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An arrogant and lawless IRS
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 6/23/2014 11:25:00 PM

Noted management expert and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was apparently called out of retirement — like the Ted Williams of evasive, unapologetic bureaucrats — to destroy what is left of his agency’s credibility. At immediate issue is two years of subpoenaed e-mails from former IRS official Lois Lerner to outside agencies, lost in a convenient computer crash. The possible involvement of other agencies is one focus of a congressional investigation into the heightened IRS scrutiny of conservative nonprofit groups before the 2012 election. In recent congressional testimony, Koskinen admitted that the e-mails

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56, 6/23/2014 11:30:29 PM     (No. 9897387)

Just for grins, I listened to a good amount of tonight´s hearing.

That, or Nick-at-Nite hijacked the CSPAN feed and ran a series of "Hogan´s Heroes" re-runs.

Because that guy from the IRS sure was putting one heck of a Sgt. Schultze impression:

"I know NOthing, NOthing."

Trey Gowdy skewered the guy. If he brings that game to the Benghazi hearings, we will have fireworks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/24/2014 12:20:13 AM     (No. 9897402)

Where in heck did Obama find this Koskinen jerk? The guy absolutely has no idea of how stupid he sounds. He looks like he ought to be playing the part in a Western movie about the cowardly bank teller being robbed by the James gang. Jesse James, I mean Trey Gowdy, really beat him up beside the head.

The guy has just established the IRS has a bunch of arrogant school-yard bullies. No one is going to have confidence in this agency ever again. Shut it down and find another way to raise taxes. 90,000 employees sucking up every piece of information about working Americans. They´ve got to go. Bring on a sales tax.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/24/2014 12:23:33 AM     (No. 9897406)

We tuned in about the time Koskinon began his part. The first sentence of this article is absolutely perfect!

Koskinon couldn´t be more the arrogant bureaucrat if they had constructed him to order. Icy cold - almost reptilian. I kept looking for a little forked tongue to dart out of that humorless smile.

The only partisans on the committee are the Democrats. The only one who made an effort to get to the truth was Tammy Duckworth. And maybe Lynch, although he tried to spread the misdeeds to include progressive causes, but there the numbers destroyed his argument. No comparison.

Well worth the time and a late scrambled egg dinner here...

(Turned off the sound when good ole Elijah went into his second round rant. What a scene he made with his facial contortions...a living cartoon character.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/24/2014 12:24:56 AM     (No. 9897408)

Koskinen.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/24/2014 12:28:05 AM     (No. 9897411)

And lest anyone misunderstand my reply #3, I meant that of the Democrats Tammy and maybe Lynch were the only ones who seemed to care about getting to the truth.

I was proud of all the Reublicans on this committee, although Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan and Jason Chaffetz have been my favorites all along. And I believe Issa is an excellent chairman for this committee. That job has not been easy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: leonardo, 6/24/2014 1:44:48 AM     (No. 9897428)

Obama has faxed a Talking Points summary which he has directed that every government agency supervisor hang on their bathroom mirror:
1] LIE
2] DENY
3] WE DON´T OBEY NO STINKIN´ LAWS
4] We´ve got 2 billion bullets so relax
5] The IRS is our personal Mafia so not to worry

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Reply 7 - Posted by: enuf8, 6/24/2014 2:05:59 AM     (No. 9897434)

At the very first hearing on the IRS abuses, Lynch tried to be fair with his questioning from the Dem side but at the second hearing his demeanor and questioning changed. Guess Cummings set him straight and told him the Dems were there to defend obama at all costs. The heck with getting to the bottom of the barrel to find out what was going on, just use the Dem talking points.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: xcenturion, 6/24/2014 2:15:27 AM     (No. 9897435)

Hopefully anyone with a pulse, a brain and proof of legal residency will vote out every politician that supports Obama´s socialist agenda this November. Those lacking a pulse, a brain or legal residency will continue to vote for Democrats!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 6/24/2014 2:22:04 AM     (No. 9897436)

Oh my, we have a BIG problem. Even when Obama is gone, the federal government is full of nasty pieces of work like this IRS Commissioner. He grins because the way he and his buddies look at things, administrations come and go and they stay put. Unless this corrupt agency is completely dismantled and rebuilt, this will continue because IRS employees have no fear of us.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: loveUSA, 6/24/2014 2:25:38 AM     (No. 9897437)

Besides loving Trey, Massie made the IRS liar look stupid. Rep. Massie was talking about probability and the IRS guy said you don´t know probability and Massie said I took Probability class at MIT. What a wonderful slap down!!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lynnern, 6/24/2014 3:05:44 AM     (No. 9897438)

Agree with #9, Clinton holdovers were a big part of the Bush problems regarding leaks and undermining, especially at State. Dems put politics and unions before the country.

