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IRS Agents Who Didn't Pay Their Taxes Receive Big Bonuses (Video)


 If you don't pay your taxes, the IRS will come after you. Unless you happen to work at the IRS.

A new watchdog report finds more than 1,000 IRS workers (who didn't pay their taxes) received not only cash bonuses but extra time off to the tune of 10,582 hours valued at $250,000. 69 employees got raises. If you're outraged, you're not alone.


The IRS was in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves.

More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues. 

The tax problems include willful understatement of tax liabilities, late payments and under-reporting of income, according to the report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The report says that providing awards to employees who fail to pay taxes "appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."




 

Bob Dole: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Not Ready to Be Prez

'I don't think they've got enough experience' Dole says in an interview

He adds that he hopes he's around in 2016, "If not ... I plan to vote absentee"


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Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."

The former Republican senator from Kansas and 1996 GOP presidential nominee - who also served as a U.S. congressman as well as the GOP VP nominee in 1976 - is returning to his roots this week for a nine-county tour around Kansas.

Cruz made headlines last month for publicly criticizing Dole, as well as McCain and Romney. Cruz said they were "good" and "decent men" but he suggested that they lacked principle and stood "for nothing," which was why they lost.  Dole told CNN at the time that "Senator Cruz needs to check the record before passing judgment."

In the interview with The Wichita Eagle, Dole joked that his "main concern about (the 2016) elections is that, well, I just hope I'm still around to vote then."

"If not ... I plan to vote absentee," he added, saying he has "no idea how they get the ballots back from up there…But I will check it out. And send it back special delivery."



Dole on Obamacare:  And I don't believe 7 million have signed up

"Obamacare on the roll-out was a disaster," he said of the Affordable Care Act and the initial online health care enrollment. "They say they got 7 million signed up. Well, I don't believe them, that they have 7 million. It was such a mess, I don't believe what they say anymore." Even if they have 7 million, that still leaves millions without health insurance, he said. (About 42 million are without health insurance this year, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.)

 

McCain: Give The Ukrainians Defensive Weapons, 'Vladimir Putin Understands Peace Through Strength and Nothing Else'

Senator McCain: Putin knows there is no penalty anywhere on the horizon

"It's insane"


WSJ Reported:
Republican Sen. John McCain intensified calls Tuesday for the U.S. to arm the Ukrainian military as Russian forces showed little sign of retreating from the Ukrainian border.

“Please give the Ukrainians defensive weapons,” Mr. McCain said in an interview Tuesday. “It is insane.”

If the Obama administration hopes to defuse the situation it will have to take a stronger approach to deter a further push from Russia into Ukraine, Mr. McCain said. “This administration, I never have seen anything like it in my life,” Mr. McCain said. “It’s passive.”

The Obama administration, wary of inflaming tensions with Russia, plans to send only nonlethal supplies including medical kits and clothing

Even another round of sanctions may not be enough to repel Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr. McCain said.

“Vladimir Putin understands peace through strength and nothing else. And so far we’ve made a lot of threats and done almost nothing,” Mr. McCain said. “There is no significant penalty anywhere on the horizon.”

The Arizona senator, who has taken to referring to Russia as a “gas station masquerading as a country,” acknowledged additional sanctions could be effective in damaging Russia’s economy. However, he said Mr. Putin’s popularity among the Russian people makes that approach more complicated


 
White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes on CNN With Jake Tapper:

Lethal aid 'will not make a difference' in Ukraine right now


Disturbing Video: TSA Gives Pat-Down To 2 Year OId and 6 Year Old



Children allegedly targeted because mother’s name was on a watchlist

Disturbing new video footage shows TSA agents performing full body pat downs on two children aged just 2 and 6 years old, illustrating how the federal agency still targets children despite a partial rollback of the policy.



 

Police: Woman Sold $4,000 in Heroin From Her Hospital Bed in ICU


"They noticed an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room"

"The woman had multiple cell phones that would ring at all hours of the day"

Visitors to the room were only staying for 2 minutes...


