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|1635||The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean.|
|1675||Frederick William of Brandenburg crushes the Swedes.|
|1709||Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava.|
|1776||Colonists repulse a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.|
|1778||Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth.|
|1839||Cinque and other Africans are kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba.|
|1862||Fighting continues between Union and Confederate forces during the Seven Days' campaign.|
|1863||General Meade replaces General Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.|
|1874||The Freedmen's Bank, created to assist former slaves in the United States, closes. Customers of the bank lose $3 million.|
|1884||Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday.|
|1902||Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.|
|1911||Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.|
|1914||Austria's Archduke Francis Ferdinand is assassinated at Sarajevo, Serbia.|
|1919||Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles under protest.|
|1921||A coal strike in Britain is settled after three months.|
|1930||More than 1,000 communists are routed during an assault on the British consulate in London.|
|1938||Congress creates the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.|
|1942||German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.|
|1945||General Douglas MacArthur announces the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.|
|1949||The last U.S. combat troops are called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers.|
|1950||General Douglas MacArthur arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North.|
|1954||French troops begin to pull out of Vietnam's Tonkin province.|
|1964||Malcolm X founds the Organization for Afro-American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.|
|1967||14 people are shot during race riots in Buffalo, New York.|
|1970||Muhammed Ali [Cassius Clay] stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.|
|1971||The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.|
|1972||Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.|
|1976||The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy.|
As for why the report failed to mention that progressive groups, along with tea party groups, had been placed on IRS so-called Be On The Lookout lists for special scrutiny, Karen Kraushaar, the communications director at the Treasury Inspector General’s Office, said investigators had been constrained by their mission statement. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) had specifically requested that investigators “narrowly focus on tea party organizations.” So they did just that, Kraushaar said.In other words, Chairman Issa asked for a selective investigation of the IRS, directing the IG’s office to look only at the IRS targeting of conservative groups. He then used the report from that selective investigation to build a narrative of the IRS targeting only wingnut groups. It’s like combing through police records looking only for arrests of people wearing blue jeans … to tell a story that police arrest only people wearing blue jeans.
Appendix VII of the audit report states: “The following chart illustrates a timeline of events from February 2010 through July 2012 involving the identification and processing of potential political cases.” There is no mention here that the timeline is narrowly focused on Tea Party and conservative organizations.The IG’s response, so far, has been that they answered the questions they were asked to answer … by Chairman Issa.
Failing to make this clear in these documents and at Congressional Hearings even when asked directly has been fully misleading. It has contributed to the distortion of this entire investigation, including use of innuendo and totally unsubstantiated assertions of White House involvement.
Mr. George, Congress created TIGTA to be an “independent and objective” unit to conduct and supervise audits and investigations into tax administration. Implicit in the word “objective” is a duty to be forth-coming. There is increasing evidence that the May 14, 2013 audit was fundamentally flawed and that your handling of it has failed to meet the necessary test of objectivity and forthrightness.
Issa told Politico in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold “one or two hearings each week.”“It’s a good thing the IRS is scrutinizing these applications”
“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa said.
Issa is also targeting some ambitious up-and-comers like Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio – all aggressive partisans – to chair some of his subcommittees.
He also wants to organize aggressive oversight beyond his committee and plans to refer inquiries to other House panels, drawing even more incoming repugican cabal chairmen to the cause of investigating the executive branch.
In the coming weeks, Issa and his staff are also planning to reach out to the inspector general community and staffers at the various bureaucracies the committee will oversee.
But even with the delays, leaders of some progressive groups said they didn’t feel like they were being targeted.The tea party groups howled that being asked to prove they weren’t political campaign organizations – forbidden under 501(c)(4) rules – was IRS oppression. Progressive groups saw that as the IRS doing their job.
“This is kind of what you expect. You expect it to take a year or more to get your status because that’s just what the IRS goes through to do it,” said Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, a small non-profit that advocates for progressive causes. “So I don’t know that we feel particularly targeted.”
Sean Soendker Nicholson, executive director of Progress Missouri, said it took about 14 months for the IRS to approve his group’s tax-exempt status, in December 2012. He said the IRS asked a lot of questions about the group’s activities.
“It took a long time. We didn’t think much of it,” Nicholson said. “What I thought at the time was, there’s a lot of new groups that have popped up in the election cycle and it’s a good thing the IRS is scrutinizing these applications.”
|363||Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.|
|1743||English King George defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.|
|1833||Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.|
|1862||Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines' Mill–the third engagement of the Seven Days' campaign.|
|1864||General Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.|
|1871||The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.|
|1905||The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.|
|1918||Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.|
|1923||Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.|
|1924||Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.|
|1927||The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.|
|1929||Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.|
|1942||The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.|
|1944||Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.|
|1950||The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.|
|1963||Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.|
|1973||President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.|
|1985||The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.|
Today the Court issued its decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the challenge to the constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act. That portion of the Act was designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments with a history of voting discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making any changes to their voting laws or procedures, no matter how small. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts that was joined by Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, the Court did not invalidate the principle that preclearance can be required.Basically, this is the court saying that the parts of the country that needed preclearance applied to them in 1964 might not be the same parts of the country that need it today, and they've kicked the law back to Congress to decide how to deal with that.
But much more importantly, it held that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which sets out the formula that is used to determine which state and local governments must comply with Section 5’s preapproval requirement, is unconstitutional and can no longer be used. Thus, although Section 5 survives, it will have no actual effect unless and until Congress can enact a new statute to determine who should be covered by it.