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Building out the IRS

Featured image Any ginormous spending bill that comes under “bipartisan” auspices should be suspect from the git-go. This Wall Street Journal editorial explores one goody that is to be stuffed into the trillion-dollar box: The bipartisan Senate infrastructure deal still hasn’t been written into legislative language, but we already know that its no-tax-increase pledge is a fudge. The deal is counting on $100 billion in new revenue by supersizing the Internal Revenue »

More Evidence that Black Lives Matter Is a Fraud

Featured image Not everyone associated with the Black Lives Matter movement is a crook, but a lot of them are. We know that Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of BLM’s founders, has bought more than $3 million worth of luxury real estate in recent months. Being a BLM activist is a lucrative gig, with American corporations throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at the various BLM entities. God only knows what they do with »

The IRS Is At It Again

Featured image No sooner have the Democrats retaken the White House than the IRS again feels free to use its power to advance partisan interests. This actually happened in May, but it is just now hitting the news: the IRS denied 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to an organization called Christians Engaged. The IRS explained that Christian doctrines are Republican: You also educate believers on issues that are central to their belief in the »

Will Biden Prosecute This Leak?

Featured image One of the many things the Biden Administration wants to do is increase the enforcement budget of the IRS, so it can hound tens or hundreds of thousands more taxpayers every year in their rapacious desire to punish the prosperous. (Remember: According to the new liberal dogma of “Modern Monetary Theory,” we can borrow and spend all we want without consequence, so there is no reason to raise any tax »

Loose threads in the curious case (5)

Featured image Thanks to the findings in the Minnesota campaign finance board investigation of her 2016 run for the state legislature, we know that Ilhan Omar filed illegal joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with a man to whom she wasn’t married — while she was married to another man. This is something of a bombshell, graphically illustrating Omar’s treatment of her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi as a sham. »

Who Controls the Executive Branch?

Featured image Under the Constitution, the President exercises all executive authority. But we do not live under the government that is described in the Constitution. We live in a society that is dominated by the Fourth Branch of government, the unelected bureaucracy that is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. And the Fourth Branch is increasingly declaring its independence from the elected officials to whom it ostensibly reports–that is to say, from the »

The wrong side of Z Street

Featured image If there was a federal agency that Barack Obama did not corrupt, it must be because it was corrupt when he took over in 2009. The corruption of the IRS is a case in point. Its criminal misconduct perfectly represents what Obama wrought in the agencies that he charged with dictating the way we live. Consider the case of Lori Lowenthal Marcus and Z Street. Z Street is Lori’s pro-Israel »

William Henck: Koskinen and me

Featured image John Koskinen’s term as IRS Commissioner ended earlier this month. The New York Times asserted that Koskinen “left on his own terms.” I’m afraid the Times got that right. In the course of his celebratory interview with the Times and another interview with Politico, however, Koskinen may have violated section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code by acknowledging President Trump’s tax returns. I don’t make much of that, but the »

The intimidation game, cont’d

Featured image Paul Mirengoff covered the Department of Justice’s September 8 reiteration of its decision not to prosecute Lois Lerner. Paul noted the absence of a rejoinder to the stated conclusion that the department lacked sufficient evidence to bring a case against Lerner. I hate cliches, but the more things change… John Koskinen remains Commissioner of the IRS. Only last month Kim Strassel noted that the IRS is still toying with conservative »

Lois Lerner won’t be prosecuted

Featured image The Trump Justice Department has decided not to prosecute Lois Lerner for her leading role in the IRS targeting scandal. The Obama Justice Department made that call in 2015, but House Republicans asked the Trump administration to take a fresh look. Having done so, the Justice Department today notified members of Congress that it will not alter the Obama administration’s decision. In a letter to Kevin Brady, chairman of the »

William Henck: My IRS ordeal

Featured image The IRS was at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck gave us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, where he has worked as an attorney for 30 years. In 2014 we posted Bill’s personal account of a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts by Bill »

Judge Walton to IRS: “Lay it on the line”

Featured image Among the imponderables staring us in the face in year 1 of the Trump administration is John Koskinen. Why does this man remain Commissioner of the IRS? Speaking of Obama holdovers, Koskinen is a beaut. I should have thought he was a prime candidate for sacking on day 1, though I don’t recall President Trump ever mentioning the scandals that have disgraced the IRS on the campaign trail. Koskinen has »

Catch-22, IRS style

Featured image This past Friday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals partly reinstated the lawsuits brought by two groups — True the Vote and Linchpins of Liberty — that had sued the IRS over its targeting of conservative or Tea Party-type organizations seeking 501(1)(c)(3) status. The court has resurrected the groups’ claims for relief enjoining the IRS against continued discriminatory treatment. The D.C. Circuit opinion is posted here and is worth reading. »

The ordeal of Bill Henck

Featured image The IRS is at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck has given us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, where he has worked as an attorney for 29 years. In 2014 we posted Bill’s personal account of a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts by »

Our enemy, the state

Featured image This past April the Claremont Institute and the Federalist Society co-sponsored a panel discussion of the weaponization of the bureaucracy against the Democrats’ political opponents. They called the program “Our Partisan Bureaucracy? The IRS, the DOJ, and the Future of Political Activism” (video below and at the link). The Claremont Institute has posted the video with this description: When the first Civil Service Reform Act passed in 1883, “good government” »

IRS baloney meets Sixth Circuit grinder

Featured image Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (the Circuit that includes Ohio and thus the IRS’s Cincinnati office) released its decision in United States v. NorCal Tea Party Patriots. In the court’s published decision, rejecting the IRS’s petition for extraordinary relief in a pending class action by the NorCal Tea Party and others mistreated by the IRS, the baloney meets the grinder. Judge Kethledge introduces the »

Federal Bureaucracies: Incompetent, Corrupt, Or Both?

Featured image The saga of Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service is almost unbelievable. After “joking” years ago that he would audit his enemies, it turned out that Obama’s minions were in fact delaying or blocking routine applications for 501(c) status by conservative organizations, in order to help the Democratic Party. When Congress tried to investigate, the Obama administration stonewalled at every turn. Evidence mysteriously disappeared and the key player in the scheme, »