HotAir Daily Express 05/14/2013


Watergate reporter blasts White House for attack on media
5/14/2013 10:01:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s difficult to keep up with Scandal-o-Rama these days, isn’t it? Let’s bring in a seasoned hand in analyzing government corruption and intimidation.  Carl Bernstein appeared on Morning Joe earlier today, declaring the conduct of the

Four Pinocchios for Obama on Benghazi terror claim
5/14/2013 9:21:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Barack Obama tried to shrug off another of the burgeoning scandals in Washington during a joint press conference with UK PM David Cameron.  Allowing the US press just one question, Obama called on the AP’s Julie Pace, and probably

Russia arrests American diplomat in Moscow for espionage
5/14/2013 8:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Coming as it does amid tensions sparked between the US and Russian security services by the Boston Marathon bombing, this should get a big hmmmmm.  Russia took the unusual step of arresting an American attache to the US Embassy in Moscow for

WaPo: IRS targeting of Tea Party, conservative groups also in Washington office
5/14/2013 8:01:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
The story told by Lois Lerner in Friday’s IRS apology continues to fall apart faster than Al Capone’s audit defense.  Last night, the Washington Post revealed that the effort to target opponents of the Obama administration was not limited to


Quotes of the day
5/13/2013 10:51:54 PM  Allahpundit
Attorney Dan Backer, whose client has been trying to obtain tax-exempt status since 2010, said an IRS analyst mentioned the alleged working group during a phone conversation about one of Backer’s other client organizations. “More than a

What has the IRS been leaking on conservative groups?
5/13/2013 10:11:45 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In the flood of stories popping up in the wake of the Obama administration’s IRS scandal, a couple suggest the IRS has been leaking information about conservatives and conservative groups in addition to putting them through the wringer for

WaPo on reforming food aid: Time to end the special-interest hostage-taking
5/13/2013 9:31:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration is once again reviving a years-long and recurring effort to reform the way the United States delivers food aid abroad, but unfortunately, it’s a very uphill battle against some highly specially interested parties and the

As scandal swirls, Obama focuses on the real cause of cynicism about government: Rush Limbaugh
5/13/2013 8:51:32 PM  Allahpundit
We’ve got four separate scandals exploding right now, each one arguably bigger than the last: Benghazi, Sebelius extorting health-care execs to fund ObamaCare, the DOJ harvesting reporters’ phone records to see who they’re talking to,

Harry Reid “troubled” by IRS scandal, Rubio and McConnell want resignations
5/13/2013 8:11:44 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Still not troubling to Harry Reid: A Senate leader using an unnamed source on someone’s private IRS documents to scurrilously suggest a public figure had paid no taxes for 20 years in order to slime a candidate of the opposition during an election

Interior Dept: Sequestration is going to mean less firefighting, you know
5/13/2013 7:31:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just in case you thought the administration had finished drumming up frightening reasons for why Congress really needs to get their stuff together and undo sequestration, never fear. The past few summers, we’ve watched some truly catastrophic

Detroit emergency manager: We’re flat broke and can’t borrow any more
5/13/2013 6:51:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
In other words, Kevyn Orr has reached the same conclusion as just about everyone else, outside of Detroit’s entrenched bureaucracy and political establishment.  In a report to be delivered to Michigan’s Treasurer today, the city’s

Breaking: IRS admits current Commissioner knew of targeting … a year ago; Update: ProPublica: Same office leaked files to us
5/13/2013 6:11:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, runs this breaking story about the exploding IRS scandal.  It turns out that while outgoing IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress twice in March 2012 that the agency wasn’t targeting

Top CBS, ABC, CNN execs all have relatives working as advisors for White House
5/13/2013 5:31:57 PM  Allahpundit
Not just any execs and not just any advisors, either. Watch as Ric Grenell floats a possible explanation for some of the Benghazi coverage, especially vis-a-vis rumors that CBS is unhappy with Sharyl Attkisson’s dogged reporting. Would the media

Breaking: DOJ secretly seized two months of Associated Press phone records?
5/13/2013 4:51:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
What the heck? From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a

Video: The (mostly) unknown history of the “separation of church and state”
5/13/2013 4:01:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, I’d guess that most Hot Air readers know most of John Eastman’s lesson for Prager University on the history of religion and liberty in the US.  For those of you looking for extra credit, here’s a course to audit — and

Obama on Benghazi: “There is no there there”
5/13/2013 3:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
If Republicans’ insistence on getting to the bottom of the terrorist attack on Benghazi last September is really a “sideshow” borne of “political motivations,” that’s only the case because of Democrats’ clownish

The Ed Morrissey Show: Katie Pavlich, Dean Wright
5/13/2013 2:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Katie Pavlich starts us off with a review of the scandals erupting in Washington over the Benghazi terrorist attack and the IRS’ targeting of conservatives — for a lot longer than they admitted on

Breaking: Verdict reached in Gosnell trial; Update: Guilty of 1st-degree murder for 3 of 4 babies
5/13/2013 2:26:48 PM  Allahpundit
Fox News and CNN are on alert as I write this: Per @cnn‘s @davidariosto: “The jury in the Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell case has reached a verdict on all 263 counts.” — Jason Seher (@jhseher) May 13, 2013 Stand

Obama: I found out Friday that the IRS was targeting conservatives
5/13/2013 2:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, am I understanding this correctly? The IRS began singling out tea partiers for special nonprofit scrutiny nearly three years ago, with senior agency officials aware of the practice in 2011, and no one gave the White House a heads up in all

White House: Well, the conduct “of a small number of IRS employees may have fallen short…”
5/13/2013 1:21:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
No need to be quite so modest here, White House — as to the most ‘recent media reports,’ we already learned this weekend that high-up agency leaders knew this tea-party targeting had been going on was going on for at least a couple of

Gosnell jury hung on two counts … out of more than 200
5/13/2013 12:41:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
The jury for the trial of Kermit Gosnell has told the judge that the panel is deadlocked on two counts in the trial.  However, since the jury had to consider more than 200 counts against Gosnell and a co-defendant, this may be an indication that the jury

Draft IG report: Managers involved March 2010 forward in IRS focus on conservative groups
5/13/2013 12:01:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
The timeline from the draft Inspector General report on IRS political targeting of conservative groups has been obtained by ABC News, and it tells a more disturbing story than Lois Lerner tried to push in her strange press conference on Friday.  First,

Actual NYT headline: “IRS Focus on Conservatives Gives GOP an Issue to Seize On”
5/13/2013 11:21:17 AM  Allahpundit
Ed flagged this earlier in an update but I want to make sure people see it. You know this routine by now: If it’s a scandal involving Republicans, the story is the scandal. If it’s a scandal involving Democrats, the story — or at least

Open thread: Obama press conference with David Cameron
5/13/2013 10:41:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Talk about bad timing! UK Prime Minister David Cameron is paying a long-scheduled visit to Washington DC, and protocol for such a visit requires a joint press conference.  Barack Obama will have to face the press just as two scandals are erupting, one