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Democrat slams inspector general over IRS scandal: Your audit was a ‘smear’

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) ripped into Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George on Thursday for releasing an audit on the IRS that focused narrowly on tea party groups. Holding up documents at a House Oversight Committee hearing, Maloney said a training manual clearly stated IRS screeners should be on the…

Farm organizer to food corporations: ‘The system that you operate is wrong’

Bill Moyers, in a preview of Friday’s show, released a clip of an interview with founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee Baldemar Velásquez. Velásquez, a 1989 MacArthur fellow, talked about the ongoing David vs. Goliath struggle most farm workers face when the system is largely run by corporation. “I…

Bryan Fischer: Americans have a ‘patriotic duty to worship God’

The director of issues analysis of the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA) told his radio listeners that they and every American had a “patriotic duty to worship God.” On his Wednesday radio show, Fischer read from the Old Testament Book of Haggai to explain why the U.S. economy was “in…

Issa’s own IRS witnesses deny ‘political motives’ against tea party

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was told by his own witnesses on Thursday that there was no political motivation behind the scrutiny of tea party groups applying for tax exempt status. In a USA Today op-ed on Wednesday, the California Republican sought to revive the…

Iowa law enforcement agent fired after reporting Republican governor’s car for speeding

An agent of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) claims he was fired from his job after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad (R)’s vehicle for speeding. According to the Des Moines Register, Larry Hedlund, 55, intends to sue the state after being fired at the end of a 2 and…

Colorado town proposes bounty for shooting down federal drones

A small Colorado town is considering whether to issue hunting licenses that would offer residents a bounty for shooting down unnamed drones operated by the U.S. government. Deer Trail resident Phillip Steel told KMGH that he had already collected enough signatures to put his proposed measure on the ballot. “We…

Illinois 6-year-old fatally shoots 11-year-old in the head

An 11-year-old boy died this week in Illinois after being shot in the head by a 6-year-old relative. Belleville Police Department Detective Mark Heffernan told KSDK that EMS transported 11-year-old Leonard Smith to Belleville Memorial Hospital after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night after being called to the scene of the…

Late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller’s murderer could be released early

The murderer of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller may only be facing half of his original sentence thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, The Kansas City Star reported recently. Scott Roeder, who was sentenced to life in prison under Kansas’s “Hard 50″ mandatory minimum sentencing…

Watch: Famed whistleblower battles former attorney general over Edward Snowden

Wednedsay night on PBS NewsHour, Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey debated the case of Edward Snowden. Ellsberg, who was tried under the Espionage Act for leaking the Pentagon Papers, said Snowden was right to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

Pennsylvania GOP chairman: Voter ID law helped ‘cut Obama’ during 2012 election

The head of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania said last week that the state’s controversial voter ID law helped suppress Obama voters. Chairman Rob Gleason told PCN in an interview that the voter ID law had an impact on the 2012 elections. “We probably had a better election,” he explained.…

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