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GOP House Members Lean On IRS To Come Clean Or Face Funding Cuts

Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to tighten the IRS’ “purse strings” if officials don’t come clean about who was involved in orchestrating the Tea Party discrimination scandal. On Monday, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, “I don’t need to remind you or anybody else that the power […]

During Ways And Means Hearing, House Dems Can’t Find Liberal IRS Victim

Some Democrats rushing to the Internal Revenue Service’s defense after reports of the agency’s unfair targeting of conservative groups alleged that IRS officials were simply doing their jobs by vetting organizations applying for nonprofit status and that the IRS had also targeted liberal groups. But the scene that unraveled during a House Ways and Means […]

Cruz Missle: Abolish The IRS, Baby Boomer Suicides, Oregon’s Smoking Ban, Adolf’s Dad In Court, NYC Hates Everything — Tuesday Morning News Roundup 6-4-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories. Senator Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) suggestion , via Twitter, to “abolish the IRS and ensure it [scandal and abuse] NEVER happens again” is picking up a little steam. […]

Bloomberg Persecutes Cooperative Shop Owner: $60,000 Fine For Selling Lighters Shaped Like Guns

Bloomberg Persecutes Cooperative Shop Owner: $60,000 Fine For Selling Lighters Shaped Like Guns

Fred Shayes, owner of a small tourist shop in midtown Manhattan, is going to have to go out of business if Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office doesn’t let up. The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs is fining him $60,000 because his store was selling cigarette lighters that looked like tiny guns, even though Shayes cooperated with officials as soon as he realized the items weren’t allowed in Bloomberg’s gun-panicked nanny state.

Issa’s ‘Paid Liar’ Remarks Highlight Liberal Willingness To Follow White House’s Every Command

Issa’s ‘Paid Liar’ Remarks Highlight Liberal Willingness To Follow White House’s Every Command

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has spent the better part of his recent career grilling officials close to the Barack Obama White House for what many conservatives see as gross Administration failures. Now he’s catching heat for calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar” for his many duplicitous remarks about the President’s role in the IRS scandal.

Supreme Court: Cops Can Take Your DNA Just Like Fingerprints

Supreme Court: Cops Can Take Your DNA Just Like Fingerprints

Weeks ago, many people throughout the Nation expressed concern that a version of a forthcoming immigration reform bill included provisions that would allow the Federal government to keep a “biometric database.” A Monday Supreme Court ruling brings the prospect of a Federal biometric database closer to reality—and it could affect anyone in the United States caught in the criminal justice dragnet.

With Family Rates Up To $20k Per Year, No Surprise Most Americans Unsure Of Buying Into Obamacare

With Family Rates Up To $20k Per Year, No Surprise Most Americans Unsure Of Buying Into Obamacare

As the January 2014 deadline looms for Obamacare to take effect as the law of the land, nearly two-thirds of Americans are still on the fence about buying insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the embattled IRS has released an enforcement schedule that assumes a family of five will have to pay $20,000 a year, at minimum, for health care coverage under the controversial law.

Kerry Says U.S. Will Sign Small Arms Treaty; McCain Admits Special Counsel May Be Needed; Minneapolis Pays Millions To Police Victims; NYC Self Defense Classes Won’t Protect Gays; And The IRS Needs Money: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-3-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links. Kerry Vows U.S. Support For Small Arms Treaty Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States will sign a United Nations treaty regulating the international trade of small arms, a measure that has been met with resistance from some Congressional lawmakers concerned […]

Democratic Lawmaker Says IRS Needs More Money

Amid reports that the Internal Revenue Service used the American tax system to unfairly target conservatives and subsequent reports that the agency is wasting buckets of taxpayer dollars on conferences each year, some Democratic lawmakers can’t help but think that what the IRS needs is… more money. Representative Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said that the IRS […]

Kerry Vows U.S. Support For Small Arms Treaty

Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States will sign a United Nations treaty regulating the international trade of small arms, a measure that has been met with resistance from some Congressional lawmakers concerned that the treaty could lead to new gun-control laws being implemented in the U.S. Kerry issued a statement Sunday, […]

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