Obama Administration Scandals

Did John Podesta commit a serious ethics violation?

Featured image Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller reports that John Podesta, a key adviser to President Obama, may have violated ethical rules by helping to formulate a new White House policy that seeks to end any future drilling for oil on Alaska’s Artic National Wildlife Refuge. The ethical issue arises because just before he came to the White House, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a foreign billionaire devoted to preventing »

Is the Obama Administration Funding Opposition to Netanyahu?

Featured image We wrote here and here about the fact that the Obama administration is actively working to defeat Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu in that country’s upcoming election. Obama’s national field director, Jeremy Bird, has traveled to Israel to organize the opposition to Netanyahu. He is working in conjunction for the foreign-funded organization “One Voice,” which is leading the campaign to unseat Netanyahu and elect a leftist government. That One Voice collaborates with »

Live-blogging the Lynch hearing — afternoon edition, starring Ted Cruz

Featured image Loretta Lynch did a superb job of testifying this morning. She artfully ducked the few tough questions directed to her, while somehow managing to sound like the most accommodating nominee ever. Only Sen. Sessions laid a glove on her, in my opinion. The afternoon session will begin soon. I think I’ll present my live-blogging of this one in chronological order rather than reverse chronological order, as I did this morning. »

Live-blogging the Lynch hearing

Featured image Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing is about to start. I’ll live-blog it for a few hours at least. I’ll keep the most recent entries at the top for those who want to keep up with the blow-by-blow. Others should read from the bottom up. Here goes: 12:39 Sen. Amy Klobuchar is up. A lunch break will follow. I will start mine early, and resume the live-blogging this afternoon. The Republican questioning »

State Department funded group working to defeat Netanyahu

Featured image John has written about how President Obama’s campaign team is working to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming elections. To make matters worse, the anti-Netanyahu campaign is benefiting from U.S. taxpayer money. As John noted, the organization “One Voice” wants to help take down Netanyahu’s party in the March 2015 Knesset elections that will ultimately determine the next Israeli Prime Minister. “One Voice” claims to be non-partisan, but it is »

Obama Campaign Team Working to Defeat Netanyahu

Featured image There is only one world leader whom Barack Obama despises: Benjamin Netanyahu. And now, Obama is putting his campaign organization where his mouth is. Susan Goldberg at PJ Media picks up on a previously untranslated story from Israel’s left-wing newspaper, Haaretz: A summary of the article is provided by IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis): Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today [January 26] »

The Attkisson file

Featured image There is a lot of meat for conservatives to chew on in former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s memoir cum exposé Stonewalled: My Fight For Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. It is easily one of the most important political books published last year. One can infer from the subtitle of the book much of what Attkisson has on offer. One might not have »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 3

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Sharyl Attkisson’s important new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Attkisson about the book early Monday afternoon; the interview is posted here. • Attkisson bookends her accounts of the Obama administration scandals she has covered with the story of »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 2

Featured image Reading Sharyl Attkisson’s Stonewalled from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the (insufficient) attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Sharyl Attkisson, recorded yesterday, is posted here. • Attkisson organizes the book around the Obama administration scandals she covered at CBS News, and she covered »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 1

Featured image Over the weekend I read Sharyl Attkisson’s book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington from cover to cover. I read it in preparation for a brief interview we are scheduled to record with Attkisson for the next Power Line podcast. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first. »

House report finds IRS targeted “icky” conservative groups

Featured image Tomorrow, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will release its report on the politicization of the IRS, including, of course, its targeting of conservative groups. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy and has previewed six key finding. Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner also discusses the 210-page report. The report concludes that “IRS employees allow[ed] politics to seep into their work from February 2010 to May 2012.” Moreover, »

Why the Freedom of Information Act Is Virtually Worthless

Featured image Conservatives often express frustration that so little, seemingly, can be done about the corruption of the Obama administration. Part of the problem is that when a party is determined to stonewall, our legal system is generally too slow to provide an effective remedy within the time frame of a presidential administration. The case of Austan Goolsbee is instructive. In August 2010, Goolsbee, who directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and »

Emails confirm 2010 Lois Lerner meeting with DOJ elections prosecutor

Featured image Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through litigation confirm that Lois Lerner was in contact with DOJ officials about the possible criminal prosecution of tax-exempt entities two full years before what the IRS conceded was its “absolutely inappropriate” 2012 targeting of the organizations. On September 29, 2010, a DOJ official (whose name is redacted) emailed a staff assistant at the IRS (whose name is also redacted) as follows: As we discussed »

Dr. Gruber regrets

Featured image Listening to MIT Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testify before the House Oversight Committee yesterday, we were treated to the full panoply of the Watergate variations. The text of Gruber’s opening statement is posted here, C-SPAN video of the entire hearing is posted with automated transcript here. Gruber groveled. Gruber regretted. Gruber apologized. Gruber was sorry. Gruber pleaded guilty — to vacuous offenses against taste, such as inexcusable arrogance and inappropriate »

Executive Amnesty Order? What Order?

Featured image So much is happening on the immigration front that it is hard to keep up, but this story is worth at least a mention: it turns out that President Obama hasn’t issued an executive amnesty order after all: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a leading opponent of President Obama’s move to provide amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants, expressed astonishment Monday and ridiculed the administration for not carrying out »

My first impressions of the Weekly Standard’s take on the Benghazi report

Featured image Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard have attacked the House Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi. I’ve known Tom for years and have the greatest respect for his work. I’ve also long admired Hayes’ reporting. However, I find portions of their attack unpersuasive. To be clear, I consider the Intelligence Committee’s report flawed in some important respects. However, I attribute the mains flaws to the desire to produce »

The IRS Scandal Rears Its Head

Featured image The Obama Administration’s IRS scandal is multi-faceted. In addition to the persecution of conservative non-profits by Lois Lerner et al., the question has been percolating for some years whether Obama’s IRS has transferred confidential taxpayer information to Obama’s White House in violation of federal criminal laws. The issue first arose when Austin Goolsbee of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers told reporters that he had information about Koch Industries that »