According to IRS Com. under Obamas Amnesty plan Illegals eligible for BACK Tax refund even if they never filed taxes…


IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back-refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place. 

 

SUMMARY

  • OVERWHELMED – IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back-refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place.
  • VOTER ID – A new Rasmussen Reports poll out Wednesday found support for photo ID laws at 76 percent, nearly exactly the 78 percent support registered in 2006 when the latest movement to scrap the laws kicked off.
  • ATTACK – A knife-wielding black man killed by the terror investigators who had him under surveillance was confronted because he had purchased knives and talked of an imminent attack on “boys in blue,” the FBI said Wednesday.
  • ISIS CRISIS – Days after the White House put the onus on Iraq to defeat ISIS, the nation’s prime minister fired back at the U.S. and beyond – saying the terrorist army’s advance is “a failure on the part of the world.”
  • IRAN – Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report.
  • W – President Obama’s favorability is now below that of all his other living predecessors in the White House, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.

 

IN THE DISTRICT

  • OVERWHELMED – IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back-refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place.
    • Sen. Charles E. Grassley, who had pressed Mr. Koskinen over the issue, released written responses Wednesday in which the commissioner admitted he’d botched the question earlier and in fact illegal immigrants granted the amnesty will now be able to claim refunds on tax returns they never even filed, thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit.
    • “To clarify my earlier comments on EITC, not only can an individual amend a prior year return to claim EITC, but an individual who did not file a prior year return may file a return and claim EITC (subject to refund limitations under section 6511 of the Internal Revenue Code),” Mr. Koskinen said.

 

  • TARGETED – Senior IRS officials set up a special internal committee after congressional investigators sent information requests to the IRS’s two White House political appointees to investigate conservative and tea party non-profit applicants.
    • Mary Howard, the IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday she never saw any of the information requests because the requests were forwarded to the special committee. Howard is also the tax agency’s chief Freedom of Information Act officer.
    • “I think Lois Lerner was just the tip of the iceberg,” Howard said.
    • Republican Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz pressed Howard on White House involvement in screening documents related to the scandal. He held up an April 2009 memo from President Barack Obama that required agencies to send any requested documents to the White House that held “White House equities.”
    • Meanwhile, an IRS employee who worked in the agency’s St. Louis, MO., office pled guilty this week to charges of tax fraud. Demetria Brown netted $326,000 in a fraud in which she stole taxpayer identities and created fake tax returns to steal refunds. Her plea was made the same week that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress Russian criminals were behind the hacking of the agency’s website that resulted in the identity theft of more than 100,000 individuals.

 

  • BIG BRO – The NSA’s phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators voted Tuesday to approve the USA Freedom Act, banning bulk collection of Americans’ data two years after the practice was revealed to the public by Edward Snowden.
    • President Obama signed the bill late Tuesday, moving quickly to kick-start several Patriot Act powers that expired this weekend after senators missed a deadline for renewing them.
    • But the bill, which cleared the Senate on a 67-32 vote, puts limits on a key power. Investigators still can demand businesses to turn over customers’ documents and records, but the data must be targeted to individuals or groups and cannot be done indiscriminately.

 

  • SCANDAL – Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents shared with Fox News.
    • During Clinton’s final days in office, Paul Wester, the director of Modern Records Programs at NARA – essentially the agency’s chief records custodian – privately emailed five NARA colleagues to confide his fear that Clinton would take her official records with her when she left office, in violation of federal statutes.
    • Referring to a colleague whose full name is unknown, Wester wrote on December 11, 2012: “Tom heard (or thought he heard) from the Clinton Library Director that there are or may be plans afoot for taking her records from State to Little Rock.” That was a reference to the possibility that Clinton might seek to house her records at the Clinton Presidential Center, which was largely funded by the Clinton Foundation.

 

  • TRUST US – Americans are just going to have to trust the EPA’s 44 years of experience dealing with environmental issues when it comes to figuring out ways to cope with man-made global warming, says the agency’s chief.
    • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Big Think in an interview that while there are limits to how much the federal government can do for issues like global warming, the public needs to trust how the EPA translates the “complicated” science into real-life actions.
    • “Well I think we all have to recognize the strengths and limitations of government action,” McCarthy said. “But here’s what I think we can do at the federal level more effectively. We can speak to the science because it’s complicated and we do a lot of research and we do a lot of translation of the science into what it means for people so that the decisions can be made on the basis of real science and on the basis of a real technical understanding.”

