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The Most Transparent, Ethical Administration EVAH!!

How cheap can they be bought?

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.

The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.

It was one of several favorable decisions the Obama administration made in recent years involving the Isaías family, which the government of Ecuador accuses of buying protection from Washington and living comfortably in Miami off the profits of a looted bank in Ecuador.

More at the link. They really care about poor people, don’t they?

– Aggie

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Pass This Bill Now!

Not the stupid Cromnibus package. They can burn all 1600 pages, for all I care. Hand a copy and a match to all the homeless in DC.

Pass this bill now:

Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despite bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Without a new law, government agencies are likely to continue stonewalling requests for records and other information, said Amy Bennett, assistant director of OpenTheGovernment.org, an advocacy group.

“The only thing that changes an agency’s behavior is an act of Congress,” she said.

The Senate approved a bill this week that would require federal agencies to have a presumption of openness when considering the release of government information. Under the bill, exemptions to withhold information would be reduced, and agencies operating under the act would have to make records available for public inspection in an electronic format.

The House passed a similar bill in February, but the two chambers could not agree on final language.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he was deeply disappointed that the House adjourned Friday without taking up the Senate bill, which Leahy co-sponsored with Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Leahy said he thought House Republican leaders would support the measure as a way to increase oversight of the Obama administration and make the government more accountable and transparent.

Instead, Republicans “have chosen secrecy over sunlight,” he said.

Both sides want the bill passed, yet it’s not. Hmm.

Bennett, of the Open Government group, said there was “plenty of blame to go around” for the bill’s demise, including House Speaker John Boehner and the White House.

Grr. The IRS is still stonewalling investigations (plural). Gruber will have to be subpoenaed to open up his books. Get this thing done now.

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Where Our $2,500 ObamaCare Savings Went

Yesterday I labeled Jonathan Gruber a hero for telling the truth about ObamaCare.

But I never said he wasn’t doing well by doing good!

When asked to provide details requested by the committee about $2.5 million in Obamacare related contracts he secured with an estimated eight states, He lawyered up. “Take it up with my counsel,” he said several times.

In addition, he refused to provide any examples of work product related to his Obamacare economic modeling carried out under a $400,000 sole source contract he obtained with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2009.

At the conclusion of the hearings, Issa promised that the incoming Chairman was likely to call Gruber back to provide that information, and that if the information was not forthcoming in 30 days, the Committee would subpoena Gruber for it.

Gruber also lawyered up when Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked him to show the work product from his Obamacare model in which he estimated how many people would lose their coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“You can talk to my counsel,” Gruber responded to each question from Chairman Issa and several other Republican members of the committee who wanted to know details about the number and size of his Obamacare related contracts with state governments.

“My counsel says we complied with the committee,” Gruber told Issa when asked about his failure to provide the detailed list of federal and state contracts prior to his testimony.

“No, you didn’t,” Issa responded.

For someone as “glib” as Gruber, lawyering-up has gotta hurt.

But when staying quiet equates to staying out of prison, that’s motivation:

One week after he first requested billing details related to Jonathan Gruber’s contract with the state of Vermont, state Auditor Douglas Hoffer has yet to receive any information about the details of Gruber’s contract from the administration of Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

“Nothing yet,” Hoffer told Breitbart News in an email on Monday responding to our inquiry checking up on the Shumlin administration’s response to his information request.

One day before Gruber is scheduled to testify about “health law deceptions” before the federal House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), details of Gruber’s $280,000 contract with the state of Vermont remain shrouded in mystery.

Of course, we know Gruber well around here. He’s at MIT, and he was “architect” of RomneyCare.

Speaking of which:

The Massachusetts Medicaid program spent $35 million on questionable claims for health care provided to low-income immigrants, according to a critical report released Wednesday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump.

The findings reflect “serious weaknesses” in the agency’s claims processing system, Bump concluded, and illustrate the need for tighter controls.

The audit found that the state’s Medicaid agency, known as MassHealth, routinely paid for nonemergency medical care for roughly 45,000 immigrants from July 2011 through December 2012. The review identified 270,167 questionable or unallowed claims for services such as speech therapy, fluoride treatment, and physical therapy.

What, illegal alien kids are supposed to get cavities?

Yes, illegal:

Bump’s office examined Medicaid’s Limited Program and its payment of medical bills for this pool of immigrants, who are entitled to emergency medical services under the program’s rules. The auditors said they believe that roughly 89 percent of the immigrants were in the United States illegally during the time of the audit.

