HotAir Daily Express 05/17/2013


Woodward: Don’t dismiss Benghazi as a scandal
5/17/2013 10:01:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
We heard from one half of the Watergate-exposing journalistic duo this week on the AP scandal, and now the other half weighs in on the supposedly waning Benghazi debate.  The White House released 100 pages of e-mails that went around the administration

Open thread: IRS hearings open on Capitol Hill, with live embed
5/17/2013 9:16:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
The hearing was supposed to start at 9 ET in the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, but it got started a little late. First up — former acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who just got forcibly retired about a month early. CBS News has

Lanny Davis: Did WH counsel know IRS was targeting conservatives?
5/17/2013 8:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
If it’s true, it would be the first time anyone has linked the issue in any way to the White House.  Lanny Davis writes in The Hill today that he’s heard White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler knew for “several weeks” without

Russia sending anti-ship cruise missiles to Assad
5/17/2013 8:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, rumors began to swirl that Russia would sell Bashar al-Assad missile systems that would allow Syria to fight any NATO or US attempt to impose a no-fly zone.  Russia immediately denied it, which of course means that that’s exactly what


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Quotes of the day
5/16/2013 10:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Republicans must guard against the temptation to count on scandal to deliver election victories in 2014 and 2016. It is a lesson they should have learned in 1998.
 Republicans expected to make large gains in Congress that year but ended up losing five

Reports: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note found in boat points to mystifying motive we may never truly understand
5/16/2013 10:01:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
CBS’ John Miller broke the story this morning of a note written in pen on the inside of the boat where Tsarnaev lay wounded before he was captured by police: “Basically the note says that he does not mourn his brother Tamerlan, that Tamerlan was a

IRS official in charge during Tea Party targeting now runs agency’s Obamacare office
5/16/2013 9:21:01 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The second IRS guy who got the boot in this scandal? He’s been in his position for a week. Before that, it was Sarah Hall Ingram: The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea

Good news: John Edwards is returning to the speaking circuit
5/16/2013 8:41:11 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Let the rehabilitation begin! The former U.S. senator and 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee from North Carolina is scheduled to appear June 6 at a private retreat in Orlando, Fla., for lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP… Edwards has

Sharyl Attkisson on Benghazi: “The media’s not always consistent in the vigor that they use to pursue a given topic”
5/16/2013 8:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Brody File, here’s big-media’s most dogged Benghazi reporter confirming, as tactfully as she can, that she too thinks the press is in the tank. Lest you doubt her conclusion about a certain, shall we say, curious incuriosity among her

Pelosi: These Republicans are too consumed with “evasions” to worry about the real issue, which is … jobs
5/16/2013 7:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I don’t know what to say, guys. Actual quote: “This president — they make so much of these issues because this president is such a great president,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press briefing. “They will use talking points

CNN: US updates plan for “capture or kill” mission in Libya over Benghazi attack
5/16/2013 6:41:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
Ahem. Didn’t Barack Obama warn American news agencies that all your phone records are belong to us if they published leaks about US intel and military efforts?  Oh, wait — that apparently doesn’t apply to stories that make the White

ABC: Yes, it’s true, the acting IRS commissioner was preparing to leave in a few weeks anyway; Update: Second IRS official to step down; Update: Was promoted last week?
5/16/2013 6:01:21 PM  Allahpundit
We already knew last night that he was planning to leave, rendering O’s big IRS scalp-taking a joke, but what we didn’t know for sure was whether the White House was aware that Miller was inching towards the exit. Answer: Yep, they were. His

Obama to Marines: Hey, come here and hold an umbrella over me and Erdogan, will you?
5/16/2013 5:21:17 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, I’m sure this has been done before by other presidents, simply because the optics are sufficiently bad that Team O wouldn’t have tried it without precedent to cite in its defense. Free advice to future administrations, then:

Uh oh: Second appeals court invalidates Obama’s questionable “recess” appointments
5/16/2013 4:41:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Remember that time in 2012 when President Obama unilaterally declared the Senate in recess so he could make “recess” appointments? During the “recess,” he appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board and

Devin Nunes’s office clarifies: No, the DOJ didn’t wiretap the cloakroom in the House of Representatives
5/16/2013 4:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
Duane Patterson’s Greenroom transcript of Nunes’s chat with Hugh Hewitt was accurate, but Nunes’s claims were not. Which seemed likely at the time: If the GOP was sitting on a scoop about Eric Holder’s deputies bugging

WH: Golly, if we had a shield law, we wouldn’t have broken the other laws in AP records scandal, or something; Update: SPJ not buying it
5/16/2013 3:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
More than a few people have claimed that the lack of a press shield law allowed the Department of Justice to seize phone records by the bushelful from the Associated Press.  David Ignatius made that claim in his lament over the impotence of a federal

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Steven Crowder
5/16/2013 2:51:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Guy Benson brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. Bring an umbrella! The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic

Boustany: “A culture of rot going on at the IRS”
5/16/2013 2:41:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Jeff Zeleny asks good questions of Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), who will chair the hearings in the Oversight subcommittee of Ways and Means into the IRS scandal.  Not coincidentally, Boustany was the person who asked then-IRS Commissioner Douglas

WaPo: CIA asked AP not to expose Yemen terror plot bust until White House was ready to crow about it publicly
5/16/2013 2:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
The whole point of Holder’s presser on Tuesday, I thought, was to stress that the DOJ had to take extraordinary action in subpoenaing the AP’s phone records because the leak itself was so extraordinary. The clear impression was that the

Great news: US has misplaced two former Witness Protection Program participants “known or suspected as terrorists”; Update: Failed to update no-fly lists?
5/16/2013 1:21:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
The good news for the White House?  Thanks to the current scandals, this may not even get noticed.  Jake Tapper has the scoop from yet another IG bombshell: The U.S. Marshal Service has been “unable to locate” two former participants in the federal

Rubio: Obama “doesn’t have clean hands” in IRS scandal
5/16/2013 12:41:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
But – but – but – he fired a guy who was leaving next month anyway! Shouldn’t that count for something? Apparently not with Marco Rubio, who offered a few dot connections on Fox News this morning between the IRS and AP scandals

Ignatius: Big government “frighteningly impotent”
5/16/2013 12:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Really? Was the IRS impotent when it blocked hundreds of applications from conservative groups for tax-exempt status over three years while allowing applications from progressive groups to sail through? Was the Department of Justice impotent when it

Oops: IRS’s rationale for scrutinizing tea partiers debunked by nonprofit application data
5/16/2013 11:21:42 AM  Allahpundit
Good work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, although we could have guessed that this was the case. Here’s what Lois Lerner said in her initial statement last week copping to the agency’s malfeasance: “We get about 60,000 applications for tax

IRS to pro-life group: Send letter pledging not to protest Planned Parenthood to get your tax exemption
5/16/2013 10:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Inspector General of the Treasury reported this week that the IRS began applying extra scrutiny and conducting harassment of Obama administration opponents as early as March 2010. However, for at least two pro-life groups, that scrutiny appears to