Scandal number five: Insider-trading probe of Medicare announcement reveals hundreds of HHS employees had secret info

posted at 11:21 am on June 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Is this scandal number five or number six? There’s Benghazi, the IRS, the DOJ snooping on reporters, Sebelius shaking down health executives for ObamaCare contributions, and now the NSA/PRISM/Snowden mega-clusterfark. This new WaPo story makes six. No, wait — seven. Ed just posted on the State Department covering up misconduct. We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Actually, there are two potential scandals here. One is HHS tossing around what was supposed to be sensitive information to a huge swath of employees in-house. The other scandal is who actually leaked it, assuming anyone did. It might not have come from HHS at all but rather from some old-fashioned Beltway congressional/lobbyist incest. As with most of the other Obama scandals, this story is less about O himself than about the foreseeable abuses that result as the federal whale grows. You can have bigger government or you can have more accountable government. The guy who signed ObamaCare into law has made his choice.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post late last week that his office reviewed the e-mail records of employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and found that 436 of them had early access to the Medicare decision as much as two weeks before it was made public…

“In the statistical agencies, where the handling of sensitive information is their bread and butter, they’re very serious about confidentiality,” said Keith Hall, a former commissioner at the Bureau of Labor Statistics who has spent more than two decades in government. “But in other parts of the government that handle policy issues, there’s a whole different level of treatment.”

Hall said employees in other parts of the government, including the Medicare office, are not subject to the same types of potential consequences as employees at statistical agencies, who can land in prison for up to five years and face a fine of a quarter of a million dollars for disclosing information early.

Giving hundreds of government employees advance notice of a policy decision “is way too many,” said Hall, now a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “I’ve done my share of working on policy issues and policy decisions, and you just don’t spread that stuff around like that.”

A brokerage firm in D.C. announced late in the trading day on April 1 that a decision to boost funding for Medicare Advantage was forthcoming. Shares of Humana and Aetna skyrocketed. Later that day, after the markets had closed, the feds confirmed that, indeed, another $8 billion would be plowed into the program. So who at HHS blabbed? Maybe no one: Per WaPo and this WSJ report from a few weeks ago, the feds seem to be interested in a lobbyist who — ta da — used to work as a health-care policy advisor to Chuck Grassley himself and who now specializes in “political intelligence.” (He also had a “role” in writing ObamaCare, per the WSJ, and used to work on health-care legislation with someone who’s now a “senior official” at CMS, the division of HHS that made the decision on increasing funding for Medicare Advantage.) The SEC knows he was communicating with at least one current staffer in Grassley’s office; the question is whether that staffer slipped the information on the Medicare decision to the lobbyist or whether the lobbyist somehow “guessed” that Medicare funding would be increased based on tidbits of info he gleaned from various sources on the Hill. Even if it’s the latter, with no one having directly fed him confidential information, the surge in Humana/Aetna shares based on his analysis is a direct result of his access to government’s major players. When a former Grassley advisor and colleague of a bigwig at CMS tells you that he thinks a windfall’s coming, you listen. Big government takes care of its alumni.

No wonder those alumni are unhappy about this SEC probe:

The episode is sending tremors through Washington’s world of policy experts, lobbyists and Wall Street researchers. The investigation has signaled that federal prosecutors are trying to clamp down on what they see as the capital’s loose oversight of market-moving information.

More broadly, it has shaken a city where acquiring and sharing information is a basic tool of business. Some insiders say the traditional ways of operating may need to change.

It “is astounding that so many in Washington view the trading of unreleased government information as simply ‘business as usual,’” said William Pewen, a former Republican health-care aide who also was on the Senate Finance Committee.

Task one for the SEC is finding out who leaked the Medicare Advantage scoop. Task two is taking a hard look at movement in Humana’s and Aetna’s shares in the weeks before the news dropped and seeing if any HHS employees who knew what was coming had any investment epiphanies. As for HHS itself, this is a timely reminder of something that the NSA and Booz Allen are learning today the hard way: The sloppier you are about controlling access to sensitive information, the more certain it is that you’ll be haunted by it eventually. Even if no one exploited the Medicare Advantage decision this time, it’ll happen going forward if hundreds of people continue to receive sensitive scoops. That’s simple probability. And that points to an irony of Scandalmania: Whatever else comes from all this policy-wise, the one guaranteed result is tighter secrecy protocols within a government that already treats as secret too much information that isn’t truly sensitive. Information will get tighter, there’ll be more disaffected Snowdens trying to leak it, and of course more lobbyists making a buck on their special access to the many Washington secrets that haven’t leaked. The cycle of big-government life.


