No chance it could be reconciled with a very different version awaiting action


WASHINGTON (AP) — Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.

Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but to pull his border bill from the floor.

Most House Republicans were eager to pass the $659 million measure and tell voters back home they acted on the border crisis, which is suddenly registering as a top concern in polls three months before midterm elections.

But a core group of conservative lawmakers, some of the same holdouts who forced the government shutdown last fall, were unpersuaded.

Reluctant to give President Barack Obama any money for a problem they believed to be of his own making, and unconvinced that there would be a political price for inaction, the lawmakers strategized with firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz over pizza and held fast against Boehner’s entreaties.

It wasn’t enough even when Boehner bent to their demands and agreed to hold a separate vote on legislation aimed at reining in Obama’s ability to take executive actions on deportations.

When it came time to vote Thursday on the border spending bill, there was an unexplained pause in the proceedings on the House floor, and suddenly the reading clerk called up an unrelated highway bill instead.

Not long after, Republicans gathered in the basement of the Capitol for an emergency meeting.

Several members raced back from the airport for the conference and had already changed into polo shirts and jeans.

They wanted to move forward, but what would change?

“I’m hoping some people will grow up,” said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.

Boehner took the unusual step of delaying Congress’ summer recess, which had been scheduled to begin on Friday, and House Republicans agreed to meet again in the morning to see if they could find a bill that could pass.

In the Senate, meanwhile, a much different bill to spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis died on a procedural vote as expected, and senators prepared to adjourn for recess. So even if the House did succeed in passing a bill Friday, there was no prospect for reaching a deal to send a bill to Obama’s desk.

Even so, most House Republicans insisted they wanted to act.

“The American people expect us to do our jobs,” said moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. “We have both a border and humanitarian crisis to deal with, and they expect us to take action, now.”

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, an author of the border measure, said she was expecting changes that would make parts of the legislation more specific, such as detailing who would pay for deploying the National Guard.

“Overall, we all agree we should stay until we get a vote,” she said.

Yet there was no guarantee Boehner would prevail as some conservatives appeared set to remain unmoved to the end.

“I think by doing something, all we’re doing is taking Obama’s nightmare for ourselves,” said Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

The disarray arose over what most view as an urgent humanitarian issue, the stream of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing illegally into South Texas. Most are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where towns are beset by gang violence. They are seeking to reunite with family members and drawn by rumors that once here they would be allowed to stay.

Many Republicans blame Obama administration policies for that perception, particularly a 2-year-old program that has granted work permits and relief from deportation to more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids. The Obama administration disputes that claim.

Conservatives want to repeal Obama’s deportation relief program as part of any border bill. Boehner’s proposed solution to vote separately to block Obama from expanding it – as White House officials have indicated they are contemplating – didn’t go far enough for them.

The House bill “fails to meet this test and therefore must be opposed,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., credited by many lawmakers and aides with causing as much trouble for the bill as Cruz.

“Jeff Sessions is probably held in higher esteem than the Alabama football coach and the Auburn football coach put together,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

Democrats relished the GOP chaos and openly mocked the apparent influence of Cruz, R-Texas, over the House GOP, referring to him as Speaker Cruz. Meanwhile, House Republicans chafed.

“I think we’ve seen this game before,” said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is close to House GOP leaders. “Any time the groups come out and start to score about these issues, then senators get involved and they start having meetings and then they all sit together and sing `Kumbaya’ and stop any progress.”

The events took place as Boehner inaugurated a new leadership team on the very day that outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, unexpectedly defeated in his primary race by a conservative upstart, was stepping down from his post.

Incoming Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., facing his first test as leader, said: “I wouldn’t want to be here if it was easy.”

Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Donna Cassata, Andrew Taylor and David Espo contributed to this report.

Lois Lerner Called Conservatives ‘Assholes,’ Fantasized About Working At Obama Group


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New emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday provide more evidence that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner is not fond of conservatives.

“So we don’t need to worry about teRroists [sic]. It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner wrote in a Nov. 9, 2012 email exchange with an IRS colleague.

Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp revealed the emails in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Lerner’s disdain for the right is central to an investigation into whether she targeted conservative groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. Republicans have accused the former director of the IRS’s exempt organizations division of possible criminal wrongdoing in targeting the groups.

“This email shows that Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Camp wrote.

“This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law.”

Camp claims that the emails “build on ample evidence” that Lerner used her official position “to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations.”

The Michigan Republican pointed out that Lerner subjected the conservative Crossroads GPS to an audit and personally denied their application for tax-exempt status.

Lerner’s email mocking conservative “crazies” came at the end of an exchange with an unnamed colleague.

“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP. The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end. The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to,” wrote Lerner’s correspondent.

“And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows,” the colleague wrote. “The callers are rabid.”

“Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes,” replied Lerner in the email, though the pejorative was redacted in the email provided by Camp.

In his letter, Camp reminds Holder of other possible biases displayed by Lerner. In response to a news article about the pro-Obama non-profit Organizing for Action, Lerner wrote to another colleague, “Oh – maybe I can get the DC office job!”

Camp called on Holder to “aggressively investigate” Lerner’s actions. So far, Holder has resisted calls for a special prosecutor to look into the issue.

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VIDEO: Black Conservatives Not Welcome @ Annual NAACP Convention

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Another GOP Establishment Candidate Bites the Dust After U.S. Chamber of Commerce Support

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July 23, 2014 By Matthew Burke

Businessman David Perdue, an outsider who had never before ran for public office, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, narrowly defeated GOP establishment-backed career politician Jack Kingston in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff on Tuesday.

Perdue’s victory advances him to the general election in November, in which he’ll face Democrat Michelle Nunn, who’s hoping to benefit from her retired father, long-time former Senator Sam Nunn.

As with Eric Cantor’s amazing loss to newcomer Dave Brat in Virginia, the race turned into a focus on amnesty and Perdue brilliantly used Kingston’s financial support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to his advantage.

“Jack Kingston’s pro-amnesty vote is bought and paid for,” said the Perdue ad that was blasted on Georgia airwaves in the days leading up to the runoff election on Tuesday.

The ad blasted Kingston for taking $3 million from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the organization that was previously for free markets, but now is referred to as the “Chamber of Crony Capitalism,” by popular radio talk show host, Mark Levin.

“Kingston’s largest backer, who has pumped nearly $3 million into Kingston TV ads is 100% openly pro-amnesty,” the ad says, referring to Kingston’s support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Chamber has been a fervent advocate for amnesty, desirable of low labor costs available from hiring illegal aliens, albeit at the expense of American workers. In December the U.S. Chamber announced that they’d formed a big-moneyed coalition with establishment Republican Karl Rove to join Democrats in attacking conservative Tea Party candidates who are against crony capitalism, but who support free markets.

“Nobody believes that the Founding Fathers ever imagined the rise of the career politician. I think a lot of people are coming onto that bandwagon,” Perdue said in victory.
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IRS Commissioner: We’re Not Investigating The Missing Emails Right Now


IRS Commissioner John Koskinen revealed Wednesday that he is not speaking to any potential witnesses in the missing-emails case while his agency’s inspector general conducts his own investigation.

Koskinen claimed that IRS inspector general J. Russell George told him “not to do any further investigations or interviews” with employees pertaining to hard drive crashes, and that’s why he did not voluntarily provide a key witness to congressional investigators. But Koskinen later admitted that the inspector general never told him not to cooperate with Congress.

The IRS has been nominally conducting its own internal investigation into the IRS conservative targeting scandal since 2013, but that now appears to be over.

Koskinen’s statement stunned Republican lawmakers at a morning House Oversight and Government Reform investigations subcommittee hearing chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, who stated, “It has taken subpoenas to get people to talk.” Jordan called Koskinen’s statement “not accurate,” citing IRS prep sessions with employees who get interviewed by Congress to prove that the IRS is still talking to potential witnesses.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy grilled Koskinen on his remarks, asking him that if sexual harassment or racial discrimination occurred “you would wait until the IG investigated” before asking around about it.

“There is nothing about an ongoing IG investigation that would prevent you from doing your job,” Gowdy said. “There is nothing talismanic about an IG investigation…You could do a dual investigation.”

