The Internal Revenue Service plans to rewrite proposed regulations limiting the political activities of the same type of tax-exempt groups the agency was accused of targeting after backlash from GOP lawmakers and politically active nonprofit groups.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told USA Today on Monday that the agency will likely “re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment.” He expects the process will take “until the end of the year and beyond” to complete.
Koskinen said the revised rule will take into account criticism from conservative groups concerned the regulations will put free speech rights at risk. Some liberal groups voiced concerns that the regulations could bar voter education and registration programs, Koskinen said.
“I think we have to take all of that into consideration,” Koskinen told USA Today. “There are very thoughtful comments and concerns, and one of the questions that has evoked a lot of comment is, once you define what political activity is, to what organizations should it apply in the 501(c) context and how much of it should be allowed? All of that is going to be very important.”
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A border patrol officer who crashed his van into a civilian car blamed the accident on the other driver–but little did he know, the civilian had a secret camera installed in his vehicle. The video evidence makes it quite clear that the border cop caused the crash and lied about the details in subsequent reports.
The other driver was “Ted,” of Lawrence, New York, a technology blogger for dealspin.com. He had recently installed a Timetec Roadhawk Dashboard Camera in his vehicle, capturing the windshield’s view of the road. Ted was driving down Rockaway Boulevard last week when he cruised through a green light at an intersection and crashed into an oncoming border patrol van that had made a left turn from the other side of the highway, according to ABC News.
It was an illegal left turn, according to a sign prohibiting left turns at that intersection. What’s more, the border cop had run a red light, according to video evidence.
The video footage shows that the crash was quite bad. Luckily, no one was badly hurt. Ted, however, was shaken, and immediately called the police.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
Backers of Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who made a splash with conservatives in 2013, say they have raised $4 million and are setting up a campaign apparatus in the hopes that Carson will run for President.
Along with the $4 million in donations, the super PAC called RunBenRun.org also collected 200,000 signatures on an Internet-based petition urging Carson to run for the 2016 GOP nomination for President.
“I don’t like the direction in which the county is going,” said spokesman John Phillips Sousa IV. “Carson doesn’t whine like some other Republicans. He brings a solution to the table.”
In 2013, he spoke before an adoring crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference where he hinted that he could run for president.
The Doctor repeated his CPAC appearance in 2014 to similar effect.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
In late March, the Chicago Board of Education announced an ambitious plan to implement its “turnaround” model for three low-performing elementary schools in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods. The turnaround process involves the sacking of every teacher and staffer at each of the schools, according to an email from the Chicago Teachers Union obtained by The Daily Caller.
Naturally, the union bosses aren’t happy that the nation’s third-largest school district is employing such sweeping measures to improve some of its worst schools. Still reeling from the closure of 50 schools in 2013, embattled Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis called the turnaround plan “a slap in the face to those of us who are attempting to negotiate for more resources” and “nothing more than school closings by another name.”
The email from the teachers union also suggested that the effort to improve the schools is an effort spearheaded by Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to damage black children and black families.
“This is an attack on Black schools that continues the assault carried out by” Byrd-Bennett “last year, when she closed 50 schools (claiming they were the last closings for at least five years).”
Byrd-Bennett is black.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
Citing safety concerns, federal agents are withdrawing from the Nevada cattle ranch where they had engaged in a week-long showdown with Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old rancher who claimed the federal government had no right to tax and regulate property his family has owned since 1880.
The Bureau of Land Management had dispatcher agents, helicopters and four-wheelers to remove several hundred of Bundy’s cattle that they claimed were encroaching on federal lands–and may have posed a threat to an endangered tortoise habitat. A BLM spokesperson also claimed that Bundy owed over $1 million dollars in fines that he accrued since the early 1990s.
Federal policies had starved out all the other cattle ranchers in the area, and Bundy saw his dispute with BLM as a challenge to destructive federal power.
“People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” said Bundy’s wife, Carol, in a statement.
“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” a statement from the bureau said.
A group of about 1,000 supporting Bundy cheered and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” when BLM made its announcement.
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