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You've got mail! Federal watchdogs uncover thousands of lost Lerner emails; Decoding to take weeks

You've got mail! Federal watchdogs uncover thousands of lost Lerner emails; Decoding to take weeks | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
As many as 30,000 missing lost emails from Lois Lerner -- the ex IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting scandal -- have been recovered by federal investigators.
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Harry Reid's 'Begging'

Harry Reid's 'Begging' | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Harry Reid is now 'begging' for support. He made the comment in an email to supporters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The subject for the email from Reid, the Senate majority leader, reads: 'I'm begging.' Which is no wonder considering his job is at stake -- if Democrats lose the Senate, Reid will no longer hold his current leadership position.

'Daniel -- I’ve been emailing a TON,' Reid writes.
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IRS Lost More Emails Related to Tax-Exempt Status Probe

IRS Lost More Emails Related to Tax-Exempt Status Probe | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that app...
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Emails point to IRS officials using instant messages, raising questions about document handling

Emails point to IRS officials using instant messages, raising questions about document handling | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Lawmakers investigating the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of conservative groups released new emails Wednesday suggesting that top IRS officials communicated through an instant-messaging service that wasn't routinely archived.
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The dog ate my e-mails

The dog ate my e-mails | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
IF YOUR taxes are being audited and you tell the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you just so happen to have lost the records relating to the period in question,...
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Do you really believe the IRS?

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The IRS "Loses" Lois Lerner's Emails

The IRS "Loses" Lois Lerner's Emails | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The IRS—remember those jaunty folks?—announced Friday that it can't find two years of emails from Lois Lerner to the Departments of Justice or Treasury. And none to the White House or Democrats on Capitol Hill. An agency spokesman blames a computer crash.

 

Never underestimate government incompetence, but how convenient. The former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations was at the center of the IRS targeting of conservative groups and still won't testify before Congress. Now we'll never know whose orders she was following, or what directions she was giving. If the Reagan White House had ever offered up this excuse, John Dingell would have held the entire government in contempt.

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State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down

State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department...
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Lessons from Lois Lerner: 'The dog ate my emails'

“If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” It’s a phrase many of us use as a punch line, but we all recognize its origin. There are cases – especially when grave matters of national security are involved – where government secrecy trumps the general presumption that citizens of a free republic are entitled to know what’s going on in the corridors of power.
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IRS submits declarations to federal court to explain missing Lerner emails

IRS submits declarations to federal court to explain missing Lerner emails | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Lerner, who has since retired, headed the IRS unit that reviews applications for tax-exempt status, at the time when the agency was accused of subjecting conservative groups to additional scrutiny.
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WASHINGTON: IRS chief refuses to apologize for lost emails

WASHINGTON: IRS chief refuses to apologize for lost emails | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The head of the Internal Revenue Service refused to apologize Friday for lost emails in the scandal over the improper screening of conservative groups and denied more widespread computer failures.
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Story behind the news: Here’s how the IRS lost emails from key witness Lois Lerner

Story behind the news: Here’s how the IRS lost emails from key witness Lois Lerner | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
In short: Blame the IT department.
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Drip...drip...drip: Now Target warns that the data breach impacts 70 million people. Names, emails, phone, addresses, plus credit card info.

Drip...drip...drip: Now Target warns that the data breach impacts 70 million people. Names, emails, phone, addresses, plus credit card info. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The theft impacted nearly twice as many as earlier disclosed, while Target warns of an earnings shortfall
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Will Target implode? A slow response - drip by drip by drip - is usually more harmful than coming clean quickly.

Have you stopped shopping at Target? Or are you now paying cash at Target?

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