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Judge Rules IRS Can Do Anything It Wants. Plaintiffs Have No Claim Against Agency.

Federal Judge Dismisses Tea Party Lawsuits Against IRS

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 04:52 PM
By Andrea Billups
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federal judge has dismissed on procedural grounds lawsuits filed by several tea party groups against the IRS, USA Today reported.

The judge, in his opinion issued Wednesday, stressed that he was not ruling on the merits of the cases filed by True the Vote and Lynchpins of Liberty, along with many other tea party affiliated organizations who had claimed that their petitions for tax status had been stymied or held up for greater scrutiny by the federal agency, which has been investigated by Congress amid targeting allegations.

"The court's opinion should not be interpreted as an assessment of the propriety of the alleged conduct by the defendants," noted U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2001 by President George W. Bush.

Attorney Jay Sekulow, who represented the defendants in the Linchpins case, said they would appeal. He noted that many similar clients continue to have tax-exempt statusapplications held up by the IRS. Several have withdrawn because the process took so long.

"The decision by the court is disappointing," Sekulow, who serves as chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, told USA Today. "However, it does not deter our efforts to seek justice for our clients."

Walton said issues before him in the cases were rendered largely moot after the IRS responded to concerns and status petitions were approved. He added: "Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this Court is without power to decide it."

Legal experts said the decision leaves future victims of possible IRS misconduct vulnerable.

“It’s a disappointing ruling because it basically leaves targets of bad behavior by the IRS without a remedy," noted Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky,according to The Daily Signal.

“Given the unapologetic behavior of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, and their total lack of remorse, I don’t think it’s speculative that this could happen again in the future,” he said.

Some Republican lawmakers, however, have pledged to take up the IRS issue anew if they regain full control of Congress, The Hill noted.

“Most of the oversight has, frankly, been taking place in the House,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a vocal IRS critic who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to The Hill.

“You’re going to have more eyes looking at this issue, potentially twice as many hearings happening,” Jordan told The Hill. “That gives you that much more opportunity to get to the truth, in spite of the fact that the administration is not cooperating.”

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US Enemies Understand Obama's Rhetoric Means Nothing. Iran Calls Him Weak!

Top Iranian Adviser: Obama is 'Weakest of US Presidents'

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 09:32 PM
By Sandy Fitzgerald
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President Barack Obama is "the weakest of U.S. presidents" and his time in the White House has been "humiliating," a top Iranian official said in an interview with the country'sFars News Agency, according to a translation provided to The Free Beacon.

"Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region," said Ali Younesi, senior adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in comments coming as the United States is trying to persuade his country to join the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State.

His words could also be a sign that the Rouhani regime does not intend to concede to the United States' demands concerning Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told Reuters Thursday that Iran will be considered responsible if a deal to curb the nuclear program is not reached in exchange for relief from extensive sanctions placed on the country.

The United States, along with Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia have set a deadline of Nov. 24 for reaching a deal on the sanctions, and Sherman said Iran's best hope is to reach an agreement.

But if Younesi's words disparaging Obama are any indication, that agreement may still be much further away.

"Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama's era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran," Younesi said.

Younesi is not alone in his criticism of Obama, with even former members of the president's staff, such as ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, critiquing Obama's leadership skills in his memoir.

Younesi also complained that conservatives in the United States are "warmongers," Free Beacon reports.

"They cannot tolerate powers like Iran," he said. "If conservatives were in power they would go to war with us because they follow Israel and they want to portray Iran as the main threat and not ISIS."

He was more complimentary to Obama's political party, saying Democrats view Iran as "no threat."

"We have to use this opportunity [of Democrats being in power in the U.S.], because if this opportunity is lost, in future we may not have such an opportunity again," Younesi said.

But lawmakers on both sides are pessimistic about Iran's tactics, saying Tehran is trying to stall for time while it builds a nuclear weapon.

Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Free Beacon that Obama believes "by rewarding Iran and permitting it to do whatever it wants in the region, the mullahs in Tehran will be convinced to compromise."

However, Iran now controls three Arab capitals, Damascus, Beirut, and Baghdad, he said, and its allies just captured a fourth one, Sana in Yemen. Further, Iran's economy has improved significantly.

"Unfortunately, it does not seem that the mullahs reached the conclusion desired by the administration," he said. "Iranians believe this administration is weak, it has lost its economic leverage over Iran and there is no credible military option on the table. Iran has been rewarded upfront, they now ask for more while are determined to keep their nuclear program intact."

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NY Doctor With Ebola Should Be Brought Up On Public Endangerment Charges. Subway Travel, Bowling After Feeling Bad. Totally Irresponsible!

Doctor in New York Tests Positive for Ebola

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 09:05 PM

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A New York City doctor has tested positive for Ebola after returning from work in West Africa with an aid agency, the first case of the deadly disease diagnosed in the most populous U.S. city.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, 33, is being treated in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital Center.

The diagnosis was made by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and announced by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference. Samples of Spencer’s blood will be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation, the CDC said.

A CDC team will help health workers at Bellevue safely care for him while trying to track down anybody he may have had close contact with while he was sick.

“We have a team that’s readying to deploy to New York,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC. “It’s composed of epidemiologists, infection control, data management, and communications officers.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said health officials have been preparing for an Ebola case to turn up in the state.

