Daily Show Prep: Friday, March 10

IT Staff Who Hacked Top Democrats Had Access To DNC Emails, May Be Behind WikiLeaks Hack – The Burning Truth

Imran Awan — the lead suspect in a criminal probe into breaches of House of Representatives information security systems — possessed the password to an iPad used by then-Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz when DNC emails were given to WikiLeaks, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Supercut: Media’s Obsession With Russia – The Burning Truth

I was going to do a supercut of the media doing the whole ‘Russia’ thing, but someone beat me to it.

Two Years Later, IRS Locates 6,924 Docs Related to Tea Party Targeting

The Internal Revenue Service has located 6,924 documents potentially related to the targeting of Tea Party conservatives, two years after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for them.

FLASHBACK: IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama – Washington Times

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years.

Groups want Trump to close loophole allowing illegal immigrants to abuse tax credits | Fox News

Numerous investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have chronicled not only improper Child Tax Credit fraud and error payments ranging from $5.9 billion to $7.1 billion, but schemes such as nearly 24,000 ITIN payments going to the same address. The audit reports also found IRS management was “not concerned with addressing questionable applications” but “interested only in the volume of applications that can be processed, regardless of whether they are fraudulent.”

Hour 2

College kids are using student loans for wild spring break trips | New York Post

Study: Meters For ‘Smart Grids’ Are Anything But Intelligent | The Daily Caller

So-called smart meters can give false readings that overstate energy consumption by a factor of six, according to a new study by the University of Twente.

U.S. Government Websites ‘Fail to Meet Basic Standards,’ New Report Says – Hit & Run : Reason.com

The U.S. government’s most-used websites almost universally “fail to meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness, or accessibility,” according to a new report issued by the nonprofit public policy organization Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) — a group which the University of Pennsylvania ranks as the top science and technology think tank in the United States (and second in the world).

Hour 3

Open Lines