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Obama calls IRS scrutiny of groups ‘intolerable and inexcusable’

President Barack Obama disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House  in Washington, D.C on May.13, 2013. The President was returning from New York City where he attended two DNC events at private residences and a joint DCCC/DSCC event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.      UPI/Pete Marovich/Pool
President Barack Obama disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C on May.13, 2013. The President was returning from New York City where he attended two DNC events at private residences and a joint DCCC/DSCC event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. UPI/Pete Marovich/Pool

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) — President Obama Tuesday called the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups “intolerable and inexcusable.”

The president’s condemnation came as Attorney General Eric Holder said there will be a criminal investigation of the IRS’ handling of tax matters involving conservative organizations.

“I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

“The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.”

Obama, who has said he first learned of the issue Friday, said he directed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew “to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the inspector general’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again.”

“But regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong,” he said.

Holder told a news conference the Justice Department and FBI will look into whether any laws were broken in the singling out of conservative groups for special scrutiny.

Holder said a number of “statutes within the IRS code” could form the basis of a criminal violation, The New York Times reported.

The Hill reported Tuesday a leaked federal watchdog report concludes IRS officials used “inappropriate criteria” to single out Tea Party groups and requested “unnecessary information.”

The Washington publication said a copy of the yet-to-be-released Treasury inspector general’s report states the tax collection agency identified groups for further scrutiny based on their names and policy positions, instead relying on tax law and regulations for making those determinations. The improper method was used for more than 18 months as a result of “insufficient oversight” by IRS management, The Hill said.

Records indicate IRS actions went beyond an Ohio office, and current and former IRS heads knew about the practice a year ago.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters and at offices in El Monte, Calif., east of Los Angeles and Laguna Niguel in California’s southern Orange County sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other facets of their operations, documents obtained by The Washington Post indicate.

The IRS originally said the alleged anti-conservative targeting was limited to its Cincinnati branch. The Cincinnati IRS employees told conservatives seeking the non-profit status of “social welfare” groups that a Washington task force was overseeing their applications, activists from those groups told the Post.

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt-organizations division, told reporters Friday the “absolutely inappropriate” actions were done by “front-line people” working in Cincinnati to target groups with “Tea Party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names.

Her office had no immediate comment on the Post report.

The Post and The Wall Street Journal also said the current and former IRS heads were informed a year ago about the conservative group targeting.

The IRS said in a statement Monday acting Commissioner Steven Miller learned from agency staff May 3, 2012, when he was deputy commissioner, some groups’ applications for tax-exempt status were improperly selected for extra scrutiny based on their names.

Miller’s predecessor and boss at the time, Commissioner Douglas Shulman, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008, was also informed of the problems in May 2012, aides told the newspapers.

But neither official shared what they learned with Republican lawmakers demanding to know if the IRS was targeting conservative groups, Republicans told the newspapers.

“I wrote to the IRS three times last year after hearing concerns that conservative groups were being targeted,” Senate Finance Committee member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a statement Monday.

“In response to the first letter I sent with some of my colleagues, Steven Miller, the current acting IRS commissioner, responded that these groups weren’t being targeted,” Hatch said.

“Knowing what we know now, the IRS was at best being far from forthcoming, or at worst, being deliberately dishonest with Congress,” he added.

Neither Miller, who became IRS commissioner Nov. 10, nor Shulman, who resigned Nov. 9, could immediately be reached for comment.

On Capitol Hill, two Senate panels — the Finance Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations — said Monday they would investigate.

“These actions by the IRS are an outrageous abuse of power and a breach of the public’s trust,” said Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. “The IRS will now be the ones put under additional scrutiny.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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This whole thing smells like Axelrod!

It’s funny how radical right wingers complain about intrusive government and then turn around and insist sick cannabis users go to jail for what they do on the privacy in their own homes.

I’m not fooled. You have no principles, why should they?

I think I am seeing a pattern here.