“We are as ready as one can be for this circumstance,” Cuomo said. “New York is a dense place, a lot of people on top of each other, but the more you know, the less frightening it is.”

Spencer, a fellow in international emergency medicine at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital, according to a LinkedIn profile, returned to New York this month from Guinea after working there with Doctors Without Borders, the aid organization fighting the outbreak raging in West Africa. He hasn’t been working with patients at the hospital since returning, New York Presbyterian said in a statement.

Bellevue, an 828-bed hospital, has been designated as one of four facilities for Ebola treatment in New York, a city of 8.4 million residents. It has four single-bed rooms in its infectious-disease ward to receive high-probability or confirmed cases and a laboratory to handle blood samples, according to New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

Mount Sinai Hospital and New York Presbyterian in Manhattan, and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, are the other New York City facilities for patients. Four others are on Long Island and in Syracuse and Rochester.

Spencer was brought to Bellevue in a special ambulance after developing a fever andgastrointestinal symptoms earlier today, said the New York City health department and Doctors Without Borders.

“The individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately,” Tim Shenk, a Doctors Without Borders spokesman, said by e-mail.

Cuomo said health authorities believe four people had contact with Spencer during the “relevant period” while he may have exposed others to the infection.

The four are Spencer’s fiancee, two friends, and an Uber car service driver who had Spencer as a passenger, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said. The fiance and friends are healthy and under quarantine, she said. The Uber driver had no direct physical contact and isn’t considered at risk, she said.

Spencer was identified by a New York City official who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. A person with the same name on Facebook posted a picture on Sept. 18, saying he was going to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

“Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history,” read the caption of a photo showing a man wearing a protective gown, face shield, eye mask and gloves.

The man next posted on Oct. 16 from a hotel in Brussels. On LinkedIn, Spencer said he has worked at New York Presbyterian since July 2011.

The West Africa outbreak has infected about 10,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, killing half, according to the World Health Organization.

New York state officials said they’d been planning for an Ebola patient for months and in recent weeks ordered hospitals to go through practice drills and enhance safety protocols.

There’s no approved cure for Ebola in the U.S., though some patients have received experimental drugs. The current standard of care involves supporting patients by replacing fluids and electrolytes, and using antibiotics to fight off any opportunistic infections.

Early symptoms can be similar to those of malaria such as fever and chills. Ebola also causes headache, stomach pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding. During later stages, patients can lose many liters of bodily fluid each day. The virus spreads through direct contact with a victim.

Patients are most infectious at late stages when large quantities of the virus are present inside the body. This explains why health-care workers and relatives tending to the gravely ill are most at risk of infection.

Two nurses in Dallas were infected at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man to die of the virus in the U.S. One of the nurses, Amber Vinson, 29, is now free of the virus. She is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The other nurse, Nina Pham, 26, is in good condition at a National Institutes of Health medical center in Maryland.

“There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed, Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract,” de Blasio said at the news conference. “New Yorkers who haven’t been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids aren’t at all at risk.”

Yesterday, the CDC said anyone traveling to the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea would be monitored for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus. Travelers leaving the countries are already checked at the airport before boarding a plane, and about 36,000 people have been screened.

Despite strict safety measures by Doctors Without Borders, 14 of their staff members have been infected with Ebola and eight have died since March, the organization said Sept. 24. The greatest risk is believed to be when they are out in the community rather than when working with patients, the group said.
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Immigrants In This Country Are NO Longer Assimilating Into The Greater Society!

From Conservatives United:

Is the U.S. an English-Speaking Country? Read This Before You Answer.

immigation-flagMost of us think of the United States as an English-speaking country, but a recent study tells a different story. The study, conducted by The Center for ImmigrationStudies and based on U.S Census Bureau data, found 64 million – or 1 in 5 – people living in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home. Forty-four percent of those, 27.2 million, were born in America.
Steven Camarota, research director for CIS, believes the report demonstrates the United States’s immigration system is failing in assimilating the more than one million people who come to this country through legal channels. He also blames the Obama administration for tolerating the surge of illegal immigrants passing through our borders. Said Camarota:
It is important to understand that the enormous growth in foreign language use reflects past policy decisions. Allowing in over one million new legal immigrants a year and to a lesser extent tolerating illegal immigration has important implications for preserving a common language. For too long we have given little consideration to whether continuing this level of immigration, mostly legal, hinder the assimilation of immigrants and their children.
Seven languages were cited in the study as being spoken at home by over a million people each. Most commonly used is Spanish, with 38.4 million speakers. Second is Chinese, with 3 million people. 1.6 million people use Tagalong, the national Philippines language. Vietnamese is fourth, with 1.4 million speakers. French is fifth, with 1.3 million, and tied for sixth place with 1.1 million speakers each are Arabic and Korean.
The Department of Homeland Security estimates most of the more than a million people admitted into the U.S. every year legally come from non-English speaking countries such as Mexico, countries in Central and South America and in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. An earlier CIS study reported 2.5 million immigrants come from “predominantly Muslim countries.” There has also been considerable growth in the number of immigrants from Asia, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
In addition to threatening the use of English as our national language, immigration is hurting the American economy. A previous report by CIS, written by Camarota and Karen Zeigler, says:
Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population. Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.