By my rough math, $31 million out of that $35 million went to elocution lessons for people with no business being here, let alone taking millions in taxpayer money.

But you don’t know the half of it:

But the Executive Office of Health and Human Services disputed much of the auditor’s findings regarding its coverage of medical treatments for immigrants.

“We respectfully disagree with the state auditor’s definition of emergency services, which would preclude coverage under this program for critical medical conditions including kidney failure, broken bones, ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, aortic aneurysms, insulin for diabetics, and other life-threatening injuries and conditions,” the agency said in a statement.

“MassHealth is required under both state and federal law to cover these emergency services for families and children who would otherwise be eligible for Medicaid but for their immigration status,” the agency’s statement said.

Hey, I don’t want to deny insulin to diabetics, either. But if immigration status isn’t relevant, why should geography be? Why aren’t we Bay Staters providing insulin to diabetics in Tegucigalpa without those families and children having to schlep up here? Give us your tired, your poor, your ectopic pregnancies, and aortic aneurysms. Forget hi-tech coders, we want sick people. Expensively sick people.

In government-run health care, illegal aliens and Jonathan Gruber thrive. The rest of us have to wait for the next available doctor.

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The Fall of the American Republic, Pt. CCCXLVI

Obama wastes billions on a lemon of a computer system—and it’s not even the one you’re thinking of!

Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with FoxNews.com.

Whistleblower Michael Keegan told FoxNews.com that McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, issued a draft report in December 2013 saying the agency had spent $288 million over six years for a new computer system processing disability claims that has yet to launch.

But Keegan said he was present at a meeting of senior officials in May of this year where they decided to sit on the report as long as Carolyn Colvin’s nomination for commissioner was pending.

“They hid the report,” he told FoxNews.com.

They’ll release it on Friday. Some Friday.

Keegan spoke with FoxNews.com after Republican senators threatened earlier this week to block Colvin’s nomination until a probe of the computer project is done. Keegan, who worked as associate commissioner for facilities and left the agency earlier this year, explained that he brought his concerns to Congress over the summer.

Several top-ranking lawmakers have been beating the drum about the $300 million computer system since the summer, including about the possibility of a cover-up.

House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and other lawmakers wrote in July that whistleblowers had told them “senior agency staff placed a very close hold” on the report to make sure details were kept “secret” until after Colvin’s confirmation. They called these claims “deeply disturbing.”

When will the Republicans in Congress grow the stones to stop Obama, rather than merely warn Obama to stop? Are only eunuchs elected to Congress?

Real men run for governor:

Texas is leading a group of 17 states — all but two with Republican governors — that are suing to block President Barack Obama’s executive overhaul of U.S. immigration and deportation rules.

The state’s incoming governor, Greg Abbott, announced the effort to have courts block Obama from implementing the actions he announced last month during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
“The constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat,” said Abbott, the Texas attorney general who won the governor’s race in November and has since become the highest-profile GOP critic of Obama’s immigration policies.

He said Obama’s decision to stop deportations for undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens — the centerpiece of the executive action — is “a decision to openly tolerate” violations of the U.S. law.

“Texas is uniquely qualified to challenge the president’s executive order,” Abbott said. He pointed to Obama’s 2012 order deferring the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and had lived in the country for years, and said Texas has seen an influx of immigrants since then.

“Basically, we are asking for the court to require the president to go through the prescribed constitutional process of enforcing laws passed by Congress rather than making them up himself,” Abbott said.

Abbott said the states joining Texas in the lawsuit are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

How hard was that to say? It’s not racist or xenophobic. And I’d say 17 states—a third—is a pretty big sample size.

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We Get Results

But when we teased you yesterday about your plummeting (or is it soaring?) on the list of most corrupt nations, China, we were just kidding around. Sort of.

Don’t be so sensitive!

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s top prosecuting body, said it had opened a formal probe against him.

Before he retired two years ago, Mr Zhou was the head of China’s vast internal security apparatus.

Many of his former associates and relatives also face corruption probes.

Mr Zhou was accused of several crimes, including “serious violations of party discipline”, “accepting large sums of bribes”, “disclosing party and state secrets” and “committing adultery with several women” as part of corrupt transactions, Xinhua news agency reported (in Chinese).

As long as they aborted any unwanted pregnancies, where’s the harm? Also, does this sudden onset of morality extend to hacking, violating copyright, and civil liberties? The article doesn’t say. We wish Mr. Eleven the best of luck with his crusade.