After watching Cong. Trey Gowdy question the commissioner, I would recommend buying stock in Depends for the Obama team called to testify about Benghazi.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: pineledger, 6/24/2014 3:32:31 AM     (No. 9897447)

And at the helm, the supremely arrogant John Koskinen, the Ultimate Bureaucrat. No wonder someone like Lois Lerner thinks she can take her Federal salary and take the Fifth as well.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 6/24/2014 4:57:44 AM     (No. 9897458)

Here´s hoping the next President not only reduces the number of federal bureaucracies, but cleans up the ones he leaves intact. The old ´Rat political appointees must go. As for the IRS, I think they´ll be gone in a couple of years.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/24/2014 5:53:00 AM     (No. 9897474)

Just another example of the liberal Democrat mantra that the end justifies the means. The liberal Democrats have a political agenda to push and they are not about to allow a bunch of yahoo Republicans, or the law, to get in the way.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NancyD, 6/24/2014 5:58:07 AM     (No. 9897480)

I watched Cspan for about 3 hours.

The GOP are outraged over the behaviors of the IRS and rightfully so. The Dems just apologized for the GOP´s "harsh, mean, undignified" questioning.

MY question, since Koskinen had only been at the IRS for 6 months, why don´t they get the IRS commissioner who was there when all of this went down?

Maybe I´m mistaken, but I thought that is what Koskinen said last night...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 6/24/2014 6:53:23 AM     (No. 9897500)

Read the comments after the article. How could some of these people be so stupid. The country is being screwed by this corrupt bunch and they are defending them.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: KatieJo, 6/24/2014 7:18:52 AM     (No. 9897523)

I noticed that while Trey was questioning the reptilian commissioner his demeanor changed markedly. He was no longer smirking and seeming to enjoy the "game". His expression was no longer that of someone amused. I saw hatred in his eyes, and fear I think. If God sees fit to gives a conservative for our next president, I would love to see Trey as the new AG. Him, or Mark Levin.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Paperpuncher, 6/24/2014 7:25:08 AM     (No. 9897528)

Flat tax, then fire them all. Let´s see if they can hold down real jobs where your employer expects a little integrity!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Janjan, 6/24/2014 7:33:05 AM     (No. 9897534)

A temporary eureka moment by a writer in this liberal rag does not impress. They helped get Obama elected and we all get to pay the consequences.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: snapper451, 6/24/2014 7:42:12 AM     (No. 9897537)

The dreadful Judy Woodruff appeared on Chris Wallace´s Sunday show panel solely for the purpose of defending Koskinen (I guess on behalf of Obama). She embarrassed herself by saying she knew him personally and that he would NEVER lie. Were I Wallace, I would never allow her on a panel again.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: brianod1, 6/24/2014 8:06:18 AM     (No. 9897568)

#20, I had the same notion this morning. That, and the press and the powerful are far too cozy together there in DC.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: The Advocate, 6/24/2014 8:14:15 AM     (No. 9897573)

Re 20 and 21
Judy woodruff was a disgrace and Chris should have skewered her and NPR when she said, " I haven´t really covered it."
Why not?
Cut of tax dollars to both NPR and IRS - woodruff is also married to Al Hunt.
They are the problem in DC.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: dlb703, 6/24/2014 8:27:49 AM     (No. 9897592)

WaPo did not use the "C" word...Gerson is an op ed columnist. WaPo is a chief Obama bootlick.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 6/24/2014 8:33:09 AM     (No. 9897598)

We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. --Thomas Paine, 1791

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bpl40, 6/24/2014 8:42:57 AM     (No. 9897611)

What I have always wondered is - how is it that Republican holdovers never pose any problems for the incoming ´Rat regime? Of course we know the answer. The Democrats mercilessly fire them or root them out in short order. Republicans are truly spineless, ´my friends, my friends´ sops.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: marthaville, 6/24/2014 9:07:05 AM     (No. 9897640)

Don´t be fooled. John Koskinen is a long time bureaucrat who is doing just as he has been told. His experience does not include any time at IRS, but he has been around, and is very well educated (Duke undergrad, Yale law). He is part of the planned denial of information. He knows little because he has been at IRS only a short time and does not appear to have learned anything about how the IRS functions. Elijah Cummings is there to cover for his own illegal actions from his personal investigation of True the Vote.