 



  • INSANE – A Colorado school cafeteria worker is reportedly out of work after she gave away free lunches to students who didn’t have any money.
    • Della Curry lost her job Friday as the kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, a local CBS affiliate reported.
    • “I had a first-grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch,” the married mother of two told the station.
    • According to the Cherry Creek School District, students who don’t qualify for the free or reduced lunch program are given hot meals the first three times they forget their lunch money and their parents’ accounts are charged. The fourth time, the district provides a cheese sandwich and milk.

 

  • PROTECTED – Texas college students at public universities will soon be allowed to carry firearms on campus.
    • Republican Gov. Greg Abbot said he will soon sign the “campus carry” bill passed by the Texas legislature over the weekend.
    • The Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 11 on Sunday with a 98-47 vote. Private universities, however, are able to opt out of the bill’s requirements.

 

  • WASTE – The Department of Energy has doled out another $32 million to support the solar industry, a sector fraught with technology challenges and scandal – and nevertheless propped up with billions of taxpayer dollars during the Obama Administration.
    • This latest funding is dedicated to training a workforce of solar technicians, developing new technology and implementing a database to share performance data, the DOE announced in a press release last week.  The training goal is 75,000 workers by 2020 and an undisclosed amount of “other professionals” in other fields such as real estate, finance, insurance and fire and safety.
    • What the release didn’t say was that the Obama Administration has spent $150 billion on green initiatives between 2009 and 2014, yet the industry cannot survive without government giveaways, a Brookings Institution study found.“Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to spend even more money on job-training programs that are proven failures,” said Heritage Foundation energy expert David W. Kreutzer. “Industry will provide job-training where there are real jobs to be filled. The energy revolution in places like North Dakota and Texas has created hundreds of thousands of jobs—many of which required considerable technical skill—without a federally funded job-training program.”

 

  • VOTER ID – Despite Democratic charges that conservative states and politicians are engaging in discrimination by demanding that voters show identification, more than three-quarters of likely voters believe photo ID laws are needed.
    • A new Rasmussen Reports poll out Wednesday found support for photo ID laws at 76 percent, nearly exactly the 78 percent support registered in 2006 when the latest movement to scrap the laws kicked off.
    • The survey of 952 Likely Voters was conducted on May 27-28, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

 

  • CONGRESS – Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said the confidential taxpayer information that 104,000 Americans had stolen at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was “a lot more private, a lot more personally identifying, and a lot more dangerous” than “whatever the NSA ever does,” the National Security Agency.
    • Isakson made the statements at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday entitled, “Internal Revenue Service Data Theft Affecting Taxpayer Information.”
    • “You know, I think it’s ironic that — Senator Roberts made an interesting observation — but for the last six days the United States Senate has been debating the merit over whether 41 members of the NSA should have access to two phone numbers, the date of a call, and the duration of a call, without any personal identifying information whatsoever,” said Isakson.

 

  • CONGRESS – Congressional Republicans held a hearing Wednesday to push back against a recent move by President Barack Obama’s labor board appointees– a move opponents say will undermine state laws designed to stop forced union fees.
    • In April, as part of the Buckeye Florida labor case, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Mark Pearce made a request for legal briefs to examine whether employees in right-to-work states should be forced to pay union fees. Specifically if the fee related to the cost of processing grievance complaint, regardless of if the worker is a member of their workplace’s union. Right-to-work, which has passed in 25 states, outlaws mandatory union dues or any form of fees as a condition of employment.
    • “Excepting, the respondent asks the board to adopt a rule allowing unions to charge nonmembers a fee for grievance processing,” the request for briefs stated. “So long as that fee does not exceed the amount a union could charge nonmember objectors.”

 

  • SURRENDER – A controversial Obama administration plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet’s infrastructure is on track to gain government approval by next year’s presidential elections, the organization’s chief said in an interview.
    • Some Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global multi-stakeholder body, worried that it may allow other countries to capture control.
    • But ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé said such opposition was fading and that some opponents would come around once they see the accountability mechanisms and other assurances put in place.

