HotAir Daily Express 05/22/2013


Video: Weiner polls second in mayoral race as campaign expands
5/22/2013 10:01:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, if Mark Sanford can find redemption at the polls after having an affair, why can’t Anthony Weiner after, er, exposing himself? Let the campaign of a thousand double entendres begin! Weiner inexplicably provides the first in his video, talking

Open thread, live video: Oversight hearing into IRS non-scandal featuring official taking the Fifth
5/22/2013 9:21:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
The House Oversight Committee will gavel itself into session at 9:30 am ET, according to C-SPAN, in order to take testimony on the IRS’ targeting of conservatives in its tax-exempt enforcement.  They won’t get much from Lois Lerner, formerly

Miller: On second thought, the Q&A dodge was my idea
5/22/2013 8:41:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
We didn’t get to this yesterday, but this moment from IRS Commissioner Steve Miller in his testimony — this time to a Senate committee — should be noted.  Recall that when Miller testified last Friday to the House Ways and Means

Breaking: FBI shoots, kills person of interest in Boston bombing after man attacks agent; Update: Linked to triple homicide?
5/22/2013 7:49:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hmmmm: One of two men allegedly being questioned in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Florida on Tuesday, sources told WESH-TV. According to NBC News, a special agent was interviewing the suspect


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Quotes of the day
5/21/2013 10:41:41 PM  Allahpundit
Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press… Carney pushed back at reporters frustrated with the

Report: Oversight on IRS targeting came from Washington all along
5/21/2013 10:01:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The idea that this targeting practice was isolated in some off-shoot Ohio office was preposterous from the beginning. Even if no other office were involved, Cincinnati is the central office for clearing tax-exempt applications and has been since the late

DOJ seized logs for five Fox News phones, possibly James Rosens’ parents’ house
5/21/2013 9:21:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, you know how it is. When a reporter misbehaves, an administration sometimes has to call his parents…or, just seize their phone logs. Bret Baier revealed Tuesday that, according to Department of Justice documents, one of the numbers listed in

Uber DC won one regulatory battle, but they still haven’t won the regulatory war
5/21/2013 8:41:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve already written about the up-and-coming taxi service company’s troubles with getting past the commissions and the regulations and the permits and all of the other hallmarks of entrenched special interests in New York City, but Uber

Ireland: Yes, we have sweet international tax incentives, sorry we’re not sorry
5/21/2013 8:01:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
In a Senate hearing earlier today, Rand Paul rightly went on the rhetorical rampage in defense of Apple and their completely rational and legal attempts to minimize the amount of money that they pay in taxes (if you haven’t listened to his epic

Report: DOJ seized multiple White House, Fox News records in Rosen ‘investigation’
5/21/2013 7:21:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department’s secretive and sketchy gathering of two months’ worth of Associated Press editors and journalists’ phone records is unfortunately a far cry from a the only

Pew: Plurality of Democrats support DOJ’s phone-records dragnet against the Associated Press while GOP, indies oppose
5/21/2013 6:41:57 PM  Allahpundit
Nothing surprising here, but after Democrats spent the entirety of Bush’s second term loudly despairing over civil liberties and freedom of the press being trod upon in the name of counterterrorism, polls like this will remain forever blogworthy.

Must see: The dog in the rubble
5/21/2013 6:01:30 PM  Allahpundit
I was going to Greenroom it, but after 24 hours of despair we all need this. The front page will make it reach a bit further to those who haven’t seen it yet. How does it feel to lose everything you had and then suddenly have everything you need?

Rand Paul: Why is Apple being hauled before Congress to explain its perfectly legal tax minimization scheme?
5/21/2013 5:21:44 PM  Allahpundit
Watching both clips will cost you 10 minutes, but they’re worth it. (Conn Carroll has a partial transcript in case you can’t spare the time.) The background is straightforward: Congressional investigators discovered that Apple’s been

Here we go: IRS official Lois Lerner to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing tomorrow
5/21/2013 4:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
Can’t do better than Popehat’s wry take: IRS Official to Reaffirm Importance of Constitutional Rights In Response To Congressional Inquiry… — Popehat (@Popehat) May 21, 2013 Hey, remember when Steve Miller

AP: U.S. officials have identified five Benghazi suspects — but won’t seize them because there’s not enough evidence to prosecute yet
5/21/2013 4:01:52 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Sphere. Am I reading this correctly? President Dronestrike, who’s been known to liquidate people from the air in places like Pakistan with no more evidence than that their movements show the “signature” of a terrorist, now

Carney: Asking about Sebelius fundraising for ObamaCare a lot like being a birther, or something
5/21/2013 3:21:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
You know, a White House that just got exposed for spying on journalists probably should be doing some bridge-rebuilding, especially for an administration who needs a friendly media as much as this one does.  What’s the worst possible way to get

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
5/21/2013 2:58:33 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 meltdowns at the White House briefing room, the Rosen “spy” case, and all of

Good news: Amnesty quarterback Chuck Schumer gives Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake a “pass” to oppose benefits for illegals
5/21/2013 2:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
A vignette from yesterday’s kabuki Judiciary Committee hearing, preserved for posterity by Byron York because he knows the potential for amnesty-defeating conservative outrage in watching Chuck Schumer pull Republicans’ strings on immigration

Progress? Journalists notice “shifting” White House account of IRS scandal
5/21/2013 2:01:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m not talking about conservative publications either, but outlets that normally would allow Barack Obama and his team the benefit of the doubt.  Bloomberg starts us off with a straight report on the changing explanations: Carney said Ruemmler was

Yet another union boss takes umbrage with ObamaCare
5/21/2013 1:21:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
The number of labor unions now calling for the repeal of or changes to ObamaCare is starting to stack up as they progressively realize that in many cases they cannot, in fact, keep their same health care plans, as much as they may indeed like them

Hume, Robinson, Powers agree: DoJ investigation of Rosen crosses a big line
5/21/2013 12:41:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
How often do we see Kirsten Powers, Eugene Robinson, and Brit Hume agree on a major issue?  Not often, but when the government violates the First Amendment and in particular on reporting, probably more often than not.  Let’s start with the least

Video: Ft. Hood shooter still drawing salary – $278,000 and counting
5/21/2013 12:01:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
There may be a good reason for this, but it’s still an outrage nonetheless, at least in terms of the disparate treatment of Nidal Hasan to his victims. Thanks to the lengthy delay in his court-martial, the Army can’t suspend Hasan’s

Chinese breach of Google in 2010 exposed counter-espionage data
5/21/2013 11:21:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
China has recently restarted its cyber warfare against the West and the US, which wasn’t terribly surprising on its face, considering the lack of consequences incurred from its previous cyber-campaigns. At nearly the same time, the success of their

Fast and Furious/Benghazi investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson: Something fishy’s been going on with my computers since early 2011
5/21/2013 10:41:01 AM  Allahpundit
Via the Chris Stigall Show and WPHT in Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, this wouldn’t have been worth posting; Attkisson herself, I suspect, wouldn’t have mentioned it publicly. Even if she’s right about something fishy going on, there are