Friday, November 28, 2014

Fwd: prioritization

'"This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true," Obama said at a Hispanic Roundtable meeting in the White House in 2011. "We are doing everything we can administratively." Obama said similar things several times since then, and on Nov. 18, just two days before Obama announced his action, White House spokesman Josh Earnest pointed to the "large number of cases in which the president has said, 'I'm not an emperor, I'm not a king, and I can't change the law.' "

 

Fast forward to Tuesday, when Obama was speaking on immigration reform to a group in Chicago. When protesters began yelling at Obama to stop all deportations, the president became frustrated and answered: "There have been significant numbers of deportations. That's true. But what you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took action to change the law."

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-changes-tune-on-immigration-yes-i-changed-the-law/article/2556678

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why can't a billion Chinese people rise up and overthrow the Communist Party and make China democratic?

Fwd: Iran

'Hossein Shariatmadari, a hard-line ally of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's, said that accepting the West's terms would mean capitulation for the revolution: "The problem will be solved when one side gives up its identity, only then."'

Fwd: China

With every new economic indicator released, it's become clearer that the period of China's hyper-growth has passed. The decades-long push into manufacturing, export-led growth, and real estate and infrastructure investment—which propelled growth for more than 30 years—has run out of steam. 


Fwd: National Guard

'"All I did was ask the question, and he says it's false. Well, okay, then explain yourself, governor," Kinder said. "Explain why you gave the order that I supported a week ago to mobilize the guard, to declare a state of emergency, and then at the critical moment you're nowhere to be found by the mayor of Ferguson who's desperately calling me in the wee hours of this morning, desperately calling the Speaker of the Missouri House and the floor leader of the Missouri House, Tim Jones and John Diehl, and asking for somebody in state government to stand up and give him some help.

Fwd: Wilson

'The New York Times, whether consciously or not, has just endangered Darren Wilson's life.

 

With tensions running high in Ferguson over the lack of an indictment for Wilson's killing of Michael Brown, the paper has published the officer's approximate address -- the street and town where he lives with his new wife, who also is named.

 

Given the racial animosity unleashed by Brown's death, given the rioting and the looting and the stores that were set afire, how can a news organization make it easier for some crazy zealot to track down Wilson?

 

But there it is in the paper:

 

"Officer Wilson and [blank] own a home together on [blank] Lane in [blank], Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson."

 

I mean, why not add a locator map?'

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/26/reckless-move-ny-times-publishes-darren-wilsons-address/?cmpid=edpick&google_editors_picks=true

 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fwd: Russia

'"Mikhail Gorbachev said at the beginning of the 80s that the greatest enemies of Soviet agriculture were spring, summer, fall and winter," says Marius Vacarelu, a Bucharest-based geopolitics expert. "[Jokes aside,] the cause of the Russian economy's weakness is not to be found in the international sanctions imposed by the US, the EU and the other states, but in around 70 years of technological backwardness created during communism."'

Fwd: Iran

'In the Iranian Parliament, lawmakers erupted in their usual chants of "Death to America" after a lawmaker commenting on the deadline extension spoke of "the U.S.'s sabotaging efforts and its unreliability."

 

The deputy speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Mohammad Hassan Abutorabi-Fard, said that Iran had learned from the nuclear negotiations that it had a strong hand to play. "Today, we can speak to the U.S. and its allies with the tone of power," he said in remarks quoted by the Fars news agency. "A lesson can be taken from the recent nuclear talks that, for various reasons, the U.S. is not reliable."..

 

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday…"In the nuclear issue, America and colonial European countries got together and did their best to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees, but they could not do so — and they will not be able to do so," Mr. Khamenei's personal website quoted him as saying.'

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-talks-extension.html


Fwd: Misery

'A row of scorched cars covered in soot sat in a parking lot in nearby Dellwood, a manager surveyed the burned down building of the gas station where she works, and business owners assessed smashed windows and rubble from the fires.

 

"I know that there's at least a dozen buildings that have been set on fire," St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a press conference today. "Most of those are total losses. I know that I have two St. Louis County police cars that are basically melted on Florissant Road, just to the north of Suburban [Avenue]."'

 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/tour-destruction-ferguson-riots/story?id=27163962

 


Fwd: National Guard

Lots of elected officials are asking questions about why the Missouri National Guard wasn't deployed in Ferguson last night. Governor Jay Nixon called a state of emergency in the St. Louis area last week and Guard members were in place last night at key locations in St. Louis when the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darrell Wilson was announced.

