You know, because it’s so notoriously difficult to get Boehner to fold.
You know, because it’s so notoriously difficult to get Boehner to fold.
Full transcript here.
The only time the IRS is efficient is when they cash my check for money owed.
Via WSB Radio
A GOP Senator says he’ll push for legislation after the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that under the President’s executive actions on immigration, people who have been working illegally in the United States could claim a low income tax credit – even for time when they wrongly were present in the U.S.
In a letter sent to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the tax agency is not changing how it views the tax status of those now here illegally.
A copy of the IRS letter is available here.
Grassley says that will mean several million people could gain legal status in the U.S., and then retroactively claim several years of benefits under the Earned Income Tax Credit.
“Given the IRS’ interpretation of tax rules intended to prohibit undocumented workers from qualifying for the EITC, these individuals will be eligible to claim billions of dollars in tax benefits based on earnings from unauthorized work in the United States,” Grassley said on Monday.
Grassley vowed to push legislation to remedy that.
“The tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws,” the Iowa Republican said in a statement.
As usual nothing original.
REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again. That we should break from the P5+1, yes, we are the one, I should break with them. And I believe that it was to consider war.
Moral of the story: Even if you still espouse warming BS, you better walk lock-step and say it’s because of humans or else…
Judith Curry, a decorated climate scientist at Georgia Tech, says research tells her the earth is warming.
But she’s isn’t sure how much of a role humans have played.
For that, Curry says, she has been targeted by members of Congress in a new version of McCarthyism.
“It’s ridiculous,” Curry said in a telephone interview Friday. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Curry is one of seven climate scientists whose universities received a letter from U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. The letter last week questions their impartiality and demands the schools provide Grijalva financial information about the scientists.
“I write today because of concerns raised in a recent New York Times report,” Grijalva said in the letters, “and documents I have received that highlight potential conflicts of interest and failure to disclose corporate funding sources in academic climate research.”
The New York Times reported that Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics failed to disclose $1.2 million in research funding from fossil fuels sources such as ExxonMobil and the Southern Company. Soon has claimed global warming can be explained, in part, by variations in the sun’s energy.
Grijalva told the universities he wants responses by March 16.
Ashley will never go on the straight and narrow.
Via Mother Jones
In December 2013, Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman locked up at a men’s state prison in Georgia, found herself in solitary confinement. Rutledge State Prison warden Shay Hatcher, she says, put her there for “pretending to be a woman.” The 36-year-old Diamond, who was first diagnosed with gender dysphoria as a teenager, had been denied hormone therapy since entering the prison system in 2012. She still identified as a woman, even as her body was becoming more masculine, causing her extreme anxiety and physical pain.
Later that month, Diamond claims, Hatcher sent her to solitary for a second time after she met with lawyers. About six days later, still in isolation, Diamond told him that she was not pretending, but rather had serious medical needs requiring treatment—and that she was suicidal due to her lack of care. That same day, Diamond tried to cut off her penis with a razor and kill herself; she was hospitalized on an emergency basis. She then received a letter from the medical director of the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), saying that the officials who had confiscated her women’s clothes and refused to provide her with hormone therapy had handled matters “appropriately.”
Now, Diamond is taking her grievances to court. Earlier this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center initiated a lawsuit on her behalf that accuses eight current and former GDC employees of wrongfully denying her hormone therapy against the recommendations of doctors, and of failing to protect her from at least seven cases of sexual assault. Court documents, including copies of correspondences between Diamond and prison authorities, allege numerous incidents in which officials mistreated and outright harassed her. (The GDC declined to comment.)[…]
In April 2012, Diamond was imprisoned due to a parole violation for an earlier theft. She had been taking estrogen treatments, progestin creams, testosterone blockers, and anti-androgen medications for 17 years. Even so, prison authorities terminated her hormone therapy and assigned her to a close-security facility for adult male felons and other inmates with histories of assault and gang affiliation. Less than one month later, six gang members sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. After she complained, she says she was transferred in May 2012 to another close-security facility housing male felons, where she claims she was again sexually assaulted.[…]
In a February letter to GDC Commissioner Brian Owens, requesting her transfer from Valdosta State Prison, Diamond wrote, “I am not trying to be difficult or make my way hard. I just want to do my time safely and go home.” In her video statement, she added, “This is more than just about hormone care. This is about gross human rights violations. Three years of torture is enough.”