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News Flash

China is very corrupt. Russia is more corrupt.

Try not to let this news destroy your faith in ex-Communist states run by the very same party hacks who ran it before.

So much for President Xi Jin Ping’s much-vaunted anti-corruption campaign.

Transparency International’s annual index of perceived levels of corruption across the world is out Wednesday, and China has slid 20 places in the ranking to joint 100th, after posting one of the sharpest declines in its index score of all the countries in the survey.

Transparency’s index, which measures perceptions of corruption from various sources, also showed alarming declines in the scores of Turkey and Russia, the latter falling to 136th place in the rankings, level with Nigeria (and one place ahead of its embattled neighbor, Ukraine).

China’s performance meant that it fell below India, which rose nine places in the ranking to 85th and which, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is promising its own crackdown on bureaucratic corruption.

There is a ray of hope, however:

Another country to post a big improvement in TI’s rankings was Greece, It’s now risen to 69th place from 94th in two years, as the austerity plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund and Eurozone has bitten hard. The good news there is that it’s now only as corrupt…as Italy, according to TI.

As expected, the top of the rankings showed no real change from previous years, with the Scandinavian Goody Two-Shoes quartet of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway taking four of the top five spots.

The U.S. edged up to 17th from 19th in 2013, level with Barbados and Ireland, and just ahead of Chile and Uruguay.

They must not be looking too hard into Obama’s shenanigans, then. And Greece is only less corrupt because it’s more broke.

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EXTRA! New Obama Corruption Scandal! EXTRA!

To Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, fundraising irregularities, press intimidation, the VA disgrace, the ObamaCare disaster, Solyndra and other “green” initiatives, dropping the open-and-shut voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers—just to name a few—add another one:

EXCLUSIVE: Eight Environmental Protection Agency employees who racked up a total of more than ten years’ worth of paid “administrative leave” between 2011 and 2014 — valued at more than $1,096,000 — apparently did so because they were involved in “cases of alleged serious misconduct,” Fox News has learned.

All of the eight “were or are subject to a disciplinary process,” an EPA official told Fox News, adding that, “we cannot comment on the circumstances of their departure from the agency for those who are no longer employed by EPA.”

The exact nature of the alleged wrongdoings has not been revealed, nor the specific times when they took place. But the lengthy absences — up to three years in one case — seem to indicate that the alleged misconduct actions, whether linked or separate, cover a substantial period of time, even after their discovery.

Almost exactly a year ago, a top EPA official named John Beale was sentenced to 32 months in prison for getting $800,000 worth of paid time off while falsely claiming that he was an active CIA agent, a whopper that apparently went unchecked for years.

In the intervening months, OIG has charged that various EPA officials have stonewalled its efforts to investigate the Beale scandal, and that a separate EPA branch for homeland security has illegally prevented OIG interviews of employees and kept other evidence out of the watchdogs’ hands.

The stonewalling also has been mentioned in a special letter signed by 47 of the administration’s 73 inspectors general, spread across a spectrum of government agencies, and complaining about “serious limitations on access to records” that were creating “potentially serious challenges” to “our ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently and in a timely manner.

The EPA is too big for its britches, running amok in the government. It should never have been promoted to cabinet level in the first place. Along with Energy, Education, and Transportation, it should be folded into the Interior Department. And throw HUD in there too. I’m not even all that keen on Agriculture and Commerce either.

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Couple More Problems for ObamaCare

To get the moral of the story out of the way first, don’t lie and don’t bully. It’ll catch up with you eventually.

The lies:

The Department of Health and Human Services projected that between 9 and 9.9 million people would enroll in Obamacare plans next year, well short of the 13 million predicted by the independent Congressional Budget Office. Just a few days later, administration officials admitted they inflated sign-up figures for Obamacare in 2014, including dental plans, to pad the numbers by 400,000 — allowing the administration to meet its original goal of enrolling 7 million consumers.

Care to read that again? Last year, they cooked the books; now they admit it. And that fraud (a 5.7% shortfall) is nothing compared to the fraud already admitted for next year (a 25-30% shortfall). Did you know that? I didn’t.

No wonder, then:

The fallout from the November blunders was hard to ignore. When the administration trumpeted that roughly 460,000 people had signed up for 2015 Obamacare coverage in the first week of open enrollment, the announcement was immediately met with suspicion.

