HotAir Daily Express 05/15/2013


Video: Jon Stewart notably unimpressed with Obama’s executive ability
5/15/2013 10:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Has the narrative begun to turn on Barack Obama? Jon Stewart reacted last night to the string of scandals buffeting the White House over the past week, and the incredibly weak response they have generated. Both Barack Obama and Jay Carney have insisted

Did the White House selectively leak e-mail to distort Benghazi timeline story? Update: Axelrod: Release all the Libya e-mails
5/15/2013 9:21:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
In order to understand just how badly the White House may have fumbled this ball, let’s go back to last week.  Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard reported from Congressional sources on a White House-State Department e-mail string that made clear

Selective “incompetence” in IRS scandal
5/15/2013 8:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
After the report from the Inspector General dropped yesterday in the IRS scandal, some media outlets seized on the analysis within it that incompetence and poor training led agents to target conservative groups for excessive scrutiny and harassment.  If

Holder: “I’m not sure” how many times I’ve approved seizing reporter phone records
5/15/2013 8:01:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Jay Carney held a news briefing in which he repeatedly claimed that the White House really has no idea what happens in executive branch agencies, which certainly stoked all sorts of confidence in Barack Obama’s executive abilities.  At


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Quotes of the day
5/14/2013 10:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
“For fear of stating the obvious,” Kuhnhenn began, “the White House right now is confronting a confluence of issues: Benghazi talking points, IRS reviews of political groups, Justice Department’s review of journalists’ phone records, and in every

Video: Jon Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal
5/14/2013 10:01:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In which the host of “The Daily Show” expresses pretty much my entire political philosophy after suddenly realizing, hey, maybe there’s something to this whole skepticism of the federal government thing. “This has, in one seismic

Sen. Boxer’s latest take on Benghazi: “Mirror, mirror, who cut the funding for diplomatic security”?
5/14/2013 9:21:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
On the Senate floor earlier today, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) took a moment to try her darndest to throw the still-unfolding Benghazi saga back in the oh-so-hyper-partisan Republicans’ faces: Now, there’s a lot of talk going on about,

Oh, lovely: Iran to preside over United Nations arms-control forum later this month
5/14/2013 8:41:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Every year, the oh-so-august body of international leaders at the United Nations put on a Conference on Disarmament — “established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community” —

No, the Obama admin still isn’t charging wind companies for killing eagles
5/14/2013 8:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
When it comes to enforcing the environmental laws concerning certain species of federally-protected birds, the Obama administration and their environmentalist allies have been impressively diligent in charging oil companies, coal plants, and power

More Carney: I’m sure people in the White House were aware tea-party groups were complaining about the IRS
5/14/2013 7:21:15 PM  Allahpundit
And no one there picked up the phone to find out from the IRS if it was true, even though Obama himself called the agency’s behavior “outrageous” yesterday, huh? The money line in the clip comes at 46 seconds in, when Carney talks about

Limbaugh: “I live rent-free” in President Obama’s head
5/14/2013 6:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the news of the several latest scandalous abuses of administrative authority was crashing wave-on-wave upon the White House on Monday afternoon, President Obama was otherwise occupied with wining and dining at big-money DNC fundraisers in New York

Report: IRS targeted more conservative groups than thought
5/14/2013 6:01:38 PM  Allahpundit
Lois Lerner’s now infamous conference-call remark about not being good at math came in the course of an exchange where she claimed that 300 or so groups had been singled out by the IRS for special scrutiny, a quarter of which had “tea

Gosnell spared death penalty after waiving appeal
5/14/2013 5:21:47 PM  Allahpundit
Was this a quid pro quo? I’m surprised that the court would allow a prosecutor to hold a death sentence over a defendant’s head to pressure him into giving up his right to appeal. Maybe it wasn’t: Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday

Former NAACP chair: It’s legit for the IRS to look at the tea party, “the Taliban wing of American politics”
5/14/2013 4:41:55 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, he concedes that the IRS’s behavior has been “heavy-handed” but I’m not sure why. Can the government’s hand ever really be too heavy when targeting a Taliban-esque movement that’s “admittedly

Carney unsure IRS did anything wrong, but positive White House, campaign had no involvement
5/14/2013 4:01:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You keep using that word “if.” I do not think it means what you think it means. The White House revealed an interesting new threshold today for determining whether a wrongdoing has occurred. In the case of the IRS scandal, an admission and

What does the scandal cascade teach us about trust in government power?
5/14/2013 3:21:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s step back a bit and take a longer view of the scandals erupting in Washington over the past week.  We have a hat trick of them emerging and growing, from the attempt to paper over the al-Qaeda connection to the Benghazi consulate attack, the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
5/14/2013 2:51:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the DoJ’s seizure of AP phone records, the IRS scandal, and all of the hot political

Walker, Jindal: IRS case needs a special prosecutor
5/14/2013 2:41:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
It may not be the only case, or even the most pressing case, in need of an independent investigation, but there’s little doubt the targeting of White House opponents by the IRS needs a lot more sunlight than the Obama administration has thus far

GOP probing Sebelius’s fundraising push: “Clear appearance of a conflict of interest”
5/14/2013 2:01:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Lest we forget amidst the several other scandals currently blowing up in the Obama administration’s face (it is rather difficult to keep up), last Friday we learned that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been hitting up

Breaking: Holder recuses himself from DOJ investigation of AP phone records; Update: Already recused?
5/14/2013 1:21:13 PM  Allahpundit
A formal presser is coming at 1:30 ET. It was supposed to start at 1 p.m. but was pushed back for unknown reasons. Hmmmm. Attorney General Eric Holder is recusing himself from the investigation into leaks made to The Associated Press, Fox News has

Issa: No way we’re going to let Obama administration investigate the IRS by itself
5/14/2013 12:41:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Barack Obama tried to get ahead of the IRS scandal by promising a full investigation into the policy of targeting the administration’s opponents for extra scrutiny and harassment when applying for tax-exempt status for their groups.

Report: EPA followed double standard for conservative groups too?
5/14/2013 12:01:52 PM  Allahpundit
Don’t worry. The media will be all over this two years from now, when the head of the EPA finally comes clean. Time to add one more to the scandal scorecard? FOIA is clear that public interest groups who, by trade, obtain and broadly disseminate

Video: These IRS and DOJ scandals are among the worst excesses I’ve seen, says … Andrea Mitchell
5/14/2013 11:21:57 AM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters, if you’ve got reporters now saying stuff like this on the air at Obama TV, you’ve got something. I’m pleasantly surprised that she named two different scandals as big deals, as there seems to be a developing strategy

IRS also targeting Jewish groups for extra scrutiny?
5/14/2013 10:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Duane linked an earlier report on the travails of the pro-Israel lobbying group Z Street and the IRS in the Green Room, but now Politico has also picked it up as part of the expanding IRS scandal.  Unlike the Tea Party/conservative targeting where