The Government Accountability Office found that the IRS kept shoddy records detailing how it chooses groups for audits, allows staffers essentially to freelance audit decisions and keeps officials in key positions much longer than its own internal rules allow.
The GAO’s way of putting it makes it sound like something that could, you know, happen to anyone. You keep shoddy records. Violate your own rules. Stuff happens.
And before you know it:
… the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt groups “could select organizations for examination in an unfair manner — for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political or other views.”
Gosh darn it, don’t you hate it when that happens. Still, while:
… the report states that a hypothetical risk that returns could be selected unfairly, the draft report did not find any evidence that this has happened,” wrote John Dalrymple, a deputy IRS commissioner.
No harm, no foul, then. So (all together, now): time to move on.
Hillary Clinton misstated her location at a campaign event today in New Hampshire. Instead of saying New Hampshire, the presidential candidate said, "Here in Washington."
"Here in Washington, we know that unfortunately the deck is still being stacked for those at the top," said the presidential candidate. "And that just doesn't work for a long term strategy either politically or economically."
During Christmas vacation 1968-69 I ran into a high school friend much wiser in the ways of the world than I. He had stumbled onto a curious job for the next few weeks— collecting the proceeds from a chain of bowling alleys in the Washington area, counting the loot, and delivering it to corporate headquarters—but he needed a driver. The work required no particular skill, was done quickly, late at night, and he was willing to divide the fee. So I signed on.
While many critics skewer President Obama’s recent amnesty-granting executive action, D.C.’s municipal lawmakers have their own plans for the next battle on the immigration-citizenship front. Invoking considerations of fairness and justice against “anti-immigrant hysteria,” D.C.
When to mention race and when not? My fellow journalists who covered the funeral of the woman who died in the D.C. Metro last week chose not to mention it. Perhaps they deemed it a distraction, too fraught a subject to bring up at a solemn, family time. My own opinion, for what it’s worth, is that in this instance they missed a significant story.
Growing up in Dallas, there is nothing better than living in Washington, D.C., on “Misery Monday”—the Monday after the Dallas Cowboys have whipped the Washington Redskins. And believe me, yesterday was a whipping with the Cowboys defeating the Redskins 44-17.
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