(The Hill) -- The Friday ‘news dump’ is a long-standing tradition in Washington, but the Obama administration has truly taken it to new heights. Oftentimes, the White House or affiliated government agencies hold off on releasing bad news or negative documents until late Friday afternoon in an attempt to avoid scrutiny from the media. After all, reporters have lives too.
I’ve started to feel uneasy on Fridays, knowing that the latest failure of this administration will likely come to light by midafternoon. Past notable news dumps have included postponing a decision on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, admitting massive technical issues with healthcare.gov, revealing the White House’s decision to grant amnesty to DREAMers and more.
This past Friday, it was the Internal Revenue Service’s turn to dump bad news on Congress. As Capitol Hill was winding down for the weekend and my colleagues and I were heading back to our districts, the IRS sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee stating that due to a computer crash it “lost” former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails from January 2009 to April 2011.
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