Fwd: Ukraine

On the one hand it is important that Ukraine remain an independent state, and it should have the right to economic and commercial associations of its choice. But I don't think it's a law of nature that every state must have the right to be an ally in the frame work of NATO. You and I know that NATO will never vote unanimously for the entry of Ukraine.

Fwd: Power

Back in 2007 Google commanded star-spangled headlines with its new high-tech venture to go all in on the next big thing in technology: green renewable energy.

...

Well, today those power plants don't exist, and Weihl is gone from Google. CEO Larry Page has decided that the grandiose program called Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C) can't make renewable energy cheaper than coal.

 http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/112414-727808-renewable-energy-cant-replace-fossil-fuels-say-google-scientists.htm#ixzz3K6EPnD2m

Fwd: Power

'Less than 48 hours after President Obama nominated Antonio F. Weiss, a longtime adviser on mergers at the investment bank Lazard and a Democratic supporter, to become the under secretary of Treasury for domestic finance, Senator Elizabeth Warren denounced the appointment and said that she would vote against his confirmation.

 

"Enough is enough," Senator Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, declared.

 

She said she was furious that the president would nominate someone from Wall Street. "It's time for the Obama administration to loosen the hold that Wall Street banks have over economic policy-making," she wrote on The Huffington Post'

 

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/sen-warrens-misplaced-ire-at-nominee/?_r=0


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fwd: Thailand

'Thailand's military-installed leaders are cracking down on protesters who have adopted "The Hunger Games" three-finger salute in defiance of totalitarian rule.

 

On Wednesday, police arrested five university students in the northeastern region of Khon Kaen after they flashed the symbol of rebellion against tyranny during a speech by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former military chief of staff who deposed elected government leaders in May and suspended democracy.'

 

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82025431/

 

A major Thai cinema chain in Bangkok, Apex, was forced to cancel Thursday's premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," to prevent the latest film in the series based on author Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy from becoming a venue for expression of anti-coup sentiments.

The Apex Group, which operates two cinemas in Bangkok's Siam Square district, said it had stopped screening the film…Apex said that its decision was not directly connected to the student arrests. The chain said that it had been asked to sell 200 tickets to the film at its Scala theatre and later discovered that 160 of them were being offered for free on Facebook, by an anti-coup group. The League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy on Sunday said it would give out 160 tickets for the premiere at Scala, calling its efforts "Raise Three Fingers, Bring Popcorn and Go to Theatre." Apex said that it halted the film because its screens were "being used for political activism."'

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/thai-cinema-chain-pulls-latest-hunger-games-after-salute-arrests-n252506


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fwd: Obviously there are some things things that have changed


'"I am president, I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself," Obama said Oct. 25, 2010.

 

"I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed," he declared three years later on Feb. 14, 2013.

 

Later that year on Sept. 17: "[I]f we start broadening that [the deferred action program for undocumented immigrant youth], then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally," he said. "So that's not an option."

 

How could the president now do what he plainly said was illegal as recently as last fall?

 

That's what I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today's White House briefing. In what appears to be a rare acknowledgement of a presidential flip flop, Earnest explained "obviously there are some things that have changed on this."

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/flip-flop-white-house-concedes-obama-shift-immigration/story?id=27006363

 

Nevada


'Nevada has a small population, but a high percentage of undocumented immigrants. According to Pew Research data, in 2012 it had the highest percentage of such residents in the United States: 7.6 percent.

 

It also has the highest percentage of illegal immigrants in its labor force, at 10.2 percent. And crucially for the White House, it has in its schools many, many children of these workers. In Nevada, 17.7 percent of students in K-12 schools have at least one undocumented parent.'

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Buzz/2014/1119/Why-is-Obama-unveiling-immigration-changes-in-Las-Vegas

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fwd: important stuff

"If we concentrated on the really important stuff in life there'd be a shortage of fishing poles"



By Junius P. Long

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.

If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy leaders in Egypt, you live in a country run by idiots.

If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat, you live in a country run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman can be strip searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched, you live in a country run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more, you live in a country run by idiots.

If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of grade school for saying his teacher is "cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable, you live in a country run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones, you live in a country run by idiots.

If the government's plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working, with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can't find work, you live in a country run by idiots.