AFter the lies wear thin comes the bullying:

Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration’s challenge to certain “workplace wellness” programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.

Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don’t.

Got that? “Penalize.” Harm someone for not marching in step like a good little foot soldier. Kind of like the individual mandate—an unconstitutional affront until it was transvestized into a tax.

But like it or not, it’s part of the law (of the land).

But recent lawsuits filed by the administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), challenging the programs at Honeywell International and two smaller companies, have thrown the future of that part of Obamacare into doubt.

The lawsuits infuriated some large employers so much that they are considering aligning themselves with Obama’s opponents, according to people familiar with the executives’ thinking.

“The fact that the EEOC sued is shocking to our members,” said Maria Ghazal, vice-president and counsel at the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives of more than 200 large U.S. corporations. “They don’t understand why a plan in compliance with the ACA (Affordable Care Act) is the target of a lawsuit,” she said. “This is a major issue to our members.”

Have your members never seen Goodfellas or The Sopranos? You don’t want these people as your partners. They’ll bleed you dry.

Obamacare allows financial incentives for workers taking part in workplace wellness programs of up to 50 percent of their monthly premiums, deductibles, and other costs. That translates into hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in extra annual costs for those who do not participate.

Typically, participation means filling out detailed health questionnaires, undergoing medical screenings, and in some cases attending weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs.

One of the arguments presented in the lawsuit against three employers is that requiring medical testing violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

That 1990 law, according to employment-law attorney Joseph Lazzarotti of Jackson Lewis P.C. in Morristown, N.J., largely prohibits requiring medical tests as part of employment.

“You can’t make medical inquiries unless it’s consistent with job-necessity, or part of a voluntary wellness program,” he said.

The lawsuits are based on the view that it is no longer voluntary if employees face up to $4,000 in penalties for non-participation, loss of insurance or even their jobs.

Employers, however, see the lawsuits as reneging on the administration’s commitment to an important part of the healthcare reform.

If it violates ADA, what was it doing in the [bleeping] law? Did no one think to ask? Of course they did, but Nancy “The Bull” Pelosi gave away the game: we had to pass the “law” to find out what was in it.

The law itself is godawful enough. The process by which it passed was truly the work of Satan. No good could ever come of it. Just strife, chaos, mayhem, hellfire, brimstone, and Supreme Court appeals. All according to schedule.

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Lost and Found

Lost: One Republic, 238 yrs old, fixer-upper; red, white, and blue; friendly, but do not abuse; answers to “America”.

Found: 30,000 emails (see above):

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

Just “weeks” and “effort”, huh? That’s all it took to recover the irrecoverable? On a Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving week, no less? And they accuse us of cynicism!

The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division. The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.

In June Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.

The IRS also lost the emails of several other employees who worked under Lerner during that period.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he chairs will be one of the committees that will examine the emails.

“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” Issa told the Examiner. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS. The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s e-mails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”

I said the other day that Putin is to Obama as Obama is to Congress. Putin flouts the law, abuses norms, lies, justifies, and laughs in the face of argument or protest. Oh, did I write “Putin”? That’s Obama. Putin doesn’t even bother prevaricating; he just takes. It’s time for Ukraine—and Congress—to fight back. Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

In lieu of good men, we’ll just have to hope for the best from the Republicans—i.e. we’re hosed.

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Omertà

The code of silence among health care gangsters:

Speaking at the American Academy of Actuaries on Thursday, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius briefly addressed Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments about how Obamacare got passed.

“You can talk to Dr. Gruber about what he said, but I don’t have a comment about his comments. Anything else,” she said.

Do all the president’s women take the Fifth? The cabinet secretary in charge of this pile of dog poo (Constitutional pile of dog poo) has nothing to say when Jonny “The Bull” Gruber sings like a canary? What does she think we are, stupid?

Better to think someone stupid than to be stupid:

At her weekly press briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters she didn’t know who Jonathan Gruber was and “he didn’t help write” the Obamacare legislation.

However, at a 2009 press conference, Pelosi cited Gruber’s analysis.

Thusly:

Given Gruber’s prominence in the field of health care policymaking, it would be odd if Pelosi had never heard of him. Certainly her staff did — on Dec. 1, 2009, they issued a news release titled “Health Insurance Reform Mythbuster – ‘Health Reform And Insurance Premiums’ ” that cites Gruber by name seven times. (It’s no longer on Pelosi’s site but is archived here.)

