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The Mother of All Scandals
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/13/2013 5:01:23 AM

IRS? A system of voluntary tax compliance cannot survive a dishonest IRS. Lois Lerner and company have virtually ruined the agency. For the foreseeable future, each time an American receives a tax query, he will wonder to what degree his politics ensures enhanced or reduced scrutiny — or whether his name as a donor, activist, or partisan has put him on a watch list. Worse still, when a high commissioner of the IRS takes the 5th Amendment, it sends a frightening message: those audited go to jail when they refuse to testify; those who audit them who do the same


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 8/13/2013 5:50:15 AM     (No. 9471087)

VDH presents the evidence, and lack thereof, of the malfeasence of the traitorous Obamanation regime. A good primer to send along to others. We must not forget this crime of betrayal, or allow others to forget.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steveW, 8/13/2013 6:13:35 AM     (No. 9471099)

The GOP Must Not let Dear Leader off the hook again. This whole thing reeks of complicity in crimes and cover-ups - from the very top down.

What did Nixon know and when did he know it? Peanuts, compared to this...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kiwikit, 8/13/2013 6:39:51 AM     (No. 9471121)

But. . . none of this will ever be aired in the lamestream and thus, the lame stream voters know nothing about it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lancelink1, 8/13/2013 6:41:48 AM     (No. 9471125)

Late in the third act you get a review of the opera to date. At the end the fat lady (in a pantsuit might I add) will sing. But nobody goes to a Senate hearing let alone jail.

Scooter Libby must be seething.......

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 8/13/2013 7:15:18 AM     (No. 9471163)

Never seen anything which better fits the Constitutional "high crimes and misdemeanors" like a glove. But the only effective recourse left is the ballot box. The Left has successfully closed alternate avenues.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TheNewColdWar, 8/13/2013 7:23:46 AM     (No. 9471172)

We can whine, complain, and write sternly written editorials. But at the end of the day only one truth remains: The system is broken.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: maryc, 8/13/2013 7:32:06 AM     (No. 9471181)

The line ´lead from behind has become leave them behind´. What a sick administration and leader we have. The only one we don´t hear from any longer seems to be old Joe. Guess they are afraid he might let some truth leak. It doesn´t bother anyone that he painted a target on the back of the Navy Seals that got bin laden and soon after many were killed in a helicopter downing. So many lies and so few who care. I think God is watching even if voters are not. Thank you for a great article.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 8/13/2013 7:43:03 AM     (No. 9471194)

And in reaction to all this [Benghazi], we jail a petty video maker, who makes the perfect scapegoat as a supposedly right-wing Islamophobic hate monger whose take-down advances our president’s politically correct narrative of Muslim outreach. That yarn required a president, secretary of state, and UN ambassador to lie repeatedly.

Why is lying no longer an outrage among Democrats? It is because the raison d´etre for the Party´s existence is not the truth; it´s the agenda. Everything good and truthful gets sacrificed on the altars of liberalism, multiculturalism and big-government largesse.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/13/2013 7:49:10 AM     (No. 9471200)

FTA: "We know only that the dead were far more heroic than the leaders who chose not to aid them."
Wish I could pen a phrase like that, VDH is always a must read.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/13/2013 8:07:07 AM     (No. 9471226)

At last check the IRS was STILL TARGETING CONSERVATIVES! TeaParty forms are still being diverted.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/13/2013 8:23:26 AM     (No. 9471250)

We are being plagued by scandal fatigue. There are so many scandals and all the investigations are moving along at a snails pace. Each day the media lapdogs are there propping up this administration. They deify the President and continually castigate Republicans. The administration continues to drag its feet by providing heavily redacted documents. Witnesses are hidden by the administration and others come before the committes and lie with no consequences whatsoever. The Republicans are weak and without an overall strategy. Buck up and get serious, but don´t pretend you are doing the people´s business. It is just politics as usual. Where is the focus and urgency? The American people deserve better.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lazyman, 8/13/2013 8:26:11 AM     (No. 9471254)

What gets me is that if a police officer was giving out tickets based on bumper stickers he didn´t like, the press would go out of their minds.
But since 1/2 of the US supports the the idea of hurting their opponents by using the IRS, this isn´t that bad.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Clinger, 8/13/2013 8:30:19 AM     (No. 9471262)

I wish we could bring the knowledge wisdom and reason of Victor Davis Hanson into the general social conscious, not to mention schools. The early video mythology, if anything at all, will live on in the minds of well over 50% of the people who will vote in 2014 1nd 2016. Less than 10% will have ever heard of VDH let alone read his works. I suppose I have some work to do if I´m to do my part. We will only turn this ship one personal interaction at a time.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/13/2013 8:36:24 AM     (No. 9471275)

and the IG removals is the FATHER of all scandals.

