The FBI directs Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to the law library. “All FBI agents are trained on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of a reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.” If only senators were as well.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) leads the charge on the ever-expanding IRS probe. “The IRS subjected conservative groups already granted tax-exempt status to  additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) charged on Monday. Issa called on a Treasury watchdog already looking into the IRS to look into  the matter, and signaled he would expand his committee’s probe into improper targeting of political groups given the new revelations.”

New Yorkers seem not to want a creepy guy to run the city. “Weiner Plummets to Fourth Place in New Poll.”

Really, don’t these people know how to properly orchestrate a sex scandal? “Bill and Hillary Clinton are angry with efforts by mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and his campaign to compare his Internet sexcapades — and his wife Huma Abedin’s incredible forgiveness — to the Clintons’ notorious White House saga.”

Too many voices want to send the GOP over the cliff. “The effort by conservatives in the House and Senate to threaten a government shutdown over Obamacare could force Speaker John A. Boehner into the arms of House Democrats. With 60 Republicans already pushing the Ohio Republican to defund Obamacare in any spending bill, the speaker may not be able to cobble together a House majority on a bill that President Barack Obama would sign without Democratic votes. And he’s not likely to get those votes for free.” The show ponies don’t really care what results they get; it’s all about the soundbites.

President Obama commands no respect. “The U.S. military once might have waded into the mess in Syria, but the president is wary and the Pentagon tends to view engagement in Syria right now as a losing proposition. More broadly, the notion that Mr. Obama’s relative  popularity in, and overtures of friendship toward, the Islamic world could temper behaviors has faded in a period when hard power is what seems to matter.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) seems reluctant to aim fire back as right-wing isolationists. “There is good reason, in other words, this debate was always expected to be between Paul and Rubio. Paul showed up. Whether or not he has an apparently justifiable reason for it, Rubio has not.”