Feds Shut Down Printed Guns, Watchdog Muzzled, A ‘Damn Good Republican,’ Gay Marriage Don’tcha Know, And Democrats On Brink Of Collapse: TGIF Morning News Roundup 5-10-2013

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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.

  • The Federal government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer. The move jeopardizes not only the 2nd Amendment, but also Internet freedom.
  • A watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because he has uncovered multiple examples of fraud and abuse.
  • Chris Christie wants you to know: He’s “a damn good Republican.”
  • The White House Political Director during the Bill Clinton years says the Democratic Party is teetering on the edge of decline. Citing the strength of Republican gains at the State level, such as governorships and legislative seats, longtime Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik warns party members their dominance once President Barack Obama leaves office is “at considerable risk.”
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed a bill to recognize gay marriage in the Land of 1,000 Lakes. The bill passed 75-59 Thursday, and it will now head to the Senate and then to Governor Mark Dayton. Both the Senate and the Governor are expected to approve the bill.

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*Staff writer Ben Bullard contributed to this story.

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  • Dave
    • Don 2

      The I.R.S. harassing the Tea Party. Hardly a surprise when you consider the gangsters running the White House. I think more heads need to roll than just in the I.R.S.

      • Dave

        The IRS is independent of the WH… sorry to burst your bubble there.

        • Vigilant

          If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. The IRS is under the Executive Branch of government.
          NOT sorry to burst your bubble.

        • vicki

          As vigilant says the IRS is most certainly NOT independent of the WH.

          ” The agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury,….”
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Revenue_Service

          Now lets see who is in charge of the Treasury.

          “… formally established as an executive department by the First Session of Congress in 1789…”

          http://www.treasury.gov/about/history/Pages/edu_history_brochure_index.aspx

          And just who might be the head of the executive department?

          “The United States federal executive departments are among the oldest primary units of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States—the Departments of State, War, and the Treasury all having been established within a few weeks of each other in 1789.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_executive_departments

          And that connects department to branch.

          Now who is in charge of the executive branch?

          http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/executive-branch

          • Dave

            Today’s IRS Organization

            The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 prompted the most comprehensive reorganization and modernization of IRS in nearly half a century. The IRS reorganized itself to closely resemble the private sector model of organizing around customers with similar needs.

            To support its structure and ensure accountability, the IRS is divided into three commissioner-level organizations:

            Commissioner

            Specialized IRS units report directly to the Commissioner’s office. The IRS Chief Counsel also reports to the Treasury General Counsel on certain matters.

            Commissioner, Internal Revenue — Steven T. Miller, Acting

            IRS Chief Counsel — William J. Wilkins

            Taxpayer Advocate Service — Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate

            Appeals — Shelly Kay, Acting Chief

            Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — Monica Davy, Executive Director

            Research, Analysis and Statistics — Rosemary Marcuss, Director

            Communications and Liaison — Terry Lemons, Acting Chief

            Office of Compliance Analytics — Dean R. Silverman, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner (Compliance Analytics Initiatives)

            Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement

            The Deputy Commissioner reports directly to the Commissioner and oversees the four primary operating divisions and other service and enforcement functions:

            Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement — Steven T. Miller

            Wage and Investment Division — Peggy Bogadi, Commissioner

            Large Business and International Division — Heather Maloy, Commissioner

            Small Business/Self Employed Division — Faris Fink, Commissioner

            Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division — Joseph H. Grant, Acting Commissioner

            Criminal Investigation — Richard Weber, Chief

            Return Preparer Office — Carol Campbell, Director

            Office of Professional Responsibility —Karen L. Hawkins, Director

            Office of Online Services — Rajive Mathur, Director

            Whistleblower Office — Stephen A. Whitlock, Director

            Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support

            The Deputy Commissioner reports directly to the Commissioner and oversees the integrated IRS support functions, facilitating economy of scale efficiencies and better business practices:

            Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support — Beth Tucker

            Chief Technology Officer — Terence V. Milholland

            Agency-Wide Shared Services — Dave Grant, Chief

            Human Capital Officer — David Krieg, Chief

            Chief Financial Officer — Pamela LaRue

            Office of Privacy, Governmental Liaison and Disclosure — Rebecca A. Chiaramida, Director
            ——————
            Hardly a direct report

          • vicki

            You provided a marvelously detailed org chart of the IRS from its bureau head down. However Vigilant and I were directing your attention UP the chain of command.

            ” The agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury,….”

      • Don 2

        Good try, but Vicki nailed your hide to the wall. The buck stops with Obama, even he has said so. Dave, you’re out of your league messing with her. Nice job Vicki!

  • vicki

    Interesting that the government shut down the simple design for a printable gun using language that sounds a lot like the treaty that is not ratified. Yet I bet the designs for an atomic bomb are still in the library.