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May 14, 2013

Images of ghastly mutilation in #Syria go viral.

(CNN) -- The ghastly video shows how barbaric the Syrian civil war can be.

A man, said to be a well-known rebel fighter, carves into the body of a government soldier and cuts out his heart and liver.

"I swear to God we will eat your hearts out, you soldiers of Bashar. You dogs. God is greater!" the man says. "Heroes of Baba Amr ... we will take out their hearts to eat them."

He then puts the heart in his mouth and takes a bite.


May 14, 2013

Jon Stewart On IRS Scandal: Obama Administration Has Given 'Tinfoil Behatted' All The Fuel They Need

How many times can Jon Stewart scream "mother f*cker" in one segment? If it's just been revealed that the IRS, under the Obama administration, unfairly targeted conservative political groups for investigation... A LOT.

On Monday, Stewart reacted to the news with over-the-top frustration, then sober disappointment. After a cathartic few seconds of screaming, "The Daily Show" host went on to explain why this IRS scandal is such a big deal: it will be used to justify every right-wing conspiracy theory from here on out.

"This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tinfoil behatted to the government."

Watch Jon's reaction above and weigh in on whether you think this controversy adds fuel to the anti-government fire.


May 14, 2013

Anyone else find it odd that we have THREE problems at once?

Republicans had the Benghazi emails earlier detailing the 12 changes but it took Johnathan Karl to break it in the MSM. Then why did the IRS fess up to the 501(c)4 controversy when the IGs report is still under wraps. Then the AP finds out NOW that their phone records were subpoenaed? Weird weird weird.

May 14, 2013

Organizing For Action: Obama Campaign Relaunches As Issue-Based Nonprofit (501(c)4)

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have run the last campaign of his career, but his political organization is not going away. In an unprecedented step for the campaign of a sitting president, Obama for America is relaunching itself ahead of the president's second inauguration as a social welfare nonprofit group called Organizing for Action.

First reported Thursday night by the Los Angeles Times and Politico, the new group will use the Obama campaign's extensive collection of data and manpower to push the president's agenda from outside the confines of the Democratic Party structure, while giving grassroots supporters a voice in deciding which issues the nonprofit will focus on.

As a social welfare nonprofit, organized under the 501(c)(4) section of the tax code, Organizing for Action will be able to raise unlimited sums of money from any type of donor, whether that be an individual, a union or a corporation.

These types of groups came under scrutiny after the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision enabled them to spend freely on elections, since they are not required to disclose their donors. In fact, the Obama reelection campaign in fundraising appeals routinely attacked the secret money that was funding the 501(c)(4) groups founded by Karl Rove and the billionaire Koch brothers.


This isn't just being used by the Tea Party...

May 14, 2013

WAPO: IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

IRS employees in Cincinnati also told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare” groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists.
In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed an attorney representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.



May 13, 2013

Obama: IRS targeting of conservative groups 'outrageous'

Amid outcry over revelations that Internal Revenue Service specialists specifically targeted conservative groups for scrutiny before the 2012 elections, President Barack Obama said Monday that the tax agency employees' reported conduct was "outrageous" and "contrary to our traditions."

"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous and there’s no place for it," he said.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, called the targeting "intolerable" and an "outrageous abuse of power."

"Americans expect the IRS to do its job without passion or prejudice," he said in a statement. "We need to get to the bottom of what happened here."


May 11, 2013

AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general's report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog's report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with "Tea Party," ''Patriot" or "9/12 Project" in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.



May 10, 2013

Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone hat in hand to health industry executives, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law.

Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress has repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving Health and Human Services to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on a shoestring budget.

Sebelius has, over the past three months, made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and directly asked that they contribute to non-profits that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law, according to a Health and Human Services official familiar with the Secretary’s outreach who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Health and Human Services spokesman Jason Young said Sebelius is working “with a full range of stakeholders who share in the mission of getting Americans’ the help they need and deserve.”


You have got to be kidding me....

May 10, 2013

Big money corrupts Washington. Small donors polarize it.

“We have to admit that everybody who is giving is giving for a reason,” Murphy said. “Some of them are your friends and family and they care about you. But most of the time they care about an issue, whether they’re a corporation or an individual. We draw these arbitrary lines, but corporations want things from the government, and so do individuals.”

That’s the secret of small money. We tend to assume “small donors” hail from that mythical, much-beloved class of people known as “ordinary Americans.” They’re not. Even if tens of millions of Americans are donating, hundreds of millions of other Americans aren’t. The tiny minority that donates is different from the vast majority that doesn’t: They’re much, much more ideologically polarized.

What individual donors tend to want, Murphy said, is partisanship. “When I send out a fundraising e-mail talking about how bad Republicans are, I raise three times as much as when I send out an e-mail talking about how good I am. People are motivated to give based on their fear of the other side rather than on their belief in their side.”


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