It is time to drag Doug Shulman in to find out what really went on. That is, unless Shulman is willing to lie.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: beca, 6/24/2014 9:17:10 AM     (No. 9897651)

mASSIE WAS GOOD........ gowdy was excellent......that comment about MIT was superb.....kosie was shell shocked...trey gowdy wins the night....chaffitz and jordan was quite good too...we have some great repubs...we need them IN CONTROL....vote

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Reply 28 - Posted by: CEP, 6/24/2014 9:35:33 AM     (No. 9897679)

Koskinen is a male Lerner, arrogant, condescending towards everyone, especially the taxpayers.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 6/24/2014 9:57:42 AM     (No. 9897702)

OK - - let´s play "Fix The Headline" - - - - -

An Arrogant And Corrupt 0bama Administration

There. That´s what the WaPo didn´t have the guts to publish.

And again - - I´m sorry to disillusion everyone - - but Stinky hired the best techie experts to get in there and wipe every hard drive, server, and backup tape spotlessly clean. That´s why he and snakehead are so smug and arrogant - - they know that all the e-mails have been destroyed forever.

Nixon once said, "I should have burned the damn tapes!" And Stinky learned his lesson well.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mc squared, 6/24/2014 10:22:41 AM     (No. 9897733)

Koskinin is a big O donor and an Obama soldier. Why else would he be appointed to guard the misdeeds?

I can only imagine the cover up is worse than the crime and it leads right to the 2012 election.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: RancherJack, 6/24/2014 10:38:48 AM     (No. 9897764)

IRS founded 1862

And who was President in 1862, boys and girls? Who? Whhoooo? Why the ´great´ and god-like Abraham Lincoln.





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Reply 32 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/24/2014 11:03:16 AM     (No. 9897793)

Re #31, and so?

An agency is no better than those who man it. This one is rotting from the inside. Its employees are corrupt. And they are protected by their union.

I see no connection between them and Abraham Lincoln.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Arby, 6/24/2014 11:25:36 AM     (No. 9897826)

If the eyes are the windows of the soul I can´t imagine anyone being able to stare at Koskinen and see that vision of smirky, arrogant mendacity.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 6/24/2014 12:07:22 PM     (No. 9897901)

#2 If we went to the flat tax your wish would be granted.Say a prayer.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: dvc, 6/24/2014 12:39:39 PM     (No. 9897959)

We need a change in the laws to REQUIRE 100% of all official government e-mails are routed through servers at the National Archives, for storage for 100 years.
Also, for any Federal employee, even a single use of any other private e-mail account not archived at the National Archives for official business is a felony.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Michimatician47, 6/24/2014 2:36:19 PM     (No. 9898123)

Koskinen´s testimony last night was highly reminiscent of Jeff Skilling´s testimony before Congress on the Enron fiasco...Skilling of "I must have been in the bathroom when the deal got made" fame...As fortune would have it, Skilling parlayed that testimony into a long all expenses paid vacation making little rocks from big rocks at a federal prison. Koskinen´s insufferable snottiness should put a juicy target on his back if anything he said under oath can be proven to be perjury or a willful obstruction of Congress´s oversight responsibilities. He and Skilling would make a pretty pair at the rock pile.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 6/24/2014 9:07:30 PM     (No. 9898490)

Thanks, #24, for posting the Paine quote.

It´s also instructive to re-read the Declaration of Independence periodically.

Watching Koskinen last night and re-runs I fantasized what it would be like had he apologized, said that he had never witnessed such obstinacy in so-called public officials who in actuality work FOR the People.

Alas, we saw a smug, arrogant, dismissive, sarcastic boob. A good representative of this POTUS and his regime.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: WIBadger, 6/25/2014 12:50:53 AM     (No. 9898657)

This is all good political theater which makes us feel good. But does anyone really believe anything is going to come of this ? Is anyone´s head going to roll or end up in jail ?