If there is no one to say no, it doesn´t matter what the law says.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/13/2013 8:49:51 AM     (No. 9471300)

Meanwhile, minorities in NYC are going bonkers over "Stop and Frisk". Isn´t this "Stop and Frisk Conservatives"?

Coming in the future...IRS agent - So, Mr. Smith, you need heart surgery or you´ll die. Before we go any further we need to check your voter registration and party affiliation.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/13/2013 9:02:24 AM     (No. 9471332)

The Founders gave Congress the mechanism deal with this. Unfortunately, they could not give future Congresses the courage to use that mechanism.

May every Representative in this 112th Congress forever bear the shame of their cowardice.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 8/13/2013 9:16:49 AM     (No. 9471350)

Victor Davis Hanson....the best! This article is correct, precise, well-documented and clearly written. And one thing more.....absolutely chilling.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 8/13/2013 9:41:43 AM     (No. 9471400)

#6, I would state that a little more forcefully: The system (i.e. our political class) is more than broken. It is an on-going criminal conspriacy that the American people should RICO.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/13/2013 9:57:04 AM     (No. 9471428)

We are beginning to look a lot like ancient Rome. Today´s Christians are the Tea Party. The hapless Roman Senate sits in silence as the liberals and media turn thumbs down.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/13/2013 10:21:18 AM     (No. 9471478)

The crime is the turning of a blind eye to all this by congress and the media. If the press wont do their constitutional duty, their constitutional protections should be taken away making them liable for prosecution for criminal collusion. Same for boehner and his motley crew.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/13/2013 10:28:09 AM     (No. 9471492)

GOP response ... "What Dies It Matter Now?"

Folks we are very very close to being Horatio at the Bridge.

" .. Rome had placed its defense in the hands of an entire army of cowards, which not only could not hold one hill but after drawing up a line of battle could not stand even the first charge of the enemy."


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pros7767, 8/13/2013 10:34:08 AM     (No. 9471515)

He missed one scandal that may be bigger than Benghazi. That is the deaths of Seal Team 6 as payment to the Taliban for killing Bin Laden, the cremation of their bodies, substitution of Afghannies at the last minute before the mission, and allowing a Muslim cleric to condemn the all to hell at their memorial service.

That is the biggest scandal of all.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jglas, 8/13/2013 10:38:40 AM     (No. 9471528)

As bad as VDH depicts Benghazi I think it´s worse, much worse. There are claims of collusion between Obama and Morsi and the MusBros (represented essentially by al Qaeda or Ansar al Sharia a name to disguise al Qaeda) to trade Stevens for the blind Sheik (Stevens to be captured in the attack on Benghazi . . .obviously the deal went bad). Then there is the matter of 400 US missiles diverted to Lybia which ended up in the hands of al Qaeda. In other words if this was all exposed their wouldn`t have been meer fear that people might realize al Qaeda wasn´t dead and on the run as alleged but that the administration was actually colluding with them through Morsi and the MusBros. That transcends lying and approaches treason.

At the very least this demands an investigation. I hope the Republican investigators aren´t just trying to get sufficient scandal material to win an election but are going for the truth.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 8/13/2013 10:41:03 AM     (No. 9471532)

I can´t believe that I once thought our Congress looked out for us. Niave me! They are the weakest link in all of this, seconded by the lo-fos. The only hope is for the states to rise up, but then again, they need those federal dollars. No hope there! WHere do we go from here?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: caddyjak, 8/13/2013 10:51:49 AM     (No. 9471548)

The only truth teller in the entire sorry saga is the honest guy who produced the Muhammed video. The criminality and immorality of Muhammed was portrayed truthfully with some humor. I suggest everyone view it and remember it´s deadly lesson.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Nan, 8/13/2013 10:56:00 AM     (No. 9471562)

I am beginning to think that Obama´s plan, which his administration is following, is to cause so much chaos is the government that the country will never recover.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Freeloader, 8/13/2013 11:03:18 AM     (No. 9471573)

Amen #19...The horrendous situation "America The Beautiful" finds itself in today, under the reign of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Zero-Nero, is nothing new to world history...For confirmation, look no further than Edward Gibbon´s monumental, 18th Century classic entitled "The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire."

