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They’ve been itching to rip into the guy. Now they see their chance. They’re sure they’ve got him

And yet every time our “liberal” press thinks they’ve finally got him, he turns the tables on them and keeps on winning. They want this battle, surely. They’ve been itching to rip into the guy. Now they see their chance. They’re sure they’ve got him now. What can he do to get out of this one? They see echoes of 15 years ago, back when I was a newly-minted dot-com box jockey. I thought I was invincible then, too. Then reality kicked my ass just like it kicked theirs. Big Dog walked away from the crash, the rest of us ended up with Dubya. Now they see the same opportunity. The GOP burned their brand over the last decade. It’s time to even the playing field by scorching the earth again.

the rest:
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/05/15/the-win-the-morning-guys-pee-themselves-just-a-little/

IRS Sent Same Letter to Democrats That Fed Tea Party Row

Source: Bloomberg

The Internal Revenue Service, under pressure after admitting it targeted anti-tax Tea Party groups for scrutiny in recent years, also had its eye on at least three Democratic-leaning organizations seeking nonprofit status.

One of those groups, Emerge America, saw its tax-exempt status denied, forcing it to disclose its donors and pay some taxes. None of the Republican groups have said their applications were rejected.

Progress Texas, another of the organizations, faced the same lines of questioning as the Tea Party groups from the same IRS office that issued letters to the Republican-friendly applicants. A third group, Clean Elections Texas, which supports public funding of campaigns, also received IRS inquiries.

In a statement late yesterday, the tax agency said it had pooled together the politically active nonpartisan applicants -- including a “minority” that were identified because of their names.



Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-15/irs-sent-same-letter-to-democrats-that-fed-tea-party-row.html

The Rude Pundit: "Preemptive Eulogy for the Obama Presidency"

5/14/2013
Then We Came to the End (A Preemptive Eulogy for the Obama Presidency):

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You feel it, don't you? This week marked the end of the Obama presidency. No, he won't be forced out of office, but he will be forced to make do with whatever he can accomplish alone, which, at this point, is extraordinarily little. The Benghazi investigation was worthless to anyone not on Rand Paul's mailing list. But the IRS's questioning of Tea Party groups is mildly disconcerting, even if it doesn't rise to full-blown "scandal" proportions, and the Justice Department's subpoena of the phone records of AP reporters is genuinely scary, perhaps because chances are that it was perfectly legal. Still, what is true, what is legal, and what is real don't matter anymore at this point.

The reason why the Rude Pundit is declaring the Obama presidency done is not merely because the IRS story confirms everything that paranoid right-wingers believe about Obama, as The Daily Show discussed last night. No, it's done because the AP story confirms everything that liberals and libertarians feared about Obama's embrace and expansion of the surveillance state established under Bush and Cheney and his immensely troubling silencing of whistleblowers. The press is gleefully, grotesquely feeding on the outrage.

One of the stark differences between Republicans and Democrats is that, no matter what, Republicans, on the whole, will stand by a Republican president. They will prevent investigations (like they tried to do with 9/11). They will dismiss any allegations. They will go down with the ship. Democrats will turn on a Democratic president, especially when that president is weak. They will demand investigations. They will be outraged. They will run away like rats (like keeping Bill Clinton sidelined during the 2000 election). Neither approach is honorable, but at least the Democratic way is a bit more, you know, democratic.

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the rest (sad):
http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2013/05/then-we-came-to-end-preemptive-eulogy.html

"Why Would The IRS Look At US?"

Stephen F. Hayes-1st Journalist To Print Doctored E-Mail As Fact=Official Biographer For Dick Cheney

Big h/t to AnnetteK for some background info on Stephen Hayes, the first journalist to print the doctored email as fact:

Stephen F. Hayes (born 1974) is a columnist for The Weekly Standard, a prominent American conservative magazine. Hayes has been selected as the official biographer for Vice President Richard Cheney.
http://en.wikipedia.org/...

