HotAir Daily Express 06/06/2013


Liberal groups: We weren’t targeted for extra scrutiny
6/6/2013 10:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
When presented with an opportunity to present their own witnesses at House hearings on the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Democrats declined — and now we know why.  According to McClatchy, no liberal groups felt targeted or harassed

Gallup: Unemployment, workforce participation worsen in May
6/6/2013 9:21:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two more data points are out this morning on job creation before tomorrow’s official BLS report for May.  Weekly jobless claims fell slightly to 346,000 last week, a decrease of 11,000 from an adjustment to last week’s figures after the

IRS employees point fingers at Washington
6/6/2013 8:41:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
So far, all of the higher-level officials at the IRS have all claimed that the targeting of conservative groups evolved organically from a few low-level employees facing an overwhelming rush of new tax-exempt applications in early 2010.  Data has now

WH on NSA snooping: You can totally trust us
6/6/2013 8:01:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The White House admitted this morning that the Guardian story last night was accurate — the NSA has been collecting metadata on Verizon’s phone calls for the last couple of months.  Thanks to a secret court order, the phone records and


Quotes of the day
6/5/2013 10:41:17 PM  Allahpundit
A federal court judge has granted a temporary order that will allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is dying from cystic fibrosis and desperately needs new lungs, to join an adult organ transplant list… In a statement issued late Wednesday

Wow: Turkish game show host defies government censorship by making every answer protest-related
6/5/2013 10:01:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In which the Turkish Guy Smiley shows CNN how it’s done: Perhaps one of the most striking attempts to pierce and criticize the veil of censorship on Turkish media came from a Quiz show host whose “Guess the Word” program airs. As citizens of Turkey

Report: NSA collecting daily phone logs of millions of American Verizon customers
6/5/2013 9:21:22 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It’s beginning to look like the Obama administration is not at all interested in targeting domestic surveillance in any way that might attempt to mitigate its violations of privacy or increase its odds of actually finding people doing something

Forest Service chief to Congress: Climate change is responsible for these wildfires, you know
6/5/2013 8:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, good grief. At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service chief Thomas Tidwell informed Congress that the budget cuts being handed down via the sequester are coming at an especially opportune time

Eric Holder: “Things have gotten a little out of whack”
6/5/2013 8:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
And the award for Understatement of the Year, goes to… Via NBC: “I’m a little concerned that things have gotten a little out of whack … I think we can do a better job than we have. We can reform those regulations, reform those

The IMF on their Greek bailout: We’ve made a huge mistake
6/5/2013 7:21:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
More bad news: Germany’s economy, responsible for almost a third of the eurozone’s collective output, has been one of the few relative — and I do mean relative — bright spots in the black hole of contraction that has been the

Gallup: America’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more Chris Christie
6/5/2013 6:43:25 PM  Allahpundit
He doesn’t need a campaign platform for the primaries in 2016. All he needs, really, is this with a single word in 120-point font underneath: “ELECTABILITY.” NBC/WSJ took his temperature in their new poll too and found similar parity

Martin Bashir: When Republicans say “IRS,” they’re really dropping the N-bomb on Obama
6/5/2013 6:03:10 PM  Allahpundit
People were tweeting about this as it happened and I ignored it because I thought they were exaggerating. See for yourself. You can thank Charles Cooke for the video. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m saying it — MSNBC’s really

Rubio: I can’t vote for this immigration bill if we don’t do more on border security
6/5/2013 5:21:08 PM  Allahpundit
The Weekly Standard has a transcript of the key exchange from last night’s Hugh Hewitt Show. Quote: Rubio: …hat we’ve heard is people don’t want to just turn it over to the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a plan. They want

Cuomo trying to boost upstate New York’s economy with sweet new “tax-free zones”
6/5/2013 4:41:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Liberals’ highly selective attention in choosing when to recognize that lower taxes and fewer regulatory barriers to entry do, in fact, help to spur economic growth and create jobs, never ceases to amaze. The state of New York is a hot mess of

Good news from MSNBC: Susan Rice is “one of the most brilliant minds alive”
6/5/2013 4:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
Obviously. She saw right through the stupidity of trying to blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video, didn’t she? Also, a simpler mind might have been troubled by what Rwandan president Paul Kagame has been doing in Congo over the past 10

Jim McDermott to Megyn Kelly: How can we be sure these IRS tea-party victims are telling the truth?
6/5/2013 3:21:43 PM  Allahpundit
A follow-up to yesterday’s victim-blaming. Kelly, who was as angry as anyone at his “you don’t need to apply for tax exemption” shpiel, brought him on today to clarify. His clarification: He said repeatedly during the hearing that

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
6/5/2013 2:46:55 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 the promotions of Susan Rice and Samantha Power, the fight over ObamaCare premiums, and much more.

ADP report shows job creation still stalled
6/5/2013 2:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
The first of a few signals leading up to Friday’s official jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the four-year stagnation continues.  ADP and Moody’s Analytics calculates the overall growth of private-sector jobs, and

Lindsey Graham wonders: Should bloggers have full First Amendment protections?
6/5/2013 2:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
Via National Journal. He’s talking specifically about constitutional protections for revealing national-security information, not for garden-variety commentary, in case that makes you feel better. Why he’d draw a distinction even on those

Paul: To me, Obama is “losing that moral authority” to lead the nation
6/5/2013 1:21:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday, the Associated Press revealed that certain high-level Obama administration officials have been using secret e-mail accounts through which they conduct some of their official business, à la former EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s mysterious alias

Audio: First Lady tells heckler that one of them is leaving the fundraiser
6/5/2013 12:31:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Lots of politicos get heckled, from grassroots activists to the President of the United States, and all of these incidents have one thing in common: the cluelessness of the hecklers.  Generally speaking, the higher the profile of the speaker, the gentler

Breaking: Building collapse in Philadelphia, live video
6/5/2013 11:41:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
A building in Philadelphia’s City Center has collapsed, trapping a number of people in the rubble. Emergency workers are swarming through the wreckage trying to find survivors, while one reporter nearby reports nearby demolition work may have

Wait, the IRS can’t find its receipts for a conference on which it spent $4 million?
6/5/2013 11:21:53 AM  Allahpundit
GSA also blew a chunk of taxpayer money on a big conference/party, you’ll remember, but the $800,000 they spent is a drop in the bucket compared to the $4 million wasted by the IRS on its gala in Anaheim three years ago. And that $4 million is a

Did Panetta leak classified info to Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers?
6/5/2013 10:42:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
According to Politico, that’s the conclusion of an Inspector General report.  The information on the raid was classified as Secret and Top Secret, and its dissemination to the filmmakers has been a controversial point ever since the film was