- Take the money and run: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asked IRS Commissioner Steve Miller to resign after it was revealed that the IRS Cincinnati office targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny.
- Obama Administration releases 100 pages of Benghazi emails
- Prettier in Print
- Cover: “The Angelina Effect“
- Joe Klein: “Sorting Out the Scandals“
- Alex Altman: Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley may be to blame if immigration reform doesn’t pass
- Fareed Zakaria: “America the Isolated?“
- Michael Grunwald on the failure of Fisker Automotive and the green revolution
- Michael Scherer: “Auditing the IRS“
- Mitch McConnell‘s legacy will be his defeat
- The Economist debates breaking up big banks
- The Fix in defense of fun journalism
- National Review: Scandal is not an agenda
- Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Attorney General Eric Holder battle it out at yesterday’s hearing.
This is for the chumps who were suckered by the White House yesterday. It is amazing how the hive drones just repeat the bulls**t coming out of the White House lie factory.
I was just on the phone with a conservative friend (sane no less). He had a really interesting take on the house republicans. He's pretty close to being a Tea Party enthusiast. He thinks that the congress not doing anything is a good thing. He believes that DC screws up everything they try to do. NOT doing anything is the best he thinks we can hope for. I thought that was a pretty interesting way of explaining the allure of the TP.They house isn't doing anything, so in his mind, they're doing a good job.
Is Stern really that clueless?:
The JK scandal thread is getting ready to break 1k posts. Maybe it will qualify as a superfund cleanup site.
Maybe the most OT thing I've ever said and the hardest to believe, but I may have a part-time job. Working for......the church. I'm still thinking over the offer.
Tea Party's solution to IRS mess? Hire more IRS employees: http://progresstexas.org/blog/tea-party-hire-more-irs-employees
Because the Tea Party has always supported more federal workers and expanding the IRS, right? Irony. It's what's for dinner.
Poor Steve Miller, the now former acting IRS director:
"He’s just a fall guy. He wasn’t director for most of the period in question (though he was serving in the agency). And both he and his predecessor acted properly and swiftly to shut down the inappropriate criteria when it was brought to their attention."
"But someone had to be fired. Otherwise President Obama wouldn’t seem like he was taking action. And Obama actually didn’t have many choices for whom to fire. It’s hard for the president to axe ordinary employees at the IRS at will. The agency is insulated from the executive branch — in part due to fears that a president will fire employees if they don’t discriminate against groups or individuals who’re fighting his agenda. In this case, that insulation is actually protecting employees who might have discriminated against conservative groups from being fired by the White House. Now there’s an unintended consequence for you."
(Citation: Andrew Sullivan)
This is great!! The white house trolling the GOP:
So much for "free market". The GOP can't even do that right.
Mount Everest is melting: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-75911686/
Nothing to see here. Nothing to worry about. Move along.
Ezra Klein on what "Obama going Bullworth" might look like: http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/16/if-obama-went-bulworth-heres-what-hed-say/
I would pay to see this happen.
"Put a fork in the Benghazi story; it's done."
"But it's against this backdrop that Republicans vote, over and over again, to repeal a health care law they know won't be repealed. They do so, in part because they have a radicalized base that expects near-constant pandering, in part because some of their leaders have broader ambitions and see these tactics as useful, and in part because pointless vanity exercises make Republicans feel warm inside."
Looking like John Waters doesn't help:
Start screaming baggers:
@sacredh That's a Texas thang. Our legislature meets once every two years for three or four months. Texans think it's wonderful - then the ledge can't mess anything up. Our governor is a figurehead. Maybe that explains the pretty boy in the seat - his hair got him the job.
You were so egging them on, the baggers were giving you likes man.
Do it. Irony like that only comes around once in a blue moon.
@Sue_N Ironic indeed. More IRS staff means they can follow the 501c rules properly. Not good for the lobbyists.
You might be a Republican if...
Yo bub, are you ok? I know reversing course that fast tends to result in people pulling something
There's something wonderful about taking a stupid meme attempt and squashing it. In three words only, too.
"Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), for example, said the White House tweet is evidence of a larger "intimidation" strategy. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) went further, calling the tweet proof of the "arrogance of power."
I haven't the foggiest idea what these people are talking about. It's "intimidating" and "arrogant" to describe federal law as federal law? Since when? Isn't it far more "intimidating" and "arrogant," especially for the uninsured, to try to scrap families' benefits, coverage, and protections, and replace them with nothing, just to pander to unhinged activists?"
White House took their ball and they have a sad.
I heard about this the other day. I love when one conservative constituency is war with another. In this case the business community and its interests are at odds with the anti-science crowd; who will win?
"A light rain suddenly turned heavier when Obama began speaking, symbolizing his political woes that prompted him to make a trio of moves this week intended to regain the momentum or at least halt the damage."
Ann RIchards started putting some oomph in the office, and Dubya increased it. But Perry has turned it into the most powerful office in the state. And Dewhurst (lt gov) is basically a doormat.
As for the lege, it was definitely designed to be useless (at which it succeeds). There's a story that when air conditioning started becoming more common, the suggestion to put it in the capitol was met with horror by Texans. The fear was that ac would allow the legislature to meet year ’round, which nobody wanted.
I kniow. The guy that does their mowing and trimming gave them two weeks notice. They asked me if I'd be interested because "You keep your place looking great".
@forgottenlord Like a school of sardines chased by dolphins. All in unison now, left then right then left again and now completely in reverse.
@outsider2011 Weird, I did not copy the picture.
But... but... electric cars are evil! FREEDOM!!!!
@forgottenlord With that kind of prose you would think this reporter was working on a novel rather than a news story.
That would require absorption of something violating their world view rather than immediate rejection without thought.
I get along with most of them pretty well, but I'm pretty sure it was someone from the church that blew my mailbox up several years ago.
Can you even enter the grounds without spontaneously bursting in flames?
Little do they know...
That's pretty philosphical and maybe even a little existential. I'm going to have to think about that. Tonight at work on the taxpayers dime.
Have you no shame? He's a Republican!
Two links to Twitter. Looks like it got confused trying to resolve that to a tweet and finally gave up and posted the first image it could find.
Is it about an intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration?
Wait, that was the last guy.
@sacredh Captain Kirk? :-)