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IRS Finds Missing Hard Drive Related to Controversial Hiring of Elite Law Firm

by Alexander Hendrie     •     Americans for Tax Reform

The IRS now says it has recovered a hard drive belonging to a former top employee, months after the agency admitted it had erased the data despite the existence of a preservation order.

The hard drive belonged to the agency’s former director of transfer pricing operations at the IRS Large Business and International Division, likely a key employee involved in the agency’s controversial, taxpayer-funded hiring of elite white shoe law firm Quinn Emanuel.

Earlier this year, the IRS quietly announced it had erased this hard drive, despite a preservation order borne from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. [Read more...]

No, President Obama, It’s Not Easier To Buy A Glock Than A Book

According to Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens use the Internet every day.

by Sean Davis     •     The Federalist

During his speech at the memorial service in Dallas for murdered police officers, President Barack Obama lamented that his words have little power to effect change, then proceeded to peddle blatant, easily refutable lies about guns.

“I’ve seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change,” Obama said. “I’ve seen how inadequate my own words have been.”

One reason for that inadequacy may be that he says things he knows aren’t true. Over the weekend, Obama said, “I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter.” Given that the shooter himself told police that he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” there doesn’t seem to be much left to untangle. [Read more...]

Dem AGs Accused of Flouting Public Records Laws

Conservative legal group blasts agreement to withhold documents

by Lachlan Markay • Washington Free Beacon

A conservative legal group is accusing state Democratic officials of conspiring to flout public records laws in order to keep secret details of a campaign to bring racketeering charges against climate policy dissenters.

Democratic attorneys general led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman are seeking to block efforts to obtain documents about their efforts by invoking an overbroad claim to secrecy in ongoing legal proceedings, according to the Energy and Environment (E&E) Legal Institute.

“These activist AGs are trying to write themselves out from freedom of information laws their legislatures have written them into,” E&E senior legal fellow Chris Horner said in a Wednesday statement. [Read more...]

Congress Seeks Legal Recourse to Stop Obama Admin’s Secret Iran Giveaways

Claims Obama admin misled Congress about purchase of Iranian nuclear material

by Adam Kredo     •     Washington Free Beacon

Congress is seeking legal remedies to block further concessions by the Obama administration to Iran, according to a leading member of the House Intelligence Committee, who told the Free Beacon that the administration has been systemically misleading Congress about the nature and scope of its giveaways to Iran.

Obama administration officials confirmed overnight that an $8.6 million deal to purchase nuclear material from Iran was functionally finalized in late April. The administration had in recent months refused to answer questions about the payment from lawmakers and journalists, claiming that the deal had not yet been finalized.

The revelation triggered condemnation from leading members of Congress as well as top nuclear experts, who linked the administration’s contradictory statements to efforts by U.S. officials to quietly promote Iran as a legitimate nuclear industry player and economic power. [Read more...]

Dem Senator’s Floor Speech to Attack Nonprofit Critical of Her

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen targets group that exposed green group coordination

by Lachlan Markay     •      Washington Free Beacon

A Democratic Senator will take to the chamber floor on Tuesday to attack a group that exposed her secret collaboration with environmentalist pressure groups in crafting official press statements.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) is scheduled to attack the Energy and Environment Legal Institute on the Senate floor on Tuesday as part of a coordinated PR offensive against conservative and libertarian nonprofit groups.

Nineteen Senate Democrats involved in the effort were tasked with using floor speeches to attack specific groups, which they are branding as parts of a “web of denial” seeking to impede Democratic energy and environmental policies. [Read more...]

Dems Assigned Conservative Groups to Attack on Senate Floor

List of ‘web of denial’ targets circulated ahead of climate resolution

by Lachlan Markay     •     Washington Free Beacon

Democratic senators have been assigned conservative nonprofit groups to call out by name on the chamber floor in speeches on Monday and Tuesday criticizing corporations and advocacy groups for opposing Democratic climate policies, internal emails reveal.

Nineteen Senate Democrats will attack specific organizations in what they are calling a “web of denial,” according to a schedule of floor speeches circulated by Emily Enderle, a top environmental policy adviser to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), who is spearheading the effort.

