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Jay Carney: ‘People’ In The White House ‘Were Aware’ IRS Targeted Conservatives, But No One Acted

Is there even a script anymore? Presidential press secretary Jay Carney admitted Tuesday that there were “people” in the White House who knew conservative nonprofits were complaining that the Internal Revenue Service had been, to borrow the President’s phrase, “gumming up the works” as they attempted to achieve the same timely tax-exempt status their liberal-leaning […]

Barack Passes The Buck, It’s Gonna Blow!, Pelosi Loves IRS Scandal, Spies Like This?, Black Gold Back Again: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 5-14-2013

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.

Iran To Head U.N. Disarmament Committee

Iran To Head U.N. Disarmament Committee

The United Nations has been the target of outrage by some groups, thanks to an “automatic rotation” schedule that will put Iran in charge of the International organization’s Conference on Disarmament between May 27 and June 23.

Senator On Guns: ‘Confiscate, Confiscate, Confiscate!’

Senator On Guns: ‘Confiscate, Confiscate, Confiscate!’

Audio from a Senate hearing on gun control last week outed three Senators who lingered after talks were finished, with each sharing a slice of elitist thought that has little to do with upholding Constitutional oaths, but lots to do with expanding the state’s control over individual freedoms and widening the cultural gap between citizens and the elected class.

‘Biometrics’ In The Immigration Bill

‘Biometrics’ In The Immigration Bill

A debate over whether the comprehensive immigration bill currently being discussed in the Senate contains provisions for a national biometric database that would store information about virtually every adult in the United States raises some complicated questions about how willing some Americans are to sacrifice personal privacy in the name of quelling illegal immigration.

IRS Double Standard Tax Dragnet Also Sought Out Advocates of Constitutional And Government Reform

IRS Double Standard Tax Dragnet Also Sought Out Advocates of Constitutional And Government Reform

It wasn’t just Tea Party types whom the Internal Revenue Service singled out for extra tax scrutiny over the past two years. The politically driven effort to stymie the goals of suspected conservatives extended to nonprofits and social-welfare groups that advocate for changes in government spending and educating the public on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Reid: Don’t Jump To Conclusions On IRS Scandal

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has urged his fellow lawmakers to avoid jumping to conclusions with regard to allegations that the Internal Revenue Service singled out conservative nonprofits for excess filing requirements.   “I intend to take a close look at the inspector general’s report when it is released,” he said, adding, “I look forward to […]

Vermont House Moves To Decriminalize Marijuana

The Vermont House of Representatives voted Monday on a bill, already amended by the State Senate, that would decriminalize marijuana if approved by the Governor. The bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce, instead imposing a civil fine after the same fashion as a traffic ticket. Anyone under 21 caught […]

Feds Spying On AP Reporters

In what is being called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” by the news organization’s top executive, The Associated Press has discovered that the Justice Department secretly acquired two months’ of phone records on its reporters and editors. From The Associated Press:  The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the […]

Federal Judge Says President Gets His Way Too Easily With Courts When Hiding ‘Classified’ Documents

One Federal judge told fellow government employees Monday that courts are too lax in considering the actual merit of most Presidential claims that information should remain classified for the sake of national security. According to a POLITICO report, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said most Federal courts are “far too deferential” to the executive branch […]

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