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Open the Floodgate.

Flange on June 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Boy I don’t know if the SEC can manage to pull itself away from all that midget porn to actually do its job here.

Nutstuyu on June 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Alinsky > Chaos > The Glorious Socialism

Here it comes.

faraway on June 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

And the hits keep on coming

And switched over to msdnc….wall to wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial…..so they have their squirrel for the day

cmsinaz on June 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Wow, another scandal?? Who saw that coming???

At this point, why not just round up the Entire Administration,
dress them in orange, and Frogmarch them over to one of the
Smithsonions?? Museum of Natural History?, hell, they’ve
probably stolen half the Sh*t in there by now anyway

Rename it, the Museum of Corruption.

ToddPA on June 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Culture of Corruption

ITguy on June 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Foretting Fast & Furious?
Or is that too old?

gullxn on June 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Clusterfarkgate….

Oil Can on June 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Soooo….who in government made big money in the stock market on that info?

albill on June 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Dear leader will speak on the 50th anniversary of the equal pay act…yeah just another day

cmsinaz on June 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post late last week that his office reviewed the e-mail records of employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and found that 436 of them had early access to the Medicare decision as much as two weeks before it was made public…

Did this include all the secret email accounts that Barky and his treasonous adminstration like to use? The best stuff is saved for the secret emails on private servers … you know, email that only the NSA gets to rummage around in at its whim.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hello, today is Monday, June 10th. You current have…5…government scandals going on.

Oil Can on June 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

This new WaPo story makes six. No, wait — seven. Ed just posted on the State Department covering up misconduct. We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Or a bigger bus, under which clusterfarkers will be thrown.

The nation will be poorer under ObamaCare. But who will be richer???

Steve Z on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Hall said employees in other parts of the government, including the Medicare office, are not subject to the same types of potential consequences as employees at statistical agencies, who can land in prison for up to five years and face a fine of a quarter of a million dollars for disclosing information early.

Am I misreading that? So this is legal for all of those government employees, not just members of Congress? I think we need to stop limiting ourselves to arguing over merely abolishing the IRS. The entire federal government has become a cancer.

Doughboy on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Tone. The tone was set in January 2009. Not that some examples of egregious behavior can’t be found from all previous administrations, but the breadth of these scandals from Fast & Furious and the GSA through Benghazi and the IRS, to the newest ones at State and HHS, are all of the same ilk- people who don’t take seriously the role of government. They use it to enrich themselves and protect themselves when the inevitable overreach or performance failures occur.

BKeyser on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This one sounds like it will get dumped on Grassley.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

What we really need is a much smaller federal government.

Perhaps one of limited powers, such as that envisioned in the U.S. Constitution — or is that too radical an idea?

AZCoyote on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

By my count there are at least 11 scandals.

New Black Panther Voter Intimidation (closed by Eric Holder)
Operation Fast and Furious
Benghazi cover-up
GSA conferences
IRS targeting scandal
DoJ attack on James Rosen
DoJ attack on Associated Press
NSA snooping on Americans
DoS “diplomats gone wild” scandal
HHS Secretary shakedown
HHS insider trading

And with the exception of the first, most of what we know came from whistleblowers and what the government had to admit after getting caught red-handed. I thought about throwing in all the vacations but that is more offensive than scandal so far. We’ll see if Mooch really follows through on spending a month on vacation as reported.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

“The reason we have so many reported scandals is because the Obama administration is so open and transparent!” Right!

Deano1952 on June 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Is this scandal number five or number six?

I believe it’s scandals six and seven, with a possibility of being a hat trick. An earlier WaPo story revealed the ex-Grassley staffer lobbyist told a DC-based brokerage firm before the decision was announced that it was part of buy of Orrin Hatch’s support of an unidentified Obama nominee.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Insider trading is not illegal for members of Congress.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Culture of Corruption

ITguy on June 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

And also the corruption of culture. Specifically, we can no longer trust our government to be honest, transparent, and working on our behalf.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Am I misreading that? So this is legal for all of those government employees, not just members of Congress?

Doughboy on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

It’s not legal for the Congresscritters or the staffs to carry out insider trading. This silliness that these jokers are allowed to trade on the most inside of inside information was proposed by some moron and has just been accepted by the MSM and others. The fact is that there are hundreds of laws these criminals can be charged with breaking.

But, we have a guy occupooping the Oval Office who has made a sport of breaking laws and spitting in America’s eye – and has not been held liable for anything, even as he has been the most outrageous (and dumbest) criminal ever to infest our federal political scene.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Racist.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I would also include the rape of Chrysler bondholders, and the theft of GM auto dealership franchises from owners who were Republican.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Let’s face it: We ordinary citizens are scum in comparison to the lawless ruling-elite and bureaucrats.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Dammit, don’t tell me they’re gonna have to re-do the Scandal Bracket, now? Running out of room!

