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May 11, 2013 - 1:41 pm
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The plot thickens.

The Associated Press
is reporting that senior officials of the IRS knew back in June of 2011 that the agency was targeting groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” and “9/12 Project” in their names. At that point, Lois Lerner, who oversees the IRS department dealing with tax-exempt status, told the employees to change the criteria for flagging tax-exempt groups “immediately.”

But the criteria weren’t changed until January of 2012:

The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week. The AP obtained part of the draft report, which has been shared with congressional aides.

Among the other revelations, on Aug. 4, 2011, staffers in the IRS’ Rulings and Agreements office “held a meeting with chief counsel so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”

On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to, “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement,” the report says.

While this was happening, several committees in Congress were writing IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.

In Shulman’s responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials.

“There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax-exempt status, Shulman said at the House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing.

The portion of the draft report reviewed by the AP does not say whether Shulman or anyone else in the Obama administration outside the IRS was informed of the targeting. But it is standard procedure for agency heads to consult with staff before responding to congressional inquiries.

Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush, a Republican. His 6-year term ended in November. President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a successor. The agency is now run by an acting commissioner, Steven Miller.

It appears that the IRS didn’t cease and desist until it became clear that Congress was getting suspicious. Are they seriously making the argument that they found out about the practice in June of 2011 and then it took seven months to change the criteria after Ms. Lerner ordered the practice halted “immediately”? What were they doing over those seven months while conservatives were being harassed and bullied? And who promulgated the original criteria in the first place?

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Wait - so this is something you consider impeachable? And all that silly stuff about Benghazi isn't?

And that's why you wrote that other piece? Because you want people to jump on this bandwagon instead?

Well. Bad as this is, I still consider letting people die to be a worse offense. And one more directly attributable to the president.

I just don't get you.
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Wait - so this is something you consider impeachable? And all that silly stuff about Benghazi isn't?

And that's why you wrote that other piece? Because you want people to jump on this bandwagon instead?

Well. Bad as this is, I still consider letting people die to be a worse offense. And one more directly attributable to the president.

I just don't get you.
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Benghazi might have been a misjudgement initially, before it became a coverup. Targeting political enemies for IRS harassment was deliberate from the git go.
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Wake up, Rick Moran. This is your moderate, legitimate, America-loving President at work. Don't you just love him?
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I told you not to miss any of your remedial reading classes at the JC. Now look what happened. You are functionally illiterate again.

I have written about 3, 000 blog posts, articles, and essays all over the net since 2007 when Obama announced his candidacy. There may be a dozen or so that say anything nice about the president and thousands that skewer him.

You're problem is that I don't hate him with the same, unreasoning, hysterical spite that you do. Sorry, but I don't do crazy very well.
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Now the real questions are: 1) will this be treated as seriously by the media as it would had Bush done such a thing, and 2) will anything be done about it?

Forget Benghazi, here is you impeachable offense.
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Why wait to see if the media treat this properly. The IRS and Obama are targeting conservatives, why are conservatives waiting for the MSM to do something? Stand up for yourself Unions and Black Panthers don't hope the media see things their way. They act on their own behalf.
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Here's a question - other than their normal harassment, did they take any further enforcement actions? Did they find any violations?

I'm going to assume they did, and under the "even blind squirrel trips over a nut now and then" rule, it might even have been valid. But if it goes beyond that ... well, if it went beyond that, we might have heard about it by now.

Not but that the harassment part of it isn't plenty bad enough, the IRS even when they do their job honestly is a pain in the butt.
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Friday document dumps tend to work best when there's no other major scandal already in the pipeline -- dumping the IRS information yesterday and today on top of the Benghazi revelations is more like pouring gasoline onto the brushfire, because it makes it even tougher for the Sunday shows to avoid talking about Obama Administration corruption in general and not tie the two together (though if David Gregory centers "Meet the Press" on Sunday around the Jodi Arias verdict and the release of the Cleveland hostages, it wouldn't be a shock. But I don't expect ABC and CBS to do the same this time around).
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Yet more evidence that liberals are mentally incapable of objectivity. You're born with it or you aren't. Which explains why they have no interest in western thought: it simply dumfounds them.

Do we really want to continue living with these people?

(BTW: I think you Quayled that potato.)
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Am I the only one who thinks the timing of this story is meant to distract from Benghazi?
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It's more likely this bubbling pot of corruption leads directly to the White House, and the Regime is hoping that by dumping it on a news-heavy Friday afternoon, no one will notice the stench. It's clear Obama is hoping the media will help him tamp down the Benghazi damage, or at least shift the blame to HRC, but why not use the crisis to get rid of this other problem?
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Yes, that's what I meant. It makes sense.
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Nooooooo. Not the most transparent administration in history? Obviously this is a rightwing false flag operation.
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