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| Saturday, November 29, 2014 9:00 p.m

The scandal-riddled Internal Revenue Service did what it does best last week — infuriate taxpayers. It announced that most employees will receive a performance bonus come March 1. Past bonuses have gone to nearly 3,000 IRS workers who violated agency rules and 1,100 of the rewarded “high-performance” employees owed back taxes. Inquiring minds want to know if Lois Lerner will receive a bonus, too. … Speaking of those wonderful IRS high performers, The Washington Examiner reports that the agency potentially shared taxpayer information with the White House, which, of course, would be illegal. The newspaper cites a Treasury Department inspector general’s response to an open-records request by Cause for Action. The Examiner says the revelation suggests “the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservative and tea party groups” associated with that IRS scandal. Here’s to Santa Claus bringing the American people a special prosecutor for Christmas. … Budweiser’s decision to shelve its long-running and classic Clydesdale Christmas commercial is a sad commentary on the state of institutional advertising. Once upon a time, Madison Avenue understood that such ads were just as important as those that overtly try to sell something. … Citing sources, the New York Post reports that the uber-successful Sotheby’s auction of Bunny Mellon’s belongings brought in more than $218 million. It also brought an infestation of mice to the famous New York auction house. No word if the mice were sold or, well, you know.

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