Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cruising the Web

Stuart Taylor describes the noxious and idiosyncratic uses that Kathleen Sebelius has been making of a slush fund created by Obamacare to basically spend as she wants. And one use she has made of the fund is, as David Catron argues, violating the Anti-Lobbying Act.

Get ready for the "crazy ants." Ugh.

Exploding five myths of the IRS scandal.

The New York Times is surprised that conservatives are defending the media.

Tim Carney explains why "even law-abiding people should oppose surveillance."

There are four separate scandals going on right now at the EPA. This is the must disturbing: the EPA has been leaking private information from small farmers to radical environmental groups. Shades of the IRS leaking information about conservative groups opposing same-sex marriage to their ideological opponents.
Hundreds of federal employees were given advance word of a Medicare decision worth billions of dollars to private insurers in the weeks before the official announcement, a period when trading in the shares of those firms spiked.

The surge of trading in Humana’s and other private health insurers’ stock before the April 1 announcement already has prompted the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Wall Street investors had advance access to inside information about the then-confidential Medicare funding plan.

And the Washington Post reports that HHS employees had advance knowledge of action that was worth millions of dollars and that there was a concomitant spiking of trading ahead of the announcement.

And scandalpalooza rolls on. CBS is reporting that the State Department stopped investigations into improper behavior within the Department. And there seem to have been several examples of such cover-ups. As Allahpundit jokes, "We’re going to need a bigger boat."

Obama is back to playing sequestration politics.

Today is the fifty-year anniversary of a momentous watershed in American racial history.

Ed Driscoll interview Rich Lowry on his new book Lincoln Unbound.