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Friday, June 7, 2013

About he IRS Investigation

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An FBI led criminal investigation has been opened in an IRS scandal that has sparked bipartisan outrage.  All of Washington is on edge, perhaps no one mores than President Obama.

Attorney General Eric Holder launched the investigation after several conservative organizations became the targets of an IRS probe.  ( A Manassas Tea Party Group is among those targeted in the investigation.)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has been working hard to ensure the public that his boss is not at fault and won't tolerate discrimination in the IRS .  In a 5/15 press briefing  Carney said
"He expects the Treasury Department and the IRS to take all the necessary actions to ensure that this kind of thing cannot happen again.  And he insists that this happen because it is of the utmost importance, in the President’s mind, that the American people understand and believe that the IRS applies our tax laws in a neutral and fair way to everyone. 

And he is -- feels very strongly about this, as I think you saw when he took a question about it and answered it in the hypothetical, if you will, if the reports on what had happened turned out to be true.  And now that we know what the IG report has said, you saw what his views are about it in the statement he released."

Attorney General Eric Holdener ordered the IRS probe after the IRS admitted to extra scrutiny of tax records for some conservative groups.


If discrimination is found, Carney was not specific about what the ramifications may be.

" . . . the President believes that the conduct reported in the IG’s review is inappropriate, it is wrong, and there needs to be consequences for that conduct and there need to be steps taken to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

In  a four-minute statement in the White House Press room on 5/15 President Obama was more pointed about what will happen to tax violators:


Accountability
First, we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable.  Yesterday, I directed Secretary Lew to follow up on the IG audit to see how this happened and who is responsible, and to make sure that we understand all the facts.  Today, Secretary Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS, because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.

Revised Rules
Second, we’re going to put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again.  And I’ve directed Secretary Lew to ensure the IRS begins implementing the IG’s recommendations right away.

Partnering with Congress
Third, we will work with Congress as it performs its oversight role.  And our administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.  Congress, Democrats and Republicans, owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.  Because I think one thing that you’ve seen is, across the board, everybody believes what happened in -- as reported in the IG report is an outrage.  The good news is it’s fixable, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to work together to fix it.

I’ll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and new safeguards, and going forward, by making sure that the law is applied as it should be -- in a fair and impartial way.  And we’re going to have to make sure that the laws are clear so that we can have confidence that they are enforced in a fair and impartial way, and that there’s not too much ambiguity surrounding these laws.

In all of the four minutes President Obama spoke there
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Boehner's question is "Who's going to jail over this scandal?"
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President Obama proclaims June as African-American Appreciation Month, 2013

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President Obama has officially declared the month of June as African American Music Month.  Celebrate Black Music!


AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH, 2013
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
Since our Nation's founding, people from every walk of life have set out to capture the American experience not just in poetry or prose, but also in the timeless quality of song. When the outcome of a revolution hung in the balance, drums and fifes filled brave patriots with the strength to carry on. When slavery kept millions in bondage, spirituals gave voice to a dream of true and lasting freedom. Through every generation, music has reflected and renewed our national conversation, bringing us together and reminding us of the humanity we share.

African Americans have always had a hand in shaping the American sound. From gospel and Motown to bebop and blues, their story is bound up in the music they made -- songs of hurt and hardship, yearning and hope, and struggle for a better day. Those feelings speak to something common in all of us. With passion and creativity, African-American performers have done more than reinvent the musical styles they helped define; they have channeled their music into making change and advancing justice, from radio booths to the stage to our city streets.

That story is still unfolding today. We see it in the young poet putting his words to a beat; the conservatory student perfecting her technique; the jazz musician making old melodies new again. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, let us celebrate these artists and the generations who inspired them, and let us reflect on our heritage as a Nation forever enriched by the power of song.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as African-American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA
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It's a boy for Vince and Tamar

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R&B singer Tamar Braxton, the youngest daughter of "Braxton Family Values" is a new mom.  She and her husband/manager Vince Herbert became first-time parents with the birth of a baby boy Thursday.  The couple announced the arrival of their bundle of joy by posting a pic of three blue teddy bears surrounded by flowers online.  The baby's name, weight, etc. have not been released.

Braxton, 36, announced her baby news during a March 13 appearance on Good Morning America and later had a backyard BBQ themed baby shower at a Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

First Lady Obama Faces of With a Heckler

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Usually First Lady Michelle Obama works well under pressure.

Poised and focused, she has answered tough questions head on from supporters and non-supporters alike.

Tuesday night at a DNC fund-raising event in Northwest Washington, DC, someone crossed the line and the First Lady lost her composure.

In an unprecedented and uncharacteristic move, First Lady  Obama directly confronted a heckler.

A pro-LGBT rights woman standing at the front began shouting complaints about the Obama administration's inaction on a gay rights executive order.

"Wait, wait, wait.  One of the things I don't do well is this.  Do you understand?," replied FLOTUS to loud applause.

She left the lectern and moved over to the protester and assertively said, "Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice."

Crowd started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.

"You need to go!" said one woman near the protester.

CNN later identified the heckler as Ellen Sturz from Get Equal. Sturz did not back down as she was  escorted out, shouting "...lesbian looking for federal equality before I die."

FLOTUS resumed her speech to address issues  the party will carry into the future .

"So let me make the point that I was making before," continued FLOTUS. "We are here for our kids. So we must recapture that passion. That same urgency and energy that we felt back in 2008, 2012. Understand this -- this is what I want you all to understand. This is not about us. No one back here. It's not about you or you or your issue or your thing. This is about our children."



Main takeaway from her speech was to stay engaged in off-presidential election years. 


The white tent reception was held at the residence of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in NW DC, where the first lady will be attending a DNC fundraising200 people, followed by a round table discussion with around 20 people, according to a DNC official.

Tickets for the events range from $500 - $10,000.
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