Kudos to Massie, Gowdy, Issa etc. but beyond that, then what ? When there are no consequences for this kind of blatant corruption, what do words amount to ?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: peterfleming, 6/25/2014 2:03:56 AM     (No. 9898671)

thanks 6 for NAILING IT
and 24 for quoting the great TOM PAINE

enough said !
we´ve seen enough gangster movies already
now we see these arrogant "protected" criminals in the news

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Despite his continuous denials, some still believe that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016. Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, went one step further saying that the former Massachusetts governor will be occupying the White House after the next presidential election. “I think he actually is going to run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that. A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he has set out to do,”

Democrats Draft Bill to Override
Contraception Ruling

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New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 4:13:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women have access to coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections. The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act. The measure could be on the Senate floor as early as next week, Senate Democrats said. “Your health care decisions are not your boss’s

´Its Time To Impeach´ President Obama
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Breitbart Big Government, by Sarah Palin    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 7/8/2014 12:34:33 PM     Post Reply
Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.” Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold

Hillary Clinton doubles down on poverty
claim and says ´relentless persecution´ by
Republicans made them ´deeply in debt´

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/8/2014 12:57:32 PM     Post Reply
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton told the German magazine Der Spiegel on Tuesday that she and her husband Bill were ´deeply in debt´ when they left the White House, and blamed ´relentless persecution´ by Republicans for her legal bills after his presidency. The claim has added fuel to the fire Clinton herself touched off last month when she claimed they were ´dead broke´ after their time in the White House. The former first lady earns $200,000 or more every time she makes a public speech. The former president has earned a reported $104 million in speaking fees since he

7 Reasons Nobody Went to the Movies
on a Summer Holiday Weekend

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Time, by Richard Corliss    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 7/8/2014 1:46:42 PM     Post Reply
The Independence Day weekend, usually one of the year´s biggest, fizzled drastically this time. Here´s what to blame — and it wasn´t the World Cup or Hurricane Arthur What if they gave a July 4th party and nobody came? That’s what Hollywood is wondering in the wake of an Independence Day weekend that had moviegoers expressing their Declaration of Indifference — by boycotting the multiplexes.

Hillary Clinton is past her time
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 5:07:13 AM     Post Reply
Fate hasn´t been kind to Hillary Clinton, at least not in its most recent phase. In 2008, when the plate was set for the national Democrats, she lost the nomination to Barack Obama, of scant years and no gravitas, who soared out of nowhere to wrench destiny from her on the unspecified promise of "change." Now, "change" has come, and people don´t like it. Iraq changed from a safe, stable ally (just ask Obama) to a terrorist haven, one of the reasons why, though no fellow Democrats seem likely to edge her, her chances of winning the White House seem dim. Between

Poll: Americans Want Sarah
Palin to Shut Up the Most

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Mediaite, by Tina Daunt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/9/2014 4:15:22 PM     Post Reply
A poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Annenberg finally gave a numerical answer to a question we at Mediaite often ask ourselves: Out of all political figures that should pipe down just a bit, which one should do it immediately? Answer: Sarah Palin. Overwhelmingly Sarah Palin, says America. 52% of surveyed American adults want Sarah Palin to “be quiet,” according to the poll taken between June 30 and July 7 (Snip) 45% of respondents added that they wanted Jesse Jackson to be quiet, too; followed by Dick Cheney (42%), Newt Gingrich (39%), Al Gore (37%), and

Illegal Unaccompanied Minors Being
Held For Placement in U.S. Admit to
Engaging in Torture and Murder

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Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/9/2014 4:24:37 AM     Post Reply
Despite Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson vowing to "stem the tide" of unaccompanied illegal minors across the southern border with Mexico, thousands more are expected to enter the United States by the end of the year. With the system being overwhelmed, Border Patrol agents are concerned about minors who have admitted to being MS-13 members, a brutal street gang from El Salvador that has been successful in infiltrating American communities. Agents are also concerned about minors who have committed acts like torture and murder in their home countries before heading north to the United States. "We have six minors in Nogales

‘I’m So Tired of Your Mocking’:
O’Reilly, Powers Battle over
Immigration

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/9/2014 11:28:48 AM     Post Reply
Kirsten Powers snapped at Bill O’Reilly tonight after he told her she doesn’t know what she’s talking about on immigration, and told O’Reilly she’s tired of him mocking liberals every day on every single issue just because “they care about people.” Powers argued that O’Reilly’s getting his facts wrong and that immigrants coming to the U.S. back in the day (like the Irish) were poor and uneducated, much like the immigrants O’Reilly is so worried about today. O’Reilly dismissed Powers and told her, “You don’t seem to really know what you’re talking about.” That really set Powers off. “I am


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