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The IRS won’t turn over Lois Lerner’s emails. You’ll never believe why.

Remember last week when a federal judge started the countdown clock on the deadline for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to put up or shut up on Lois Lerner’s missing emails [1]? Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made it very clear: either release Lerner’s lost-and-found emails by Friday (June 12) or have a good explanation ready. On Monday, the IRS had its excuse ready. And it’s a doozy. Reports Fox Business [2]: The Internal Revenue Service may have found 6,400 emails from Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit, but the government agency has no plans to share....

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HEALTHCARE: GAO: Largest Health Insurers Have Gotten Even Bigger Since Obamacare Passed “Obamacare made it through Congress with top Democrats’ constant assertions that big, corporate insurance companies were the problem, but in the three years after the health-care law passed those insurers only got richer.  The three largest insurance companies held an average of 86 percent of all customers in the individual health insurance market in 2013, up from 83 percent in 2010, when Obamacare was passed, according to a report from the nonpartisan General Accountability Office. It doesn’t look like that’s changing much this year. A September GAO ...

Southerland: ‘I Will Infuriate John Boehner’

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., voted in September to keep government running through November 18. At a Tallahassee fundraiser September 26, he discussed D.C. budget battles and looked ahead to 2012. Southerland voted September 23 for the 2012 Continuing Appropriations Act, part of a package to fund government at current levels past September 30. It passed the House 219-203. Among the 24 Republican “nays” were Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), and Connie Mack (Fla.); Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Ron Paul (Texas) did not vote. On September 26 a similar measure passed the Senate 79-12. All 12 ...

Southerland Gives ‘Fair Tax’ Mixed Review

By Zayida Baker Some in the tea party want to replace the current, chaotic tax code with the Fair Tax, a national sales tax. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., refrains from a total embrace of it. The Fair Tax, H.R. 25, is gaining popularity and attention, yet many are unfamiliar with its details. It consists of a 23-percent national tax on consumption, or sales of new retail goods and services. It would apply only to final products for sale, not goods and services used to make final products. The tax would fully supplant the present system, meaning that, while the federal government would tax real estate, new goods, and such services as education ...

Southerland Holds Firm Against Washington Compromise

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., bolstered his tea-party credentials Monday, August 1, standing against the debt deal struck by President Obama and congressional leaders. It became law Tuesday afternoon. The Budget Control Act raises the debt ceiling in two stages by up to $2.4 trillion total, which should fund government through the 2012 elections. It immediately allows $400 billion in fresh borrowing, then allows $500 billion more unless Congress vetoes it. This $900 billion is tied to $917 billion in cuts over the next ten years, mostly after 2012. The second stage features a debt-limit increase of between $1.2 trillion and ...