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Ohio IRS worker has lost 10 pounds during hunger strike to protest government shutdown

An Internal Revenue Service worker skipped an anniversary dinner with her husband as part of her protest of the government shutdown that’s kept her from working. Donna Smith, of Morrow, Ohio, said she won’t eat any solid food until the federal government is back up and running, reported WLWT-TV. “It’s…

Treasury Department: Legally-married same sex couples qualify to file joint taxes regardless of their state

The US government on Thursday announced that legally married gay couples will be treated the same as married couples for federal tax purposes. The decision applies to legally married same-sex couples whether they live in a state that recognizes the marriage or not, the US Treasury Department and the Internal…

IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

The Internal Revenue Service was unable to suppress a lawsuit over its failure to audit thousand of churches that allegedly violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought…

Congressional tax panel heads: IRS needs ‘significant restructuring’

IRS shakeup needed after scandal, chairmen of Congress' tax-writing panels say (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Internal Revenue Service may need to be restructured after the agency was found improperly targeting conservative groups seeking non-profit status, the chairmen of the two congressional tax-writing committees say. “There does need to…

IRS official pleads the Fifth: ‘I have not done anything wrong’

The official who was in charge of Internal Revenue Service division that admitted scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of conservative groups told a House committee on Wednesday that she was refusing to testify even though she had done nothing wrong. In a statement to the House Oversight Committee, IRS Director of…

FOIA documents suggest IRS may have ignored court ruling on email privacy

A bundle of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request suggests that the nation’s tax collector may have ignored a court ruling in 2010 that ordered it to always obtain a warrant before spying on emails stored on cloud servers, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said…

NOM calls for federal investigation of LGBT group, IRS

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has called for a federal investigation as to how the LGBT rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) acquired tax documents exposing a confidential list of donors including presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R). According to the documents, Romney donated $10,000…

Four U.S. men arrested over terror plots

WASHINGTON — Four US men were arrested on Tuesday for plotting to attack government workers and official buildings, and for trying to manufacture the deadly biological toxin ricin, authorities said. “These defendants, who are alleged to be part of a fringe militia group, are charged with planning attacks against their…

Cigarette-smoking Cain aide dogged by voter suppression claims

Following the release of an ad showing him puffing on a cigarette, an adviser for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing some extra scrutiny — and it isn’t just about his nicotine habit. An Associated Press report released Friday found that Cain chief of staff Mark Block not only…

California pot shops ordered to shut down within 45 days

The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days. The Associated…

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