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Bobby Jindal calls for jailing of IRS officials behind Tea Party targeting

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Louisiana governor uses speech to Virginia Republicans to say Barack Obama ‘bears responsibility’ as scandals continue

The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, on Saturday called for any Inland Revenue Service officials who are found to have unfairly targeted conservative groups to be put in jail. In a speech to be delivered to Virginia Republicans, excerpts of which were released ahead of time, the likely 2016 presidential hopeful took a hard line on the IRS scandal that blew up last week.

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“You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom. When you do that, you go to jail,” Jindal said.

Jindal was weighing in on a scandal that has rocked the administration of President Barack Obama, after reports emerged that some IRS officials may have singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Jindal, who is seeking to emerge as a standard-bearer of his party’s ambitions for the next election, also used the opportunity to attack Obama more widely and link the scandal directly to the White House. “When you grow government this big, these kinds of scandals are inevitable, and he bears the responsibility for that,” Jindal said.

Jindal’s comments echo sentiments expressed by the Republican House speaker, John Boehner, who has called for any guilty IRS officials to be sent to prison.

The Republican party is seeking to squeeze every inch of political capital from the issue. But it has having mixed success. Despite repeated attempts, Republicans on a House committee looking at the IRS affair on Friday failed to establish a link between it and White House or the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. In over three hours of grilling of the ousted head of the agency, Steven Miller, no new major details about the scandal emerged, offering the White House breathing space after one of the most frenzied weeks since Obama took office in 2009. Miller conceded simply that “foolish” mistakes were made by people trying to be more “efficient”.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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