Obama Administration Scandals

GAO: Obama administration violated law in releasing Gitmo detainees to Qatar in Bergdahl deal

Featured image The Government Accounting Office has concluded that the Obama Defense Department violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act when it transferred five detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees. Section 8111 prohibits the Defense Department from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Gitmo unless the Secretary of Defense provides such notification. The GAO also »

When He’s Not Golfing, He’s Trampling the Constitution

Featured image Barack Obama’s fondness for the links might wind up preserving the Constitution. Obama asserts the right to rule by executive decree, a claim no American president has ever made. If he really means it, it puts him on a par with his friend Hugo Chavez. Obama’s justification is that the American people don’t expect him to sit around twiddling his thumbs if he can’t get his pet projects, like amnesty »

What If Watergate Happened Today?

Featured image In a brief clip from ABC’s This Week, filmed this morning, Sharyl Attkisson answers that question–humorously but accurately, I think. But only because we have a Democratic president. If the next president is a Republican, journalism will undergo a renaissance: »

Why Is Haiti Poor? [With comment by Paul]

Featured image I recently discovered, via a reader, an excellent web site called Manhattan Contrarian. There is lots of good stuff there, but consider this article: Why Is Haiti So Poor? The wealth of nations, or lack thereof, is a topic of longstanding interest. Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of Hispaniola, are something of a laboratory experiment, a bit like East and West Berlin. Manhattan Contrarian notes that »

Is Barack Obama Plotting a Coup?

Featured image That seems like an awfully strong word, but it is the term that distinguished law professor Glenn Reynolds, no hysteric, uses to describe the Obama administration’s oft-reported plan to issue executive amnesty to five or six million illegal immigrants in violation of federal law. Glenn’s characterization is a fair one. When a tyrant asserts the right to rule by decree in a state that has formerly been subject to the »

Obama Administration’s Highest Skill: Stonewalling

Featured image As of September 2011, it was estimated that around 300 Mexicans had been killed or wounded with guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels by the Obama administration in the Fast and Furious operation. That number has probably doubled, at least, since then. If so, it would not be far off from the 800 civilians–many of them in fact Hamas terrorists–who have been killed in the fighting in Gaza. It is »

The politics of crying “impeachment” [UPDATED]

Featured image The Democrats have been fundraising like crazy based on claims that President Obama is in danger of being impeached by House Republicans. Last night, John wondered whether it’s good idea to tell your party’s members repeatedly that the leader of their party is in danger of being impeached. The answer, I think, is that it is a good idea to the extent the message is heard only by party members. »

About those new Lois Lerner emails

Featured image It didn’t require nasty emails from Lois Lerner to establish that the IRS targeted conservative groups for harassment. The numerical disparity in the IRS’s treatment of conservative vs. liberal groups makes the case. 107 conservative groups were scrutinized. They were asked an average of 15 questions and approved at a rate of 46 percent. Only seven liberal groups were scrutinized. They were asked an average of less than five questions. »

House Republicans Vote to Take Obama to Court

Featured image Today, the House voted 225-201, nearly along party lines, to authorize litigation against President Obama. This is the long-awaited challenge to Obama’s usurpation of power via executive decree. The vote was on House Resolution 676. Here is the text of the resolution: Bills 113hres676rh House leadership decided to focus the resolution only on Obama’s actions with respect to Obamacare. This seems counter-intuitive; I would think it would be helpful to »

Inside the IRS, part 6

Featured image William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts including, most recently, “Inside the IRS, part 5,” regarding the promotion of Fred Schindler to a senior position within the »

IRS experts say Lois Lerner’s hard drive was just scratched

Featured image The IRS’s claim that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was irreparably damaged always seemed laughable to attorneys who (like John and me) have been involved in disputes over electronic discovery, as well as to IT professionals and their trade association. Now we learn, via Byron York, that IRS’s own IT professionals dispute this claim: Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner’s hard drive — the one containing emails that »

Former labor secretary illegally solicited funds for Obama campaign

Featured image Hilda Solis, the former Secretary of Labor, hit up a Department of Labor employee for a contribution to the Obama reelection campaign. Solis’ fundraising activity, which violates the Hatch Act, has been captured in a voice mail message released today by Rep. Darrell Issa. Here is the text of Solis’ message: Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help »

Ten days that shook the United States

Featured image I took a look back at the current crisis of illegal Central American minors in the Weekly Standard article “Disorder at the border,” published this past Friday in the new issue of the magazine. In retrospect, I think that the events of the preceding days fixed these issues in the public mind and culminated in President Obama’s notable address following his meeting in Dallas with Governor Perry. Obama had resisted »

Crossing muddy waters

Featured image A link from the Drudge Report seems to have put the indefatigable Jim Hoft out of commission temporarily; Drudge linked to Jim’s Gateway Pundit post highlighting a paragraph buried in Jana Winter’s FOX News report “Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande Valley.” Winter reports that the bodies of infants have been found washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande: The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded »

Queen April approximately

Featured image House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today wrote the Federal Election Commission regarding another mysterious hard drive crash, this one involving FEC attorney April Sands. Sands tweeted under the fitting handle ReignOfApril. The voluble Ms. Sands has admitted to disparaging Republicans and campaigning for President Obama in violation of the Hatch Act. J. Christian Adams wrote about the Sands case here for PJ »

True “dreamers” flip the immigration debate

Featured image We’ve heard plenty over the past few years about “the dreamers,” young people who were brought into this country illegally by their parents and who, many argue, should be treated as if they were born here. These immigrants have dreams, to be sure, just as most young people in America do. But they also have it pretty good; they have grown up with most of the benefits of living in »

Cleta Mitchell: IRS annoyed by Power Line

Featured image We have followed True The Vote’s case against the IRS for obvious reasons and have asked TTV counsel Cleta Mitchell to keep us as closely informed as she can. The case is important in a number of respects and the public interest in the case as well as related inquiries, I think it is fair to say, is rather high. We know our readers are intensely interested in it. Cleta »