A federal judge has dismissed all counts of a lawsuit filed by a Tea Party group against the IRS claiming it was targeted for special scrutiny.
Judge Reggie B. Walton said that the case was no longer relevant since the IRS eventually approved tax-exempt status for the group in question, Texas-based True the Vote. He added that the IRS has said it has taken steps to address the alleged targeting of conservative groups.
“Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this Court is without power to decide it,” Walton wrote in his decision.
Rep. Jim Jordan called the decisions a “sad ruling for liberty,” saying it “makes no sense” because the group was targeted because of its political affiliation.
“If that isn’t unwarranted harassment, I don’t know what is,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said. “If such grievances don’t warrant redress by our federal courts, I don’t know what does.”
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A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus in New York City, officials said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with other city officials, said at a Thursday evening press conference that preliminary tests have confirmed the first case in the city. The CDC will conduct another test to confirm the official diagnosis.
Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor, was working with Doctors Without Borders and returned from Guinea more than a week ago. Officials were contacted after he reported a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a statement from the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
City officials say Spencer acknowledged riding multiple subway lines and taking a cab to a Brooklyn bowling alley called “The Gutter” in the past week before he started showing symptoms. He also visited the High Line park and went on a three-mile jog.
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With the North Carolina U.S. Senate race in a dead heat, state election officials say they have discovered 145 names on the voting rolls who are ineligible to vote because they are illegal immigrants who have been granted President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.
According to a Winston-Salem Journal report, the State Board of Elections discovered the potential illegal voters Tuesday night when the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles ran a search for DACA licenses. The 145 DACA recipients whose names appear on the SBOE’s voting rolls will be sent letters requesting documentation that they are citizens, the report noted.
DACA beneficiaries in North Carolina are able to obtain drivers licenses, but they are not able to vote.
According to the report, earlier this month the SBOE officials did a sample cross-check of 1,600 of the 10,000 “legally present” names against a Department of Homeland Security database and found that 94 percent were U.S. citizens and eligible to vote. However, that still meant that six percent were ineligible, meaning if the ratio held for the whole 10,000, 600 people would be ineligible.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) took particular offense after the director of the National Institute of Health complained that if only the government agency had more money, they would probably have a cure for Ebola.
In response, Coburn revealed five ways the NIH is wasting taxpayer money – according the new 2014 ‘Wastebook.”
1. $804,000 developing “Kiddio: Food Fight,” a smartphone game for parents
In the game, parents select a vegetable to offer “Kiddio” and then select a tactic for influencing Kiddio to eat the veggie. The “Kiddio” reacts to the parents advances which helps them understand their own children.
2. $533,376 – Investigating the effects of meditation from reading Buddhist texts
The team incorporated Buddhist literature to “scientifically” analyze if meditation causes sleepiness or wakefulness, as well as to explain if and why some people see lights while meditating.
3. $387,000 — Giving Swedish massages to rabbits – and euthanizing them afterwards
The rabbits received daily massages from a “mechanical device that simulates the long, flowing strokes used in Swedish massages.”
4. $371,000 – Researching women’s emotional state when they see their dog
According to the study, Mothers have the same reaction when looking at photos of their dogs as they do to those of their own children.
5. Paid leave for an NIH police officer
The officer allegedly “pulled out a black Glock 19 and loaded the magazine” during a fit of road rage.