HotAir Daily Express 05/16/2013


Holder on the way out?
5/16/2013 10:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Given that Eric Holder has served the longest on Barack Obama’s Cabinet, it’s not exactly unusual that rumors would arise in a second term that the Attorney General might head out to pasture sometime soon. In fact, even Eric Holder wondered

Schieffer: “Is anybody home?”
5/16/2013 9:21:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
“It’s very, very disturbing what we’re seeing here,” Bob Schieffer tells Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell on CBS This Morning, but he’s not talking about the scandals — at least not directly.  Instead, Schieffer

The amazing, shrinking Benghazi talking points
5/16/2013 8:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
The White House finally released the e-mail string that led to the creation of the talking points for the Benghazi terrorist attack that somehow completely missed the fact that it was a terrorist attack.  Did that succeed in having the Obama

Video: IRS scapegoats not exactly taking it lying down
5/16/2013 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, Barack Obama tried to take control of the narrative on one of the scandals that have rocked his administration by announcing that IRS Commissioner Steve Miller had resigned by request of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.  As it turns out, Miller


Quotes of the day
5/15/2013 10:41:54 PM  Allahpundit
More than 50 major media organizations on Tuesday sent a letter to the Department of Justice protesting the seizure of two months of The Associated Press’ phone records and calling for the department to “mitigate the damage it has caused.” In a letter to

The New Republic: Hey, didn’t Tea Parties kinda bring this on themselves by trying really hard to follow the law?
5/15/2013 10:11:08 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The IRS itself admitted wrongdoing, and President Obama declared today, “it should not matter what political stripe you’re from — the fact of the matter is, is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity.” But that doesn’t mean

Womp: Eurozone dragging into its sixth straight quarter of recession
5/15/2013 9:21:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
With no signs of recovery in sight for many of the eurozone’s member countries, the currency bloc’s collective economy has hit a new low with depression-esque conditions percolating across part of the region and Germany’s number-one

Chris Matthews: “White supremacy” is a pretty big part of all of this opposition to Obama
5/15/2013 8:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
Of course a day like today — replete with the incoming details of administrative scandals fraught with authoritative overreach and corruption — could, for this guy, only end with one possible explanation for all of the complaints about

Document dump: White House releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails
5/15/2013 8:01:08 PM  Allahpundit
Jake Tapper has all of them in PDF form. Click the link and let’s start crowdsourcing. This one’s the standout so far: “FBI says AQ (not AQIM) was involved and they are pursuing that theory.” AQIM is “Al Qaeda in the

By the way, the feds also pushed super-broad speech codes for campuses this week
5/15/2013 7:21:25 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Bad news, kids, you could already be a harasser, according to the new definition. Perhaps nowhere in the nation is speech more potentially dangerous than on a college campus. Reason TV offers a great explanation: Mona Charen gives some history on this

Holder to Issa: Your conduct as a member of Congress is really pretty shameful, you know
5/15/2013 6:41:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, this is rich. The guy who happens to be in contempt of Congress for unresolved questions and stonewalling over a deadly gunwalking scandal, and whose department is currently under investigation for tapping into a wide swath of AP journalists’

Open thread: Obama to address IRS scandal at 6 p.m. ET; Update: More than 75% of donations at Cincinnati IRS office went to Democrats; Update: Acting IRS commissioner resigns; Update: Was resigning anyway?
5/15/2013 5:47:00 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s all you need to know, really: Obama to deliver statement on IRS mess at 6pm ET, will feign outrage on behalf of conservative groups he’s demonized for 5 years. — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 15, 2013 While we wait,

Media Matters: We’re not defending letting the DOJ sift through reporters’ phone records, but Media Matters is
5/15/2013 5:21:12 PM  Allahpundit
I’m conflicted about calling them out on this, if only because some media types seem to be treating it as a betrayal of principle. Why? Carrying water for Democrats is the point of the organization. Of course they’d be apoplectic if a

Of course: Keystone pipeline decision probably won’t be ready until early 2014 or so
5/15/2013 4:41:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has repeatedly assured the public that they were just a hop, skip, and a jump away from making a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, seeing as how its gone through years of environmental impact reviews from various sources and

IRS commissioner: Hey, turns out it was mainly just two “rogue” employees who targeted tea partiers
5/15/2013 4:01:07 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, it took a few days but at last we have some fall guys. It’s ludicrous, of course, to think the problem was limited to two people — the IG report last night specifically blamed ineffective management and, as Guy Benson reminds

WaPo wonders: Could IRS scandal re-ignite the Tea Party?
5/15/2013 3:21:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, let’s give the first word on this subject to Politico’s editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker, who as Joe Wiesenthal pointed out on Twitter is one of the few to capture the irony of the IRS targeting of the Tea Party: Now, er …

The Ed Morrissey Show: Matt Lewis, Mary Katharine Ham
5/15/2013 2:53:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis joins us to discuss the emerging theme of President Passerby, and whether Tom Ridge was an enabler of Kermit Gosnell. Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the latest in

Holder: I can’t remember when I recused myself from the AP investigation, and I know I didn’t do it in writing
5/15/2013 2:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
Sounds legit. AG Holder says he did not inform WH he recused himself in @ap case, did not do so in writing and cannot say when he did so. — Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) May 15, 2013 Twitter is blowing up over this right now. Stand by for

Great news: Government salt intake guidelines useless, may even be dangerous
5/15/2013 2:01:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate headline: Nanny state hardest hit.  After years of government warnings that Americans must lower sodium levels in their diet to avoid heart disease and strokes, a new study commissioned by the CDC finds that the 1500-mg level long championed by

Rubio: These are the kinds of scandals you see in the third world
5/15/2013 1:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
During an interview on Fox on Tuesday night, Sen. Rubio some poignant thoughts about the wildly nefarious nature of the several scandalizing stories currently bleeding out of the Obama administration: Watch the latest video at I can

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?
5/15/2013 12:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, I flagged this in the last thread but it needs its own post. How desperate are O’s cronies that they’re now willing to dance on this rhetorical and ideological landmine in the name of protecting him? Conn Carroll flags this passage

Boehner: IRS scandal question is “who’s going to jail?”
5/15/2013 12:01:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
Tough talk or real action?  John Boehner held a press conference earlier today that emphasized the IRS scandal’s potentially criminal nature.  Rather than wondering whether heads should roll, Boehner said the real question is whether butts should

Today’s meme: Obama’s too passive and disinterested to have had a direct role in these scandals
5/15/2013 11:21:46 AM  Allahpundit
I had the same thought as Matt Lewis when reading through the news this morning. There’s too much smoke now from the IRS, DOJ/AP, and Benghazi scandals to pretend there’s no fire. If you’re sympathetic to O, it’s time to shift

NYT, WaPo, USA Today editorial boards blast Obama over seizure of AP phone records
5/15/2013 10:41:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
Politico reported earlier today that Washington DC has begun to turn against Barack Obama and his administration.  Thanks to Obama’s own arrogance, write Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, he has little good will inside the Beltway anyway, and that