The IRS is still blocking applications for nearly a dozen tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday — though he bristled at the organizations’ claims of poor treatment.
ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance
It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the Patriot Act. The post-9/11 law has a few provisions dealing with surveillance of everyday citizens not suspected of doing or planning on doing bad things, provisions that are set to expire Sunday assuming a compromise doesn't break through to overcome roadblocks in the U.S. Senate by the likes of Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). Read More.