Koskinen claimed ignorance on several different fronts.

“I assume there’s a lot of ways that hard drives can get scratched,” Koskinen said, referring to Lois Lerner’s “scratched” hard drive, which he claimed he found out about this morning. Koskinen also said that he did not find out about Lerner’s computer crash in mid-February, when his underlings found out, but only learned about it months later.

“I haven’t talked to anybody about this. I haven’t asked anybody about it,” Koskinen said, referring to email backup tapes that might still exist, but which the IRS did not check after the computers of Lois Lerner and up to 20 other IRS employees central to the investigation allegedly crashed. “Nobody has any information about what was on those tapes or whether they were relevant…We have stopped asking people about it.”

Koskinen also said that he is “not aware” of any Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into his slowness in handing over Lerner’s emails. DOJ recently pledged to look into Koskinen’s conduct.

Koskinen spoke about IRS understaffing, budgetary constraints, and wide-ranging IT problems, claiming that “2,000 hard drives have crashed” in his agency in the first six months of 2014. Koskinen called his agency’s email recovery system “arcane” and “archaic.” The commissioner, who previously led Bill Clinton’s President’s Council on Y2K Transition, said that the IRS needs to find a way “to get out of the late 20th century and into at least the first part of the 21st century.”

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Obama IRS Now ‘DOESN’T KNOW’ if Lerner’s Emails Destroyed

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July 22, 2014 By Matthew Burke

In transcribed congressional testimony, Obama IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees the Obama IRS’s targeting scandal document production to Congress, said that he didn’t know whether backups existed of Lois Lerner’s and other IRS employees whose computer hard drives mysteriously and infamously crashed in the midst of the Obama IRS targeting scandal and congressional probe.

Investigator: “You stated at the time that document was produced to Congress, the document, the white paper in Exhibit 3[the June 13 memo], that it was accurate to the best of your knowledge. Is it still accurate?”
Kane: “There is an issue as to whether or not there is a ‑‑ that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the 6‑month retention schedule.”

Investigator: “So some of those backup tapes may still exist?”

Kane: “I don’t know whether they are or they aren’t, but it’s an issue that’s being looked at.”

In June, Vice President of Operations of Carbonite, the popular online computer backup company, Jim Flynne spoke to TPNN’s Tim Constantine on the “Capitol Hill Show,” explaining from a technological point of view, the Obama IRS’s claim that they “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails is not believable.

Do you believe the Obama IRS’s excuse that Lois Lerner’s emails are lost and unretrievable? Take the Official Tea Party Poll. Click HERE!

Meanwhile, The Obama IRS is also seeking help in destroying 3,200 additional hard drives, the Washingon Times Reports:

Rick Perry Receives Tea Party Message; Will Send National Guard Troops to Texas Border


July 21, 2014 By TPNN Staff

Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to announce Monday that he will deploy approximately 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border with Mexico, in order to deal with the Obama border crisis in which thousands of illegal aliens have recently invaded U.S. borders.

The cost of the deployment will cost a reported $12 million per month.

However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican candidate for governor, has indicated that the state may sue the Obama regime over its failure to secure the U.S. border.
“There are costs to all of this: the humanitarian crisis, healthcare, and law enforcement demands. As attorney general, I am looking into taking legal action against the United States,” Abbott told Breitbart earlier this month.

Texas Tea Party groups have been insisting that Perry take action to secure the border, since the Obama regime refuses to take action. A coalition of grassroots Tea Party activists concerned about the Obama border crisis, met in Austin, TX, last week, Breitbart reported.

Ken Emanuelson of the Grassroots Texas Network last week said, “You are the Governor of Texas. The Texas National Guard reports to you. Put them to work!”

Katrina Pierson, a former congressional candidate from the Garland Tea Party, had some of the strongest words for Perry’s prior inaction, saying that Perry travels across the country telling everyone how prosperous Texas is, “But when it comes down to the border, we just don’t have the resources.” Pierson accused Perry of retiring in 2011.

Apparently, Governor Perry has received the Tea Party’s message loud and clear.