Scott Walker lives in their heads rent free.
Via The DC
The crusade to find some scandal — any scandal — to sink 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner Scott Walker officially jumped the shark on Monday when a deeply concerned American suggested that the Wisconsin governor’s spokeswomen are problematically attractive.
Isthmus, an alternative weekly newspaper out of Madison, raised the allegation in Tell All, a regular advice column.
“Dear Tell All,” troubled reader Kate Mallet wrote, “I can’t help noticing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picks beautiful young women to be the spokespeople for his administration and his campaigns.”
Mallet mentions four dazzling, alluring spokeswomen currently or previously employed by Walker: Laurel Patrick, Alleigh Marré, Jocelyn Webster and Ciara Matthews.
“It reminds me of Fox News, which uses super-sexy women as on-air talent rather than a normal range of women who just happen to be good journalists,” Mallet murmurs. “As with Fox, it’s hard to believe that the most talented females available to fill Walker’s frontline jobs also look like models.”
The reader then offers up a malignant conspiracy of beauty on par with the evils of tobacco companies.
“The thinking seems to be: We’ll use this eye candy to make our ‘product’ more palatable, just as the advertising industry has always done with noxious products like cigarettes and fast food,” Mallet proposes.
Including Huma Abedin…
Hillary Clinton is defending her use of a private email address, hosted at ClintonEmail.com, to conduct official State Department business by claiming that her emails were captured by official @state.gov accounts that other agency employees were instructed to use to contact her. But according to a knowledgeable source, at least two other top Clinton aides also used private email accounts to conduct government business—placing their official communications outside the scope of federal record-keeping regulations.
“Her top staffers used those Clinton email addresses” at the agency, said the source, who has worked with Clinton in the past. The source named two staffers in particular, Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, who are said to have used private email addresses in the course of their agency duties. Reines served as deputy assistant secretary of state, and Abedin as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Both rank among Clinton’s most loyal confidantes, in and out of the State Department.
We were able to independently verify that Abedin used a ClintonEmail.com address at some point in time. There are several email addresses associated with Abedin’s name in records maintained by Lexis-Nexis; one of them is [email protected] An email sent to that address today went through without bouncing.
Wait for the pork ban in the interest of political correctness.
Via FOX News
Nothing says America quite like smoking a pork butt and flying Old Glory.
“The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius.
So you can imagine Jeff’s extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers.
It happened Feb. 27th at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Ala., sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Jeff is the founder of “Give it to God” competition barbecue — a professional barbecue team that smokes meat and shares the love of Jesus. Both are noble missions.
Last Friday Jeff rolled into town with his barbecue trailer and promptly hoisted Old Glory. Not too long after, one of the organizers of the event told Jeff to take down the flag.
“There were six or eight of us that had flags flying,” he told me. “He went to each camp and told them to take the flag down and everybody did.” […]
So Jeff had a change of heart and decided to raise Old Glory – as an act of defiance.
“It was a matter of saying there are things more important (than a barbecue competition),” he said. “If they want to kick me out – I’ll leave.”
Jeff was not kicked out and he was not asked to take down the flag. As a matter of fact – after he re-raised the flag another competitor followed suit.
So why were the patriotic pitmasters told to take down the flags?
Jeff said they were told by event organizers that the flags violated a city ordinance in Daphne. But that allegation turned out to be false.
“No one from the city advised or asked anyone to take down flags of any type,” Mayor Dane Haygood told me. “”We proudly and boldly display American flags and we encourage everyone in the community to do the same.”
By 2044, America as a whole is projected to be majority-minority.
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday, more than half (50.2%) of the nation’s children are expected to be a part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020.
Entitled “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060,” the report examines the total U.S. population, native and foreign born.
