Just one week ago, the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein confidently assured his readers that “the scandals are falling apart.” Now, after another week of tough Congressional hearings and media reporting, it’s doubtful anybody believes that is true.
Emerging from a White House meeting Tuesday, Klein himself wrote Wednesday that “heads should roll at the IRS.” But because Obama failed to appoint a head of the IRS before the scandal broke, there was no one readily fireable once the scope of the problem became known. Now liberals, including Klein, are calling for the head of career civil servant Lois Lerner, who had a well-established history of using government power to harass conservatives long before she came to the IRS.
Problem is, as a career civil servant, Lerner has no duty to “fall on the sword” to protect Obama and the Democratic Party. She apparently has been put on paid administrative leave but is also refusing to resign. Without a scapegoat to sacrifice, the IRS scandal will continue to dog the White House.
The Department of Justice scandal also worsened for the White House this week when it was revealed that not only did the agency label Fox News reporter James Rosen as “co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act, it also seized his private emails.
The DOJ was already under fire for a similarly broad search of Associated Press reporter communications, an investigative tactic that Attorney General Eric Holder claimed, but produced no evidence to support, that he recused himself from.
Now NBC News is reporting that Holder personally signed off on the warrant to search Rosen’s emails, an attack on the First Amendment that is one step too far for even for liberals. “Time To Go” blared a Huffington Post headline above a subhead that listed the rest of Holder’s crimes against the left, including “Easy on banks … Tough on peace activists … Sanctioned drones.”
There is little to no chance that a man as stubborn as Holder would ever offer his resignation or that a president as stubborn as Obama would ever accept. But that only means that the scandals plaguing Obama’s White House are far from over.
From The Washington Examiner
Editorial: Questions for Nancy DeParle on the IRS scandal
Conn Carroll: More than 100 conservative economists sign letter not endorsing Schumer-Rubio
David Drucker: House on verge of immigration deal
Byron York: House-Senate showdown coming over border security
Joel Gehrke: Rand Paul proposes ban on drone surveillance of Americans
Tim Carney: Realtors push for lower credit standards on taxpayer-backed loans
Phil Klein: Don’t be fooled by California’s premium claims
In Other News
Fox News, IRS official on leave refused to resign: Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the tax agency scandal, is refusing to resign, but has been placed on administrative leave, with pay.
Associated Press, Some unions now angry about health care overhaul: Some union leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.
The Washington Post, Obama pledges new rules on use of armed drones: President says the nation has reached a “crossroads” in the war on terror, and that it is time to recalibrate policies.
The New York Times, Banks’ lobbyists help in drafting financial bills: In a sign of Wall Street’s resurgent influence in Washington, bank lobbyists are aiding lawmakers in preparing legislation that softens financial regulations.
Reuters, Sweden riots expose ugly side of “Nordic model”: Riots that began in Husby have spread across Stockholm over the last four nights in scenes reminiscent of London in 2011 and Paris in 2005 – outbursts with their roots in segregation, neglect and poverty. The Swedish model of welfare — such as its 480 days of parental leave for each child — hides another side.
Politico, Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state: President Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department official involved in the editing of the administration’s talking points on Benghazi, to be the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
The Wall Street Journal, Asia on debt binge as world sobers up: Asia’s emerging economies are piling on debt to fuel growth, in stark contrast to the scaling back of private debt in the U.S. and Europe.
The Huffington Post calls for Eric Holder’s resignation.
Brian Beutler says Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to allow vote on a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge does not undermine Majority Leader Harry Reid’s case for ending the filibuster.
Think Progress attacks the Boy Scouts for continuing its ban on gay leaders.
James Carafano says Obama remains myopically focused on the war he wants to fight.
Ahmad Majidyar calls Obama’s terrorism speech wishful thinking.
Andrew Stiles reports that Lois Lerner was directly involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups.