HotAir Daily Express 05/23/2013


What did Ruemmler know, and when did she know it?
5/23/2013 10:01:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two weeks ago, no one had heard of the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. A week ago, no one in the White House knew anything about it.  My, how things change when the pressure is on.  After finally admitting that White House

Insurers pressured by Sebelius to fund WH-related Enroll America
5/23/2013 9:21:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
At any other time in Barack Obama’s time as President, this might have qualified as a top priority for a Congressional probe.  As it is, Kathleen Sebelius’ attempt to pressure insurers to fund a White House-linked organization as a means to

Pickering, Issa reach agreement on testimony
5/23/2013 8:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
Since the appearance of three State Department whistleblowers, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa and former Ambassador Thomas Pickering have engaged in a public war of words over the investigation into Benghazi.  Issa wanted Pickering and Admiral Mike

IRS audited 69% of filers claiming adoption tax credit
5/23/2013 8:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Mary Katharine linked this yesterday in her post on Rep. Stephen Lynch’s unmistakable anger over the corruption at the IRS, but it’s worth a long look on its own, too.  National Review’s David French, an adoptive father himself (as am


Did Obama Break His Oath of Office?
President Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases which will further slow the economy, damage the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work. 
Should he now face impeachment? Click here to vote.

Quotes of the day
5/22/2013 10:41:39 PM  Allahpundit
Like most journalists, I find it disturbing that the Justice Department went fishing for sources in the phone records of the Associated Press without giving the news organization a chance to take the matter to a judge. We can now add to that the

It’s come to this: Venezuela approves funds to relieve the toilet-paper shortage
5/22/2013 10:01:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
After longtime Chavismo-strongman Hugo Chavez’s death earlier this year, his lieutenant Nicolas Maduro “won” the snap election for a replacement president — except that the opposition party headed by challenger Henry Capriles

Video: Dem Congressman rips IRS for abuses, threatens bringing in special prosecutor
5/22/2013 9:21:01 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts came down on the IRS’ witnesses admirably today, knocking them for abuses of freedom of speech and breaches of trust by comparing them to those routinely employed in Communist, repressive regimes. In his

Sebelius touts ObamaCare as a boon to graduates instead of the war on the young it actually is
5/22/2013 8:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
I know that this isn’t a new line for them or anything, but their continued insistence on deceiving the (largely unemployed!) youth coalition with promises of free stuff is just as morally- and fiscally-bankrupting as it ever was. From HHS’s

Rothenberg: Forecast for Senate seats changing because of White House scandals
5/22/2013 8:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
Interesting, simply because it cuts against so much conventional wisdom. Many, if not quite all, recent polls suggest that O’s approval rating is hanging tough despite the scandal bombardment, probably because economic optimism is acting as

MSNBC contributor wonders: Why didn’t Romney make a bigger deal about the IRS scandal last year?
5/22/2013 7:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, there are only two possibilities here. One: Such is the denial and obfuscation at MSNBC over Scandalmania that Republicans are now being blamed for not building a time machine and exposing Obama’s scandals before anyone (except the

Gosnell attorney: Maybe a 16-week deadline for abortion and more regulation would be better
5/22/2013 6:41:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m not going to comment too much on this except to say it seems… important and unexpected. Kermit Gosnell’s attorney, Jack McMahon, spends 8:30 minutes defending Gosnell, proving himself to be one of the few still willing to align

Holder reveals: U.S. has killed four American citizens in drone strikes
5/22/2013 6:01:41 PM  Allahpundit
You can read the PDF of his letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee disclosing the number here. If you’re having trouble grasping the magnitude of it, let Greg Pollowitz help you: #fact Obama has killed more US citizens than foreigners

Cruz: No, “I don’t trust the Republicans” with the debt ceiling
5/22/2013 5:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
While Scandalmania continues to swirl, Congress still has the regular hum-drum business of governing to get done — and with little-to-no fanfare over the weekend, we bumped up against our debt ceiling and officially entered into the

Issa: Lerner waived her rights by giving an opening statement, so we’re bringing her back before the committee
5/22/2013 4:41:47 PM  Allahpundit
You already know the background on this from Ed’s post this morning. Lerner began her testimony by reading a self-serving statement, then declared that she’d answer no questions. Trey Gowdy objected, insisting that once you start yapping in

Chris Christie’s challenger is going for it with a million-dollar ad buy in New Jersey
5/22/2013 4:01:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, if we could categorize this year’s New Jersey gubernatorial as a ‘competitive’ race at the moment, I’d say this is would probably be a pretty effective move in terms of increasing her visibility and bringin’ it to

Video: IRS chain of command undermines the “low level employees” defense
5/22/2013 3:21:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
In one sense, this can’t surprise anyone who’s ever dealt with entrenched bureaucracies, which are hardly known for their innovation. No one really believes for a moment that a few rogue agents just decided to band together to start

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
5/22/2013 2:53:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss Scandal-palooza, the terrorist attack in London, and much more. Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show

Chuck Todd: The Obama administration is trying to “criminalize journalism”
5/22/2013 2:41:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
There are plenty of voices from both the right and the left chiming in with nothing short of dismay concerning the Obama administration’s increasingly apparent willingness to use their muscle to try and intimidate and/or punish any supposed threats

Terror: British soldier reportedly beheaded by two men in attack on London street; Update: Video added
5/22/2013 2:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
A random attack by lunatics? Not quite: The prime minister’s called a meeting of his emergency response team in the aftermath. The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.” Sky sources understand that senior police

House Oversight e-mails: IRS IG report was originally supposed to be released … last September?
5/22/2013 1:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
See for yourself. Issa’s committee was told last year that the report would be ready in September, two months before the election. Eight months later, the bomb finally dropped. Why? Did the IG initially underestimate the volume of malfeasance and

Video: Lerner takes the Fifth — or did she?
5/22/2013 12:41:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via Andrew Johnson at NRO, Lois Lerner’s decision to take the Fifth came as no surprise. What did come as a surprise was that Lerner actually started off by, er, testifying on her own behalf. Surprisingly, Lerner accepted Darrell Issa’s

NYT: Say, this attack on Fox News is certainly concerning
5/22/2013 12:01:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
No kidding!  The New York Times belatedly wades into the Obama administration’s attack on James Rosen and Fox News as unindicted co-conspirator in an espionage case.  To their credit, they don’t go very far in excusing the White House and

Kabuki: Dems yank phony amendment on gay spouses at last minute to help push Gang of Eight bill through committee
5/22/2013 11:21:31 AM  Allahpundit
Can there really be anyone who didn’t instantly recognize this as the cheap negotiating tactic that it is? To refresh your memory, Democrats have been threatening for the past month to add an amendment to the Gang of Eight bill that would extend

Is Kathryn Ruemmler the next one under the bus?
5/22/2013 10:41:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Until a few weeks ago, only the most die-hard political geeks would have known the name Kathryn Ruemmler or her position as White House counsel.  These days, she’s becoming more and more famous, and that might be by design.  The Washington Post