 

  • OBAMACARE – New federal data show 6.4 million Americans could lose their Obamacare subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the administration this month.
    • According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 10.2 million Americans have signed up for 2015 coverage and ponied up to cover their premiums as of March 31.
    • Of those, 6.4 million are getting subsidies to help them pay for private insurance in the 34 states that rely on the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

 

  • DANGER – The number of labs that may have accidentally received live anthrax has increased to 51, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, amid the start of an investigation to test the departments more than 400 samples of dead anthrax to check for any more live spores.
    • Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said that the Defense Department accidentally shipped potentially live anthrax to at least 51 facilities in 17 states, D.C. and three foreign countries, marking a significant increase from last week when the incident was first reported.

 

  • ATTACK – A knife-wielding black man killed by the terror investigators who had him under surveillance was confronted because he had purchased knives and talked of an imminent attack on “boys in blue,” the FBI said Wednesday.
    • Usaama Rahim plotted for at least a week to attack police, the FBI said in a complaint against David Wright, who was arrested the same day Rahim was shot to death. Wright was ordered held Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation.
    • The FBI says the two men bought three fighting knives and a knife sharpener on or before May 26, and alleges that Rahim told Wright Tuesday that he would begin trying to randomly kill police officers in Massachusetts.

 

  • ISIS CRISIS – Days after the White House put the onus on Iraq to defeat ISIS, the nation’s prime minister fired back at the U.S. and beyond – saying the terrorist army’s advance is “a failure on the part of the world.”
    • Speaking at a summit in Paris called by representatives of 20 nations involved in the fight against ISIS, Haider al-Abadi complained that there is “a lot of talk” about supporting Baghdad’s fight for survival but not enough action.
    • Meanwhile, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), in the latest edition of its propaganda magazine, indicated that it could purchase a nuclear weapon in Pakistan, take it to Nigeria, and then smuggle it into the U.S. through Mexico by using existing trafficking networks in Latin America.
    • In an op-ed article published in the ninth edition of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine released in late May, the jihadist group claims it could transport a nuclear device in the same way illicit drugs are smuggled into Europe through West Africa, adding that Boko Haram’s presence in Nigeria could facilitate the transaction.
    • Meanwhile, captured ISIS weapons show the black-clad militants are developing an arsenal of sophisticated arms, and Kurdish fighters told FoxNews.com they fear the terrorist force’s expanding manufacturing capability is making it more formidable by the day.
    • In a dusty outpost near the Kurdish-held northern city of Kirkuk, a Peshmerga commander recently displayed two weapons that show his enemy’s increasing adaptability on the battlefield. One was a scoped sniper rifle, customized and mounted on a welded steel platform and built to track targets by computer and fire by remote control. The other was a much different type of weapon – a truck reinforced with two-inch thick steel plates to ensure its load of explosives could crash through checkpoints and make it to its target before detonating

 

  • IRAN – Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report.
    • “Although Iran has paused progress in some areas of its nuclear program and fulfilled its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), it continues to develop technological capabilities that also could be applicable to nuclear weapons, including ballistic missile development,” a one-page unclassified summary of the report says.
    • Meanwhile, the families of four Americans held in Iran told lawmakers on Tuesday that now is the time for the U.S. to demand their release.
    • Relatives of Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini and Robert Levinson all testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, saying any leverage the U.S. has to bring home their loved ones could run out within weeks. The U.S. and other Western powers are negotiating with Tehran to drop sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for guarantees it won’t pursue nuclear weapons, and has set a deadline for the end of this month.
    • “Now is the time that this issue could and should be resolved,” Sarah Hekmati, whose brother, U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, 31, was arrested in 2011 when he went to visit relatives, told lawmakers. “For over three years, our family has been living a nightmare. We are in constant fear for his health, his safety and his life.”

 

  • WHITE HOUSE – President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace.
    • In an interview with an Israeli television station, Obama noted that his administration has “up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N. while insisting that the Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate a resolution. But he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if no one believes the Israelis are doing the same.
    • “How do we move off what appears right now to be a hopeless situation and move it back towards a hopeful situation?” Obama asked in the interview. “That will require more than just words. That will require some actions. And that’s going to be hard work, though, because right now I think there’s not a lot of confidence in the process.”