Other major findings include the following:
The total U.S. population is projected to increase by 98.1 million between 2014 and 2060, from an estimated 319 million to 417 million respectively.
By 2030, all baby boomers will have reached age 65 or older.
The percent of foreign born is expected to increase each decade, its rate of growth projected to outpace that of natives.
By 2044, the U.S. population as a whole is expected to become majority-minority.
By 2060, the nation’s foreign-born will reach nearly one in five of the total population, from 13 percent in 2014 to 19 percent.
Also by the year 2060, an estimated 36 percent of children (people under age 18) will be “single-race non-Hispanic White,” compared with 52 percent today.
Second committee to announce a probe today. Update to this story.
Via NY Post:
A congressional committee will review whether Hillary Clinton violated federal law by using a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, it was announced Tuesday.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said his panel will join with the Benghazi committee in reviewing whether Clinton broke any disclosure laws.
“Violations of the Federal Records Act within federal agencies is something we take very seriously,” Chaffetz said.
“The House Oversight Committee will work with (Chairman) Mr. (Trey) Gowdy and the Select Committee on Benghazi to further explore Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails while at the State Department.”
Clinton, still facing fallout from a 2012 attack on a diplomatic outpost in Libya that killed an ambassador and three security aides, is under fire for the email controversy.
Critics said that by using a personal email address, Clinton may have breached security and broken disclosure laws.
Not only did Clinton send and receive tens of thousands of emails from the unregulated address, she was never during her four-year tenure issued an official government account with which to communicate.
During a Monday TV appearance on the pan-Arab satellite TV station AlMayadeen, Iraqi Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Qais Hussein, claimed that ISIS’s destruction of ancient artifacts in the Iraqi city of Mosul is an Israeli conspiracy against the history of Iraq.
According to AlMayadeen, the Iraqi official “accused Israel of being behind the destruction and the looting of archaeological sites in Mosul, including the City Museum.” Hussein said, “Israel bares the primary responsibility in the vandalism of the archaeological sites.” He also claimed that the Iraqi government has evidence that antiques have been sold out and transferred from Iraq to Israel, stressing that Israel “is considered, today, a place to assemble the Iraqi antiquities, where some are kept while others are exported overseas to be sold at auctions.”
According to Hussein, Israel is behind these acts of destruction because of “the Torah and Jewish mythology.”
Now if you will excuse Oliver, he’s needs to file George’s horns down.
Official FOIA response to Leopold here.
Josh Rogin writes for Bloomberg, Jason Leopold writes for VICE.
So which is it, Mr. Secretary? Did you break the law, or is the DOD lying to shelter your emails?
HT: CJ Ciaramella
— Breaking News (@Breaking911) March 3, 2015
Shots were reportedly fired near the National Security Agency’s headquarters Tuesday, officials say, and the agency says one of its buildings was damaged by what appear to be multiple gunshots.
Park Police officials told News4 they’re investigating a report of shots fired along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32 in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA is located nearby.
The NSA and Park Police officials are investigating whether the incidents are related, though Park Police have shut down northbound BW Parkway at Rt. 32 for police investigation.
There is no word of any injuries.
The shooting comes just a couple hours after someone fired shots along the Maryland Intercounty Connector (ICC) near Interstate 95 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Two men suffered minor injuries in that shooting, and no arrest has been made.
Hillary may end up running…from the law that is.
The House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will issue new requests to Hillary Clinton for emails from multiple personal accounts she used during her tenure as secretary of state.
Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that lawyers for the Benghazi Committee would be issuing the new requests – which he didn’t rule out could come in the form of subpoenas – to Clinton and her email providers in the coming weeks.
“It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account. She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email,” Gowdy said. “And she had more than one private email account.”
“The State Department cannot certify that have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails nor do they control access to them,” he said.
Gowdy’s committee in probing what happened on Sept. 11, 2012 at the Benghazi consulate where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed by Islamic extremists. The panel has long-sought emails from Clinton’s Start Department tenure to understand how the Obama administration reacted to the security concerns before and after the attacks.
