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The IRS cover-up is reaching epic levels

In case you didn’t think the mess at the IRS could get any worse, the Lois Lerner saga is continuing to prove otherwise. A government watchdog is now saying that the IRS erased computer evidence during the Congressional investigation into the IRS, Lerner, and the systemic targeting of tea party groups. Fox News reports [1]: J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that IRS employees erased computer backup tapes shortly after officials discovered thousands of emails related to the tax agency's Tea Party scandal had been lost. As many as 24,000 ...

The Freedom Thieves are Trying to Punish YOU

Having just returned from meetings with a few Congressmen on Capitol Hill, I felt it was important to give you an update. I will touch on what I mean by "freedom thieves" later in this email, but first I want to focus on our allies on Capitol Hill. Know this, that you have made a difference in the last 3 weeks. You helped amend the Patriot Act with Senator Lee's USA Freedom Act to stop the bulk metadata collection on US citizens, 34 House members voted no on the rule for TPA "fast track authority," you visited over 500 Congressional offices representing 10 Senators and 291 Congressmen last week calling for an end to the Congressional Exemption ...

Rejecting Obamatrade (Jenny Beth Martin’s Op-Ed in The Hill)

The political elites in Washington, D.C. are in the process of pulling a fast one -- the biggest fraud on the American people since Obamacare... Continue here.

Tea Party to Senate Leadership: Leave USA Freedom Act Alone

Determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced amendments to the USA Freedom Act which are clearly designed to weaken — and ultimately kill — the legislation that passed the House with 338 votes. Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin today released the following statement, aimed at the US Senate in advance of expected votes to the McConnell amendments: "We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill. Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, ...

Patriot Act meets its match this time around

Last night on the Senate floor, [1] Sen. Rand Paul successfully pushed off the reauthorization of the NSA spying program and its bulk collection of phone records. Thanks to Paul’s courageous stance, Congress will finally be forced to reconcile Americans’ right to privacy and freedom from government intrusion, and big brother spying programs in the of name of national security. Even if the delay is only temporary, it’s a worthy first step toward forcing a larger conversation about big government spying. What’s more, last night’s display of total unity in favor of big government over individual liberty by the GOP establishment was deplora...

Hillary Loses First Primary of 2016

Jacksonville -- Republicans scored a big win in Florida this week. Big, that is, for anybody interested in beating Hillary Clinton next year. You know the syllogism. Anybody who wants to beat Hillary in 2016 must win Florida and there are only two ways to win Florida – the Bush way and the Obama way. You can run up Republican margins in the north and pare down Democratic margins in the south. That’s how Bush won here in 2000 and 2004. Or you can run up Democratic margins in the south and pare down Republican margins in the north. That’s how Obama won in 2008 and 2012. In 2012, those pared-down GOP margins in north Florida played a big part ...

Time for the government to stop spying on Americans (Jenny Beth Martin and Hilary O’ Shelton op-ed in The News & Observer)

It’s not often that the NAACP and the tea party agree on much of anything, but we have come together over a common concern to fight for a common cause: We want our government to stop spying on innocent Americans... Continue here.

ACLU, Tea Party take on federal spying: ‘They’ve gone too far’ (The Hill – Julian Hattem)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a top Tea Party organization are teaming up to pressure lawmakers to oppose renewing controversial parts of the Patriot Act that undergird National Security Agency (NSA) operations... Continue here.

Scathing new report lists atrocities inside VA

New details have emerged about the total failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adequately provide care to our nation’s veterans. The details are part of a new, scathing 35-page report released by Jan R. Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. In the report, Frye describes an agency overrun with “gross mismanagement,” and that makes a “mockery” of federal rules. It even went as far as describe the culture at the VA as one of “lawlessness and chaos.” The Washington Post has more [1]: “Doors are swung wide open for fraud, waste and abuse,” he writes in the March memo, which was obtained by The ...

Leadership Conference in the Keystone State

For the fifth year in a row, Tea Party Patriots proudly sponsored the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. It took place on April 17 and 18 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, it is billed as the “largest state-based conservative conference in the nation.” With 15 sponsors, 26 co-sponsors, and plenty of exhibitors, it was an exciting event for more than 740 patriots from the Commonwealth to network and discuss conservative principles. Attendees heard from Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) of Patriot Voices, Rep. ...