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The best testimony can be from ordinary Americans. “The hearing, held by the House Ways and Means Committee, featured six individuals who were members of groups that claimed to have been improperly singled out for scrutiny by the IRS due to their conservative political leanings. ‘To hear their stories first hand and what it meant to them and the country was very powerful,’ Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) told reporters afterward.”

The best take on Egypt’s latest travesty, the conviction and imprisonment of nearly four dozen NGO workers. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.): “Today’s verdict by the Egyptian court is appalling and is a wholly politically motivated decision that has no roots in the rule of law. . . .This is yet another in a long line of incidents that should give the United States cause to reevaluate our assistance to Egypt. If we continue to send Egypt money from hardworking U.S. taxpayers, even as our own citizens are prosecuted, we send a message to Morsi that we find his regime’s behavior acceptable. That is not what the United States stands for – we must continue to push for freedoms and democratic reforms in Egypt, but we can no longer allow American dollars to go to the Morsi regime unconditionally.”

The best part is that the Obama spinners’ defense is “Bush did it too.” The Hill: “White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday downplayed a report that political appointees were using secret government email accounts for internal use. . . . But the press secretary dodged a question about whether employees at the White House used multiple or secret email accounts. Instead, he offered that while he only had one email address, he had changed it from the standard White House formatting after former press secretary Robert Gibbs revealed it publicly. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson were among federal officials who were discovered to maintain secret email accounts.”

The best aspect (for Republicans) of the e-mail secrecy scheme is the blatant hypocrisy. “Under the law, citizens and foreigners may use the FOIA to compel the government to turn over copies of federal records for zero or little cost. Anyone who seeks information through the law is generally supposed to get it unless disclosure would hurt national security, violate personal privacy or expose business secrets or confidential decision-making in certain areas. Obama pledged during his first week in office to make government more transparent and open.”

The best you can say about the Obama administration is that it is comically incompetent. “[T]he Israeli defense establishment is in an uproar over U.S. government revelations of an American-Israeli project that was supposed to be kept top-secret. Israel’s outrage is warranted. The project is a U.S.-funded installation — at an undisclosed location between Jerusalem and Ashdod — for Israel’s Arrow 3 ballistic missile defense system. . . .[I]t was unthinkable for the U.S. Defense Department to publicize more than 1,000 pages of the most minute details of a system whose success rests, among other things, on being totally hidden from enemy eyes.” Does anyone get fired for this?

The best thing to come out of the IRS scandal is the new commissioner, who seems to be on the ball. “The Internal Revenue Service responded Tuesday to the Treasury Inspector General’s report, released by the House Government Oversight Committee Tuesday, showing the IRS spent $50 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012. ‘This conference is an unfortunate vestige from a prior era,’ acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement. . . .’Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today.’ ”

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.