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  •  I think the IRS story will hurt Obama more than (0+ / 0-)

    the AP one because the right-wing is reluctant to push the latter story as they believe in taking extraordinary measures to catch leakers and they don't want reminders that Obama stopped another terrorist attack.

    By contrast, the IRS story plays into the narrative that all gov't is evil and irresponsible.  Tea Party types will never let this go and their outrage will keep the MSM involved.  The MSM's first test on what to cover is any controversy where 1 side bitches about something the other side has done or they claim they had done.  Whether the thing they are bitching about lacks total merit is irrelevant to today's press.

    I would agree with those who believe the AP story is actually the most serious.  It worries me the most at least.      

    •  I have to disagree...I think (0+ / 0-)

      both scandals are sort of "hands off" for them, because the LAST thing they'd want is for the public to become wise to their 501(c)4 charade, using this tax exempt status to hide political action committees, flush with dirty money.

      This is ammunition for the "get the money out of our political process" crowd - aka progressives and libertarians - to push for that agenda.  This could actually be a HUGE blessing in disguise.

      You KNOW the GOP doesn't want THAT!


      by SouthernDemRon on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:39:59 AM PDT

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    •  Inclined To Agree (0+ / 0-)


      [T]he next big “scandal” to rock the White House (if you can really even say that), is the Internal Revenue Service’s handling of the various tea party organizations that arose after President Obama’s first presidential victory.
      [But] the scandal—the real scandal—is that 501(c)(4) groups have been engaged in political activity in such a sustained and open way. As Fred Wertheimer, the President of Democracy 21, a government-ethics watchdog group, put it, “it is clear that a number of groups have improperly claimed tax-exempt status as section 501(c)(4) ‘social welfare’ organizations in order to hide the donors who financed their campaign activities in the 2010 and 2012 federal elections.”
      But while the politics is heating up, some important context is emerging, like the fact that liberal groups were targeted as well, and in fact the only group to have its application denied was a liberal group.
      From this diary: Liberal Groups Targeted Too

      "Treat others as you would like them to treat you." -St. Luke 6: 31 (NEB) Christians are given a tough assignment here: Love the people you don't even like...

      by paz3 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:14:14 AM PDT

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