HotAir Daily Express 05/31/2013


Video: FBI opens probe in shooting unarmed man connected to Boston bombing investigation
5/31/2013 10:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
The curious death of a man linked to Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has become even stranger. Ibragim Todashev first came to light when he was shot to death after reportedly attacked FBI agents looking into Tsarnaev’s potential connection

Protesters explain: Kochs must not buy LA Times because … tolerance
5/31/2013 9:21:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yes, this is like shooting fish in a rain barrel, as Reason TV discovered when it began asking protesters in Los Angeles why the Koch brothers shouldn’t be allowed to buy the Los Angeles Times. Zach Weissmueller finds that either the protesters

McClatchy: IRS targeting of conservatives may go beyond tax-exempt applications
5/31/2013 8:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Could the situation at the IRS get any worse?  McClatchy joins CBS News in postulating that the scandal may well expand to more than just applications for tax-exempt status. Both news agencies are starting to take complaints about predatory and punitive

Eric Holder’s super-secret message to media organizations: Trust me!
5/31/2013 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Eric Holder finally held his off-the-record meeting yesterday with representatives from a small number of media organizations about how to provide, er, more transparency and greater ability for journalists to hold government accountable.  The ironies


Quotes of the day
5/30/2013 9:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for his role in the James Rosen case. He signed off on a search warrant to Rosen, a Fox News Reporter. This warrant treated Rosen as a common criminal. It sets a terrible precedent. Holder should resign to

WaPo: Do the right thing. Export more natural gas.
5/30/2013 8:41:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Because of our large, over-involved, and market-distorting federal bureaucracy that proclaims to posses the all-knowing wisdom necessary for determining the selective cases in which free trade is or is not of net benefit for the American people —

Veteran’s assault rifle confiscated — for firing a warning shot at an intruder wanted for felonies
5/30/2013 8:01:57 PM  Allahpundit
Via, red, red meat on a slow, slow news day. The dispute here in a nutshell: If a man’s in your backyard and attempting to leave after you warned him to scram, can you fire a warning shot at him anyway? Thompson, the vet, claims that

Ted Cruz: Eric Holder needs to resign for the DOJ’s “willingness to disregard the law”
5/30/2013 7:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just a little real talk from the junior senator from Texas to round out your day, especially after that truly impressive display of lavish and metaphorical (?) praise heaped upon Attorney General Eric Holder by MSNBC that Allahpundit already highlighted.

Video: Louisiana Democratic Party chair blows the lid off the secret reason people oppose ObamaCare
5/30/2013 6:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Chicks on the Right, two possibilities for why the GOP’s grown chilly to national health care programs over time. One: Republican pols used to support a bigger role for government here, replete with variations of an individual mandate, but as

Good news from MSNBC: Eric Holder is “the Moses of our time”
5/30/2013 6:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
I know it sounds crazy, but understand that he’s speaking metaphorically. All he means is that Holder is “the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak,” which … is also crazy. He goes on to say that “the

House GOP bill: How about we get this offshore-drilling show on the road?
5/30/2013 5:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
After the BP oil spill in 2010, the Obama administration backed way off of their stated plans to allow for a good bit of offshore drilling in certain mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions, and last summer they released a five-year drilling plan that was

Chris Hayes: There must be DOJ search warrants aimed at journalists who reported pro-Obama leaks too, right?
5/30/2013 4:41:46 PM  Allahpundit
You think? You think the reason there’s been conspicuously little news about the DOJ investigating the NYT for revealing Obama’s glorious Stuxnet success (which might not have been so glorious in hindsight) or for reminding voters a few

U.S. officials: Obama’s new “restrained” drone policy doesn’t apply to Pakistan when there are U.S. troops next door
5/30/2013 4:01:18 PM  Allahpundit
A sensible exception, but making a big announcement about limiting drone strikes and then carving out an exception for Pakistan is like going on a strict diet but making an exception for any food that’s “really tasty.” Most drone

State Dept spokesperson: Meh, we haven’t really decided if we’re going to comply with that Benghazi subpoena
5/30/2013 3:21:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa decided that Congress had had just about enough of the Obama administration’s persnickety back-and-forth on the ongoing investigation into last year’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
5/30/2013 2:51:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

McCain says we can identify the good guys in Syria — after he unwittingly meets with kidnappers
5/30/2013 2:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
You don’t really need more than that headline, do you? As a metaphor for U.S. interventionism in Syria, it’s hard to do better than this: Senator John McCain’s office is pushing back against reports that while visiting Syria this week he

Howard Dean: My, those National Review folks sure are crazies, huh?
5/30/2013 2:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Howard Dean manages to pack more crazy into three minutes than most of the MSNBC lineup can do in an hour … at least on its better days.  On Morning Joe today, the former leader of the Democratic Party explained that Rich Lowry’s criticism of

“If you like it, you can keep it”: ObamaCare set to trigger insurance policy cancellations
5/30/2013 1:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
After I graduated college and before I landed my first real-deal job that included insurance benefits, I took out my own independent health insurance plan that covered all of the bases a young and healthy person like myself might need. It cost me about

CBS: The strange case of True the Vote vs the IRS and … lots of other bureaucrats
5/30/2013 12:41:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
Ten days ago, National Review reported on the strange coincidence experienced by Catharine Engelbrecht when she formed True the Vote to press for voter-ID reform and applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status.  Not only did the IRS delay the application

Krauthammer: Holder’s Rosen ruse “damning”
5/30/2013 12:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
Charles Krauthammer played devil’s advocate on Fox News’ Special Report last night, using the latest defense of Eric Holder from Department of Justice apologists that Holder never really intended to prosecute James Rosen and so didn’t

Fox News agrees to Holder’s demand for off-the-record meetings on leaks — or does it? Update: ABC to attend; Update: Fox says no
5/30/2013 11:21:05 AM  Allahpundit
Business Insider published something this morning claiming that Fox would attend — I’ve reproduced the key bit from their post below — but as I’m writing this they’ve changed it to say that the network’s undecided,

Obama approval underwater in new Q-poll
5/30/2013 10:41:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s difficult to recall a scandal handled as badly as the exposure of IRS targeting conservative groups — unless it’s the scandal of Department of Justice snooping on reporters and having an Attorney General lie to Congress about his