The committee, Gowdy said, has known since last summer that Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination, used personal email addresses while serving as secretary. He said the committee has worked with Clinton advisers and the department to gain access to documents relating to the Benghazi attacks.[…]
Clinton privately told Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel, she was willing to testify before the Benghazi panel as early as last fall, but Gowdy has said was putting off her appearances until the panel received all of the emails requested.
Cummings called on Gowdy earlier Tuesday to release the emails from Clinton.
“Although Secretary Clinton has produced her emails to the State Department, it is unclear from press reports whether previous Secretaries have done the same. Last month, the Committee received Secretary Clinton’s emails relating to Benghazi, and now that we have them, I believe Chairman Gowdy should join with me to make them available to the American public so they can read their contents for themselves,” the Maryland Democrat said in a statement.
American citizens still pay full price.
Via Breit Bart
City University of New York is returning thousands of dollars to about 150 immigrant students who live illegally in the U.S. and overpaid for their tuition.
A student group called CUNY Dreamers told school officials late last year that many immigrant students from New York paid higher, out-of-state tuition even though they were eligible for in-state rates, a difference of about $4,000 per semester.
A CUNY spokesman said administrators conducted a review of enrollments on CUNY’s 24 campuses and began the process of returning excess payments.
New York is among 19 states that allow in-state tuition for immigrant students. Its law requires immigrant students to have attended a New York state high school or received their GED in the state.
If it wasn’t for dog whistle racism Tingles wouldn’t have a script.
Via News Busters
Say “1964,” and those of us old enough might think of the appearance on Ed Sullivan’s show of some little British group called the Beatles. But Chris Matthews recalls something else: the Republican party’s decision to nominate Mr. Conservative, Barry Goldwater, and his ensuing wipeout by LBJ.
On his MSNBC show tonight, Matthews suggested that Republicans are in a similarly reckless mood, and might well nominate a true conservative, electoral consequences be damned. And, oh yeah, Chris contended that the GOP would do so out of racist motives.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I tell you, I know it’s just CPAC, but I smell another ’64, another Goldwater year, where they don’t care about winning, they want to show their gutsy attitude of anger against illegal immigrants, or immigrants generally, and their anger against the Republican establishment. They don’t like people like Bush or Boehner […]
Everything we see, the spectacle of CPAC, the Speaker’s defeat on homeland security, the weakness of Bush in the polls, all point to a coming division. For the first time in a half-century, I can see the right doing the bouncing and overthrowing the Bushes and the Boehners and heading for the wild poltical horizon. I’m concerned about the usual notions of political advantage, not caring whether it loses at all to honor the single dazzling prospect that, given all the anger in the land, it just could win it all. So what will it be? A walk-out by the right? Or a takeover not seen since Goldwater days?
Negotiations are going so well Iran’s lead negotiator had to be told to stop screaming at John Kerry… by Ayatollah Khamenei.
BARACK OBAMA: What I also know is if we don’t have a deal, as prime minister Netanyahu suggested, if, in fact, he’s right and they are not trustworthy and they intend to pursue a covert program and they cheat, we’ll be far less aware of it until it is potentially too late. What I also know is that he made the same argument before this current interim deal and even officials in his own government acknowledged that Iran has, in fact, maintained their end of the bargain. So, what I’m focused on right now is solving this problem. I’m not focused on the politics of it, I’m not focused on the theater of it. And my strong suggestion would be that members of Congress, as they evaluate it, stay similarly focused.
Must’ve really hurt him to admit this…
Via Truth Revolt:
Even the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English believes that when it comes to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right and President Obama is wrong. Faisal J. Abbas, whose leftist credentials are impeccable (he blogs for the Huffington Post) said that a recent ceremony to thank IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Netanyahu correctly estimated the threat. Abbas wrote on Al Arabiya, “The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that “terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum.”
Abbas continued, “In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region.”
Then, after praising Netanyahu, Abbas got down to business, pointing out Obama’s dangerous Iran policy:
What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together Arabs and Israelis (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayottallah Ali Khamenei. (Although, the latter never seems to write back!)