(CNN) -- While the Internal Revenue Service maintains it was not focusing on conservative groups out of political bias, Sen. Rand Paul claimed Sunday there was a "written policy" floating around the agency that said IRS officials were "targeting people who were opposed to the president."
"And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy and who approved the policy," the Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN's "State of the Union."
But this week, a videotape of the hearing in which Boustany asked his question, and Schulman’s offered his assurance that “there is absolutely no targeting,” has been played repeatedly on network and cable newscasts.
A report this week by a federal inspector general that the IRS had been improperly targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny on applications for tax-exempt status has put Boustany, the chair of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, into the forefront. It’s quite a jump for the physician-turned lawmaker, who only last year was fighting for his political life in a race he eventually won against Tea Party favorite Jeff Landry of New Iberia.
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NEW ORLEANS – Outside a small church in Algiers, a cross marks the spot where Kendrell “Cat” Glover was gunned down Friday night.
Saturday, the pastor prayed with a grieving mother at the nearby home she shared with her daughter.
“Now I got to go put her to rest,” cried Cynthia Glover. “I lay my kid to rest.”
Kendrell Glover would have turned 30 on Sunday.
Family members say Glover was walking home from a friend’s house when two men in a black Nissan Titan pulled up. One man got out and shot Glover, who fell to the ground. But that wasn’t the end of it.
Glover’s mother said the gunman stood over her daughter, ultimately firing eight shots. Cynthia Glover heard every single one.
“He showed my child no mercy. None,” said Glover. “She walked out of that door, and in less than 20 minutes my child was dead. My kid was dead.”
This is the second time Cynthia Glover will bury one of her children. Her son was murdered 16 years ago. And in the close knit community, the pastor of Greater Cypress Grove Missionary Baptist Church says the violence has to stop.
Family members say the black Nissan Titan had a Saints sticker on the back. If you have any information, call police or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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The photos of Mickey Shunick still sit in the offices of Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft and Det. Stephen Bajat.
The details of the case — the daily routine of the Shunick task force, the way they learned of Shunick’s disappearance exactly one year ago today — are still fresh in their minds.
Bajat still gets a chill when he talks about arresting Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man who later confessed to Shunick’s disappearance and murder.
“We just kept saying, ‘It’s our job to bring her home,’” said Bajat, who led the special Shunick task force that investigated her disappearance and death. “We knew there was some foul play early on. We had our hopes that maybe she was kept alive, but we’re kind of realists. We were hoping for the best but we thought the worst had happened. Regardless, we still came in and trucked forward.
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May 18, 2013 by Fergus Hodgson
For a few years now, legislators in the United States have been worrying themselves over the fact that some people have been able to avoid paying sales taxes to them. The internet and competition between jurisdictions have enabled that, and the more the merrier, I say. Constituents already suffer from onerous taxation, and paths for them to get out from underneath the burden should be welcomed not condemned.
Of course, the politicians don’t see it that way, at least the ones who have sales taxes in their states. They’ve been flailing about with “Amazon” taxes which have failed terribly. In North Carolina, for example, their attempt to tax people buying online from out of state saw tax revenues decrease rather than increase. Surprise surprise, many people chose to relocate and terminate their relationships with the state altogether.
Now these legislators are pushing Congress for blanket legislation from the federal level, the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill, which the Senate has already passed, is both economically shortsighted and dangerous, since it is one step closer to a national sales tax. If passed, retailers in all states, at least those with an online or mail-order presence, would have to begin collecting taxes — regardless of the laws in each particular state.
One federal legislator to support this bill is Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, and she appeared on Jeff Crouere’s Ringside Politics of WGSO 990AM. Given that she offered the standard proponent justifications, let me address the two most important ones here.
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KEENE, N.H. (CBS Connecticut/AP) -- The city of Keene, N.H., has sued a group that feeds change into parking meters that are about to expire, saying members are harassing enforcement officers.
The group calls itself "Robin Hood of Keene." Members walk city streets with rolls and dimes of quarters to feed the meters.
WMUR-TV reports the city accuses the group of interfering with officers' work.
Louisville KY May 19 2013 Where do wildly popular fast food ideas come from?
According to Gary Cole: Prison.
That is the contention of Cole, who claims that it was he who invented Taco Bell’s famous Doritos Locos tacos while doing time in maximum security federal prison in Florence Colorado. He is so adamant about it that on May 15 he filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas alleging that Taco Bell, along with Pepsi, Frito Lay and Taco Bell parent Yum Brands, stole his idea.
A Seattle man ascended to a new level of creepiness recently when he flew a drone just a “few feet away” from a family’s home and defended his right to do so because he was flying it in the air, and thus not trespassing. He also claimed it was for research. The camera-equipped device emitted a loud noise, similar to that of a weed-whacker, which caught the attention of a woman inside.
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Returning to the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere streets, city officials and law enforcement announced the capture of second line shooting suspect Akein Scott as well as his brother, 24-year-old Shawn Scott, and four others.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal[d] Serpas confirmed Shawn Scott as the second shooting suspect. In 2007, Scott pleaded guilty in possession of cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to five years probation. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and was to serve an eight year sentence. He was out on parole until December 2015. Like his brother Akein, Scott was charged this morning with 20 counts of second degree attempted murder. (A person was trampled by the crowd following the shooting and has been identified among the victims, hence the 20 counts of attempted second degree murder.)
“Shawn has a lengthy record and has demonstrated his contempt for New Orleans,” Serpas said.
Serpas also announced Justin Alexander, 19, Brandy George, 28, Bionca Hickerson, 22, and Nekia Youngblood, 32, allegedly helped hide Akein Scott. They all have been charged with accessory after the fact to attempted second degree murder and obstruction of justice for harboring a fugitive.
“Harboring known criminals is a serious offense,” Landrieu said. “These individuals will pay a price. They will pay because the people of this city have said enough is enough and we will not tolerate it.”
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