Here is the Weekly Standard article he wrote containing the fake email as fact:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/...

Mister Cheney, who just yesterday (or today?), coincidentally said Benghazi was the worst thing he had ever seen in government, maybe has some 'splainin' to do.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/14/1209061/-GOP-BS-Fail-Benghazi-White-House-Emails-were-Doctored



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not only on staff at the Weekly Standard, but a #Fox News contributor, also too!

Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, Washington Times, Salon.com, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_F._Hayes

Issa voted AGAINST legislation that would have protected the AP

Darrell Issa is outraged that the Department of Justice secretly obtained phone records through a subpoena of the AP's telecommunications provider. He's right to condemn the action, but as nycsouthpaw points out, it's worth remembering that Issa voted against legislation that would have protected the AP:

Issa was one of 21 House members who opposed the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, a measure that would have forbidden federal investigators from compelling journalists to give evidence without first obtaining a court order. The bill included a section that specifically forbid subpoenaing journalists’ phone records from “communication service providers” to the same extent that the law protected the journalists themselves.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/nycsouthpaw/gop-congressmen-killed-a-media-shield-law-that-wou-4xje

A Day In the Life Of A Republican Congressman

Tea Party 'Leader' Dick Armey Confuses Benghazi With Bangladesh

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett pointed out to Armey that the White House had insisted that it was surprised by news that the IRS was targeting tea party groups.

"I imagine that they probably don't know any more about that than they do about Bangladesh or any number of other things," the former House majority leader quipped.

"You mean, Benghazi," Jarrett observed.

"The White House is a beautiful example of being capable of hiding your hands," Armey continued. "First they throw the ball through your window, then they hide their hands and pretend they know nothing about it. Of course, the White House knows about it. They are the most ruthless politicians I've ever seen in America."

video & more:
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/tea-party-leader-dick-armey-confuses-benghaz

The media mysteriously seems to have forgotten all this.

The year 2010 gave us Citizens United. Suddenly corporations were people who had the right of free speech. But corporations didn't want their free speech to be disclosed. Enter the Koch Bros., Dick Armey and Freedom Works. In their basement lab, they concocted the very first para-political party, the Tea Party, disguised as a social welfare agency, a 501(c)4. Tea Party Groups were mysteriously born all over the US. Not surprisingly, people and the media began howling loudly that the Tea Party was a wholly political entity that should be a 527 entity for IRS purposes. The media mysteriously seems to have forgotten all this.

Again not surprisingly the IRS began to question this rash of new applicants. That's how you make a determination. But ah, the Koch Bros were ready. In March 2012 a conservative legal foundation, the Landmark Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Treasury that the Tea Party groups were being unfairly targeted.
http://www.landmarklegal.org/uploads/IRS%20IG%20Letter%20without%20attachments.pdf

Shortly thereafter the IRS systematically changed its procedures to avoid the appearance of targeting. Also shortly after, Congress made substantial bi-partisan inquiries into the matter, including conducting an investigation. They also concluded that unless/until the rules are changed, there can be no appearance of targeting.
http://documents.jdsupra.com/70eadcc1-e046-407f-8e...

So the Tea Party which is a 100% political organization can pretend it is a social welfare agency until the rules are changed by Congress. To fault IRS workers who were responding to complaints is an ex post facto re-investigation of something that has already been examined and addressed.

It must be Ground Hog Day.
The media mysteriously seems to have forgotten all this.
http://www.landmarklegal.org/uploads/IRS%20IG%20Letter%20without%20attachments.pdf
http://www.landmarklegal.org/uploads/IRS%20IG%20Letter%20without%20attachments.pdf

Biden Endorses Bullets Made Of Chocolate In Letter To 7-Year-Old

7-year-old boy gets handwritten letter from Biden




http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/biden-endorses-bullets-made-of-chocolate-in-letter?ref=fpb
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