Mark Weaver

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My Ride with the Tea Party

Sitting next to me in the Dayton airport was a middle-aged woman with a Liberty Township Tea Party lawn sign. I wondered where she was going - and why. Then, after I found my seat on the plane to D.C., she sat beside me again. For the next 70 minutes, we talked non-stop.<p>Susan, a co-founder of the …

How Can Average Americans Push Back Against Government Scandals? Tea Party Leaders Have Some Advice

How can average Americans stop the apparent “pattern of abuse” by an ever-expanding federal government?<p>Wednesday night on TheBlaze TV, FreedomWorks leaders Matt Kibbe and Adam Brandon met with Glenn Beck and Tea Party leaders Becky Gerritson, Katrina Pierson, and Jason W. Hoyt to bring their …

Tea Party Groups--And Others--Can Beat IRS By Self-Declaring Tax Exemption

To be recognized as tax-exempt, you <i>ask</i> the IRS, right? Many Tea Party groups—and perhaps pro-Israel groups too—were singled them out for extra scrutiny. The whole scandal would never have happened if there wasn’t an IRS application process. You apply, face the IRS gauntlet, and hope for the …

IRS hearing: The takeaways

It’s a complicated issue for Democrats, because some of them do have sympathy for the overload the IRS faced with the huge wave of new applications for tax-exempt status.<p>“There is a universal position that the IRS engaged in outrageous activity,” said Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts. But it was …

Why The IRS Scandal Is Built To Last

Of all the controversies swirling around the Obama White House, the Internal Revenue Service scandal seems likeliest to have the longest shelf life.<p>While the Benghazi affair has long been in the news, it's never really taken off as an issue beyond the Republican base.<p>Meanwhile, the Obama …

‘Who’s going to jail’ over IRS scandal? Probably nobody.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to know "who's going to jail" over the IRS scandal.<p>But ousted acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller says no laws were violated when the agency targeted conservative groups.<p>So who's right? Did the IRS's conduct take a step beyond mere "wrongdoing" and …

White House aides learned of IRS details in April, but didn't tell Obama

The White House first learned of a draft report detailing abuses by IRS officials in targeting conservative groups in late April, though the top administration spokesman maintained on Monday that President Barack Obama was not notified of the emerging controversy at that time.<p>White House press …

IRS official in Tea Party scandal to plead the Fifth

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service official who oversaw the agency's tax-exempt office will invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to answer questions when she appears before Congress on Wednesday.<p>In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, Lois Lerner's …

'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong,' Key IRS Official Says

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations."<p>That was the word Wednesday morning from Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the political storm over the agency's targeting of some conservative groups …

The IRS Scandal Is a Test: Is It Too Hard to Fire Misbehaving Bureaucrats?

Everyone agrees that some employees acted incompetently. So how much time and money will it take to get rid of them?<p>Reuters<p>It's an urgent question for anyone whose preferred policies presume a well-functioning bureaucracy staffed with capable civil servants to oversee and implement them. It …

Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth

Lois Lerner, the director of the scandal-plagued IRS division that oversees nonprofit groups, struck a defiant tone in her first public appearance since the agency acknowledged that it wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for a tax exemption.<p>“I have not done anything wrong,” she told the …

Former NPR CEO Ken Stern: The IRS Had the Right Idea

What’s so bad about the IRS investigating nonprofit applications?<p>Over the last week, commentators have expressed great outrage over the handling by …

IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show

Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the …

25 tea party groups sue W.H., IRS

A conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of 25 tea party groups against the Internal Revenue Service and Obama administration officials.<p>The complaint, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, alleges that the Obama administration overstepped its authority and …

Feds suggest anti-Muslim speech can be punished

A U.S. attorney in Tennessee is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam.<p>Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, was quoted by the Tullahoma News this week suggesting that some inflammatory …

IRS Ignores Senate Deadline to Answer Questions About Scandal

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IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly | McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON A group of anti-abortion activists in Iowa had to promise the Internal Revenue Service it wouldn’t picket in front of Planned …

GOP says report will expose lavish spending at 2010 IRS conference

The House Oversight Committee is holding another hearing on the IRS — but not one dealing with the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.<p>The …

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Newly Released IRS Video Shows Employees Dancing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest black eye for the Internal Revenue Service, the agency provided Congress on Friday with another video featuring its …

Former IRS Chief's Wife Works for Leftist Campaign Finance Reform Group

On Friday, reports broke that Former IRS chief Doug Shulman’s wife works with a liberal lobbying group, Public Campaign, where she is the senior …

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