A democratic group was denied the exemption because the IRS said they were too political. And the Tea Party groups are completely political. We need some clarification on these rules.

Emerge America, a group which helps Democratic women seeking
elected office, said it lost it tax-exempt status last October.
The IRS invoked the "private benefit doctrine" barring 501(c)(4)
status for any group promoting a candidate or political party.
The IRS announced its final decision in May.

In June the IRS said it denied 501(c)(4) tax-exemption for
an unnamed political group also under the private benefit
doctrine. The IRS is barred by law from disclosing the group's
name and the group has not publicly identified itself.

The group had one objective: to serve the political goals of
its founder, the IRS said. A 501(c)(4) group can spend some
funds on political advocacy, but electioneering cannot be its
sole reason for existence or comprise a majority of its



was 10 !s sufficient?

I will take my informed less-than-perfect president OVER that uninformed idiot ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

Horsey: IRS "Scandal": This Isn't A Court, It's Congress

Chris Hedges on Talk Of The Nation: "We've undergone a kind of corporate coup d'etat in slow-motion"

Looking Ahead: Chris Hedges On Poverty, Politics, U.S. Culture

(This is just a snippet

I think we have powerful proto-fascist movements in this country, and I look at the Tea Party, the militia, the Christian right, where they celebrate the language of violence, they celebrate the gun culture. And they channel what I would describe as a very legitimate rage and a legitimate sense of betrayal towards the vulnerable, towards Muslims, towards undocumented workers, towards homosexuals, intellectuals, feminists, liberals. They have a long list of people they don't like. And I think that is a very - remains a very frightening and powerful undercurrent within American society.


And what you get when you enter that kind of ideological belief system is you no longer deal with reality. You believe that - you believe in magic. You believe that Jesus will intervene to protect you and promote you, and then it becomes impossible to have a kind of rational discussion, for instance with people who believe that, you know, everything - the Earth was created 6,000 years ago, and there were dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden.


I think it's important that, you know - and Sheldon Wolin writes about this in "Democracy Incorporated" - that we have the facade of the democratic state, and yet what we've undergone is a kind of corporate coup d'etat in slow-motion...


Perfect Picture Of President Obama For Today

& yes, he will weather these storms...


Do you know who’s laughing hardest about the IRS microscandal? Exxon. Apple. Microsoft. Monsanto.

Guns to your gay mother
by mark morford


Do you know who’s laughing hardest about the current IRS microscandal? Exxon. Apple. Microsoft. Monsanto. Genentech. All those giants of industry that escape billions in taxes by way of various loopholes, exemptions, armies of expensive tax attorneys. Carry on, rich people – go get richer. It’s OK, no one’s looking.

The worst part of this little IRS scandal? Nope, not that Obama is having another Worst Week Ever. It’s that the Tea Party is suddenly back in the national spotlight, all righteous and spittle-flecked, full of its usual inbred nonsense, when it was all but dead a week ago. Worse still: If the GOP has its way, we’ll be hearing the Tea Party’s nasally shriek through the 2016 elections. Thanks, IRS.

the rest (really good one):

lol- ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts think Obama’s scandal damage control is a plot to ‘confuse’ them

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