Sekhmet on June 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ah, I see what Dear Liar’s strategy is: have so many scandals than no one can keep them straight.

rbj on June 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Repeat from another thread:

“If we could trust government, we wouldn’t need a constitution.”

itsspideyman on June 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Unfrigginreal.

GhoulAid on June 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) – As a candidate, Barack Obama vowed to bring a different, better kind of leadership to the dysfunctional capital. He’d make government more efficient, accountable and transparent. He’d rise above the “small-ball” nature of doing business. And he’d work with Republicans to break Washington paralysis.

Instead it turn out what I always told you – he has NO balls. He’s a tyrannical eunuch, illegitimate in his second term. He won…like Putin and Chavez did.

You can trust me, Obama said back in 2008. And – for a while, at least – a good piece of the country did.

Hitler said the same…and a good chunk of that country did too, fools!

But with big promises often come big failures – and the potential for big hits to the one thing that can make or break a presidency: credibility.

The far left now have their own, and then some “Bushhitler” and “Bushchimpey”. Obama redeemed GWB. The Huffington Post has it right, and the NYT does too.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

turn = turns

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

By my count there are at least 11 scandals.

New Black Panther Voter Intimidation (closed by Eric Holder)
Operation Fast and Furious
Benghazi cover-up
GSA conferences
IRS targeting scandal
DoJ attack on James Rosen
DoJ attack on Associated Press
NSA snooping on Americans
DoS “diplomats gone wild” scandal
HHS Secretary shakedown
HHS insider trading

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

You missed something like 40 or 50 other ones. The highly un-Constitutional and illegal Oval Office dictats as to who is allowed to stay in the country and who isn’t – legalizing illegals by Precedential fiat. Allying with Mexico to attack Arizona because Arizona was supporting federal law. Having invited the dipsh!t president of Mexico to our Congress to complain and denigrate America. His joke SOTUs that were filled with lies, distortions, and stupidities of every type. The whole mess with the gulf oil spill where Barky had the feral government stand in the way of any of the states doing any mitigation or containment. The extortion of $20 billion from BP in the Oval Office.

And on and on. It’s tough to remember all the crimes, scandals and plain stupidities that flow from this administration on a daily basis.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Tone. The tone was set in January 2009.

BKeyser on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I’d say more like May 2009. When it became clear that blacks can threaten voters without fear of prosecution- a decision which involved Eric Holder. The rat-eared devil made it clear that racial bias is acceptable.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The nation will be poorer under ObamaCare. But who will be richer???

Steve Z on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Just look at who wrote it: Dim politicians, Dim lobbyists, big pharma, the AMA, AARP, etc.

They are the ones who will benefit. (AARP’s financial group alone is expected to rake in billions of dollars a year on commissions for Medicare-gap policies. Many more seniors will now need to purchase these policies, thanks to the $716 billion in Medicare cuts mandated in the Obamacare bill.)

Same with the “comprehensive” amnesty bill being pimped by Rubio and Schumer. To know who will benefit, look at who participated in writing it: La Raza, the government of Mexico, labor unions, big business, etc.

To know who will not benefit from it, look at who was denied a seat at the table: U.S. Border Patrol, law enforcement, any group representing the interests of U.S. taxpayers, etc.

AZCoyote on June 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

The rat-eared devil made it clear that racial bias is acceptable.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I’ll repeat it, often. Obama will have set race-relations back by at least 30 years, in the US.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I believe it’s scandals six and seven, with a possibility of being a hat trick. An earlier WaPo story revealed the ex-Grassley staffer lobbyist told a DC-based brokerage firm before the decision was announced that it was part of buy of Orrin Hatch’s support of an unidentified Obama nominee.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Hasn’t Orrin Hatch also flipped on amnesty recently? I’m starting to wonder if that’s why so many Republicans seem to be acting so out of character even by RINO standards. Are they being bought off or threatened?

Doughboy on June 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

By my count there are at least 11 scandals….

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I’d use the word “major” in front of scandals… but, yeah, way more than five.

Fallon on June 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Soooo….who in government made big money in the stock market on that info?

albill on June 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

It’s no mystery why so many in government are filthy rich. Insider trading is still legal in the halls of Congress last time I checked. Ever heard of a poor Congressman? Now you know why. Stuff like this has been going on forever.

HotAirian on June 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Tone. The tone was set in January 2009.

