Mr. Tinkle Up My Leg Chris Matthews: “The liberals, the progressives, the reasonable people…”
Matthews & Sharpton: Obama’s Scandals Prove “Racism” and “White Supremacy” in GOP.
Well, you knew they’d get around to it eventually… 🙂
The White House on Wednesday released 94 pages of emails between top administration and intelligence officials who helped shape the talking points about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that the CIA would provide to policymakers in both the legislative and executive branches.
The documents, first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD in articles here and here, directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department.
The emails provide further detail about the rewriting of the talking points during a 24-hour period from midday September 14 to midday September 15. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD previously reported, a briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shows that the big changes came in three waves – internally at the CIA, after email feedback from top administration officials, and during or after a meeting of high-ranking intelligence and national security officials the following morning.
The Internal Revenue Service has identified two “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for “overly aggressive” handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status, a congressional source told CNN. In a meeting on Capitol Hill, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller described the employees as being “off the reservation,” according to the source. It was not clear precisely what the alleged behavior involved. Miller said the staffers have already been disciplined, according to another source familiar with Miller’s discussions with congressional investigators.
Hey, it was essentially just two guys, and they’ve been “disciplined,” so can’t we all just move on? (Townhall)
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Confused and Frustrated yet? 🙂
Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell The Cable that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon — a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more influential than secretary of state, a job for which she withdrew her candidacy last fall amid severe political pressure.
“It’s definitely happening,” a source who recently spoke with Rice told The Cable. “She is sure she is coming and so too her husband and closest friends.”
“Now, if we’re being honest with ourselves, as you’ve studied and worked and served to become good citizens, the fact is that all too often the institutions that give structure to our society have, at times, betrayed your trust.”
“I think it’s fair to say our democracy isn’t working as well as we know it can. It could do better….Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works.”
Well, in recent days this suggested line of thinking has turned around and bit Obama on his own South Side. Let’s recap:
We have the lethal Benghazi scandal when Obama’s administration was totally unprepared for 9/11 attacks, the president went missing all night, no rescue was even attempted, Obama and pack repeatedly blamed an obscure anti-Islam video for two weeks despite knowing it was terrorism from minute one, they demoted career diplomats who asked questions. And have strung out congressional inquiries in hopes of fading interest in the smoldering scandal.
We have the IRS apologizing on a Friday, hoping to defuse a Tuesday investigative report into its attempted intimidation and successful harassment of a wide variety of conservative groups for years. Just a few over-eager, low-level number crunchers, you understand. Except, wait. Gee, it actually involved supervisors and execs lying to Congress.
That’s all against the law, of course. But the agency apologized. So, will the IRS now accept taxpayer apologies in lieu of back taxes?
Obama rushed to point out the IRS is an independent agency, which it isn’t. He called the tactics outrageous “if” the reports were true, which the Treasury agency had already admitted.
Then, Tuesday came word the FBI, in an alleged attempt to track down an old news leak, had secretly obtained telephone records for more than 100 media members. What’s wrong with that anyway? The Russian government does it all the time.
For someone who acts as if he knows everything, Harvard grad Obama certainly has admitted ignorance an awful lot in recent days.
He didn’t know there were any Benghazi scandal whistle-blowers being intimidated at the State Department. He didn’t know the IRS was harassing and intimidating opponents exactly as his local machine does back home in Chicago. And now given revelations of FBI snooping on more than 100 members of Obama’s media pack, his press pals may turn on him, for a while.
A commander-in-chief can only admit ignorance once or twice before people ask what is he in command of anyway, besides his golf score and fundraiser schedule?
Tuesday Obama finally called the IRS report “intolerable and inexcusable.” And claimed to have ordered Treasury Secy. Jack Lew to bring any perps to justice, as he routinely does after every episode of bad news. To no particular end. Recall his promise to whack the murderers of those four Americans in Benghazi last fall, killers still wandering and plotting freely.
Meanwhile, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder ordered the FBI, which is probing news media phone calls, to investigate the IRS situation too. Holder, you’ll recall, is the fellow who squashed that old Black Panther voter intimidation probe and feigned ignorance of his own department’s deadly ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running operation into Mexico.
Then, to not prove his innocence, Holder had Obama claim executive privilege to avoid turning over operational documents to congressional investigators.
This is a favored tactic of Obama. Remember in 2008 when published reports suggested Obama transition team members had worked with Obama pal and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on filling Obama’s vacant Senate seat? Blago is now in federal prison for attempting to sell that selection.
But an Obama team probe of the Obama team found no Obama team impropriety.What a relief that was, eh? Similarly, the Obama State Department probe of the Benghazi screw-up found some systemic problems but no one person to blame. Another relief all around.
We haven’t really had any probes of the billions in taxpayer dollars squandered on now-bankrupt green energy companies, many with connections to Obama’s top fundraisers. Probably coincidence. Chances are that investigation would end up like the FBI’s IRS probe will, with profound suggestions for bureaucratic tweaks. And that’s it.
Don’t forget the IRS is the agency expanding by 16,000 new agents to enforce ObamaCare’s thousands of new regulations. And they will prosecute a certain percentage of violators to be determined at the discretion of those IRS agents.
Now what, given the unfolding tawdry record of this Windy City gang, could possibly go wrong there? (IBD)