Internal emails about the effort obtained by the Free Beacon reveal a highly coordinated plan between members of Congress and environmental activist groups to fuel a public relations and legal offensive against fossil fuel companies and groups they support. [Read more...]

Report: Administration Officials Circumvented Constitution to Make Obamacare Payments

Administration stonewalled Congress, refusing to comply with subpoenas

by Ali Meyer     •     Washington Free Beacon

Obama administration officials circumvented the Constitution and appropriations laws in sending taxpayer dollars to insurance companies for Obamacare payments, according to a joint report from the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means committees.

A provision in Obamacare known as the cost sharing reduction program lowers deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance for individuals who qualify to provide extra savings. The Obama administration has been paying for this program without congressional appropriation since January 2014, despite the fact that the Constitution makes clear that the executive branch cannot spend taxpayer money without the approval of Congress.

The administration has been funding it through a permanent appropriation, which can only be used for specific programs including tax refunds and enumerated refundable tax credits. The permanent appropriation must be amended by Congress to include other programs. [Read more...]

Thank You Dallas and All Police Officers

Navy engineer sentenced for mishandling classified material

by The Associated Press     •     NavyTimes

A Naval reservist was sentenced for mishandling classified military materials.

A federal attorney announced Wednesday that Bryan Nishimura of Folsom, California, pleaded guilty to the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials. [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought

by Chris Cillizza     •      Washington Post

Here’s the good news for Hillary Clinton: The FBI has recommended that no charges be brought following its investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email server.

Here’s the bad news: Just about everything else. [Read more...]

Kim Strassel On Political Scare Tactics, Loretta Lynch, And Silencing Of Free Speech

by The Federalist Staff

Kim Strassel, Wall Street Journal columnist, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech. Strassel breaks down corruption surrounding campaign finance laws, political scare tactics, why American’s feel the government is inept, and the President’s constant politicizing of federal agencies. [Read more...]

Europe at a Crossroads

by Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiEurope Map

The first half of the 20th century in Europe was characterized by two extremely destructive phenomena: Two ruinous wars and three revolutions that aimed at destroying the political, legal, financial, economic and cultural foundations of every state. Unable to comprehend that to establish enduring peace Europe needed the restoration of common principles respected by the leading powers of the continent, its politicians pursued mutually exclusive power politics, because they were gripped by fear of each other. Lenin and Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler were all products of the ubiquitous disorder rooted in the complete disregard of the notion of justice and humanity that, in turn, gave birth to the most brutal abuses of military force. [Read more...]

Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again

By M. Anthony Mills      •     RealClearPolitics

Obamacare NeedleIn presidential politics, party professionals on both sides of the aisle live in fear of the dreaded “October surprise” that can compromise their candidates’ chances.

In 2016, the joker in the deck may come the first week of November — and it won’t be a surprise, just a shock: Fueled by the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ health insurance premiums are likely to spike.

The policy debates that preoccupy Beltway insiders are often far removed from the concerns of most American voters. The Export-Import Bank, the intricacies of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory requirements, quantitative easing, and rules promulgated in obscure administrative agencies — this is not the stuff of middle-class anxiety. While such policy and regulatory decisions do affect citizens nationwide, it’s not always immediately obvious how. Not so jobs, wages, schools, and health care — these issues hit home. [Read more...]

Democrats: We Shall Overcome The Constitution

An unprecedented act of pretend bravery

By David Harsanyi     •     The Federalist

Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene.

There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing “We Will Overcome” while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the ACLU have “strongly” argued would undermine civil liberties. As of this writing, no participant has been beaten down by the cops or thrown into a dank cell — although, for those who’d forgotten their chargers, iPhone batteries were probably getting perilously low on juice.

Sit strong, heroes! [Read more...]

If You Look at This Chart of Top 10 Nations in the World for Mass Shootings – One Thing Jumps Out

By Kyle Becker     •     Independent Journal

second amendment_gun controlThe deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has tragically just taken place at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The nightmarish attack claimed the lives of 49 Americans, and wounded 53 more.

Many Americans are rightly searching for answers about what went wrong and how do we prevent more from occurring.

In the midst of all this confusion and national soul-searching, some startling claims have been made about the mass shootings in the United States compared with the rest of the world. [Read more...]