Links for 3-7-2015

  • Matthew Boyle wrote a long article detailing how John Boehner worked with Nancy Pelosi to get a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill through the House. (The alliance of Democrats and RINOs that Boehner is relying upon is how the Texas House works under Joe Straus.) Making things worse, a former chief of staff to Boehner, together with a former chief of staff to Reince Priebus, are running a 501©(4) group that is running ads attacking conservatives who opposed funding President Obama's amnesty by memo.

  • John Brennan is reorganizing the CIA to group operators and analysts together in centers targeting particular regions of the world or subject areas. He's also bolstering the agency's digital espionage capabilities.

  • Andrew McCarthy is not impressed by the pace of the Select Committee on Benghazi: “In announcing the new subpoenas, Gowdy, a highly experienced prosecutor with a real courtroom flair, offered his signature biting barbs that sweep conservatives off their feet… Just the fiery outrage we’ve come to expect from Congressman Gowdy. But for all the big wind, there never seems to be much rain.” Later McCarthy writes:

    Fabulous! Gowdy just got finished railing about how Clinton used private e-mail precisely to avoid the government-mandated paper trail. So what’s he been doing about it for six months? Discussing the matter with Clinton’s loyal staffers — i.e., people who helped her carry out the scheme — and with the State Department — i.e., the people he just got done telling you have neither the relevant e-mails nor access to them.

    That’s it: no subpoenas, no hearings, no nothing. Just as Mrs. Clinton did not turn over any of her private e-mails until the State Department finally asked for them, Gowdy, by his own account, did not issue a subpoena to address a scandal he has long known about until the scandal became public.

    That in itself is a scandal.

  • Boko Haram staged four suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, Nigeria that killed 54 people, then declared its allegiance to ISIS via Twitter.