HotAir Daily Express 05/24/2013


Did Eric Holder lie in Congressional testimony last week?
5/24/2013 10:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the question asked by Katie Pavlich and Jim Hoft after the revelation that Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved the application for a warrant on Fox News’ James Rosen as a potential co-conspirator in espionage.  Last week,

State Dept spokeswoman protecting “my building leadership” joins their ranks
5/24/2013 9:21:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, well, well.  This should make for an interesting confirmation hearing, no? The State Department spokeswoman who earlier this month found herself in the middle of the controversy surrounding key revisions to the Benghazi talking points appears to be

Video: Why has Cindy Thomas not been called to testify on IRS corruption?
5/24/2013 8:41:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Fox 19 continues its investigative reporting into the scandal at the IRS office, focusing on the local Cincinnati office and filling in more of its organizational chart. Once again, the focus falles on Cindy Thomas, the highest-ranking official at this

Video: Bridge collapse in Washington
5/24/2013 8:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s not easy to avoid a sense of deja vu on this story, but there is one key — and happy — difference between this story and six years ago in Minneapolis: no one got killed in the bridge collapse in Washington.  A truck collided with a


Is Obama's $72k-per-month personal windfall taxpayer-funded?

According to his most recent tax filings, U.S. President Barack Obama collects an average of more than $72,780 PER MONTH in personal income… that's NOT counting his presidential salary.

Where does all this money come from? Click here to see.

Quotes of the day
5/23/2013 10:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
For years, administration officials have used the power of the federal government to isolate their opponents. Meanwhile, the unionized employees who populate the IRS and other agencies across the country routinely take their cues from union bosses, whose

Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay members
5/23/2013 10:01:11 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A reversal of the ban on openly gay Scouts passed by 60 percent out of the National Council’s meeting, but the policy on gay adult leaders remains unchanged: The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to end its controversial policy banning gay kids

Chris Matthews: Ugh, Morning Joe is so “open to all people’s points of view”
5/23/2013 9:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Heh. On his own show this evening, Chris Matthews took umbrage with his early-morning colleagues on Morning Joe for what he sees as their apparently oh-so-irksome tendency to be “open to all people’s points of view on that show.” Yes,

EU officials now fretting over Europe’s conspicuously higher energy prices
5/23/2013 8:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
For quite some time now, Europeans and various EU member countries have done plenty of self-congratulatory applauding of their own green-energy efforts, proudly lauding their many expensive renewable subsidy programs and quotas and their flailing

Oversight looking to interview thirteen more State Dept officials plus ARB report authors on Benghazi
5/23/2013 8:01:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Holder signed off on warrant for James Rosen records
5/23/2013 7:21:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Shot: President Obama’s speech today: Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the law. That is why I have called on Congress to pass a media shield law to guard against government

Jeff Flake: Yes, it’s true, these Obama scandals have made it easier to pass amnesty
5/23/2013 6:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
He’s not saying this critically, mind you. He’s a member of the Gang of Eight. When Chuck Schumer refers to “our Republicans,” Flake’s one of the guys he means. He wants the bill to pass. Second look at letting O off the

Pelosi on Obama’s responsibility for IRS: Should Boehner have known of wrongdoing since the office was in Cincinnati?
5/23/2013 6:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, most Democratic hacks in seeking to limit Obama’s culpability for IRS-gate go no further than noting that Doug Shulman, the commissioner during the malfeasance, was a Bush appointee. (And a donor to the DNC, although you never hear that

Surprise: Lois Lerner placed on “administrative leave”; Update: Lerner refused to resign?
5/23/2013 5:21:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, this isn’t really a surprise. Josh Marshall and Ezra Klein both called for Lerner to go yesterday, a day after their little powwow at the White House. Maybe that’s a coincidence or maybe it’s something more, but either way

Ted Cruz to McCain: “There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than you think”
5/23/2013 4:41:55 PM  Allahpundit
Via Joel Gehrke, a scene from the intramural debate over the debt ceiling between Maverick and the Paul/Lee/Cruz tea-party coalition. If you read Erika’s post last night, you already know the background. The tea partiers are threatening to block

Breaking: Obama vigorously defends drone policy that most of the public already supports
5/23/2013 4:01:47 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s the transcript. I defy you to tell me what the point of the speech is. The reaction among conservative twitterati is nearly unanimous: The speech is a distraction, designed to knock Scandalmania off the front page. I disagree, just because

Bad news: NY governor not exactly thrilled about big Weiner comeback
5/23/2013 3:21:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Oh, the headlines I could have used for this post!  Unfortunately, Drudge already won the Internet for today:   No point trying to top this, especially when the news itself is remarkable enough.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who might want to

Terry McAuliffe suddenly all about the offshore drilling in Virginia
5/23/2013 2:41:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
The commonwealth of Virginia has a lot to gain from offshore oil and gas drilling, and way back when, the Obama administration was all set to allow Virginians access to their own natural resources — but then the BP oil spill happened, and the

House Judiciary Committee to Justice: Explain snooping on AP, please
5/23/2013 2:01:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Get ready for more televised committee hearings.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a list of pointed questions to Deputy Attorney General James Cole this morning as the committee starts to probe the seizure of phone

British troops told not to wear uniforms outside bases after yesterday’s attack in London
5/23/2013 1:21:14 PM  Allahpundit
Hard to imagine a more demoralizing order for a soldier than to tell him to take off the uniform and hide after an enemy’s attack. And the powers that be know it: They’re stressing that the order’s temporary in order to blunt public

WSJ: Say, who’s running the government?
5/23/2013 12:41:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the logical question to ask after an avalanche of official denials of knowledge and responsibility from the IRS, Department of Justice, and the White House.  ”I don’t know” seems to be the new mantra of executives at every

Boehner: “Inconceivable” that Obama didn’t know about IRS abuse
5/23/2013 12:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this morning I questioned the new spin out of the White House that Kathryn Ruemmler would have informed Barack Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough and a number of other senior staffers in Obama’s inner circle of the IRS abuse and

Alan Dershowitz: Issa’s right, Lerner waived her right against self-incrimination and should be required to answer questions
5/23/2013 11:21:26 AM  Allahpundit
Yesterday I gave you an expert’s skeptical take on whether she inadvertently waived her Fifth Amendment right. Today, via Newsmax, here’s another expert with the inevitable “au contraire” — and he’s not hedging his

Three major health insurers flee California’s ObamaCare exchange
5/23/2013 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember the claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” under ObamaCare?  That was never actually true, as many who had low-cost catastrophic coverage married with HSAs will have to abandon them for more-costly comprehensive