HotAir Daily Express 06/05/2013


WSJ/NBC poll: Scandals raising doubts among majorities about Obama WH integrity
6/5/2013 10:01:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
At first, Democrats were quick to claim that the scandals erupting over the last month were just flashes in the pan.  When that proved to just be wish-casting, the meme changed to the dangers of Republican overreach.  According to a new poll from a

Plouffe: Hey, media, you should be investigating Issa instead of Obama
6/5/2013 9:21:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
How desperate has the White House become in trying to kneecap Congressional investigations into its operations?  Desperate enough to publicly harangue the media into writing about the investigators rather than the scandals themselves.  David Plouffe

Power to replace Rice at UN
6/5/2013 8:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
With Susan Rice moving from the UN to the West Wing, the game of musical chairs needed another player, and it didn’t take long for Barack Obama to pick another insider to fill Rice’s seat.  Longtime adviser Samantha Power will replace Rice,

Donilon out, Rice to be new National Security Adviser
6/5/2013 8:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Asssociated Press hears from a White House source this morning that Barack Obama has finally made a move on his national-security team that has been the worst-kept secret in Washington.  Tom Donilon, the national-security adviser for nearly three


Quotes of the day
6/4/2013 10:41:00 PM  Allahpundit
“There’s no political purpose. The political purpose is to give the people a voice,” Christie said in announcing his decision today. But there is political impact. New Jersey will elect a new senator Oct. 16 — a mere 20 days before the state’s

Federal worker busted in worker’s comp fraud by… “Price is Right” appearance
6/4/2013 10:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
>From my home state of North Carolina, a tale of malfeasance rooted out by the righteous whir of the big wheel: A former Fayetteville postal carrier who was receiving worker’s compensation payments after injuring herself on the job pleaded guilty to

Obamacare breaks promises in California, and supporters would prefer you not point it out
6/4/2013 9:21:12 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You may have heard tell of some good news about health care premiums out of California recently. Depends on what the meaning of good is. If good is better than “worst-case gloom-and-doom scenarios,” or premium hikes slightly smaller than

French Socialism at work: Curse that Amazon, “destroyer” of bookshops
6/4/2013 8:41:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this spring, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administrators referred to France and their current Socialist regime as “Europe’s biggest problem child,” criticizing their “highly regulated labour market and highly

Sebelius: I can’t suspend the lung-transplant rules for a dying 10-year-old
6/4/2013 8:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
Portrait of a bureaucratic nightmare: A little girl’s dying from cystic fibrosis and has three to five weeks to live unless she gets a lung transplant before then. The good news is that adult lungs can be modified for a child her age in a way

Video: The passive-aggressive news team
6/4/2013 7:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
We need a palate cleanser and it was either this, via 2Bucks Entertainment, or the report on the nine-year-old in Brooklyn who slammed a door on a robber’s arm, grabbed his gun, and fired at him to chase him out of his home. Which is, to be sure, a

Congress is getting closer to passing the $1 trillion farm bill, and it is a piece of work
6/4/2013 6:41:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
The current farm bill expires at the end of September, and both the House and Senate have been working on their own respective versions of a new package for the next decade. The Senate side is working for final passage on their bill before the end of the

GOP rep: If the left cares so much about tax exemption being abused, why is Obama’s OFA group seeking exemption?
6/4/2013 6:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
Via Liberty News, why Issa and company haven’t been hammering this point since the first hearing on the IRS scandal, I’ll never understand. One of the left’s most persistent defenses of the agency over the past month, long before the

Condi Rice on Syria: “The United States doesn’t have an option of no action”
6/4/2013 5:21:52 PM  Allahpundit
The good news for hawks: If there’s any one member of the Bush administration you want making your case for you on Syria, it’s probably Condi. The bad news for hawks: You really don’t want any members of the Bush administration making

Christie thwarts GOP again, sets special election for October instead of letting appointee serve until next year
6/4/2013 4:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
The term for Lautenberg’s vacant seat runs until November 2014. Christie had two options in how to fill it. Option one: Simply appoint someone to serve out the rest of the term and let voters elect a new senator on schedule next year. Assuming

Poll: Two-thirds of uninsured Americans don’t know if they’ll insure through ObamaCare
6/4/2013 4:01:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has been getting visibly frantic about their campaign to ‘inform’ the public about the ‘benefits’ of ObamaCare, i.e., convince Americans to sign up for the included insurance plans en masse — because

Video: NOM chair unloads on Democrats blaming victims for IRS intimidation
6/4/2013 3:21:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
If you were impressed with Paul Ryan’s retort to Jim McDermott today in the House hearing on the IRS scandal, get your seatbelts in place for John Eastman’s ferocious, angry rebuttal to two other Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee.

Witness: IRS warned us not to protest Planned Parenthood
6/4/2013 2:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
We covered this earlier in the course of the IRS scandal coverage, and we’ve also noted the IRS response to the outrage, which was that the man running the agency couldn’t be certain that demanding to know prayer activity from applicants was

Axelrod: Darrell Issa is taking the GOP “over the cliff” on these scandals, you know
6/4/2013 2:01:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
The meme o’ the week onto which much of the media is beginning to fiercely glom with faux indignation, wherein Republicans are getting oh-so-perilously close to “overreach” territory with their investigating and publicizing the latest

Assange: Media failure to defend me and Manning led to AP, Rosen abuses
6/4/2013 1:21:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange feels vindicated at the moment that his source, Bradley Manning, goes on trial for handing over hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive material.  The US government eschewed a plea bargain (and Manning’s guilty

Jim McDermott to tea-party groups: You brought this IRS scrutiny on yourselves by applying for tax exemption, you know
6/4/2013 12:41:15 PM  Allahpundit
If you’re going to step in the ring with your government, you should expect to get punched in the face. And by “step in the ring,” I of course mean “avail yourself of the same perfectly legal tax strategies that are routinely

Video: Tea Party activist describes IRS intimidation tactics
6/4/2013 12:01:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Meet Karen Kenney, the first in what will undoubtedly be a parade of victims of the intimidation tactics of the IRS aimed at conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.  Twitchy captures Kenney’s statement and the immediate Twitter reaction

Laura Ingraham to Rubio: Stop dividing the GOP with immigration reform
6/4/2013 11:21:59 AM  Allahpundit
She’s more cordial than the headline suggests, emphasizing that reform would be okay if Rubio and the Republicans were in charge of border security rather than Obama and Schumer et al. I’m … less confident about that than she is. Still,

Videos: Violence continues in Turkey, Erdogan’s government rattled
6/4/2013 10:41:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Not too long ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was riding high as the leader of Turkey. Lasting the longest of all Turkish rulers since the inception of the modern republic by Mustapha Kemal after World War I, the Islamist Prime Minister had managed to pursue