Best of The Week [3/7/14]

By Eric Scheiner | March 7, 2014 | 1:41 PM EST

A look at the stories that made the Best of The Week.

Boxing With The Budget

While discussing federal spending and transportation funding last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said, “there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending.”

Boxer was willing to discuss a number of possible tax increases to fund the Highway Trust Fund with the members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington.

Obama’s Budget

On Tuesday this week President Obama made his $3.9 trillion submission for the 2015 budget year. It includes more than $1.1 trillion in tax increases.

President Barack Obama does want to cut some spending. His budget proposes to eliminate funding for abstinence education.

In the “Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings” portion of the budget, it shows that the $5 million funding to Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Title V Maternal and Child Health Program that was included in the 2014 budget is not part of Obama’s latest budget.

Lerner Invokes Fifth for Second Time

Lois Lerner, former director of IRS exempt organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights again Wednesday before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS targeting American citizens for their political beliefs.

“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” Lerner said in response to a slew of questions by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) regarding the IRS targeting of tea party and conservative groups.

Lerner first invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at a May 22, 2013 hearing before refusing to answer questions.

No ‘Smoking Gun’ Just a ‘Cap Gun’

Even though Lerner invoked her right against self-incrimination, some Democrats feel the investigation is gimmickry.

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, says “there’s no smoking gun except for a cap gun” in the congressional investigation into the IRS' targeting of American citizens for their political beliefs.

“There’s no there, there,” Crowley said during a press conference Wednesday. “There’s no smoking gun except for a cap gun and you know, makes a lot of smoke but that’s about it.”

Ready for Hillary?

Last week, the Democratic Party had their winter meeting and MRCTV's Dan Joseph decided to ask DNC committee members and guests if they're ready for Hillary--and why.

Their answers may surprise you.

Running To Thank A Vet

95-year old WWII veteran Joe Bell was in full uniform, out to witness a San Jose race last week.  But the runners deviated from the course to come over to shake this hero's hand and thank him for his service.

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