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National Taxpayer Advocate To Hold Public Hearing In Hendersonville PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 06:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rep. Mark Meadows will co-host a public forum in Hendersonville about the IRS with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina  Olson.

The meeting will take place Monday, April 4.  Meadows is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.

The forum will review what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations.

The IRS has been developing a “Future State” plan that envisions how it will operate in five years and beyond but Olson has expressed concern that the plan doesn't meet taxpayer needs.

 
In Wake of Brussels Attack, President Obama Meets With Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As the United States received word that four Americans are among the dead in the terrorist bombing at the Brussels airport, President Obama received an update on anti-terrorism efforts from key U.S. agencies.

The White House has posted its "readout" of the president's meeting on Monday:

"President Obama today met with key members of his counterterrorism and homeland security team to discuss our efforts following the horrific March 22 ISIL terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The President was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States.

The President’s team also updated him on recent expanded information-sharing with international partners and ways that the United States is working to disrupt and counter external plots emanating from ISIL-controlled territory.  

Additionally, the President received briefings on ongoing efforts to address ISIL’s use of the Internet to recruit followers, incite them to violence, and mobilize them to engage in attacks in the United States and abroad.

The President directed his team to continue to intensify efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL and to ensure that the United States is doing everything possible to disrupt any ISIL external plotting efforts, including by continuing our strong leadership in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL."

The statement can be found at whitehouse.gov.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 05:28
 
Former Ambassador to Denmark, Jim Cain, Mourns Loss of Future Son-In-Law in Brussels Attack PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 March 2016 05:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The family of a former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark with North Carolina ties is mourning the loss of Andrew Pinczowski and his sister, Sascha in the terrorist bombing in Brussels.

Jim Cain's daughter was engaged to marry Andrew Pinczowksi. Cain served as Ambassador to Denmark from 2005 to 2009. He and his wife live in North Carolina and New York City. Cain is well known in North Carolina business and political circles.

Published reports say the brother and sister have been confirmed as victims of the attack at the Brussels airport, where they were in line for a flight.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 05:08
 
Federal Court Ruling: Death Penalty Appeals Can Be Fast-Tracked PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Death penalty appeals could begin to move faster through the justice system in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has cleared the way for states to fast-track inmate appeals through the court system. The ruling rejected a challenge to fast-tracking.

Fast-tracking requires the parties to the appeal -- inmate, lawyers, and courts -- to rule swiftly. Supporters say fast-tracking gives victims justice in a timely manner. Critics say fast-tracking would unfairly pressure those involved.

 
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