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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Exposing the outright lie that the IRS was not targeting conservative groups is ProPublica, the “progressive” mouthpiece, which says the IRS gave it nine confidential applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. Not only was the IRS operating a taxpayer-funded organized conservative harassment campaign, it was operating a taxpayer-funded conservative smear campaign. ... The New York Times played the first-day story of the IRS harassing conservative groups at the bottom of page 10. Had the IRS done the same to liberal groups, The Times would have put out an extra edition. ... Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that illegally targeted conservatives, will be given a special award during Saturday's commencement at the Western New England University School of Law for having “distinguished” herself “in a particular field or in service to an important cause that has benefited society ... .” Here's to somebody in that crowd expressing vocal displeasure during the presentation. ... CNSNews.comreminds that at the same time President Obama's Justice Department was secretly pillaging through The Associated Press' telephone records in April and May of last year, the president released a statement heralding “World Press Freedom Day.” That was on May 3, 2012. Odd, but CNSNews reports that while Mr. Obama released similar statements in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well, none has been released thus far this year. We report, you deride.

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