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Reply 28 - Posted by: NotaBene, 8/13/2013 11:32:43 AM     (No. 9471652)

VDH is a genious.

In the meantime, the humorous video "Innocence of Muslims" has been censored by YouTube and is no longer accessible online. Muslims will have no fear of US if we just keep giving in to them. Poor Mr. Nakoula is still in jail and our Libyan al-Quaeda enemies have not been punished.

My hope is that by rolling out Hillary Clinton to hide behind her pantsuit, two months before his re-election, Hussein damaged the Clintons politically.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/13/2013 11:50:21 AM     (No. 9471690)

When it comes to exposing the O-Bomber Badministration...

Any scandal is a good scandal...
And some are better than others...

The IRS-FEC fecklessness ranks right up there...
or down there...
with the worst these criminals have done.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mickturn, 8/13/2013 12:44:40 PM     (No. 9471798)

All these Scandals add up to one thing. Obie is overloading the system (Cloward/Piven) so no one can do enough investigating to put him and his criminal cronies in jail.

This will not end well for America...many can smell the stench!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/13/2013 12:56:28 PM     (No. 9471823)

As VDH puts most of the on going scandals like this article has done, it drives home the point that the only thing that Dims are concerned with is political power. And they will go to any costs to achieve it and once gained, to keep it. And I do mean any means at any cost. If your should disagree with them, they will attempt to destroy you with whatever they can. It´s really scary to think about.

I´m waiting for enough of us to ban together and exercise out 2nd amendment rights.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: proudsaber, 8/13/2013 2:11:07 PM     (No. 9471936)

Phony Scandals - Phony President

My new bumper snicker!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/13/2013 3:50:09 PM     (No. 9472041)

Well said and very truthful- We have a horrible, lying idiot for a President. But, once again the Hillary screech come forward: "What difference does it make?"

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Reply 34 - Posted by: janylou, 8/13/2013 4:47:51 PM     (No. 9472139)

"We know only that the dead were far more heroic than the leaders who chose not to aid them." I can´t help but wonder if that is why Ham, Panetta, and Peteaus resigned?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: peterfleming, 8/13/2013 9:20:11 PM     (No. 9472621)

Sadly, VDH opens with a distorted IRS truth cooly parroted by IRS heads in times past. "The IRS is a system of voluntary compliance". Why open with those lines?
Yeah, it´s voluntary. You sign and agree to
forever testify against yourself. Most Amercians do it out of unexpressed fear of imprisonment. So much for propagandizing by Victor Davis Hansen. Bless his extraordinary intelligence and otherwise good intentions.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lencu255, 8/13/2013 11:47:27 PM     (No. 9472768)

I don´t know who read my comments, but:
STOP blaming commies/fascists for what they do!
They don´t hide their goals - they are Transforming the countries! Some of them successfully (Russia, China come to mind), some not - Cambodia, Cuba...
Blame repubics who are watching this and nod their collective "head". I am pi$$ed of of the collection of bushes, roves, boehners and robertses, to name the few. They were elected by us, suckers, to keep this country on track, according to the Constitution. But for one reason or another (maybe they are on the hook by commies for things they are afraid to let out of the bag) but this is us, poor schlobs, who are paying the price!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: spahrkl, 8/14/2013 10:04:01 AM     (No. 9473305)

We went through the war with England.
We went through the civil war.
We went through the depression.
We went through the dust bowl era.
We have gone through WWI and WWII.

America is filled with men of determination.
I just feel that the attempt to destroy this country is going to be bigger than anticipated.
If idiots and self serving corrupt individuals are front and center, there are a lot of individuals who have invested heavily in this country and they are not going to go down without a huge fight.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: bohallx, 8/14/2013 6:44:23 PM     (No. 9474243)

A minor correction on ROME ~ there´s Ancient Rome, a nation state that kicked plenty of tail. There´s Classical Rome, an empire that found it useful to kick Jews around but otherwise went into a period of decline that lasted a good 1400 years!

Be careful to pick the right Rome for your analogies, else you´d think America was the only great nation to be merciful to enemies after a desolate war ~ Rome beat us to that in the Social Wars.

Ancient Rome was rather pagan and given to examining auguries to see which way things were going. Modern America at the top is nothing like Ancient Rome except with respect to auguries ~ we call them polls!

Classical Rome is more like Modern America except we don´t persecute Christians ~ but that´s coming if Mickey Weinstein has his way. In the end Christians took over Classical Rome.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

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