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Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel said today that the "Be On The Lookout"(BOLO) lists the IRS used to screen applicants were broader than originally thought, and that the screening went on longer than was previously disclosed.

Bloomberg now reports that, according to documents they have obtained, these screening terms included terms like "progressive", "progress" "occupy" and "Israel."

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I guess this is breaking, but the WH communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, just tweeted:

POTUS has requested a Joint Session of Congress at 8 PM on 9/7 to lay out his plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce the deficit
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I know, not a diary. And once this hits the front page, I will delete. Just wanted to get the news out there(since the press conference is dominating things now), that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the President's healthcare law!

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This is somewhat breaking news. If it has already been mentioned, I will delete. But I think this is great news for the stem cell research supporters, and a win for the Obama administration.

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I didnt see anything on this on the frontpage or on the diary list, so I thought I'd post a sort of liveblog of tonight's GA primary elections.  I'll delete if there isnt much interest in them.

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Two Florida newspapers, the St Petersburg Times and the Palm Beach Post, have endorsed Obama for president today. The major Democratic candidates have pledged not to campaign in Florida, due to a dispute over moving up their primary. Unlike Michigan, however, all candidates' names are on the ballot. While I think Hillary Clinton will easily win the state, any positive press Obama gets there is good.

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Wed Feb 21, 2007 at 02:06 PM PST

Tom Daschle endorses Obama for president

by jj32

Sorry if this was posted just saw it on WaPO.com. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashcle has endorsed Barack Obama for president.

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Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 05:14 PM PST

Why Obama and not Edwards? The war

by jj32

Didnt see much news about Obama today, so I thought I would post a diary. ;). First of all, I will say I dont dislike John Edwards. I think he has done good work with poverty. However, I am for Obama for president. The main reason I am  for Obama has to do with one word: Iraq.

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Does a candidate's opinions/actions on the war in 2002 matter in 2008?

75%123 votes
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 01:32 PM PST

Senate 2008: Is Tom Harkin retiring?

by jj32

I searched for a story about this, but I couldnt find anything. If it was already diaried, then I will delete.

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In 2008, in the Senate, Democrats will...

77%85 votes
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Stem cell research became a big issue in the 2006 mid terms. First, because Bush used his first ever veto on it, and then again, towards the end, when we saw the strength of Michael J. Fox, and the stupidity of Rush Limbaugh take center stage. In Missouri, stem cell research was certainly a prominent issue, and the Fox/Limbaugh incident drew attention to the issue nationally. In light of comments by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, that repealing the stem cell restrictions will be a top priority in the new Congress, I thought I would look at, roughly, how the votes have shifted as a result of the elections.

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Sun Nov 12, 2006 at 09:02 AM PST

Dont forget the Governors! 2007-2008

by jj32

There has been lots of talk(logically) about the 08 races for president and 08 Senate. However, I havent see as much about governorships. Keep in mind 3 gubernatorial races take place less than a year from now, and 11 in 2008. They present both difficulties and possibilities for Democrats. Of course, you've heard multiple times that governors are the farm team for presidential candidates, which is true. They are also the bench for Senate candidates, to some degree as well. In addition, strong governors not only run their state well, but can strengthen their state party and change the political landscape. For example, KS gov. Kathleen Sebelius has taken advantage of the split in the KS GOP to the benefit of Democrats. Below the flip are the gubernatorial races we face in the next two years.
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