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8 Times Obama Says He Was Way Out of the Loop

It’s a remarkable irony: the same U.S. president whose administration has gone to great lengths to monitor journalists, whistleblowers and the public, claims to be oddly in the dark regarding basic information on some of his biggest controversies. Here are eight instances in which President Obama said he heard it on the news—or way after-the-fact—just […]

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Who Alerted Treasury Dept. of Missing IRS Emails Months Before Congress?

We now have the answer to one question in the IRS missing email investigation: who at the IRS notified Obama administration officials that emails were missing…while Congress, which subpoenaed the documents, was left in the dark. Here’s my latest report for Sinclair Media television affiliates: Share      

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HHS HealthCare.gov Official: “Delete this email”

An email obtained by Congress shows the top official for Healthcare.gov at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Department of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Tavenner, instructed the agency’s top spokesman to “Please delete this email.” The instruction appears significant for several reasons: First, the email to be deleted included an exchange […]

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No Kidding? HHS Likely Lost Subpoenaed Docs, Too.

Two federal agencies “losing” subpoenaed documents in major investigations may not exactly be a trend–but it certainly doesn’t look good. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented the House Oversight Committee with disturbing news that some subpoenaed documents in the Congressional investigation of HealthCare.gov “might not be retrievable.” This revelation comes on […]

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How the IRS Scandal Helped Neuter Legitimate Enforcement

The Center for Public Integrity is out with its new, in-depth look into the IRS’ nonprofit exempt division. According to CPI, “The IRS’ nonprofit division, grappling with a decimated staff and limited resources, effectively lost whatever nerve it had left. Notably, it came to a near standstill on deciding whether it should grant ‘social welfare’ […]

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Issa to IRS Commissioner: Want to Revise Your Testimony?

Today, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking if he wants to amend his earlier testimony about Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified on June 23 that Lerner, a former IRS official at the center of the controversy over the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups, followed terms of […]

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Email: IRS’ Lerner Suggested Targeting Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa)

New emails reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee in the IRS targeting investigation revealed something that might knock the probe up another notch: IRS manager Lois Lerner allegedly sought to have the circumstances surrounding a speaking invitation to Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, referred for IRS examination. “We have seen a […]

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House Oversight Committee Subpoenas White House Official in IRS Probe

With the White House declining the House Oversight Committee’s request to make an official available to testify at an IRS hearing tomorrow, the Committee tonight issued a subpoena compelling her to appear. The official is lawyer Jennifer O’Connor. “A year ago, when news broke that the IRS had targeted Americans because of their political beliefs, […]

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15 Technology Questions for the IRS Prior to Monday’s Hearing

In advance of tomorrow evening’s hearing on the Lost Lois Lerner emails, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has asked the IRS Commissioner to provide answers to 15 technology questions. On Fri. June 13, the IRS notified Congress that key emails during a two year time frame, January 2009 to April 2011, were irretrievably […]

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Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails

In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans. Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what […]

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