Still, the fact that her aides knew about Gruber isn’t a smoking gun that she did. The smoking gun instead comes from video of a news conference she held on Nov. 5, 2009. During that news conference, she addressed differences between the bill she was backing and one offered by Republicans:

“I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo, versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange. And our bill takes down those costs, even from now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.”

And then there’s this:

President Obama personally crafted a major Obamacare deception with Jonathan Gruber at one of Gruber’s numerous White House meetings, according to a 2012 Gruber interview with PBS.

“And Obama was like, ‘Well, you know’ — I mean, he is really a realistic guy. He is like, ‘Look, I can’t just do this.’ He said: ‘It is just not going to happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phases and other things?’ And we talked about it. And he was just very interested in that topic,” Gruber continued.

“Once again, that ultimately became the genesis of what is called the Cadillac tax in the health-care bill, which I think is one of the most important and bravest parts of the health care law and doesn’t get nearly enough credit,” Gruber added.

Pelosi, Sebelius, Gruber, Obama…do you get the feeling that they’re trying to keep things from us?

Ditto Lois Lerner and that worm, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen?

And Eric Holder? And Susan Rice? And Hillary Clinton and John Kerry? Are they not all proven liars?

Are we not in some bizarre-o-world Nixon White House where the liars, creeps, and villains are not charged with crimes, but rather hailed as heroes?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and most definitely yes.

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Inside Eric Holder’s Mind

Here, put on this level-4 hazmat suit. Wouldn’t want to get any of this on you:

The email chain begins with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Matthew Axelrod explaining that Issa’s planned to subpoena a witness to testify on the scandal.

“This keeps escalating,” Gary Grindler, a DOJ official at the time, wrote.

Holder then issued his response:

Ok. We have to be careful. His decision has to truly be his. If he testifies so be it.

Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country. All they want to do- in reality- is cripple ATF and suck up to the gun lobby. Politics at its worst- maybe the media will get it.

This was part of the Encyclopedia Britannica document dump on Election Day. As Issa tweeted, the dump was eight times the total number of documents released in the three-plus years Issa has been investigating. Holder’s on his way out now, so what does he care?

To me, the most offensive words were “we have to be careful”. Mexicans were being killed by guns he ran, as well as one American, border agent, Brian Terry. And Holder’s reaction was to “be careful”. As in cover up.

Immature, I admit, but I want to do a document dump all over him, minus the documents.

PS: “Cripple the ATF”? The Fast and Furious investigation was instigated by ATF whistleblowers. Who ere punished for their truth-telling.

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Oh, E-Mails!

We thought you asked about she-males. Honest mistake.

Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved.

In its October 27 Reply in Support of Motion for Limited Discovery, Judicial Watch argued that declarations submitted by the IRS in response to the Judge Sullivan’s orders “fail to answer important questions about the missing emails:”

[I]t has become apparent that the IRS did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails from alternative sources following the discovery that the emails were missing. The emails are potentially responsive to Plaintiff’s FOIA requests, and the IRS’s failure to search for them in other recordkeeping systems raises material questions of fact about whether the agency has conducted a reasonable search.

Judicial Watch lawyers reviewed the IRS court filings and concluded that the agency “did not undertake any significant efforts to obtain the emails.”

IRS attorneys conceded that they had failed to search the agency’s servers for missing emails because they decided that “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.” They admitted they had failed to search the agency’s disaster recovery tapes because they had “no reason to believe that the tapes are a potential source of recovering” the missing emails. And they conceded that they had not searched the government-wide back-up system because they had “no reason to believe such a system … even exists.”

Boy, if that doesn’t restore your faith in government, I don’t know what would. It almost sounds like they’re not even trying.

“The Obama IRS couldn’t care less about the federal court’s orders to provide full information about the ‘missing’ Lois Lerner emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Instead, the IRS, with the help of a compromised Justice Department, has engaged in a series of transparently evasive distractions. The IRS would have Judicial Watch wait for years before we can ask questions about the cover-up that is going on now. The IRS thinks it can game a federal court, Congress, and the American people. Having delayed accountability for over two years, the Obama administration is prepared to stonewall on the IRS targeting of Obama’s ‘enemies list’ until after the 2016 presidential election. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit can continue to break through this obstruction of justice, especially if the court approves our effort to put select Obama officials under oath.”

Good luck with that, JW. But I won’t be holding my breath.

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