Ya, so am I —>hypocrisy

nope, a pothead

Pot’s the best defense we have against cancer. Don’t like that fact, take it up with God and mother nature.

riiiiight

Smoking lots of Marijuana reduces chances o getting bladder cancer.
A new study that spanned 11 years found that smoking marijuana may lower the chances of getting bladder cancer.
The study’s not been peer-reviewed yet, USA Today reported. It involved 83,000 men who smoked marijuana, cigarettes or both, Raw Story reported.
The findings, presented at the American Urological Association, found that men who smoked cigarettes increased their risks of bladder cancer, but that men who smoked marijuana only actually decreased their risks, Raw Story reported. Further, the study found that men who smoked both still have a higher chance of bladder cancer, but it was still a lower chance than those who smoked only cigarettes, Raw Story said.
“Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a 52 percent increase in bladder cancer,” the study’s author, Dr. Anil Thomas, said, Raw Story reported.
And smoking a lot of marijuana brought the greatest positive results.
Those who smoked marijuana more than 500 times a year had even less risk of bladder cancer than those who smoked the drug only once in a while, Raw Story reported.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/13/smoking-lots-marijuana-lowers-risk-bladder-cancer-/#ixzz2TDuayKtU
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I could copy and paste an article that said Obama is the greatest president ever, just because a few potheads say it is so doesn’t make it so.

Do you have Downs syndrome? This is a real professional 11 year study with 85,000 people. How is this a few potheads in your little mind?

a survey with 83,000 potheads. sounds reputable to me.

It’s not a survey you idiot. NOW you’re just being stupid on purpose because you have no argument at all.

“Smoking lots of Marijuana reduces chances o getting bladder cancer. . . .Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/13/smoking-lots-marijuana-lowers-risk-bladder-cancer-/#ixzz2TDuayKtU

Strange how you have used this one study on BLADDER CANCER to elevate marijuana to the cure/preventative for the “BIG C”. It doesn’t do that it only looks at BLADDER CANCER rates. BTW current statistics have about 75,000 new cases a year, as opposed to 230,000 new cases of LUNG CANCER, 230,000 new cases of BREAST CANCER, 290,000 new cases of DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CANCER, 40,000 new cases of ORAL CANCER.

@LostBrainStem: This study hasn’t even been peer reviewed yet. Wait until it has been torn apart before you get all excited about it. And it doesn’t mean it’s some miracle cure. Plus, how many other variables were there. Did the men who smoked also drink? The men who smoked pot were probably less likely to drink. I think it’s fine they are doing studies on cannabis and other drugs for medical reasons, but I don’t think it should be legal for others. It’s a psychoactive drug and we have enough problems with alcohol and trying to keep kids and others from abusing that, even though it’s legal. We need to teach coping skills to children instead of ways to escape reality.

When this 11 year study consisting of 8300 people is peer reviewed and it is shown to be accurate will you then except these findings?

Will you accept that it is only about BLADDER CANCER?

That’s kind of like saying drink alcohol to thin your blood for heart patients, does alcohol prevent heart disease? Some studies say one a day “can” prevent it, now how much pot do you need LBS and Seriously? To ease your chance of bladder cancer?

Jeremy, I would recommend a two pronged approach. 1. I’d juice raw cannabis which has no euphoric affect. 2. I’d consume an edible that contains cannabis and I’d take 5 hits of hash at night.

This will help keep cancers in check.

Eric Holder, Attorney General, now this guy is the fox guarding the hen house. Obama should have called what he did, run guns across the border, ‘intolerable and inexcusable’ Guns that came back and killed US border guards. To me that’s inexcusable, and he should have been punished. I guess we’ll see what happens with this cover up. If it hadn’t been for whistle blowers, this would have never come to light, as this government can do no wrong.

Trojan horse. He was put there to kill our country and our spirit

A long time ago in another job, I had a sign on my desk as a joke that said, “The buck never gets this far.” If I still had that thing, it would get shipped overnight to the White House, with a copy to Eric Holder. They are both hypocritical pathological liars. They are power drunken men who think they are coated with Teflon. I can’t even believe Holder said, “The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust” with a straight face after he recused himself from signing the subpoena to eavesdrop on the AP and then points his finger at his deputy as being the one to blame. Good grief. These two must think we are the stupidest people in the world. It just never stops: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, AP, IRS, and on and on. Pass the buck.

Obama and Holder are two bucks that got to far.

This illegal alien wont ever be a ex president. People has had enough.

Of course he is trying to show outrage so he can distance himself from this and the Associated Press issue. It was his administration and they were follow his Chicago style politics and the finally got caught. Now it is time for him to step down in disgrace because he is a disgrace.

When Obama shows outrage about something, that is a good clue that he is actually behind it.

This is reason the American Citizens are arming themselves!

You can travel anywhere in America and you find people talking about how much they don’t trust the Federal Government and how intrusive they have become.

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