Links for 7-17-2013

  • White House reporters are in a tizzy because The Daily Caller sent their 16 year intern, Gabe Finger, to Jay Carney’s daily press briefing. Finger asked Carney if the federal government is doing anything to protect the Zimmerman family (they’ve been receiving death threats) or if they’re on their own. Carney called his question a “ridiculous statement.” Actually it was a good question, something the regular White House reporters should have asked.

  • Angela Corey was so angry over Alan Dershowitz’s criticism of her affidavit in the Zimmerman case (he said it “willfully and deliberately omitted” exculpatory evidence) that she tried to convince Harvard Law School to fire him. From Ian Tuttle’s article: “What happened in the weeks and months that followed was instructive. Dershowitz says that he was flooded with correspondence from people telling him that this is Corey’s well-known M.O. He says numerous sources – lawyers who had sparred with Corey in the courtroom, lawyers who had worked with and for her, and even multiple judges – informed him that Corey has a history of vigorously attacking any and all who criticize her. But it’s worse than that: Correspondents told him that Corey has a history of overcharging and withholding evidence.”

  • An IRS lawyer named Carter Hall testified to the House of Representatives that his bosses told him that the IRS’s chief counsel’s office was involved in drafting the rules and policies that subjected conservative groups to additional scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status. The chief counsel of the IRS is a political appointee, and Obama’s man is William Wilkins.

  • John Boehner announced that the House immigration bill should include amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants.

  • Mike Flynn on Senator John McCain’s latest triumph: “Sen. John McCain spent the weekend negotiating with Majority Leader Harry Reid on a deal to avert Reid’s threatened use of the ‘nuclear option’ to change Senate rules to eliminate filibusters on Presidential nominations. Through his efforts, McCain was able to secure a complete GOP capitulation on 7 pending nominations. Reid secured all the benefits of exercising the ‘nuclear option’ without the political cost of actually using it.”

  • The Senate voted for cloture on the nomination of Tom Perez to be Secretary of Labor. The vote was 60–40, with six Republicans joining the Democrats: Alexander, Collins, Corker, Kirk, McCain, and Murkowski. Meanwhile a group of Department of Justice Civil Rights Division employees are suing Perez for disparate impact discrimination. Perez is a champion of disparate impact theory, so (as J. Christian Adams puts it) this amounts to being hoisted on your own petard.

  • The next stage in Senator Marco Rubio’s attempt to smooth things over with the conservative base: “Get the U.S. out of the U.N.!” This doesn’t appear to be working since conservatives in Florida want to recall Rubio. One problem: Florida doesn’t have a law permitting the recall of Senators. They’re working on it.

  • In the old days CIA operators on “black bag” missions cracked safes, photographed documents, and planted bugs. Now they plant spyware in computers at the behest of the NSA.

  • Twelve states are suing the EPA over their “sue and settle” tactic for implementing new rules and regulations via binding consent decrees between the EPA and environmental groups. Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, is taking the lead.

  • Joe Biden’s firearms advice meets the real world: “A Washington state man who fired a shotgun to scare away possible car prowlers from his property was arraigned Wednesday for illegal discharging of a firearm, and he cited Vice President Joe Biden’s public advice about shooting such weapons in the air in his defense.”

  • A “No justice, no peace” protest in Houston blocked traffic and prevented a family from driving a seven year old girl to Texas Children’s Hospital to treat an allergic reaction to medication. One protestor took a swing at a grandmother through an open car window, which, as Bryan Preston points out, is not a good idea in Texas – you can easily find yourself on the business end of a pistol.

  • The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to State Representative Donna Howard that they did discover jars of urine and feces in the possession of pro-abortion demonstrators at the Texas Capitol during the Senate debate over HB2. Howard appears to believe that demonstrators who chanted “Hail, Satan!” couldn’t possibly bring such substances into the capitol.