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  • Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life

    A startling decision on government wrongdoing by a federal court in U.S. v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage gives credence to those who say that the federal government is engaging in a “war on the West” that is hurting rural communities. It is a stark reminder of how powerful our … More

    Stop Blaming the Victims for the Misdeeds of the IRS

    What’s more outrageous than the IRS scandal? Pointing the finger at the victims. That’s exactly what Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA) did last week. Leaders of six targeted groups testified before the House Ways and Means Committee to shine light on their interactions with the IRS. In response to testimony that … More

    Immigration: Getting No RESULTS

    Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) will propose an amendment to the Senate immigration bill entitled “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety, & Upgrading Legitimate Trade and travel Simultaneously” (RESULTS). It should really be called the “NO-RESULTS” amendment. The amendment raises constitutional concerns and fails to solve the enforcement problems in the bill. … More

    Morning Bell: Q&A on Scandals and Eric Holder

    Attorney General Eric Holder is head of the Department of Justice—in charge of enforcing the nation’s laws. So what happens when the head law enforcer gets caught up in questionable conduct? The Obama Administration is under scrutiny for the scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department … More

    Did the IRS's Lois Lerner Waive Her Fifth Amendment Rights?

    It is not clear that Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office, waived her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, as has been suggested by commentators including Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, when she briefly appeared before the House Oversight Committee investigating the targeting of conservative organizations. … More

    Voter Fraud in Missouri: Wrong Candidate Was Elected

    A guilty plea in a Kansas City, Missouri, voter fraud case this week illustrates something the U.S. Supreme Court pointed out when it upheld Indiana’s voter ID law in 2008: [F]lagrant examples of [voter] fraud…have been documented throughout this Nation’s history [and] occasional examples have surfaced in recent years that…demonstrate … More

    IRS-Gate: The Potential Criminal Implications

    With the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder of a criminal investigation of the IRS over the agency’s targeting of conservative Tea Party and other groups, a key question that has arisen is: What are the relevant federal criminal laws that might apply to the misconduct of IRS employees? There … More

    IRS-Gate

    Over the weekend, the IRS scandal got even more bizarre. Various news organizations got a look at a still-unreleased report by the inspector general (IG) for tax administration at the Treasury Department. According to the report, IRS official Lois Lerner knew about the problem by June 2011; yet in March … More

    IRS Admits It Targeted the Tea Party

    The admission by an official of the IRS that the tax agency was targeting conservative tea party groups comes as no surprise to those who work with tea party organizations and their leaders in the conservative grassroots arena. The Washington Post reports that Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS … More

    House Bill Ends the $3 Public Election Tax Check-Off, Spends “Savings”

    H.R. 1724, the Kids First Research Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Gregg Harper (R–MS), would end the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF). That’s the good news. But then the bill would authorize spending existing PECF funds on a new 10-year pediatric research initiative via the National Institutes of Health … More