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IRS Threatens Symbolic Shutdown. Make It Real!

Posted on December 19, 2014

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The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they […]

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CIA Hammered, But Its Budget Will Grow, as Always

Written by Gary North on December 10, 2014

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The folks at the CIA are chanting this: “Budget cuts will break our bones, but Feinstein cannot hurt us.” The CIA and NSA have been hammered all year. But the public does not know what the government spends on them. Congress does not know. Their budget are never publicly cut. Never. The Washington Post Reports: […]

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White House Stonewalls on Releasing IRS Files

Posted on December 4, 2014

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Less than a week after ’fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and won’t release the trove to a group suing for access. In an abrupt decision, the Treasury inspector general’s office said that the documents […]

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Found: 30,000 Missing IRS Emails of Lois “5th Amendment” Lerner

Posted on November 22, 2014

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Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of […]

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IRS Stonewaller Lerner’s Emails Are Not Lost, Say Government Lawyers

Posted on October 22, 2014

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Government lawyers have told a watchdog group suing over the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all. Attorneys for the Justice Department surprised Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, on Friday by saying that they have copies of every electronic message ever sent from Lerner, a former top IRS official […]

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Bagpipes and Liberty

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2014

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Some of you will scoff. “North has gone round the bend this time.” On the contrary: the United States government has gone round the bend . . . again. I begin with North’s law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will inevitably enforce an official rule to the point of utter imbecility.” There are no known exceptions […]

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The TSA Spots Gold. “What Is This?” A Medal.

Written by Gary North on October 16, 2014

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In 2011, Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize in physics. He took the medal to Fargo, North Dakota, to show his grandmother. She lives in Fargo. There, he encountered the TSA, always on the job to Keep America Safe. He was not coming into Fargo. He was leaving. He describes what happened. ‘They’re like, “Sir, […]

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