If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government, you live in a country run by idiots.

If you are offended by this article, you probably voted for the idiots who are running our country into the ground, YOU are the problem, not the solution.

Do us all a favor, go fishing.

 

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Who’s Afraid of Executive Action?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fwd: dream

'The move comes after a concerted lobbying campaign by immigration advocates demanding presidential action in the face of 400,000 deportations every year…

 

For years, the president has repeatedly waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to take action on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president.

 

In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, Mr. Obama said he was proud of having protected the "Dreamers" — people who came to the United States illegally as young children — from deportation. But he said at the time that he could not apply that same action to other groups of people.

 

"If we start broadening that, then essentially, I'll be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally," Mr. Obama told Jose Diaz-Balart in the interview. "So that's not an option."

 

But Mr. Obama has effectively reversed his position and now said he believes that such actions can be "legally unassailable," as a senior White House official put it last week. Mr. Obama is expected to announce plans soon to expand the program for Dreamers to shield up to five million people from deportation and provide work permits for many of them.'

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/us/by-using-executive-order-on-immigration-obama-would-reverse-long-held-stance.html?_r=0


Fwd: memo

'If the White House press corps wants to keep government honest, here's a question to ask as President Obama prepares to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants by executive order: Has he sought, and does he have, any written legal justification from the Attorney General and the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) for his actions?

 

This would be standard operating procedure in any normal Presidency. Attorney General Eric Holder is the executive branch's chief legal officer, and Administrations of both parties typically ask OLC for advice on the parameters of presidential legal authority.

 

The Obama Administration has asked OLC for its legal opinions on such controversial national security questions as drone strikes and targeting U.S. citizens abroad. It was right do so even though the Constitution gives Presidents enormous authority on war powers and foreign policy.

 

But a Justice-OLC opinion is all the more necessary on domestic issues because the President's authority is far more limited. He is obliged to execute the laws that Congress writes. A President should always seek legal justification for controversial actions to ensure that he is on solid constitutional ground as well as to inspire public confidence in government.

 

Yet as far as we have seen, Mr. Obama sought no such legal justification in 2012 when he legalized hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The only document we've found in justification is a letter from the Secretary of Homeland Security at the time, Janet Napolitano, to law enforcement agencies citing "the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion." Judging by recent White House leaks, that same flimsy argument will be the basis for legalizing millions more adults.'

 

http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-missing-immigration-memo-1416180669


Fwd: Outlook

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st century is unlikely to be a quiet time in international relations. As the preeminent world power, one with global interests and concerns, the United States is going to have to navigate the next stage in world history deftly. While our goal is and will remain to avoid major wars by working with our allies and partners to build economic, political, legal and institutional frameworks for lasting peace among the world's peoples, it would be dangerous to underestimate the challenges this strategy will encounter. For the foreseeable future, the United States must work for peace without neglecting the necessary preparations to be ready if our efforts for peace do not succeed…'

Fwd: Ukraine

'At a meeting Monday in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers mulled the possibility of further sanctions against Moscow for its actions regarding Ukraine. Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief, said more sanctions against Russia would not be effective and the EU should focus instead on encouraging meaningful reforms in Kiev.

 

But Merkel, speaking in Sydney after the G-20 summit in Australia, struck a more defiant note, saying sanctions would remain in place "as far and long as they are needed."

 

Merkel said Russia's annexation of Crimea "calls into question the horror of two World Wars and, after the end of the Cold War, Europe's framework of peace."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article3976893.html#storylink=cpy'


Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth

Fwd: 1 year

'On the first anniversary of the Obamacare rollout, many Americans have lost whatever loving feeling they once had for the law, according to a new Gallup poll out Monday.

 

According to the poll, 37 percent of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, which is one percentage point less than the previous low. That was in January of 2014, following a rollout plagued with issues. Fifty-five percent of Americans now say they disapprove of the law.'

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-17/obamacare-approval-at-alltime-low-poll-shows

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

China Shows Off New Stealth Fighter

http://news.yahoo.com/china-shows-off-stealth-fighter-101940905.html

China's new stealth jet fighter rocketed skywards Wednesday as Beijing puts on an unprecedented display of openness -- and military force -- at the country's premier airshow. China's air force said the display of military might at the airshow showed the intention to build a strong country.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Re: Fusion


... This is extraordinary good news.  It means that the multi billion dollar French experimental reactor could be obsolete before it even starts. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mike Lee's Plan To Fix Congress

Transparency, equality, diversity, and innovation—these are not abstract values, but practical strategies that our new majority can use to unite the Republican coalition, revive public trust in Congress, and put the federal government back on the side of the working families and communities our broken status quo is leaving behind.

