Larwyn’s Linx: Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

Send us tips! Bloggers: install a Larwyn’s Linx widget. Get real-time news, 24/7, at BadBlue.

Nation

Emails: Lois Lerner Fed Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings: Pavlich
Lois Lerner Hoped To Get A Job With Organizing For Action: LoneCon
Rep. Elijah Cummings could go to prison for 5 years: AmJrnl

“The First Amendment is Not an Area”: Mark Steyn
Democratic Senators Refuse Equal Pay?: Moe Lane
Ways and Means refers Lois Lerner for criminal prosecution: WFP

Reid and Schumer took Koch money: Power Line
Holder explodes over Contempt of Congress citations: John Hayward
Eric Holder Suggests that Racism is Behind Tough Questioning: PJM

Liberalism Is Eating Itself: Jon Gabriel
Competition for Thee, Not for Me: Ann Coulter
Elijah Cummings owed IRS $ 30,000 in back taxes: Quinton Report

Economy

The Death of Money: James Rickards
Is BLM different from Bundy?: Todd Macfarlane
16 Signs Americans Aren’t Prepared For What May be Coming: Michael Snyder

Scandal Central

Crony Congress: Rep. Mike Rogers Has Ties to Benghazi–Yet is in Charge of the Investigation: Liberty Blitzkrieg
Key Lawyer in DOJ Office Charging Dinesh D’Souza is Obama Campaign Donor: J. Christian Adams
IRS Agents Blast GOP, Urged Callers to Re-elect Obama – PolitiSite: Politisite

Republican Congressman opts out of questioning Holder – implies he should be behind bars: CFP
Byte the Bullet: Hopenchange
SC DOT pumps millions into Washington, DC nonprofit: Watchdog

Media

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos: Power Line
Phony Wage Gap Statistics From White House Spur A Backlash: Instapundit
Megyn Kelly destroys CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper : FAM

The new Inquisition: Victor Davis Hanson
Mark Levin On Obama: “This Man Is A Disgrace”: RWN
Krauthammer: Forget about a Benghazi Select Committee — it’s too late, Obama has won: Scoop

The Myth of Obama – Busted: End of Innocence
Somebody at the FBI seems to want Sharpton dead: Cold Fury
Lefty Letterman: A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host’s Most Liberal Outbursts: MRC

Smoking Gun To Sharpton: You’re a Liar Also: Lid
Is Tom Friedman an Anti-Semite?: Rich Baehr
New Jersey Print Shop Owner Boots Publisher of Anti-Semitic Hate Magazine: Algemeiner

World

Kerry’s Folly: Cal Thomas
Islam Critic Speaks Out on Brandeis: There’s Fear of Violent Repercussion for Criticizing Islam: Mediaite
Islam critic and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali hits back at Brandeis after they do moonbat walk: Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile: Twitter
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker: Kevin Roose
Is It a Good Idea to Vaporize and Inhale Alcohol?: Gizmodo

Cornucopia

Same Pig, Different Lipstick: Christian Mercenary
Comcast says it’s ‘bothered’ that its customer service is terrible: BGR
The Stunning Metamorphosis Of An “Obama Girl”: ZH

Image: Keep Calm and Set Them Afire
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by:

QOTD: “One of the disturbing lessons to be taken from the Obama years is that almost all limits on executive power are now enforced solely by the media. The legal restrictions have been revealed as elaborate bluffs, which can be knocked down by an Administration determined to call them. The Constitutional separation of powers has atrophied into a gentleman’s agreement, which Obama freely disregards, while hurling an endless stream of vile slander at the astonished Republican caucus in Congress. He dares them to do something about it, and since the only thing they can really do is impeach him, he wins. The only balancing force left in the rotted husk of what was once a great Constitutional republic are those media referees, and they seem pretty cool with this President abusing executive power to rewrite laws on the fly, refusing to perform his lawful duties, and concealing reams of damaging documentation. They even keep stone faces when he boasts about how “transparent” his Administration is.

Pulitzer Prizes will be left lying on the table, because no one in the mainstream press wants to write the story that brings this corrupt government down, or at least turns a critical mass of Americans decisively against our intrusive, abusive tax system. Just about everyone from the IRS who has talked to Congress made it clear that conservative groups were indeed targeted for partisan political reasons, but the goalposts for coverage were slowly moved to “Lois Lerner or bust,” and it looks like bust. The press yawns, checks its calendar, and thinks about maybe dashing off a quick epitaph for page A23 on the next anniversary of the scandal. It takes very little imagination to suppose this would all have gone differently if the IRS had harassed civil-rights groups and pro-choice organizations during President John McCain’s 2012 re-election bid. There would have been outrage boiling through city streets. There would have been no other media story until heads rolled. And a panicked Republican administration would probably have started working the guillotines immediately, producing a stream of angry scapegoats who promptly received front-page press treatment as heroic whistleblowers.” –John Hayward

Doug Ross @ Journal

IRS HITMAN LOIS LERNER LIED: Emails Prove She Targeted “Dangerous” Tea Party Groups

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Politics: New emails show that the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status targeted tea party applications specifically and directed they be held up.

While a possible “wag the dog” attack on Syria and other “phony” scandals like Benghazi have grabbed the headlines, Congress has continued its investigation into the Obama administration’s targeting of tea party groups that sprang up in opposition to ObamaCare by the agency charged with enforcing it, the Internal Revenue Service.

In case anyone forgot, Lois Lerner, former head of the Exempt Organizations office of the IRS, who invoked her Fifth Amendment rights rather than tell what she did and knew about the targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, is still being paid with your tax dollars while on “administrative leave.”

Yet another reason for her silence has been unearthed by a 2011 email released by the House Ways and Means Committee in which the woman who claimed she had done nothing wrong admitted that the tea party was not only targeted, but targeted at her direction, in response to the Citizens United case that so outraged President Obama because it reaffirmed the free-speech rights of those who oppose him.

In the February 2011 email, Lerner advised her staff — including then-Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then-Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz — that a tea party matter is “very dangerous” and something “Counsel and (Lerner adviser) Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Lerner added: “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

It was Paz, a D.C.-based top deputy in the IRS division that handled applications for tax-exempt status, who told congressional investigators she was personally involved in reviewing tea party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010.

On May 22, the day after Paz was interviewed by investigators, Lerner refused to answer questions from lawmakers at a congressional hearing, citing her right not to incriminate herself.

Like the Internet video the Benghazi terrorist attack was blamed on, the only thing phony about the IRS scandal is the administration’s cover story that a couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office concocted and executed this most blatant abuse of power by the most powerful and feared agency of government. Lerner’s email further blows out of the water that discredited fiction.

It also confirms a suspected reason for the planned intimidation and hamstringing of conservative opposition to the Obama administration’s policies, saying that those tea party group applications for tax-exempt status could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

This would explain the bizarre and repeated questionnaires requesting lists of donors, books members read, contents of their prayers, texts of speeches given before the group and whether any member is thinking of running for office. The Obama administration was gathering information for possible future court cases to gut Citizens United while it was keeping its political opponents at bay.

“There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said of the emails from Lerner.

Using government power to target conservative opponents of liberal Democrats is nothing new for Lerner. As we’ve written, the IRS scandal may have its roots in “Chicago way” politics with the 1996 targeting of Illinois conservative Al Salvi by a familiar name, Lois Lerner, then head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Elections Commission.

No need to plead the Fifth, Ms. Lerner. You’ve already incriminated yourself and the administration you serve, no matter how many times you and the president intone, “I am not a crook.”

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal