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If you think the IRS´ latest claim
on ´lost´ emails is unprecedented,
Gawker has some news for you

Washington Examiner [DC], by T. Becket Adams

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/18/2014 10:39:18 AM

As the Internal Revenue Service tries its best to convince a skeptical nation that it´s unable to recover nearly two years´ worth of subpoenaed emails because of a supposed computer crash, it´s important to remember that this isn´t the first time that a federal agency has “struggled” to produce requested correspondences. In fact, Gawker has been trying since at least 2012 to obtain emails between reporters and Philippe Reines, a former State Department official and longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. Yes, Gawker editor John Cook wrote the State Department nearly two years ago for all emails between Reines and reporters

      


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If you think the IRS´ latest claim
on ´lost´ emails is unprecedented,
Gawker has some news for you
Washington Examiner [DC], by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/18/2014 10:39:18 AM     Post Reply
As the Internal Revenue Service tries its best to convince a skeptical nation that it´s unable to recover nearly two years´ worth of subpoenaed emails because of a supposed computer crash, it´s important to remember that this isn´t the first time that a federal agency has “struggled” to produce requested correspondences. In fact, Gawker has been trying since at least 2012 to obtain emails between reporters and Philippe Reines, a former State Department official and longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. Yes, Gawker editor John Cook wrote the State Department nearly two years ago for all emails between Reines and reporters

   

 

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Secrets on Twitter
Daily Beast, by Jacob Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/18/2014 7:38:04 AM     Post Reply
A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’s rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets online. For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of Iraq. Taken together, the tweets form a slanted but valuable picture of ISIS and one of the only portraits of its leaders. Perhaps even more important, the account is still active, sending out tweets days ago about ISIS’s current strategy in Iraq and what it plans to do next. Sitting over a keyboard somewhere,

After touting estate tax, Bill and
Hillary Clinton seize on loopholes
CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/18/2014 4:24:39 AM     Post Reply
Estate tax champions Bill and Hillary Clinton are doing just about everything in their power to stave off hefty estate taxes on their own personal fortune, according to Bloomberg News. The report out Tuesday shows that the two heads of the political dynasty have been seizing on legal but slippery loopholes to minimize taxes on inherited wealth - maneuvers not atypical of multimillionaires but which will inevitably drum up cries of hypocrisy based on the Clintons´ active support for the estate tax in the past. Bloomberg cites county property records that show the Clintons divided ownership of their New York home into separate 50 percent shares,

How Will the Crisis in Iraq
Affect U.S. Gas Prices?
Fox News, by Kate Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/18/2014 4:17:38 AM     Post Reply
As the situation in Iraq continues to escalate as Islamic militants continue to advance across the nation, gas prices in the U.S. are set to rise. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline stands at $3.65, with the prospect of a five-to-10 cent jump over the next two weeks, according to Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com. The turmoil in Iraq spooked Wall Street last week and left the major market averages in the red. The markets have taken a bit of a breather this week, as investors shift their focus to oil and gas prices. “There was a bit of irrationality in the markets last week, but the story is still evolving,”

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Washington - The contest for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP has turned into conservatives´ last, best shot at joining the congressional leadership after getting shut out of the two top jobs in the shake-up that followed Majority Leader Eric Cantor´s surprise primary defeat. It´s become an intense intramural clash with no certain outcome, as two candidates from different ideological outposts and regions of the country - a conservative Southerner and an establishment-aligned Midwesterner - are challenged by a third who could play the role of spoiler for tea party hopes. All three - Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Peter Roskam of

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NEW YORK — North Korea is a threat that keeps on threatening. Satellite imagery recently revealed increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. The government in Pyongyang appears to have completed preliminary steps for a fourth nuclear test. Its ballistic missile program continues to advance. And the man with his finger on the button is the 31-year-old Kim Jong-un, who seems even more erratic than his notorious predecessors. So far, the United States, South Korea, Japan and China — the main countries with a stake in stability on the Korean Peninsula — have responded by adopting a policy of soft containment.

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/17/2014 4:32:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials. The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected. The announcement — details of which were provided to The Washington Post — is part of a broader push on maritime issues by an administration that has generally favored other environmental priorities. The oceans effort, led by Secretary

Kidnapping of Teens in Israel
to Have ‘Grave Consequences’
ABC News, by Alexander Marquardt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/17/2014 4:27:47 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM - Israel’s prime minister warned today that the kidnapping of three teenage yeshiva students in the West Bank, including one who is an American citizen, “will have grave consequences.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the Palestinian militant group Hamas of being behind Thursday’s abduction, adding that, “We are in the middle of a complex operation. We need to be prepared for the fact that it may take more time.” “It is a serious incident and will have grave consequences,” Netanyahu added. Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the U.S. State Department, has denied any involvement in

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Iraq With Security Mission
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/17/2014 4:23:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON-- Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial discussion on how the longtime foes might cooperate to ease the threat from the al-Qaida-linked militants that have swept through Iraq. Still, the White House ruled out the possibility that Washington and Tehran might coordinate military operations in Iraq. Obama met with his national security team Monday evening to discuss options

Hillary Clinton signs ‘Hard Choices’
at Costco, with a faint scent
of canned chicken in the air
Washington Post, by Monica Hesse    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/16/2014 2:43:21 PM     Post Reply
The former secretary of state appeared through a screen of black curtains, smiled to the wraparound crowd, and then sat down behind a table draped with a Costco Wholesale banner and buttressed by large blockades of Kirkland-brand paper towels, the 12-pack, pick-a-size kind. “Okay, let’s do it,” she said, grabbing a pen to sign the 1,000 books she was scheduled to inscribe on Saturday morning. The fans/discount shoppers applauded, and the delirious mania over the release of her political memoir “Hard Choices” — what it says, what it doesn’t, what it doesn’t say but should — culminated with Hillary Clinton

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IRS Emails: ‘Do You Believe
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Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
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CNN anchor John King scoffed at the IRS’ excuse last week that over two years of emails from disgraced official Lois Lerner were inadvertently lost in a hard drive crash, joking you’d have to believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny to “believe that [her] emails just suddenly went ‘poof.’” King discussed the IRS’ explanation Monday morning with a CNN panel, noting that the tax revenue service trotted out the story over a year after Republicans initially requested Lerner’s emails. As former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations office, Lerner was accused of orchestrating a deliberate campaign targeting Tea Party

   

 

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Mitt Romney is the Paul the Octopus
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Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/16/2014 2:37:05 PM     Post Reply
Paul the Octopus — animal oracle of the 2010 World Cup — did not survive long enough to pick the winners in Brazil this year. The tournament´s host country picked a sea turtle as his successor. His competition in the crowded field of omniscient animals include a guinea pig from the Netherlands, two macaws named Serge and Oscar, Nelly the German elephant and a psychic bulldog from the United Kingdom. No such tradition for paranormal prediction has caught on for American politics, and it seems imprudent to think it will during the midterms. Why rely on a lion or tiger



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