Tuesday, Republicans won a great victory.

Now what? Deserve it.

http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/06/mike-lees-plan-to-fix-congress/?google_editors_picks=true



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Eugene Robinson: "This Is Shellacking, The Sequel"

Bernie Sanders: People Voted For An Agenda "Very Different Than What They Want And Need"

Fwd: That didn't take long

'President Barack Obama showed no signs of backing down from executive action on immigration reform on Wednesday, despite a Republican wave that ripped control of the U.S. Senate away from Democrats the night before.

 

"Before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take," Obama told reporters at the White House, although he declined to offer specifics on what an executive order might look like.'

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/05/obama-immigration-executive-action_n_6109848.html

 

'Pelosi: Obama must stop deportations, allow entry to millions more illegal immigrants

 

In an op-ed published by UnivisiĆ³n, Pelosi, along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Luis GutiĆ©rrez, called on Obama to legalize immigrants who would have benefited from a comprehensive immigration reform bill the U.S. Senate passed in 2013.

 

The trio of lawmakers said the president should go even further by permitting close relatives of citizens and lawful permanent residents to gain entry into the United States, and blocking the deportation of relatives who are here illegally.'

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pelosi-obama-must-stop-deportations-allow-entry-to-millions-more-illegal-immigrants/article/2555471

 

'But minutes after Mr. McConnell said in his own news conference that executive action on immigration this year would poison the well for bipartisan cooperation during the remainder of Mr. Obama's term, the president vowed that he would not back down from his promise to act on his own to overhaul the immigration system…

 

White House aides are bracing for calls from both parties for Mr. Obama to cancel or postpone plans to announce executive actions that would reshape the nation's immigration laws and provide the legal authority for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.'

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/us/politics/midterm-democratic-losses-grow.html


What GOP Should Do With Its Victory

Rangel: Opponents of Emancipation Proclamation Became Republicans And Now Are Tea Party People


... These are the same Tea Party People who supported Herman Cain.  Who was trashing Herman Cain?  I think we know who.

Fwd: Common ground

'CHRIS MATTHEWS: What bothered me about him [today] he keeps talking about common ground. Damn it, there's very little common ground between left and right, but what there is is compromise. You do something for me on minimum wage, I'll do something for you in corporate tax reform. You give me something on corporate tax reform and I'll get rid of some of the loopholes or I'll do something on trade for you. He never talks about trading and compromising, he always talks about common ground. Well, damn it, you can not run a government on common ground.

 

He misses the main point of politics which is to be a politician and to trade. Okay, you want this? You want to take care of people who have been here illegally for 20, 30 years? Here's what I want. No more illegal hiring, and that's all in the Senate bill. But he won't sell the compromise. There's something in this guy that just plays to his constituency and acts like there is no other room out there. And that's going to be a collision at the end of this year like you have never seen. I do believe it will be like waving a red flag in front of the bull. I think Mitch McConnell is headed for a fight with the president.'

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/11/05/chris_matthews_rips_obama_theres_something_in_this_guy_that_just_plays_to_his_constituency.html


Climate Change? An Issue for Losers | Power Line

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/11/climate-change-an-issue-for-losers.php

A Referendum on the President | RealClearPolitics

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/11/05/a_referendum_on_the_president_124577.html

Scott Walker wins Wisconsin again: Why the conservative governor won again.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/scott_walker_wins_wisconsin_again_why_the_conservative_governor_won_again.html

The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down | The Nation

http://m.thenation.com/blog/188153-democrats-lost-big-tonight-why-obama-should-double-down

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Left's Tactics --- a Personal Example

The Left's Tactics --- a Personal Example

Fwd: Oil

'Oil accelerated a months-long slump after Saudi Arabia cut its prices for U.S. buyers in an effort to counter the shale boom.

 

The move coincided with an increase in prices for Asia and Europe, signaling Saudi Arabia's intention to grab a bigger share of the American oil market. It also suggests Saudi Arabia may be looking to squeeze U.S. oil producers, who are already under mounting pressure from falling oil prices.

