IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expressed "regret" to Congress on Wednesday for his agency’s past mistreatment of tea party groups, but ahead of a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the top IRS official said he has cooperated with congressional investigators "and does not deserve to be impeached." In his prepared remarks, Koskinen said that impeaching him would be "improper" adding that "it would create disincentives for many good people to serve."
During the riots in Charlotte last night, that followed the shooting of an armed black man by a black cop, protesters stormed the local Walmart (purportedly to make the point that they will not stand for cop-killings anymore), but were met with an unlikely opposition. Walmart staff blocked the entrance to the store with pallets and defended the warehouse until police arrived.
Russia's defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria. The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would be sent to join Russia's current naval deployment there, minister Sergei Shoigu said during a televised meeting.
We're surprised it took this long, but it’s finally become mainstream thinking to acknowledge that the official unemployment rate is little more than nonsensical propaganda. As the emergence of massive populist movements on both the “right” and the “left” have demonstrated, something ain’t right in the U.S. economy, and everyday people get it.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef told the UN today that Saudi Arabia “was one of the first countries that denounced September 11." Guess he forgot that time he blamed 9/11 on the Israelis, insisting to U.S. Ambassador Robert Jordan in 2001 that "the Mossad must have done this.”
What does the powerful European perfume industry trade group called the Fragrance Foundation and new "exclusive" Haitian limeoil production capacity have in common? If you guessed the "Clinton Foundation" then you're the lucky winner.
Shortly after Russia's accusations that a US drone was coincidentally overhead when the UN convoy was struck, CNN reports that US officials are stating that ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayarrah air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating. Luckily, no US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent. Unfortunately, for now, John Kerry has been unable to find any YouTube clips to confirm the chemical weapons usage.
"We are highly disappointed with the Commission’s decision to file charges, and we strongly disagree with the Commission that either the firm or I have engaged in any unlawful conduct.... We have done nothing improper and categorically deny the Commission’s allegations."
The Senate backed a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, even as Congress is preparing to override an expected presidential veto of a different bill allowing 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Saudi government. The Senate voted 71-27 to table, or kill, the resolution from Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) that would have blocked the $1.15 billion sale of Abrams tanks to Saudi Arabia, which the State Department approved last month
"Everybody counts," explained boxing promoter Don King to an African-American church, stating that "every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump." But then King took it to '11' as he raged "the system is corrupt; the system is rigged; the system is sexist; the system is racist," concluding that “we need Donald Trump to create a new system - especially black people.”
"In order to insulate monetary policy from short-term political pressures and I can say, emphatically that partisan politics plays no role in our decisions about the appropriate stance of monetary policy.... We do not discuss politics at our meetings and we do not take politics into account in our decisions."
"we routinely monitor asset valuations, while nobody can know for sure what type of valuation represents a bubble, that's only something one can tell in hindsight, we are monitoring these measures of valuation and commercial real estate valuations are high."