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Obama’s Lincoln Memorial speech; Deconstructing the IRS scandal

August 29, 2013

Guests: Eric Deggans, David Cay Johnston

Yesterday President Obama delivered a speech on race and civil rights on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same spot Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years earlier.  Obama has been criticized for not talking enough about race during his Presidency, so with this speech, did he break new ground?  Marty discusses the President’s speech with ERIC DEGGANS, TV and Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation. Then, whatever happened to the so-called IRS scandal which some commentators compared to Watergate for the Obama administration?  We’ll set the record straight and look at how the story unfolded and what politicians and media got right and wrong with DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, an investigative reporter who covers U.S. tax policy.  We’ll also discuss an effort to make it more difficult for political groups to get tax-exempt status.

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