HotAir Daily Express 05/21/2013


New whistleblowers coming forward on Benghazi?
5/21/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
At the end of the Benghazi hearing in the House Oversight Committee almost two weeks ago,chair Darrell Issa welcomed anyone else with knowledge of what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack on the consulate to come forward and testify.

WaPo: Three Pinocchios for WH spin on Benghazi e-mails
5/21/2013 9:21:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s no surprise to Hot Air readers that the spin from the Left and the White House on the Benghazi e-mails collapses on even cursory scrutiny.  The spin, which was that the GOP had “doctored” the e-mails through “misquotes”

IRS targeting of conservatives deliberate, says majority in WaPo/ABC poll
5/21/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s not the top line from the Washington Post on its own poll, which focuses more on the President’s “steady” job approval rating.  As in the CNN poll, Barack Obama’s overall approval hasn’t changed much over the

OK tornado devastation: 51 dead, including 20 children; Update: Lower?
5/21/2013 8:01:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
The town of Moore has been all but demolished by a horrifically strong tornado that stayed on the ground for more than 40 minutes, chewing up buildings and spewing debris throughout the area.  The confirmed death toll is bad enough, but it’s


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Quotes of the day
5/20/2013 10:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
While denying involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors, the Obama administration appears to be pleading guilty to lesser crimes of bureaucratic incompetence. But that is an unsustainable position for a president who wants Americans to believe again

Awesome. Scammers faking disabilities to cut lines
5/20/2013 10:01:20 PM  Jazz Shaw
Let’s close out the evening with something a bit less storm related, both tornado and political. One item which is, I admit, completely trivial in comparison to the events of the day, but which struck a minor chord with me, comes to us from Yahoo

Obama’s Morehouse address: The good, the bad, and the pot
5/20/2013 9:21:13 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes I agree with the president. It happens even less often, but sometimes I agree with the president and his wife in one weekend. But President and Michelle Obama both delivered commencement speeches at

“Experienced Democrats” whispering that it might be time for Holder to go
5/20/2013 8:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
This was written, I believe, before the news broke this morning about the DOJ quasi-indicting James Rosen for the crime of practicing journalism. So if Dems in the know were whispering before, they’re downright murmuring now. If Holder goes, who

Obamacare supporter shocked that employers moving to bare bones coverage
5/20/2013 7:21:07 PM  Jazz Shaw
Over at National Review, Veronique de Rugy highlights a recent Wall Street Journal article which brings home yet again the law of unintended consequences. (Assuming that the consequences of Obamacare are “unintended” based on the Pelosi

New MSNBC theory: Maybe the IRS commissioner appointed by Bush targeted tea partiers because they’re a threat to the GOP
5/20/2013 6:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
Fun from MSNBC’s early afternoon “news” bloc of programming via Noah Rothman. The logic is ironclad and inexorable: Doug Shulman, appointed IRS commissioner by Bush in March 2008, was so fiercely loyal to his Beltway Republican masters

Videos: Tornadoes rip through Oklahoma, flattening schools, homes, businesses
5/20/2013 6:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
As Colby Hall wrote on Twitter, “I fear the story from a devestated Oklahoma City is going to be [too] big to fathom.” We’re going to see a lot of awful images, and living in the Midwest, there is nothing more frightening than watching

State Department employee: The administration has made me the scapegoat for Benghazi
5/20/2013 5:21:33 PM  Allahpundit
For the second time today (or third?), the word “Kafkaesque” seems appropriate. Subpoena this man. “I had no involvement to any degree with decisions on security and the funding of security at our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” [Raymond

Carney: No, seriously, Obama’s lawyer didn’t tell him that the IRS was targeting tea partiers when she found out; Update: Obama’s chief of staff was told?
5/20/2013 4:41:14 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Standard, the obligatory reply to this morning’s news. For argument’s sake, assume it’s all true — Obama knows zip zero zilch about malfeasance in his administration apart from what he learns by watching TV. A

Great news: Sequester not impacting federal bonuses; Update: GSA responds
5/20/2013 4:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
For months, we’ve heard practically nothing from the Obama administration except how awful the sequester will be for ordinary Americans.  Fortunately, it won’t be so awful for our dear leaders in the federal government — especially in

DOJ IG report rips former U.S. Attorney for leak designed to smear Fast and Furious whistleblower; Update: Two more Fox News reporters’ e-mails obtained by DOJ
5/20/2013 3:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
Remember Dennis Burke? Here’s a memory freshener from November 2011: Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August, admitted late Tuesday that he leaked a document aimed at smearing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough, Senator Mike Lee
5/20/2013 2:53:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about Scandalpalooza and try to keep up with all of the latest developments. In the second half,

Nonprofit tea-party chief: I’ve been hassled not just by the IRS but by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA
5/20/2013 2:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Scoop, a video companion to Jillian Kay Melchior’s must-read today at NRO about the Kafkaesque government gauntlet run by “True the Vote,” a nonprofit devoted to training people to be election monitors. Why might an org

Senate Finance Committee issues request for detailed information on IRS targeting scandal by May 31st
5/20/2013 2:01:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
The House has already begun its investigation of the IRS scandal, with Friday’s hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. The Senate Finance Committee will follow in short order, and it has already issued a “request” for detailed

Mia Love officially announces run for Congress in 2014
5/20/2013 1:21:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and conservative crowd favorite of 2012, made it official Saturday she’s looking for a rematch with Rep. Jim Matheson in 2014. A break-out star of the GOP Convention and the Tea Party circuit, Love lost to

Robert Gibbs: Maybe my former bosses should explain this AP scandal
5/20/2013 12:41:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via NRO’s Andrew Johnson, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs found himself back in an old position — having to answer for an administration that doesn’t provide a lot of answers.  On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough points out

CNN poll: 59% approve of GOP handling of Benghazi scandal
5/20/2013 12:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, voices in the media began warning Republicans about overreaching on scandal investigations involving the IRS and especially Benghazi.  Beware of the backlash! came the whispers among Republicans, and predictions of political damage came from

Who’s the mystery man at the IRS who issued the directive to focus on conservative groups?
5/20/2013 11:21:18 AM  Allahpundit
Ed’s “WaPo versus WaPo” post spotlighted a quote from an IRS employee claiming that there had to be a “directive” issued to the Determinations Unit to get them to focus on tea partiers. Was there? Actually, yes — and,

Video: Say, how about having only one pilot on commercial flights?
5/20/2013 10:41:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
The rapid expansion of drone technology has many applications — but not all of them particularly welcome, as privacy activists are discovering. Here’s another that might have even more concerned about the future of pilotless aviation.