BKeyser on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The ridiculous inaugural benediction by that pea-brained race-hound, joseph lowery:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day [...] when white will embrace what is right.

Yep. America took this cr@p. Pathetic.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I would also include the rape of Chrysler bondholders, and the theft of GM auto dealership franchises from owners who were Republican.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Okay, at least 12 then.

You missed something like 40 or 50 other ones.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Okay, at least 52 or 62.

Racist.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Hey, if this is racist, don’t blame me. We don’t even have a black Senator!

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

By my count there are at least 11 scandals.

New Black Panther Voter Intimidation (closed by Eric Holder)
Operation Fast and Furious
Benghazi cover-up
GSA conferences
IRS targeting scandal
DoJ attack on James Rosen
DoJ attack on Associated Press
NSA snooping on Americans
DoS “diplomats gone wild” scandal
HHS Secretary shakedown
HHS insider trading

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I would also include the rape of Chrysler bondholders, and the theft of GM auto dealership franchises from owners who were Republican.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I would also include the fact that a Court Qualified Expert Witness who is a registered Democrat and has been used as an expert witness by the law firm of Perkins Coie (the law firm Obama has used as his attorneys in several court cases) says that this PDF is “entirely fabricated”.

When this administration posts a forgery on the White House web site, and so far has gotten away with it, of course they are going to continue acting as if they are above the law.

ITguy on June 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I am completely speechless.

esr1951 on June 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

On going scandal known as Senator Marko Rubio speaks out of the other side of his mouth speaking Spanish on Univision.

“Border Security is not required before you guys get my amnesty.”

Snake.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

‘We don’t want to tax ALL businesses out of business.’

- President Barack Obama, 7 June 2013

So, he only wants to tax SOME businesses out of business.

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Obama will have set race-relations back by at least 30 years, in the US.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

What? Eight years of pitting blacks and Hispanics against whites isn’t going to lead to racial harmony?

Seriously, it is why I consider the New Black Panther voter intimidation thing a scandal. It was made clear that whites were not going see their civil rights protected unless they were also part of some other group like the gays, illegals, or those with women parts.

Happy Nomad on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Obama is a genius, he has figured out that if you flood the news with scandals, people will eventually just shrug their shoulders and say “Well, it’s just another one”.

Why oh, why, have we put up with this nonsense…rhetorical questions, most of us have not…but the foolish idiots have.

right2bright on June 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

‘Toons of the Day: The Big Brother Bomb

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Allow DJ Egg to spin this extended special request in honor of that.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

And let’s not forget Linda ellerbee’s plea to report your neighbors to fishy@feral.gov, later morphing into Attttack Waaaatch!!

And the fired IGs who were getting to close to the criminal behavior of Barky and his buddies.

And Barky’s support of tin-foil afficionado, Zelaya’s, attempted coup in Honduras, followed by Barky’s admin not issuing visas to the Honduran governement reps to attend the pathetic UN meeting but instead bringing coup attempter Zelaya’s buddies in as reps in exile of Honduras (including the Honduran Bill Ayers, a bomber from the 80s).

And then there was Barky revealing American security secrets (in order to make himself look tough – LOL) and his revealing secrets of our allies to hurt them and to harm American interests.

And his traveling to foreign nations to blame America for everything.

The list goes on forever.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Beyond despicable. Am I the only one who feels like buying a stamp with CLUELESS on it, placing every Lib I know in a headlock, and imprinting it on their forehead…their intellectually lazy arses owe us an apology…

hillsoftx on June 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Not quite – I’ve been saying for some time that Obama’s gonna need a bigger bus.

A prophet in my own mind.

Drained Brain on June 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

HA!

AP…We’re gonna need a Tanker.

Two factions…Prized Turf…The Summer of Discontent reality show.

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

‘We don’t want to tax ALL businesses out of business.’

- President Barack Obama, 7 June 2013

So, he only wants to tax SOME businesses out of business.

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Exactly. Ever since the days of Bill Clinton saying, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”, and “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is”, we have been forced to carefully parse every word for exactly what it does, and does not, say and mean.

ITguy on June 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Cheers to you, my esteemed friend. Just wanted you to know how much I admire all your detailed and very informative comments and courage.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Was just thinking “I hope Sophie wakes up, soon”. What times, what times!!!

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I blame the congress, a lot, from both sides.