 

  • WHITE HOUSE – Federal agencies are struggling to keep up with the growing number of requests for public information, raising questions in Congress about the Obama administration’s dedication to transparency.
    • The backlog of unfulfilled requests for documents has doubled since President Obama took office, according to a recent report by the Justice Department. The number of requests has also spiked.
    • “The president has committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “But that’s not the case when it comes to filling FOIA requests.”
    • Chaffetz cited examples of people waiting years for documents only to have their requests denied. In other cases, federal agencies blacked out information that was already public elsewhere. One document produced by the Federal Communications Commission blacked out a press release that had already been publicly released, Chaffetz said.

 

  • WHITE HOUSE – The president’s job disapproval numbers have climbed to back over 50 percent, while most Americans believe things in the United States are going “pretty or very badly,” a new CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday reveals.
    • President Barack Obama’s disapproval rating is now at 52 percent, with only 45 percent approving, reports the poll. That’s a drop from April, when his ratings were nearly evenly split at 48 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving.
    • In the CNN poll, the nation’s opinion of how poorly things are going also crossed partisan and race lines, so that no one group determined the overall change in opinion, which showed 52 percent thought matters are going badly in the United States, while 47 percent said they are going well.

 

  • WHITE HOUSE – President Barack Obama said during a town hall meeting at the White House on Tuesday that he would never engage in a politics that was aimed at dividing people along the lines of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.
    • Soon afterward, in taking questions from the audience, the president specifically stipulated whether the next question would be permitted from a man or a woman.
    • “I know that one of the important principles for me has always been treating everybody fairly,” said Obama. “So whether that’s women or people of different races or different religious faiths or different sexual orientations, that one of my core principles is that I will never engage in a politics in which I’m trying to divide people or make them less than me because they look different or have a different religion.  That’s a core principle.  That’s not something I would violate, right?”

 

  • W – President Obama’s favorability is now below that of all his other living predecessors in the White House, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.
    • Americans were split, 49 percent to 49 percent, on Mr. Obama, while 52 percent had a favorable opinion of Mr. Bush compared to 43 percent with an unfavorable one, according to results from a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
    • Mr. Bush’s rating was his most positive since April 2005.
    • Former President Bill Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush each had a 64 percent favorable rating, while Mr. Carter had a 56 percent favorable rating.
    • The poll of 1,025 American adults was taken May 29-31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

 

  • RUBIO – Sen. Marco Rubio called Tuesday for a “new generation of leaders” to take control of government, delivering a challenge to the heavyweight legacy candidates in both the GOP and Democratic primaries who are fighting to keep the White House under control of a baby boomer.
    • Mr. Rubio is among a number of 40-somethings in the emerging Republican field who are seeking to wrest control of their party from family dynasties, urging voters to nominate a fresh face as they look to draw contrasts with some of their more experienced rivals, and arguing that the GOP’s chances of defeating 67-year-old Hillary Rodham Clinton could be doomed otherwise.
    • “I believe the time has come for a new generation of leaders — leaders who will create a growing economy, not a growing government,” the 44-year-old Mr. Rubio said at an economic forum in Orlando hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Leaders who will help increase our families’ paychecks, not their bills.”

 

  • NO, NO, NO – Reporters attending a Hillary Clinton speech in Houston on Thursday must remain within the confines of barricade and will not have a chance to interview the Democratic presidential nominee, they were informed in a note with big, bold red letters.
    • “There will be NO opportunities to interview Hillary Clinton,” a press blast from Texas Southern University reads. “Her speech will be her interview.”
    • After attending fundraisers in Dallas and Austin, Clinton will head to Texas Southern University in Houston to talk about voting rights and to receive the first inaugural Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award, named after the late Texas congresswoman.
    • Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her private email server, which is at the heart of a government transparency debate, as a springboard for jokes at a campaign fundraiser.
    • Mrs. Clinton told a attendees at a $2,700-a-head event that a hacking at the White House would not have happened “had they been using my server,” The New York Post reported Tuesday. The fundraiser was held on Long Island at the home of Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs.

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