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Told Ya That Tax “Commission” Was All For Show

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

The Fayette County Public Schools plan to slash work days for 42 directors of the district’s family resource centers next year because of continued government funding reductions. [H-L]

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday cast doubt on the criteria used to decide the 2000 Bush v. Gore case that ultimately delivered the presidency to George W. Bush. [HuffPo]

It’s been a hellacious several days for the Obama administration, what with boiling controversies at the Internal Revenue Service over its special treatment of tea party groups, at the Justice Department over the seizure of Associated Press reporters’ phone records, and at the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency over how the facts behind last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, were portrayed to the public and Congress. [C-J/AKN]

The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say. [ProPublica]

Mitch McConnell said Sunday on Meet the Press with David Gregory that he was wrong earlier in his career to be suspicious of not-for-profit groups with political operations like those targeted by the IRS. [CN|2]

When the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda placed a bounty on her husband’s head, Mary Feierstein learned of it from a friend who called and said, “You must be a mess!” U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein was thousands of miles (km) away at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, without his wife and family on what is called an “unaccompanied” posting. [Reuters]

An Owsley County man was killed in a shootout on Saturday night near Booneville. A second man was also injured in the shooting. [WLEX18]

Eighty thousand years ago the Earth began to cool, marking the start of the last Ice Age. Experts are still discovering how the big freeze affected the giant mammals which prowled its dramatically changing landscape. Scientists are helping to uncover the secrets of giant Ice Age beasts like the sabretooth cat – by foraging in crates of dirt which were collected during the building of a car park. [BBC]

Originally scheduled for 2014, the reconstruction of Exit 95 on Interstate 75 won’t take place until 2017, Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark told a joint meeting of the Richmond and Berea chambers of commerce Friday. [Richmond Register]

The guarding of U.S. diplomatic outposts like the consulate Benghazi in Libya should be treated like Baghdad with more military force, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Kentucky Republican said his focus isn’t on the Benghazi talking points, but on not guarding the outpost more heavily. So maybe Republicans should stop voting against funding measures. [Politico]

They worked for nearly a year, meeting with residents and experts across Kentucky, eventually releasing a 450-page book that made 54 recommendations for changing the state tax code — and for boosting revenue by a projected $659 million. But the recommendations from Gov. Steve Beshear’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform have been gathering dust — largely ignored by the legislature and shelved by Beshear’s administration until the 2014 General Assembly. [C-J/AKN]

Republicans like this guy aren’t taken seriously because they continually spout off crazy things. Suggesting that there’s going to be a modern day Hitler invasion is borderline. [HuffPo]

Who let the dogs out? An eastern Kentucky sheriff says it was an intoxicated neighbor. [H-L]

A bill introduced Friday calls on the federal government to craft a national strategy for dealing with the public health effects of climate change. [The Hill]

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