Evangelist Franklin Graham has stated in a letter to President Barack Obama that the Christian charities he is leading were also targeted by the IRS along with conservative groups last year.
Graham sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday outlining how Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association were the subjects of an IRS probe during the 2012 campaign season.
"In light of what the IRS admitted to on Friday, May 10, 2013, and subsequent revelations from other sources, I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year was a coincidence – or justifiable," wrote Graham. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court hears two possibly landmark cases regarding same-sex marriage this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says that although he believes marriage should be reserved for a man and woman, he doesn't think the GOP party should act like "Old Testament heretics" regarding the issue.
"My position is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but my other position is also that you treat people with dignity and respect and love and grace and so I think that they're all compatible with each other," Priebus, who is the former chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, said in an interview Monday with USA Today's Susan Page.
"I don't believe we need to act like, you know, Old Testament heretics either," Priebus continued. more >>
Brevard Community College in Florida revealed last week that it is seeking to fire a faculty member who apparently pressured students last year to vote for President Barack Obama in November's general elections.
The Brevard County, Florida college said that it contacted 85 students who took a mathematics class with associate professor Sharon Sweet last September, who has been granted leave following the investigation. Of those students, 43 responded to a written survey that revealed Sweet had used several tactics to try and guide the pupils into choosing Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the presidential elections.
"Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a card that stated, 'I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket," Brevard's investigation, released on Friday, revealed. more >>
In his second inaugural speech, President Obama called for the extension of laws that would give gays more protections and benefits under federal law.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," said Obama.
The president's comments were made while outlining what seemed to be protections for minorities and undocumented immigrants. The speech, which also falls on the federal holiday that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., appeared to take on similarities to the former civil rights leader's infamous "I Have a Dream" speech. more >>
Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum said Sunday that President Obama is a "sore winner" based on how he is handling many key issues and that in the end, he doesn't want immigration reform to pass because it might help the GOP.
"That's the problem with this administration. They don't – they're not very gracious winners. And I always said, you know, there's one thing worse than a sore loser, and that's a sore winner. And the president's a sore winner," Santorum told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "He could get something done on deficits and entitlements, but he's got to move his people to do that, instead of forcing Republicans always to come his way. And that's the problem."
Santorum's statements highlight a growing concern among Republican leaders that the president could bring Democrats to vote for some type of compromise budget, but doing so would most likely require the president himself to twist arms for some to vote to decrease or cut entitlement spending. more >>
If you thought the political campaign season ended with the November general elections, you may be mistaken. The Obama campaign team has reorganized to reach out and mobilize Americans on the White House's proposals to ban assault weapons, pass immigration reform and give the president an unlimited debt ceiling.
While the organization will be separate from the Democratic National Committee and not be a part of the White House, one of Obama's star strategist and 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, will be at the helm.
On Sunday, just hours after the president is officially sworn in, the president's closest political allies will gather at what they are calling the Obama Legacy Conference and formally crown Messina as their leader. more >>