White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer says that although actions that need to be taken on the IRS scandal plaguing the Obama administration, the wave of recent controversies won’t adversely affect the Obama administration.
Mr. President,, hire a P.R. Firm…on the down-low. :)
THE HUFFINGTON POST
By Sam Stein
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that Steven Miller, the acting director of the Internal Revenue Service, had resigned amid criticism over the tax agency’s handling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Speaking from the White House’s East Room, the president said that he had instructed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to hold the IRS accountable for its missteps, revealed in a Treasury Department inspector general’s report released on Tuesday. Among the steps Lew took was to request and accept “the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS.”
“It is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” said Obama.
The president also said that he had instructed Lew to implement the recommendations of the inspector general’s report which looked into why groups with words like “tea party” in their name had been forced to endure more scrutiny when applying for 501(c)(4) status. Obama added that he would “work with Congress as it performs its oversight role” in investigating the IRS.
- IRS Acting Commissioner Resigns (kktv.com)
- Officials who don’t exist can’t resign (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
- Boehner on IRS Scandal: ‘Who is going to jail?’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Marco Rubio Calls For Non-Existent IRS Commissioner To Resign (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Obama: Acting IRS commissioner has resigned (mercurynews.com)
- Boehner on IRS scandal: ‘Who is going to jail?’ (wyff4.com)
- Marco Rubio Humiliates Himself By Demanding That the Non-Existent IRS Commissioner Resign (politicususa.com)
- IRS gave liberal groups a pass as it targeted conservatives: report (blogs.marketwatch.com)
- Obama says watchdog report’s findings on IRS ‘intolerable’ (reuters.com)
First on CNN: The White House released 100 pages of e-mails that detailed the back and forth between the CIA, State Department and the White House in developing talking points following the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
According to senior Obama administration officials, the e-mails demonstrate that the process of developing the so-called talking points was not focused on politics but rather on events. The e-mails indicate that the CIA was likely the lead organization on developing the talking points, with the State Department recommending significant changes.
Watch complete coverage on CNN and go to http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com to read the e-mails.
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Fox News “liberal Democrat” Dennis Kucinich could have (and should have) taken a lesson from Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) today when he appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the Benghazi controversy before Kucinich did. Unlike Kucinich, Smith was able to both raise questions that still need to be answered about Benghazi and defend against the partisan witch hunt that Republicans have turned Benghazi into – with Fox News’ enthusiastic participation.
CONGRESS MUST PASS A BILL
THE PRESIDENT MUST SIGN IT
BY MAY 19, 2012.
WILL THEY WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE
TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS? BUSINESS AS USUAL?
MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE ENJOYED YOUR KINDER,
GENTLE PRESIDENCY. NOW WE WANT AND NEED
A LION IN THE WHITE HOUSE. ROAR! BARE YOUR CLAWS!
SENATOR REID. WE NEED YOU
TO CHANNEL THE GLADIATORS IN OLD ROME
AND FIGHT FOR US!
SENATOR McCONNELL, WE HAVE ENDURED
YOUR FAILED WAR ON PRESIDENT OBAMA.
YOUR NATION NEEDS YOU
TO GRIN AND BEAR IT AND
WORK WITH SENATOR REID
TO NEGOTIATE A DEBT CEILING BILL
WITH THE HOUSE.
SPEAKER BOEHNER, “NO MORE TEARS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU TO LEAD THE HOUSE
IN ARRIVING AT A DEBT CEILING BILL THAT
WILL PASS THE SENATE OR A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE.
YOU CAN DO IT, IF YOU TRY.
LEADER CANTOR, YOU WORK BEHIND THE SCENE.
NOW IT THE TIME! YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU
TO MARTIAL THE TEA PARTY FACTION
TO BE A BODY OF ONE
IN ARRIVING AT A DEBT CEILING BILL WITH THE SPEAKER.
BE THE PATRIOT WE KNOW YOU CAN BE.
GENTLEMEN, YOUR NATION IS WATCHING AND
WAITING FOR YOU TO ACT!
God bless Elizabeth Colbert Busch with a win!
IS DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PREPARED?
News from The Hill:
Senate rejects tougher background checks on gun purchases
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it.