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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Exposes The Malignant Stupidity And Rampant Greed Of Equifax

Worrying that your vital information – including your birth date and Social Security number — was pirated from Equifax? Wondering how that could possibly have happened to you and 145 million other blameless Americans?

John Oliver has answers, beginning with the observation that the mammoth credit information company “did everything wrong” – like ignoring the blinking red alert from the Department of Homeland Security last March about a “critical vulnerability” in its software. (And we thought private business was always innately more efficient than government.) They even tweeted out links to a fake phishing site called “securityequifax2017.com”!

Indeed, so incredibly incompetent is Equifax that Last Week Tonight producers were able to set up an “Equifax” phishing site last week.…

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Religious Right Using Hurricane Tragedies To Grab Public Funds For Churches

 

In between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered.

If it seems a little hasty to start arguing about money before the streets are dry, that’s because, well, we’re talking big money here, and not just disaster money. The thing about today’s religious right is it is really focused on the bottom line—and the First Amendment is starting to look like roadkill on the path to the ultimate payday.…

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Inspector General Debunks (Again) The IRS ‘Scandal’ That Never Was

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

The “IRS scandal” — the right-wing delusion that the Internal Revenue Service was disproportionately targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and slow-walking their approvals — began as a political hit job by a partisan Republican congressman. It matured into a full-fledged scandal, with President Barack Obama apologizing and the IRS commissioner resigning in disgrace. And it should die after last night, when reports circulated that a federal watchdog had found that progressives groups had also been targeted for scrutiny in the same way over the same period.

It should, but it likely won’t. Bolstered by a closed loop of conservative thought that is fiercely resistant to new facts that overturn existing narratives, right-wing pundits have turned the “IRS scandal” into a catchphrase for the perfidy of the Obama administration.…

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