HotAir Daily Express 06/07/2013


Reuters: IRS officials in Washington knew of targeting in July 2010
6/7/2013 9:51:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
This is actually a follow-up to yesterday’s report on the pushback from “low-level employees” at the Cincinnati office of the IRS, but an important one.  Reuters took a look through the transcripts of an interview with agent Elizabeth

Did Clapper lie to Congress?
6/7/2013 9:11:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier, I noted that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, offered a hasty and oddly-phrased defense of PRISM, the massive data surveillance system exposed by the Washington Post yesterday evening.  Clapper claimed that FISA courts have

May jobs report: 175,000 jobs added, jobless rate up at 7.6%
6/7/2013 8:33:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Surprise!  As it turns out, all of the indicators this week took far too pessimistic a view of the American economy.  The May jobs report from the BLS doubled up on expectations, with a growth of 175,000 jobs while the unemployment rate remained

WSJ: Big Brother also collecting credit-card transactions
6/7/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
As if the surveillance state didn’t have enough to do, what with tracking every call in America and scanning every Internet transaction. The Wall Street Journal reported late last night that the NSA has been cataloguing credit card transactions as


EXPOSED: Mainstream Medicine’s Deadliest Conspiracy?
Can you believe this video? It’s a phenomenon. In fact, it was sent to more than 289,000 people in just 24 hours! For the first time, mainstream medicine’s deadliest conspiracy has been EXPOSED. Finally, this video is the ‘shot heard around the world’ the establishment prayed would never come. There are powerful interests hell-bent on minimizing the damage it is doing to corporate medicine’s profit machine. Before it’s banned, watch it here.

Quotes of the day
6/6/2013 10:41:32 PM  Allahpundit
Politically, the difficulty for Mr Obama is that even if the NSA is actually doing nothing different than it did for George W Bush, the American public – particularly on the liberal left – had believed that Mr Obama’s administration represented a

Finally: McDonald’s announces expanded breakfast hours
6/6/2013 10:01:22 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It’s been a rough day, with every hour bringing news of an innovative erosion of privacy or freedom that’s been going on unbeknownst to us for years. So, chew on this and feel like America still exists! McDonald’s is opening its eyes to

Miss World pageant nixes bikini competition in face of religious Muslim protest threat
6/6/2013 9:21:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Who’s ready for the world famous and highly anticipated one-piece, conservative beach sarong competition? I can imagine a scenario in which a Western contestant, keen on the kind of nose-thumbing at stuffy cultural norms that lifted the dreary

Interior chief: New drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific? Yeah, we’re not doing that
6/6/2013 8:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
And presto, there it is — the implicit veto threat I’ve been waiting for. The House Natural Resources Committee has been working on legislation that would force the Obama administration to rewrite some of the awfulness out of their 2012-2017

Video: Trey Gowdy gets emotional over IRS binging on conferences while others were being furloughed
6/6/2013 8:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, it’s not about the money. It’s about the arrogance of power involved in these people flushing millions in taxpayer dollars on fun in the sun in Anaheim and not even caring enough to keep receipts for it while the rest of the

Good news: Government’s recording your conversations on the bus too
6/6/2013 7:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
A timely video from Reason TV on the surveillance state’s newest venture: Cameras and microphones on city buses, just in case Al Qaeda decides to plan its next attack on municipal transportation within earshot of other passengers. Not every city

Breaking: FBI, NSA massively surveilling data from 9 Internet companies; Update: NBC News: Gov’t collecting data on “every call made in America”
6/6/2013 6:25:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, the Guardian reminded us that the NSA is still trolling our phone records for data mining.  Today, the Washington Post blows the cover on a massive surveillance program that until now only a few people had known about — until now.  And

Immigration reform collapsing in the House?
6/6/2013 6:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
‘Twas ObamaCare that killed the beast. Or at least momentarily stunned it. Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without

“The administration has now lost all credibility” on transparency and accountability, says … the New York Times
6/6/2013 5:21:09 PM  Allahpundit
If you’ve lost the New York Times editorial board, you’ve lost … a group that’s as far left as The Nation’s masthead, if we’re being honest. Not a huge deal. And he really hasn’t lost them. In nearly all other

Jarrett: Take it from me, Holder is going to stay in his position for “quite a while”
6/6/2013 4:41:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
‘Cause you Can’t. Touch. This. He is resilient, and I think one of the reasons why Eric Holder continues to have the president’s full confidence and respect is that Eric never loses sight of what he’s there for. He’s there

GOP intel chair: Phone-record collection helped the feds stop a terrorist attack in the last few years
6/6/2013 4:01:13 PM  Allahpundit
Does this mean Obama’s going to defend the NSA’s policy rather than give one of his “I’m righteously outraged by my own policies” speeches? Because I kind of enjoy when he does his Hamlet shtick for the O-bot peanut gallery

Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown
6/6/2013 3:21:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
Behold the single strangest interview ever given by a governor with at least a possibility of running for the presidency at some point.  Both the Boston Herald and Politico highlight the inebriation Deval Patrick indulged after the Tsarnaev brothers had

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
6/6/2013 2:56:16 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

Mark Kirk to Holder: Tell the truth, has the DOJ been harvesting Congress’s phone records too?
6/6/2013 2:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
Via Joel Gehrke, I won’t spoil the surprise of Holder’s answer. I’ll simply amend something that I said last night on Twitter: After this exchange, we may be only two or three more scandals away from this guy’s job being in

Christie appoints AG Chiesa as interim Senator
6/6/2013 2:01:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
Governor Chris Christie just completed a press conference announcing his choice to represent New Jersey in the US Senate until the October special election to fill the remaining year of the late Frank Lautenberg’s term.  Christie appointed Attorney

Get excited: The return of the Democrats’ “war on women” meme
6/6/2013 1:21:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
Not that anybody was really holding out hope the meme would dissipate of its own accord; no, no. It evidently worked just fine throughout 2012, and with their ObamaCare rollout panic-attack and the second-term debacles we’re already witnessing, the

IRS Spock: Yeah, that video was pretty embarrassing
6/6/2013 12:41:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
The House Oversight Committee shifted gears today on the IRS, focusing not on the targeting of conservatives for harassment but the spending of outrageous sums on conferences.  On the hot seat was the IRS version of Spock, IRS Deputy Commissioner Faris

WSJ/NBC poll: ObamaCare now more unpopular than ever
6/6/2013 12:01:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Quelle surprise.  This comes from the normally more sympathetic Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, too, as most other pollsters put opposition to ObamaCare in majority status for the last several years.  The WSJ/NBC poll almost gets there now despite the

Lindsey Graham: Hey, I’m “glad” the NSA is collecting Americans’ phone records
6/6/2013 11:21:19 AM  Allahpundit
Actual quote: “I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking

NBC: DoJ will “definitely” investigate NSA data-mining leak to Guardian
6/6/2013 10:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit may have been joking about this last night, but it’s no joke to the Obama administration, apparently.  NBC’s Pete Williams reported on Morning Joe earlier today that the Department of Justice will “definitely” open an