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GREENSBURG, Pa. —A Youngwood woman is accused of selling heroin from her hospital bed while she was in the intensive care unit at a Westmoreland County hospital.

The 38-year-old woman will likely be charged criminally according to Greensburg Police. He said she was a patient at Excela Westmoreland Hospital for an unrelated medical issue when hospital staff noticed unusual behavior in and out of her room.

"What they noticed last week was an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room. Not patients coming to stay two hours, but patients coming to stay two minutes. They thought that was really odd so they contacted security at Excela Westmoreland Hospital," said Excela Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Miele.

Zucco said the woman also had multiple cellphones in her room that would ring at all hours. He said visitors to her room also didn't know her last name, which made mediacl staff suspicious. Staff notified police, who conducted surveillance of the room and sent in a confidential informant to perform a buy.

"The informant was able to purchase approximately 30 bags of heroin from her. In a subsequent search of her person and her room, they were able to confiscate 380 bags of heroin, approximately $3,800 street value," Zucco said.

Zucco said police also seized $1,420 in cash. Zucco said she kept the drugs inside her purse and inside drawers in the room.



Police photo-
'380 bags of heroin and confiscated cash'
All of it from the woman's hospital room.


The woman also put her own heroin in the hospital IV drip
Unbelievable.
Watch the report from WTAE


 

Most Popular Athletes By State

Interesting.

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Atheist Group Sues NJ School District Over 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance


"Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens"

Yeah, that's what it does...


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A national humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of a family that believes the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots." The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution's right to equal protection.

David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that "teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God."

“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose said in a statement.

But school district lawyer David Rubin said the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He told NorthJersey.com that individual students do not have to participate.

 


 

Video Shows Uniformed Officer Tripping, Shoving HS Students Celebrating Soccer Win

It is hard to believe a police officer would do this. He not only did it once, but twice. The officer injured one student who is seen limping off the field. One Yahoo sports writer calls this, 'pretty much the worst attempt at crowd control in human history'


Austin, Tex. (CBS HOUSTON) – A Georgetown police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video kicking, tripping and shoving high school students as they rushed the field to celebrate the soccer team’s first Texas state championship win.

The Georgetown Police Department is investigating the video that parents began emailing the department following Vandegrift High School’s win in the University Interscholastic League Championship game on Saturday, KXAN-TV reports. The department’s move to put Officer George Bermudez on leave stems from video taken from the game broadcast as well as from fans in attendance watching the post-game celebration.

The students were rushing the field following the win, as the uniformed officer can be seen sticking his leg out to trip multiple students as well as shoving people coming onto the field. One student can be seen limping off the field as the officer directs him to keep moving.


**UPDATE**
The officer, George Bermudez has been placed on paid administrative leave
more at The Austin Statesman


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Ask the Governor- Chris Christie Fires Back at Caller on Marijuana Legalization: "NEVER, As Long As I'm Governor"


"I am not going to be the governor that tells our children and our young adults that marijuana use is OK, because it's not"

"You say it's going to come down the road. You know it may come down the road when I’m gone. It's not going to come while I’m here"

Chris Christie on 'Ask the Governor' cites the new study that came out this week from the Journal Neuroscience stating that even casual marijuana users showed abnormalities in regions of the brain from smoking pot.

Watch. This is one of the best answers I've heard on the question of legalization. Chris Christie makes absolutely no apologies for his position. "I don't care about the tax money!" he says




 

Majority of Americans Say 20 Years From Now Obamacare Will Be Viewed As One of the Worst Things Barack Obama Accomplished as President

Yep.


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31. Twenty years from now, do you think Obamacare is more likely to be viewed as one of the best things or one of the worst things Barack Obama accomplished as president



Midterm election question-

29. If the only difference between two candidates running for Congress this year was that one promises to fight for the health care law, also known as Obamacare, and the other promises to fight against Obamacare -- who would you vote for

(Who will you vote for, a candidate who will fight for Obamacare or fight against it?)