The Pennsylvania group Z Street applied for tax-exempt status for its mission of educating people about Israel-related issues. In 2010 an IRS agent told Z Street that its application was delayed because the tax agency's Washington, D.C. office was giving special scrutiny to groups whose missions might conflict with Administration policies. The IRS's "Be On the Lookout" list that November also included red flags for groups referring to "disputed territories."
Z Street sued in August 2010 for viewpoint discrimination and its case is headed for discovery in federal court. Emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the IRS and State Department were conferring in 2009 about pro-Israel groups like Z Street and considering arguments to deny their tax-exempt applications. read more
U.S. officials released satellite images Sunday they say offer proof that Russian forces have been shelling eastern Ukraine in a campaign to assist rebel groups fighting Ukraine's government in Kiev. Obama Administration officials said as early as last week that the Russians were launching attacks in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the civilian-taken satellite images Sunday, said they show visual evidence that Russia has been firing shells across the border at Ukrainian military forces. Officials also said the images show that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine. read more
I confess that as a child, I had a subscription to Reader's Digest. My grandparents renewed it for Christmas every year. One of my favorite sections was the Word Power "test".
Today, as I read, I run across words that have either fallen into disuse, are almost always misused, that I do not recognize, or that are just great words. In lieu of renewing the old DR Book Club discussions, I thought I would start a weekly thread whereby DR members could share one word per week.
Keep it clean.
The LePage administration is taking another step toward pushing welfare recipients to find jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that, starting October first, "able bodied" adults with no dependents who get SNAP benefits -- often called food stamps -- will have to work 20 hours per week or do volunteer work. There are an estimated 12,000 recipients in Maine who meet that standard. Federal law already requires work for those recipients, but Mayhew says Maine has been operating under a federal waiver since 2009. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew emphasized that the change only affects SNAP recipients with are not disabled, not elderly and have no dependents.
One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don't support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats.
A plurality of Americans -- 45 percent -- believe Obama has gone too far in expanding his presidential powers. read more