WASHINGTON — The ousted chief of the Internal Revenue Service is telling Congress that his agency made errors in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status,but he says the mistakes were not the result of partisan views.
In a prepared statement,former acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller was ready to tell the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday that the screening system agency workers set up was designed to deal with a growing caseload of groups seeking tax-exempt status. Miller said it was not due to “any political or partisan viewpoint.”
Even tax cheat Charlie Rangel was outraged yesterday over the IRS scandal that involved the targeting of conservative,Tea Party,and Jewish groups. You know if a tax cheat like Rangel is upset it has to be bad.
With its ranks deeply divided,the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.
The proposal to be put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council on Thursday,at a meeting in Grapevine,Texas,would retain the Scouts’ long-standing ban on gays serving in adult leadership positions.
Nonetheless,some conservatives within and outside the BSA community have denounced the proposal,saying the Scouts’ traditions would be undermined by the presence of openly gay youth. There have been warnings of mass defections if the ban is even partially lifted.
From the other flank,gay-rights supporters and some Scout leaders from politically liberal areas have welcomed the proposed change as a positive first step,but are calling on the BSA to go further and lift the ban on gay adults as well.
The Scouts’ national spokesman,Deron Smith,said the policy toward gays had become “the most complex and challenging issue” facing the BSA at a time when it is struggling to stem a steady drop in membership.
Newsmax.com is reporting that former Florida Rep. Allen West will join Fox News as a contributor. Apparently the news channel made the announcement yesterday.
“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the Fox News lineup,”Bill Shine,the network’s executive vice president of programming,said in a statement.
Interestingly,he is cited as being brought on board Fox News for his “fearless approach to voicing key issues.”In reality,Mike Zullo,lead investigator of the Sheriff Joe Arpaio Cold Case Posse and Carl Gallups,founder of PPSIMMONS News and Ministry and host ofFreedom Friday With Carl Gallups radio found a very different Allen West when they spoke with him at this year’s CPAC just outside Washington D.C.
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