No surprise that Eric Holder is in hot water to those who’ve been keeping an eye on him. Andy McCarthy recounts his “stunningly disingenuous testimony to Congress. This was specifically in connection with his disgraceful participation, as Clinton deputy attorney general, in the corrupt pardon of Marc Rich on Clinton’s last day in office.” Read the whole thing.
Not extraordinary in Russia these days. A prominent and well-connected economist who has openly supported opposition figures has resigned from several posts and abruptly left Russia under mounting pressure from investigators, officials of the university he leads said on Wednesday.
Not shocking if you’ve followed Nevada politics. A former Nevada power broker was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. A federal jury reached the verdict in the case against real estate developer and once-powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.
No stunner here. The lawsuit writes itself: “An organization representing 25 Tea Party and conservative groups on Wednesday sued the Obama administration over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which filed the suit, said the groups were victims of ‘comprehensive, pervasive, invidious and organized’ targeting and were denied their First and Fifth Amendment rights.”
Not unexpected. “Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington.”
Not astonishing, but not her fault. News is a depressing turn-off for liberals these days. “MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s May ratings were her worst monthly showing since The Rachel Maddow Show debuted in 2008, and the liberal network suffered double-digit drops overall in primetime viewership (20 percent) and the 25-54 demographic (19 percent) from last May.”
Not remarkable that Virginia voters don’t like either one. “Both former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have underwater approval ratings in a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday, though McAuliffe leads the head-to-head poll, 42 percent to 37 percent. Only 29 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of McAuliffe, a businessman and close friend of former President Bill Clinton, while one-third have a negative opinion. A mere 32 percent like Cucinelli, a tea party ally considered a rising GOP star, while 44 percent have a negative view of the state’s top lawyer. PPP is a Democratic firm.” This will be a last-man-standing race.