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Republican accidentally debunks GOP narrative at IRS hearing

During a congressional hearing regarding the IRS on Friday, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) inadvertently led the head of the IRS to contradict the notion that conservative nonprofits were singled out for scrutiny. At the hearing, outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller repeatedly objected to the use of the word “targeting.”…

Maddow: Real Benghazi scandal is how media got played by GOP ‘sources’

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how DC has worked itself into “scandal mode,” but over the wrong scandals. In the show’s opening segment, she questioned why no one who printed and quoted a doctored set of White House emails regarding the Benghazi…

As outrage grows, military makes addressing sexual assault a ‘top priority’

JEFFREY BROWN: The issue of sexual assault in the military was back in the spotlight today at the Pentagon. Margaret Warner reports. MARGARET WARNER: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey offered no new solutions to the military’s sexual assault crisis at today’s much…  …

Moore tells Maher: ‘The real problem with the IRS is that they let General Electric not pay any taxes’

The dispute regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of Tea Party political groups didn’t strike Real Time host Bill Maher as a big deal on Friday night. “Is it unreasonable to target an anti-tax group?” Maher asked in response. “This is, after all, a group that named itself after…

Colorado GOP state senator ducks questions from Aurora victim’s father

The father of one of the victims of the July 2012 mass shooting in Colorado told Talking Points Memo on Friday that his state’s Senate Minority Leader, Bill Cadman (R), rebuffed him while sharing pictures of his son. “I walked right up to him, and I handed him one of…

Scientists to Moyers: Lead poisoning ‘doesn’t kill anymore’ but there are new ‘troubling problems’

Bill Moyers took on the regulatory failures that led to lead poisoning when he interviewed David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz about their new book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. “As long as there are insufficient checks and balances on big business and its…

Rangel to IRS official: Citizens United was ‘invitation… for abuse’ of the tax code

The outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service commissioner on Friday told Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that applications for 501(c)4 groups had doubled since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling, which opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations. “The applications for this type of corporation increased dramatically, did it not?”…

‘F*cking right-wing’ Toronto mayor reportedly seen smoking crack on video

Reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper claim to have seen video of conservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a drug that appears to be crack cocaine. A report in the Star published Thursday details the investigation of the video, conducted by reporters Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan. “Working with my…

Stewart mocks horse-race media for ‘attention span of a concussed goldfish’

As President Barack Obama fights himself on a three-and-a-half-year long “race up shit’s creek,” Jon Stewart pointed out, his best hope would be the fact that Beltway media, cursed by “the attention span of a concussed goldfish,” was already laying out predictions for the 2016 elections, despite the fact that…

Report: Republicans were source of bogus Benghazi quotes

Republicans provided the erroneous quotes linked to White House emails regarding how to address the September 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, CBS News reported on Thursday. According to the report by chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, a quote leaked on May 10 attributed to then-Deputy National…

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