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House Set to Begin I.R.S. Commissioner’s Impeachment Hearing - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When the House Judiciary Committee convenes on Tuesday to consider the alleged misdeeds of the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, John Koskinen, it will contemplate action that has not been taken in more than 140 years, — and that in some respects has never been pursued: the impeachment of an agency head of Mr. Koskinen’s rank.

Tuesday’s hearing on accusations by House Republicans that Mr. Koskinen lied under oath to Congress and defied a congressional subpoena is a remarkable moment, even for a Washington long fractured by partisanship.

Not since Secretary of War William W. Belknap in 1876 has the House impeached an administration official other than the president, said Michael J. Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law and an expert on the federal impeachment process. And an official below the president’s cabinet has never been impeached.


Officials: Armed man shot by Secret Service near White House | Fox News

A Secret Service officer shot an armed man who approached the White House complex Friday afternoon with a weapon in plain sight and refused to drop it, law enforcement officials said – in an incident that put the White House temporarily on lockdown. 

The lockdown has since been lifted, and officials say everyone at the White House is "safe and accounted for." President Obama was out playing golf at the time of the incident -- but Vice President Biden was in the complex, and secured, his office said. 

While an official stressed the suspect did not access the White House complex itself, the shooting happened within view of sightseers outside the front of the building.


White House Refuses to Let Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes Testify After His Stunningly Candid Remarks on Iran Deal |

Controversially candid Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will not have to testify before Congress regarding the Iran nuclear deal, the White House announced Monday.

Rhodes was initially called to testify at a Tuesday hearing on “White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal” by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) after Rhodes gave a remarkably blunt interview to the New York Times Magazine on the Iran deal. However, Fox News reported that Chaffetz received a letter from White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston Monday, which explicitly said the Obama advisor would not attend.


Texas Governor: Obama 'Is Not King,' We Will Fight His Transgender Bathroom Directive - Katie Pavlich

By now you know the White House is demanding school districts across the country adopt restroom policies that allow individuals to use the facility of their choice based on their own gender identity, not on sex determined at birth. 

States are already fighting back despite threats from the Obama administration to pull federal education funding from districts that do not comply. As Cortney covered earlier, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick ripped into the Obama administration for the directive.

“President Obama, in the dark of the night – without consulting Congress, without consulting educators, without consulting parents – decides to issue an executive order, like this superintendent, forcing transgender policies on schools and on parents who clearly don’t want it,” Patrick told local NBC 5 Friday. 


Obama administration to issue guidance on transgender bathrooms -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Seriously, of all the very real problems this country faces, the federal government under the *leadership* of Barack Obama, feels the need to *issue guidance* on transgender bathrooms? Becoming the bathroom police is a proper role for the federal government? No, absolutely not! What an absurd notion to think that's something Washington D.C. needs to address. And this isn't really a legitimate problem, it's a manufactured one.

(CNN) The Obama administration will issue guidance on Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice will go out to schools on Friday with guidelines to ensure that "transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment," the Obama administration said on Thursday.
The announcement comes amid heated debate over transgender rights in schools and public life, which includes a legal standoff between the administration and North Carolina over its controversial House Bill 2. The guidance goes beyond the bathroom issue, touching upon privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics, all but guaranteeing transgender students the right to identify in school as they choose.


Sheriff Clarke Drops Scathing History Lesson on ‘Racism’ in Politics in Response to Clinton Accusations Against Trump | Video |

Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke hit back against claims from the Hillary Clinton campaign that Donald Trump is “racist,” offering something of a history lesson on what he said is a long history of “racism” within the Democratic Party.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday, Clarke said Clinton is the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, named after the group’s founder.

“She was a eugenist who supported the extermination of the black race — she called the black race a ‘weed.’ [Clinton] embraces that award, she embraces and is supportive of an organization…that kills more black babies than any other race,” the sheriff said.

He continued, “This is a party, the Democrat Party, that stood in the way of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, that stood in the way of Lincoln trying to free the slaves, that embraced and endorsed and voted for Sen. Robert Byrd, a former klansman, they welcomed him into the party as they did George Wallace.”

Because of the party’s history, Clarke said he’s “not going to sit up here and be lectured by Mrs. Bill Clinton about who’s a racist or who is not a racist.”


U.S. created fewest number of jobs in seven months in April - CBS News

U.S. employers added only 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months and less than the expected 200,000, with muted economic growth inspiring companies to expand their payrolls at a more modest pace.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5 percent.

"It certainly is a disappointing top-line number, but as you look deeper, I don't think it's as bad as the initial reaction," JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade told CBS MoneyWatch.

The private sector created 171,000 jobs last month, while the government shed 11,000 jobs, "that is really where the disappointment lies," Kinahan noted.


FCC kept 'Obamaphone' fraud under wraps until after it expanded program | Fox News

Federal regulators were instructed to keep a massive fraud investigation – concerning the “Obamaphone” program, meant to help get low-income families cellphone access – under wraps until a day after a controversial vote to expand the program, one of those regulators claims.


Senate Bill Draft Would Prohibit Unbreakable Encryption - ABC News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: There are some in government who just can't stand the thought of not having control over something.  THAT is what this is really about, not security, that's just the window dressing.

A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government access data on a computer or mobile device with a warrant.

The draft is being finalized by the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and the top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.

Their goal, they said in a statement, is to ensure adherence to any court order that requires helping law enforcement or providing decrypted information. "No individual or company is above the law."

It was not immediately clear when they would introduce the bill.

The draft language ran into opposition from another committee member, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who said the proposal would require "American companies to build a backdoor" into devices.

"They would be required by federal law per this statute to decide how to weaken their products to make Americans less safe," he said. Wyden pledged to do "everything in my power" to prevent the plan from passing.