Lesley Wischmann

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Is the Deficit Really Shrinking?

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss a DHS reaction to Bitcoin, a CBO …

Obama administration going with the idiot narrative on #Benghazi.

No, seriously, this is the angle that they’re going to run with:<p>“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama …

Supersecret IRS Obamacare Qualification Form Revealed!!

From deep within the bowels of America’s most beloved bureaucracy:<p>The good news: free colonoscopies for everybody! The bad news: they’re part of the …

Rep. Issa Aware Of IRS Investigation Since Last July

"We would be happy to provide a status update to the Subcommittee staff and provide a copy of our interim and final reports on the matter when they are issued."

The Real Benghazi Scandal

Congressional investigators are pointing fingers in the wrong direction if they want to save more U.S. lives.<p>Reuters<p>In a tense press briefing in the White House East Room on Monday, President Obama cleared his throat before addressing the subject on everyone's mind: last fall's attack on an …

How Obama Has Contributed to His Own Aura of Scandal

In his handling of multiple national security-related uproars, the president's biggest sin is being aloof and disengaged.<p>Joshua Roberts/Reuters<p>Unprecedented Justice Department searches of journalists' phone records. IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Spiraling sexual assault rates in …

3 Followups on 3 'Scandals'

Searching for leakers inside an organization is one thing; dragging in reporters -- or doctors, or clergy -- is another, and usually a mistake.<p>After this item late last night.<p>1) <b>Benghazi</b> remains a tragedy but not a "scandal," as a number of clearer-thinking Republicans are noting.<p>2) The <b>IRS/Tea Party</b> …

Obstruction will ruin GOP

<b>Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP/Jonathan Ernst/David J. Phillip)</b><p>Playing politics and abusing the system can excite the extremes, but it’s a recipe for long-term political disaster<p>Jonathan Bernstein<p>May 18, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>It’s obvious that the unprecedented Senate Republican …

We’re living in an Ayn Rand economy

<b>U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)</b><p>Over the past 20 years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax rate has dropped by half<p>Paul Buchheit<p>May 18, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a …

How right-wingers use semantic tricks to kill government

<b>Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity</b><p>Loaded terminology like “entitlements” and “welfare” skews the debate and alters America. Here’s how it works<p>Michael Lind<p>May 18, 2013 9:30pm (UTC)<p>“Semantic infiltration” is a term coined by the foreign policy expert Fred Ikle and popularized by the late Senator Daniel …

What would Bulworth Obama say?

After news emerged this week that the president has a secret fantasy of “going Bulworth” — a reference to the 1998 film starring Warren Beatty in which the fictional senator decides to, once and for all, tell the American people exactly what he thinks, politics be damned — everyone wanted to know …

FEC fines Ensign family $54,000

The Federal Election Commission has fined former Sen. John Ensign and his parents $54,000 for improper severance payments to Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide who had an extramarital affair with the Nevada Republican.<p>Ensign, his campaign committee and leadership PAC will pay a civil penalty of …

Lew learned of IRS probe in March

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew learned in March that an inspector general was investigating the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, but he did not know the details until last Friday.<p>Lew said in an interview with Bloomberg TV today that he met with the inspector general closely after assuming his …