 

Foreign producers like Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter of crude, have lost some influence in the U.S., where a surge in shale oil output is reducing the need for imports.

 

"I think it's a moral equivalent of war on the U.S. oil producer. That's exactly what it is, and Saudi Arabia is not trying to hide it," Phil Flynn, a senior energy analyst at Price Futures Group, said on "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo."

 

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/11/04/oil-slump-continues-as-saudi-arabia-targets-us/


Fwd: Court

'we could be in uncharted territory. Indeed, 1895 was the last time a Democratic president nominated a justice facing a Republican Senate (44 Republicans joined 40 Democrats and six senators of other parties to approve Grover Cleveland's nomination of Rufus Peckham). Since then, every other Democratic president with a Supreme Court vacancy faced a friendly Senate.

 

There are, of course, several examples of the reverse dynamic, where Republican presidents faced Democratic Senates: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush. As we know, the nominees weren't all successful (Robert Bork) but the presidents eventually found nominees that Senate Democrats considered acceptable (Justice Anthony Kennedy).'

 

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120102/republican-senate-2014-could-stall-supreme-court-vacancies


Fwd: voter id

'One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.

Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

 

The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book "Injustice" by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department attorney, who detailed with inside knowledge the voter frauds known to the Justice Department, and ignored by Attorney General Holder and Company.

 

One of these frauds involved sending out absentee ballots to people who had never asked for them. Then a political operator would show up -- uninvited -- the day the ballots arrived and "help" the voter to fill them out. Sometimes the intruders simply took the ballots, filled them out and forged the signatures of the voters.

 

These were illegal votes for Democrats, which may well be why Eric Holder sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil.

 

As for race-based "voter suppression," amid all the political hysteria, how many hard facts have you heard? Probably none that supports that claim. Widely available free photo identification cards mean that poverty is no barrier to voting.

 

Since blacks and whites both have to show photo I.D. for everything from cashing checks to getting on a plane, why has requiring a photo I.D. for voting caused such shrill outcries?

 

Unfortunately, this is part of the cynical politics of promoting as much racial polarization and paranoia as possible, in hopes of getting more black voters to turn out to vote for the Democrats.

 

Nothing is too gross when promoting racial hysteria in an election year. Veteran Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel from Harlem declared that Republicans "don't disagree -- they hate!" According to Rangel, "Some of them believe that slavery isn't over and that they won the Civil War!"

 

Republicans did win the Civil War. That's why there is no more slavery. It was a Republican president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a Republican-controlled Congress that voted for the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery.

 

In the 1960s, a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If we are going to talk about history, let's at least get the facts right'

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/11/04/voter_fraud_and_voter_id_124553.html#ixzz3I6g0GuUr


Fwd: IRS

'Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was looped in on a plan with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not want to publicly release 2012 correspondences exchanged between the IRS and Jeanne Shaheen at her personal Washington office: the agency delayed releasing the information to a major conservative super PAC multiple times, even threatening to see the super PAC in court, according to emails.

 

But the letter in question comes out now, on the eve of Jeanne Shaheen's bid for re-election to the United States Senate.

 

"The IRS is aware of the current public interest in this issue," IRS chief counsel William J. Wilkins, a White House visitor described by insiders as "The President's Man at the IRS," personally wrote in a hand-stamped memo to "Senator Shaheen" on official Department of the Treasury letterhead on April 25, 2012.

 

The memo, obtained by TheDC, briefed the Democratic senator about a coordinated IRS-Treasury Department plot to target political activity by nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups. The plot was operating out of Lois Lerner's Tax Exempt Government Entities Division…

 

Shaheen got the inside info from the IRS, making it clear she was the point person in a group composed of six close Democratic colleagues including Chuck Schumer and Al Franken, who joined with Shaheen in quietly writing a letter to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman expressing their concern about new nonprofit groups engaging in political activity in 2012.

 

The Democratic senators' publicly available March 9, 2012 letter asked the IRS to "immediately change the administrative framework for enforcement of the tax code as it applies to groups designated as 'social welfare' organizations" by introducing a new "bright line test" for how much a tax-exempt group can invest in political activity and by setting a new rule that at least 51 percent of a group's activity must non-political. The senators called for more elaborate disclosures about finances and "undertakings" in groups' form 990 submissions and sought new rules about how much donors could write off as business expenses'

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/03/bombshell-memo-jeanne-shaheen-conspired-with-white-house-insider-on-irs/