Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Too Controversial for an Anti-ISIS Social-Media Campaign
It is a pleasant surprise to see the State Department’s anti-ISIS social media campaign, “Think Again Turn Away” saluting Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of the bravest voices against Islamic radicalism — going back to her 2004 film with Theo Van …
Lynch: Lois Lerner Protected by DOJ’s ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’
Justice Department officials used “prosecutorial discretion” to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress.
“I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was …
Clinton’s Private Server Crashed Repeatedly, Sowed Confusion at State Department
New Hillary Clinton e-mails released in a late-night document dump Monday reveal how the former secretary of state’s use of a private e-mail account sowed confusion in the State Department, with government IT professionals unaware that she was using …
Hillary’s Two Races: To Keep Ahead of the Investigators, and to Win the White House
Hillary Clinton is running two races: one for president and one to keep information about her private e-mail server and activities as secretary of state from public view as long as possible, preferably until she is back in the White …
Senate Votes Today on Two of Obama’s Embarrassing Ambassadorial Nominees
Today the U.S. Senate votes on two of President Obama’s ambassadorial nominees: Noah Mamet, the nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Argentina and Colleen Bell, the nominee to be ambassador to Hungary.
You may recall Noah Mamet admitting …
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Culture of Complacency
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Signs of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Culture of Complacency
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has not yet said whether Democrats will boycott or participate in the [House …
State Department Spends $150,000 for Saudi Art Exhibition
There’s quite a bit of grumbling that the current budget deal does almost nothing to control federal spending.
But if you want to control spending, you need more than larger Republican majorities in Congress. You need cabinet secretaries who are …
Digging Deep into the Reports of Stingers and Benghazi
Earlier this week I read a stunning article from Roger Simon of PJ Media contending that slain U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi on September 11 to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups that had originally been provided …
Spared by the Sequester: $704,198 for ‘Gardening Services’
Today’s edition of “Spared by the Sequester” comes from the U.S. State Department, which has awarded a contract for $704,198.30 for “gardening services at a residence located in Tervuren, Belgium.”
It is, presumably, the residence of the U.S. ambassador …
New South Carolina Senator Announced Today
The AP reports that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will announcing a replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint at noon Monday at the Statehouse.
For what it is worth, the Post and Courier of Charleston urged Haley to pick …
AP: Hillary Clinton Met With Nearly 100 Donors While at State Department
The Associated Press found Hillary Clinton “met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives and long-time Clinton political and charity donors during her four years at the State Department.” The AP says they “found no evidence of legal or …
State Dept. Spokesman: ‘I Don’t Know’ if Hillary Was Hacked
A State Department official refused to assure reporters Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, which contained classified information about U.S. foreign policy, was not hacked.
“I don’t have an answer for you on that,” spokesman Mark Toner …
How the State Department Is Stiffing the Intelligence Community Out of Hillary Clinton’s E-mails
Hillary Clinton’s awkward intransigence in the face of an unrelenting e-mail scandal is playing out under the harsh media spotlight of a presidential campaign. Garnering less attention is the intransigence of a former Clinton colleague at Foggy Bottom, who …
Proof: Despite Denials, White House Aides Knew about Hillary’s Private E-Mail Account
New Hillary Clinton e-mails released late Tuesday night by the State Department reveal that, despite denials to the contrary, top Obama-administration officials were aware, within the first nine months of President Obama’s first term, of then–secretary of state …
Islamists Fire Rocket at U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Er#…#how is this not huge news?
How many Americans know Ansar al-Sharia fired a rocket at our embassy and injured some guards?
How many Americans know that last week the State Department urged all Americans to leave Yemen? How …
Hillary Staffer Still Fears ‘Moving’ on Boko Haram Will ‘Give Them a Recruitment Boost’
The American public is largely isolationist and tunes out the rest of the world#…#until some Islamist nut-job kidnaps a couple hundred schoolgirls and promises to sell them as slaves.
Because the Boko Haram abduction story now tangentially involves president-in-waiting …
Why Rote Denials Won’t Cut It on the State Department Scandals
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Why Generic Denials Just Won’t Cut It for the Latest State Department Scandals
Let’s take a close look at what we know about that State Department Inspector General memo, shall …
ABC Finds Benghazi Talking Points Extensively Edited by State Dept.
The final Morning Jolt of the week features trouble in Syria, Kerry getting static from Russia, an argument against the immigration bill from an unexpected source, more worries from#…#but the lead item is the morning’s breaking news:
BREAKING: Jay …
State Department: Someone Failed on Benghazi, But We Won’t Say Who
The concluding paragraph of the unclassified version of the State Department’s internal review of what happened in Benghazi:
5. The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington …
Why Was the Libya Explanation So Wrong for So Long?
The Heritage Foundation has put together a video of the Obama administration’s statements about the Benghazi attack being driven by the Islam-mocking YouTube video . . . It’s all useful; I just wish they listed the date of each statement, to …