IRS Struggles to Pin Down the Ultrawealthy ; News Orgs Have Abandoned Their Archives ; and More Picks 4/8

The IRS Tried to Take On the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well. (Russ)

The authors write, “Most people picture IRS officials as all-knowing and fearsome. But when it comes to understanding how the superwealthy move their money around, IRS auditors historically have been more like high school physics teachers trying to operate the Large Hadron Collider.”

US Needs Over a Year to ID Migrant Children Separated From Families (Reader Steve)

From the Baltimore Sun: “The Justice Department said in a court filing late Friday that it will take at least a year to review about 47,000 cases of unaccompanied children taken into government custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018 — the day before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw halted the general practice of splitting families.”

Federal Prisons Official Used Prison Labor for Work on His Church (DonkeyHotey)

From the Appeal: “A high-ranking Federal Bureau of Prisons official used incarcerated people from a Texas prison to provide labor for his church to finish a landscaping project it couldn’t afford. On two occasions last year, six men incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Seagoville worked on the church for meager wages in what some say is a clear-cut case of prison labor exploitation.”

Ex-Spy Valerie Plame Eyes Run for Congress (Rebecca)

The author writes, “Plame had previously told media outlets she was considering the U.S. House seat or a bid for the U.S. Senate but told The AP on Friday she is looking at the House to ‘continue Ben Ray’s legacy.’”

News Organizations Have All but Abandoned Their Archives (Chris)

The author writes, “News organizations [today] are cavalier, even negligent, about archiving their news … contrast this with the heyday of newspapers where dedicated librarians staffed a ‘morgue’ of carefully clipped and cross-referenced print articles.”