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IRS Wins Round 1 Over Lost Tea Party Emails

Rachel Bade, Politico

The IRS won what might be Round 1 in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group’s bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner’s lost emails.

IRS Union Runs On Taxpayer Subsidies

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, calls the National Treasury Employees Union activity “a huge overreach of what the IRS should be doing. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars. It’s shameful that Congress and the Obama administration allow this to happen.”

The IRS's God Complex

Quin Hillyer, National Review Online

The tax agency signs a secret pact with atheists, promising it will investigate 99 churches. 

House's Proposed Citizen Lawsuits vs. Bureaucrats Would Discourage Future Lerners

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Washington Examiner

Just as the bad guys in America’s private sector need the accountability that comes with the potential of being sued, the Lerners in government need a dose of such consequences when they intentionally violate the laws.

Lerner Called Conservatives ‘A**holes,’ Fantasized About Working At Obama Group

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller

New emails released by the House provide more evidence that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner isn't fond of conservatives. “So we don’t need to worry about teRroists [sic]. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner wrote in a Nov. 9, 2012 email exchange with an IRS colleague.

Report Proposes Solutions to Ensure Targeting Never Happens Again

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Staff

House Oversight and Gov't Reform Comm. Chairman Darrell Issa released a report titled, “Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions." The report proposes a number of reforms to the IRS that would protect Americans from being targeting by the IRS.

Lawsuits Tackle Lois Lerner Syndrome Among State AG's

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Washington Examiner

Lois Lerner wasn't the only government official unlawfully trying to upend through backdoor channels the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

Trey Gowdy Destroys IRS Comm. Over Non-Compliance

Katie Pavlich, TownHall

IRS Commissioner Koskinen has changed his story about "lost" IRS emails multiple times. Yesterday Trey Gowdy took him to task over inconsistent statements and slow walking the investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups. 

Obamacare Lawlessness Takes Potentially Fatal Hit

Halbig v. Burwell didn’t get the kind of news coverage that the Hobby Lobby case received – but the D.C. Circuit's decision in Halbig v. Burwell is "a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," said Sen. Ted Cruz.

IRS, Hey Maybe We Do Have Our Email Backups

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to Thomas Kane, the IRS’s deputy associate chief counsel. So did IRS Commissioner John Koskinen lie when he testified that they were gone?

IRS lawyer: Hard Drives of Others Also Crashed

Allahpundit, Hot Air

If the hard drives were professionally destroyed because they were corrupted beyond repair, there must be an invoice somewhere. The hard drives of “less than 20″ employees can’t just conveniently go missing, not at the one federal agency that demands scrupulous documentation in its interactions with the public.

Court Strikes Blow Against ObamaCare Subsidies

Elise Viebeck, The Hill

A fed. appeals court ruled that Obamacare’s premium subsidies are invalid in 24+ states. The court said the ACA doesn't permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the fed. OCare exchange. Those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.

Tea Party Lawsuit Against IRS Moves Forward

Todd Cefaratti, Tea Party News Network

A federal judge declared that a lawsuit against the IRS, brought by several Tea Party groups, was allowed to proceed. Judge Susan Dlott declined the gov't’s requests to dismiss the claims that the IRS had improperly targeted Tea Party and various conservative groups in a campaign of harassment that lasted for years.

DOJ Accused Of Politically Targeting Industries

Jonah Bennett, Daily Caller

An Operation Choke Point hearing reveals the Department of Justice's threats and strong-arming of targeted industries.

House Guts IRS Budget, Blocks Bonuses

Tristyn Bloom, Daily Caller

The House voted to block performance bonuses for senior IRS execs. “Giving out bonuses is ludicrous and amounts to a slap in the face to the American public,” said Rep. Paul Gosar. “They should not be given performance awards in the wake of one of the largest scandals in recent history.”

Top DOJ Official Denies Conspiring w/ IRS on TEAParty Scandal

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Dep. Attorney Gen. James Cole assured Congress Thursday that the Justice Dept. didn’t conspire with the IRS to try to target tea party groups, and he said the FBI didn’t even know it had been given private taxpayer info. by the tax agency until years afterward.

Issa: Lois Lerner’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Email

Kendall Breitman, Politico

“[This is] a smoking gun, this is Lois Lerner clearly cautioning people not to say things on email and be delighted to find out that the local instant chat [messages] wasn’t tracking what they said,” Issa stated.

Conservative Groups Take IRS to Court

Bernie Becker, The Hill

Two conservative organizations – Judicial Watch and True the Vote – won hearings over the missing emails of Lois Lerner, shifting the center of action on the IRS investigation this week from the Capitol to a federal district courthouse.

Yes, There is One Way to Control Renegade Bureaucrats

There is one way, and only one way, to control renegade bureaucrats; allow citizen victims to sue, and legislate personal liability for bureaucrats guilty of willfully illegal conduct.

How to Control IRS, 'Untouchable' Bureaucrats

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Washington Examiner

The way to control the epidemic of gov't law-breaking is to allow citizen victims to sue, and legislate personal liability for bureaucrats guilty of willfully illegal conduct. We should initiate legislation and add private remedies to its platform. Bureaucrats must face the consequences.