Uh Oh: IRS Admits More ‘Computer Problems’

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A senior Obama administration official has told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that several other IRS officials have had “computer problems” over the last few years, including some who were close to former IRS employee Lois Lerner.

The committee released a partial transcript of an interview it conducted last week with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Tom Kane, who reported the computer problems. When asked how many others might be having this problem, Kane said it was “less than 20.”

Among that number are a few who worked closely at the IRS division dealing with tax-exempt organizations, which Lerner headed. Lerner has since become the prime target of Republican investigators, although the GOP has been hindered by the supposed loss of her emails.

According to the committee, another IRS official who suffered computer problems is Justin Lowe, a technical adviser to the commissioner of Tax-Exempt and Government Entities.

Another is David Fish, an adviser to Lois Lerner. Andy Megosh was also named; he is a manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance.

 

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ELIZABETH WARREN TO LA RAZA: ‘GET LOUDER’ FOR AMNESTY ‘AGAINST’ LOBBYISTS WHO BACK IT

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Lobbyists on both sides of the aisle may not agree more on an issue than the need for amnesty legislation. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told La Raza’s annual conference that they should “get louder” to fight “lobbyists” to get amnesty legislation.

Claiming that comprehensive amnesty legislation would also “stabilize” America’s Social Security system, Warren told the crowd in Los Angeles on Sunday evening that they needed to “get louder together” pushing for amnesty, because “it is the responsibility of Americans to push on this.”

“Be stronger than the lobbyists,” she declared. “We have to do this.”

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‘OUR CITIZENS ARE UNDER SIEGE': PERRY SENDS NATIONAL GUARD TO BORDER

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Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced he is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico, saying he can not idly sit by while “our citizens are under siege.”

Pointing out the tens of thousands pf unaccompanied minors only make up roughly 20 percent of those being apprehended illegally crossing the border, Perry said he can no longer wait for the president to act as gang members and drug cartels flood into Texas, causing crime to skyrocket. Perry pointed out Texas tax payers can not bear the expense of processing and housing the surge of illegal immigration caused by President Obama’s 2012 executive action “Dream Act” which has given people in Central America the idea children will be allowed to stay once in the U.S.

Perry has repeatedly called on President Obama to visit the border, calling his refusal Obama’s “Katrina,” moment.

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KIRK VOTES WITH DEMOCRATS TO REVERSE HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

Illinois Review -

WASHINGTON – Wednesday, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, along with two other Republican senators, supported a failed Democrat-backed measure that would have maneuvered around the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision.

The act, sponsored by Senate Democrats Patty Murray of Washington and Mark Udall of Colorado would have kept for-profit businesses from dropping birth control coverage. The “Not My Bosses’ Business Act” would have clarified that no federal law allows companies to refuse follow Obamacare’s contraception mandate – even if the owners have strong religious convictions against abortifacients.

All Senate Republicans – except for Illinois’ Kirk, Alaska’s Murkowski and Maine’s Collins – voted to block the bill, keeping the legislation from advancing.

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House Passes Roskam Amendment to Protect Religious Freedom from IRS Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on House passage of his amendment to the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act to help protect Americans from intrusive IRS requests.

“The IRS has absolutely no business asking questions about individual Americans’ personal religious, political, or social beliefs. Those questions are entirely irrelevant to ensuring a taxpayer is paying any taxes he or she may owe. Hearing firsthand from Americans targeted by their own government and asked about the content of their prayers was absolutely chilling. Our freedom to worship is the very first freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and it is central to who we are as a nation. Today Congress is using its constitutional power of the purse to send the IRS a message. This amendment penalizes the IRS Enforcement Division responsible for these abuses, moving $10 million instead to the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office that works to protect taxpayers’ religious freedom and ensure these kinds of abuses can never happen again.”

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Conservative Coalition Leaders Demand Answers in Tainted Mississippi GOP Runoff

Tea Party Patriots -

A coalition of eight conservative grassroots leaders wants Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to launch an internal investigation into questionable activities surrounding the June 24 runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination in Mississippi, which pitted incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In a letter sent to Priebus Monday, the conservative signatories note an array of potentially illegal activities and express “outrage” over the campaign activities of RNC Member Henry Barbour, who directed the activities of a political action committee that was involved in the runoff and supported Cochran’s reelection. Among the actions the coalition wants investigated are racially incendiary campaign ads and literature, allegations of illegal vote buying, inciting illegal voting by Democrats in a Republican primary, campaign finance irregularities and violations of the RNC’s own rules.

These race-baiting robo-calls, race-baiting radio ads, race-baiting fliers, allegations of blatant violations of Mississippi election law, improper financial transactions, and old-fashioned ‘walking around money,’ all paid for by the Super PAC directed by Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, amount to nothing less than the character assassination of Sen. McDaniel and his supporters. It cannot be tolerated,” said the coalition leaders in their letter to Priebus.

