The Thursday wrap
Lois Lerner, a figure central to the IRS' targeting/harassing of conservative groups, turned out to be too clever by half on Wednesday. Her attorney previously had said she would invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. But, and after she was sworn in, she testified, making a statement denying any wrongdoing. Only after her statement did she take the Fifth. And in doing so, she waived her Fifth Amendment right, says Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He says he'll haul Ms. Lerner back before the committee. Ooooh, this is getting juicy. ... Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wasted no time in blaming the massive Oklahoma tornado on “climate change.” As Climate Depot's Marc Morano noted, Ms. Boxer has not only “no sense of decency” but “no understanding of science.” ... Former reporter and current Obama press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday compared questions about the scandals plaguing the administration to questions about the president's birth certificate. It's an arrogance that reflects how little respect Mr. Obama, through his mouthpiece, has for the rule of law and the American people. ... By the way, not only did the administration secretly rifle through Fox News' James Rosen's phone and email records but it also obtained the phone records of his parents. Can checking the grocery bags of reporters, and the diapers of their children, be far behind?