Calls for the removal of a powerful congressman from his leadership post.
Democrats are demanding that House Speaker John Boehner remove Republican Congressman Darrell Issa as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
In a letter to the Speaker, the Congressional Black Caucus said Issa "abused his authority" at an IRS hearing Wednesday when he clashed with the Democratic ranking member of the committee Elijah Cummings.
Issa refused to take Cummings' statement and muted his microphone when he protested an early end to the hearing during which Lerner again refused to testify.
House Speaker John Boehner said Rep. Darrell Issa was justified in ending a hearing on IRS targeting of conservative groups.
"From what I understand, I think Mr. Issa was in his rights to adjourn the hearing," Boehner told reporters on Thursday.
Cummings told CNN's Erin Burnett that he was 'shocked' by Boehner's response.
"You cannot have a situation where the minority is silenced so that and prevent it from speaking one syllable," Cummings said. " That's what Issa was trying to do, preventing the minority from speaking one syllable at a hearing."
Tempers flare on Capitol Hill.
During a House Oversight hearing about whether the IRS intentionally targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, former IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth yet again.
The hearing turn ugly when the chairman of the committee, Republican Darrell Issa, tried to shut it down altogether, saying "Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee, and I can see no point in going further."
That set off ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings.
As he stood up to leave, Cummings spoke into his mic: "Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman, I have a statement."
Issa ignored him and started to leave while Cummings continued. "Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this," says Cummings. "You just cannot do this.We're better than that as a country, we're better than that as a committee. I have asked for a few minutes..."
Issa muted Cummings' mic as he spoke. Issa returned to his seat and turned the mic back on, telling the rest of the chamber they were free to leave. “We've all adjourned, but the gentleman may ask his question,” Issa said.
OutFront: Bill Kristol and CNN contributor Paul Begala.
Hillary Clinton is under fire after comparing Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.
Late Wednesday, she tried to clarify, but didn't entirely back down:
"What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians are that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had to protect the Russian minorities. And that is reminiscent of claims that were made in the 1930's, when Germany, under the nazis, kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe. So, I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before."
Republican Senator John McCain was quick to agree with Clinton's comparison, tweeting:
She's right on this comparison, and he referenced a headline reading: "Hillary Clinton compares Putin actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany"
She's right on this comparison: "Hillary Clinton compares Putin actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler’s in Nazi Germany" http://t.co/3akjQBTrvz
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 5, 2014
OutFront: CNN Political Commentator Michael Smerconish, he's also host of CNN's "Smerconish" and David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post.
President Obama is taking on Wall Street again.
After sending his 2015 fiscal year budget to Congress, President Obama said he planned to close tax loopholes benefiting the rich.
"Closing tax loopholes that, right now, only benefit the well-off and well-connected," Obama said.
Obama has often called on Congress to close tax loopholes including the carried interest loophole, which he promised to close during his first campaign.
The idea of closing this loophole has appeared in President Obama's budgets over and over, but it never makes it to the final draft.
Erin Burnett thinks the carried interest loophole is "one of the most ridiculous tax loopholes in America."
It has netted billions of dollars for a very select few Americans.
It's the loophole that gives loopholes a bad name, and makes arguments of special treatment hold up.
Burnett explains how it works:
OutFront: Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman - he sits on the House Financial Services Committee. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
(CNN) – In a moving and honest message Thursday, President Barack Obama challenged young minority men to make good choices.
"Part of our message in this initiative is 'no excuses'. Government and private sector and philanthropy and all the faith communities, we have the responsibility to provide you the tools you need," he said at a White House event.
"We need to help you knock down some of the barriers that you experience," he continued. "That's what we are here for but you have responsibilities too."
The message was part of his new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," where leading foundations and businesses will donate at least $200 million over five years towards programs aimed at minority youth of color.
"This is as important as any issue that I work on. It's an issue that goes to the very heart of why I ran for President because if America stands for anything, it stands for the opportunity for everybody – the notion of no matter who you are or where you came from of the circumstances under which you were born – if you work hard, if you take responsibility then you can make it in this country," he said.