Along with an investigation of suspicious activities in the runoff, the coalition members want Priebus to speak out against the campaign tactics deployed in support of Cochran.  “If you do not take the minimum steps necessary to investigate these dishonest activities, disavow this conduct and issue a formal censure or take other disciplinary action against those persons responsible, we will be left to conclude that you support the disregarding of RNC rules and the race-baiting smears directed at Sen. McDaniel and his supporters,” reads the letter to Priebus.

The coalition members include Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund; Brent Bozell of ForAmerica; former RNC Director of Grassroots Drew Ryun; Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works; Ken Blackwell of the American Civil Rights Union; Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring; Richard Viguerie of ConservativeHQ.com; and Tony Perkins of the FRC Action PAC.

Click here to read the full letter.

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Chicago-area unaccompanied alien children cared for by SEIU-related group, funded with tax dollars

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CHICAGO – Over 400 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) that have been transferred from the southern border to the Chicago area are being cared for by the nonprofit group Heartland Alliance, which also lobbies for minimum wage hikes and government healthcare.

BORDER PATROLHeartland Alliance (an ACORN-esque organization) is currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nearly $13 million to fund shelter services at Heartland’s nine facilities, which house about 429 of Central American minors that crossed the southwest border without legal guardians.

Another 319 children are in foster care in Illinois, Ashley Huebner, an attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center, told theSun-Times.

The group gets additional funding from the State of Illinois. The Comptroller’s office shows over $500,000 going to the group in the past five fiscal years.

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Chicago Faces $67 Million Shortfall After Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Busts Budget

Remember when the Illinois TEA Party warned that the Obamacare Medicaid expansion was a bad deal?

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Chicago’s public health system is facing a massive $67 million shortfall after an early adoption of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion cost much more than expected, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

Cook County, which encompasses Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, made a deal with the Obama administration to get an early start on the health care law’s Medicaid expansion in 2012.

But the resulting program, CountyCare, is costing millions more than original projections. The prototype Medicaid expansion lost Cook County $21 million in the first six months of operation — that’s expected to balloon to $63.5 million by November 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.

CountyCare was expected to pad the city’s coffers. In 2013, state officials projected that the new system would bring in at least $28 million by November, Crain’s reported. The cost of caring for the influx of Medicaid patients has busted projections partially because the newly insured are seeking pricier medical care than expected.

While the program has already failed to meet budget projections this year, the problem is likely to get worse in 2015. Medicaid expansion patients are required to use only CountyCare medical facilities for the first year — meaning the county will end up reimbursing itself for much of its spending on CountyCare coverage.
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Four reasons why AG Madigan is hiding

For the Good of Illinois -

ILLINOIS VIOLENCE PREVENTION AUTHORITY (IVPA)
Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

Damon Arnold, M.D., M.P.H, Co-Chair
Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, Co-Chair 

WGN News: “Barbara Shaw ran the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and will be required to testify about how it spent $55 million dollars in grants… audit found widespread abuse of funds and poor oversight.”

FOUR REASONS WHY AG MADIGAN IS HIDING:

REASON #1:
Lisa Madigan was Co-Chair of Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA)- responsible for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Review Management Letter on page 4

REASON #2:

Lisa Madigan had five appointments of the ten member board of IVPA.
Review Illinois State Law

REASON #3:

Lisa Madigan’s Chief of Staff Ann Spillane appears to be directing raises/bonuses for the IVPA within three days after the November 2, 2010 general election. Read the email below…

“Hi Ann. I’m just checking in to see if there has been a decision on the raises/bonus question for my managers. I don’t know if I made it clear, but I would prefer to do raises, particularly given that, as a result of Tuesday’s outcome, there is now a likelihood that this big initiative will continue beyond one year.” (Source: BC-15 pf1/15509 | Auditor William Holland)

Barbara Shaw, IVPA Director email to Ann Spillane, Chief of Staff
Attorney General Lisa Madigan & IVPA Co-Chair
Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:37PM

REASON #4:

Lisa Madigan, as Co-Chair, had statutory oversight while the Governor’s office recommended the hiring of undocumented workers with the grant money! Doesn’t that violate state employment law?  Read the Governors office email chain here.

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Federal Government Sends Hundreds of Unaccompanied Alien Children to Multiple Locations in the Chicagoland Area

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The Department of Health and Human Services has brought nearly 430 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) to Chicago, and placed them under the care of Heartland Alliance, according to a release from Senator Mark Kirk (R., Ill.). Heartland Alliance, describes itself as “the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest” on its website and is an HHS grantee. The kids are being held at multiple locations in the Chicagoland area, a staffer in Kirk’s office tells National Review Online.

An additional 319 alien children have been placed with family members or sponsors in Illinois as of June 17, 2014, according to another release.

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