Standing up for the First Amendment. “Fox News: ‘We Will Unequivocally Defend’ Rosen Against ‘Chilling’ DOJ Investigation.”
Speaking up. Another permanent foreign service employee points the finger at higher-ups like Hillary Clinton and Thomas Pickering: “Following the attack in Benghazi, senior State Department officials close to Hillary Clinton ordered the removal of a mid-level official who had no role in security decisions and has never been told the charges against him. He is now accusing Clinton’s team of scapegoating him for the failures that led to the death of four Americans last year.” And Cheryl Mills, the Clinton family fixer, was the one to order the whistleblower removed. Read the whole thing.
Showing up isn’t enough. Ron Fournier counsels the president to, among other things, “apologize to the AP and announce a new policy for leaks investigations. The White House needs to punish people who leak classified information that endangers national security. But the scope of the snooping at AP combined with Obama’s unprecedented zeal for leaks investigations raises doubts about his commitment to transparency and to an unfettered media.” But he already said he thinks his DOJ did notthing wrong. (“No apologies.”)
Fouling up. John Kerry’s tenure has gotten off to a rotten start, so he should listen to some sound advice. “[A]n American secretary of state should not seek to convene another international conference and should not unfurl a new comprehensive plan. Rather, Kerry should encourage regular high-level meetings at suitable intervals between Netanyahu and Abbas. He should foster greater cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians to improve physical infrastructure for West Bank Palestinians, including for the delivery of fresh water, the removal of sewage, and the transmission of electricity. He should urge Israel to continue to crack down on Israeli lawbreakers in the West Bank, who harass Palestinians and build without proper permits.”
Reading up on the IRS. “The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee pressed the IRS on Monday for more information about the extra scrutiny the agency gave to conservative groups. A day ahead of the panel’s first hearing on the matter, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the committee’s ranking Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), in a letter to acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, asked the agency more than three dozen questions, often looking for more than three years’ worth of detail from the IRS.”
Riling up his base is a bad idea; he’ll need their help to get through the scandals. “Organized labor will break its silence and oppose President Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, Chicago’s Penny Pritzker, the Daily News has learned. The decision stems from long-standing grievances with labor practices at the Hyatt Hotels chain, a source of her family’s fortune, and despite earlier reports that unions would not raise objections to the nomination.”
Giving up? Jay Carney looked positively forlorn trying to convince the White House press corps that it was fine that the senior staff kept a major scandal from the president for weeks. “In a briefing Monday afternoon, presidential press secretary Jay Carney offered new information on what the White House knew about an internal IRS report on the targeting of conservative groups—information that’s at odds with the impression Carney left last week.” If he’s not lying then he’s badly out of the loop and therefore unable to do his job credibly. (“The evolving story doesn’t offer evidence that the White House was aware of the targeting at any point before last month. But it does raise questions about whether it’s being fully forthcoming in its public statements on the issue.”)