TOPLINE Stuff You Need to Know for Wednesday, August 27, 2014
NY Post Editorial: IRS Back Up Baloney
Some 15 months after Americans learned about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, we still have no clue how such an abuse was allowed to happen. And every day, the story only gets murkier. This week, for instance, a government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, said administration officials admitted that all the “missing” e-mails belonging to Lois Lerner (the woman at the heart of the scandal) had been backed up after all — as part of a practice to back up all the government’s e-mails. …The more we learn, it seems, the less we know. And the less the public can trust their own government. It’s long past time for real answers.
Baloney is about the kindest word to describe this lawlessness from the Obama Administration.
George Will: IRS Is ‘Off The Rails’ and ‘Corrupted’
George Will said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that new revelations in the investigation into the IRS targeting scandal show the agency is “off the rails” and “thoroughly corrupted.” The president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch told Fox News Monday that Justice Department attorneys have said the “missing” emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner likely still exist in back-up computers. However, the attorneys told Judicial Watch that retrieving the emails would be “too onerous.” Will, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, called the revelation a “really interesting defense.” “I can just hardly wait until the IRS lawyers go into that courtroom and tell the judge it would be too onerous to stop obstructing justice in this case,” he said.
Try this sometime: ‘But officer, it would be too onerous for me to go the speed limit.’ Yeah, that’ll work…
Obama Amnesty Plan Could Hurt Democrats
Panicked Democrats locked in tight midterm races as the party tries desperately to hold onto control of the Senate fear President Obama’s anticipated executive amnesty for about 5 million illegal immigrants may doom their re-election campaigns. New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who has seen her double-digit lead in the polls evaporate into a virtual dead heat with former Bay State U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, said any such move should be left up to Congress. Shaheen “would not support a piecemeal approach issued by executive order,” said her spokesman Shripal Shah, adding the Granite State incumbent “believes Congress must address our broken immigration system with a comprehensive fix.” Shaheen, who had previously voiced a wait-and-see approach to the impending executive action from the president, joins a number of at-risk Democrats who are urging the president to leave immigration reform to lawmakers.
Who doesn’t love a political piece with the word “doom” in the 1st graff?