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Obama’s IRS Doled out Billions in Potentially
Bogus Refunds

Obama’s IRS Doled out Billions in Potentially Bogus Refunds

The IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118 million was even paid to people who weren’t authorized to work in the U.S. in the first place. Some $16.8 billion in payments were made on improper claims under the Earned Income Tax Credit, signifying a 24 percent error rate. Investigators also estimated $7.2 billion in improper payments for the Additional Child Tax Credit, representing 25 percent of the total, and $1.1 billion in improper payments, or 24 percent, for a higher education tax credit. The totals and error rates for the … Read More

Kushner: 'I Did Not Collude' With Russia

Kushner: ‘I Did Not Collude’ With Russia

Jared Kushner confirmed four contacts with Russians during his father-in-law’s presidential campaign or after the election, he said, but he described the encounters as unmemorable and denied colluding with the Russian government to help Donald Trump win. In the most consequential meeting, Kushner said he agreed to meet with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, on Dec. 13 at the request of the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” Kushner said in a statement prepared for an interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee on … Read More

Trump Speaks to Advisers About Firing Sessions

Trump Speaks to Advisers About Firing Sessions

President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation. The president’s anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered,” and continued Tuesday by describing the attorney general as “weak” on “Hillary Clinton crimes.” Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations. … Read More

Interior Department Announces Plan to Gut Federal
Fracking Regulations

Interior Department Announces Plan to Gut Federal Fracking Regulations

The Interior Department announced plans Monday to obliterate the Obama administration’s hotly contested regulations over hydraulic fracturing on federal land. The proposed repeal, slated to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register, said that the 2015 final rule was “unnecessarily duplicative of state and some tribal regulations” and imposed “burdensome reporting requirements and other unjustified costs on the oil and gas industry.” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rob Bishop, Utah Republican and a staunch critic of the regulations, praised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for the move. “I applaud Secretary Zinke and his team for their work in returning the Department, its sub-agencies, and bureaus to their core … Read More

FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman
Schultz IT Aide’s Home

FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation. Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, an individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined … Read More

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