Greta Van Susteren says this often “how come you, the ones who have oversight responsibilities, always find things after the fact, and then wait so long to do something about them?” — paraphrased…

They are all in the cabal, for their own enrichment. Most all are culpable. They enable the likes of meg-crooks like Obama and his entire admin. These are thugs of the first order, enabled by even bigger thugs.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

ACORN
Fast & Furious
Benghazi
CIA Drones
IRS
HHS
PRISM
AP/Rosen
DOJ/Holder
Immigration/ICE
Voting Polls Corruption
Pigford
NLRB
EPA

and Obama’s official re-election fundraising site…OFA

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“See what I mean?”

- Morton Salt girl

SteveInRTP on June 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Allow DJ Egg to spin this extended special request in honor of that.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Done! Thanks!

Was just thinking “I hope Sophie wakes up, soon”. What times, what times!!!

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I’ll have you know that I’ve been up since 6:30. The Namaste Ninja paid me a visit.

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

ACORN
Fast & Furious
Benghazi
CIA Drones
IRS
HHS
PRISM
AP/Rosen
DOJ/Holder
Immigration/ICE
Voting Polls Corruption
Pigford
NLRB
EPA

and Obama’s official re-election fundraising site…OFA

Bail Outs
Solyndra

Feel free to add toppings to the scandalpalooza pizza…

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

American Spring.

MichaelGabriel on June 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

On the Scandal Meter we have just reached on the scale of 1 to 10 ………….. 10AAA. A level never before achieved. Meanwhile United States government securities are being downgraded.

SC.Charlie on June 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

You will be fine PN. And remember, Fay and I both have Win 8 in case you need help. Yes one box says Desktop…You can put up all the Icons on there.

thanks for the review.

CoffeeLover on June 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

ok that was weird…I was answering someone else on another blog! sorry for that guys.

CoffeeLover on June 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Way to point out how ‘someone’ can’t count!

Druge Headline: ‘Another day, another Scandal’

– Great – only 3 1/2 years to go! :(

easyt65 on June 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Oh…don’t forget about Sebilius EXTORTING illegal ‘donations’ from the orgs she is over to help pay for Obamacare!

easyt65 on June 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Dang, reality is better than reading a Baldacci novel. You can’t make this stuff up…

kirkill on June 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Way to point out how ‘someone’ can’t count!

Druge Headline: ‘Another day, another Scandal’

– Great – only 3 1/2 years to go! :(

easyt65 on June 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Usually…It gets really bad…right before things get better.

Of course we are living in Interesting Times

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Dang, reality is better than reading a Baldacci novel. You can’t make this stuff up…

kirkill on June 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Yeah.

I gotta think this is a factional war…and it’s gonna get even uglier.

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post late last week that his office reviewed the e-mail records of employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and found that 436 of them had early access to the Medicare decision as much as two weeks before it was made public.

The number of federal employees with advance knowledge is surely higher; the figures Grassley’s staff compiled did not include people at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget who also saw the information. The e-mail records of those employees have not been made available to Grassley.

The discovery that sensitive information was so widely disseminated could complicate the forensic task for investigators trying to determine who may have leaked confidential information, and it brings further attention to the government’s handling of policy details valued by Wall Street traders.

The WH might have known too…but their e-mails are hidden, for now.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Explain the impact of this on pension funds and how no doubt, the average 401k.

All these new scandals have to be about how it impacts the average person, not the govt employee. It’s a given that their is corruption.

can_con on June 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Indeed…meant, of course, that you’d show up here, which is always a blessing. The land doesn’t deserve you, but Britain does even less. Your steely fight inspires others, no matter the detractors.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

THERE ARE SO MANY STINKIN ALARMS GOING OFF now, we’re permanently deaf.

We can’t absorb any more ALARMS from this administration !!!

stenwin77 on June 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Usually…It gets really bad…right before things get better.

Of course we are living in Interesting Times…

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Where’s your inner Hannibal Smith? It’s, “It’s always darkest just before it goes totally black.”

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Listening to the beginning of Rush. He says no matter what Obama does, he’ll probably never get impeached due to his race.

Depressing but true. Whatever happened to MLK and “content of character” rather than color of skin?

Grace_is_sufficient on June 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

AP: Mounting Controversies Are All About Trust

Resist We Much on June 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Great – I had it in the works…my first comment in this thread.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Depressing but true. Whatever happened to MLK and “content of character” rather than color of skin?

Grace_is_sufficient on June 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

He died in vain and Obama isn’t the first black president either.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Boy I don’t know if the SEC can manage to pull itself away from all that midget porn to actually do its job here. – Nutstuyu on June 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

When was the last time the SEC went after anyone that hold any power. With all the corruption that has been claimed to exist on Wall Street, no one except for Bernie Madoff has gone to jail, that I know of. Jon (I know nothing) Corzine is walking free. At IMF Global $1.6 billion just went missing under his watch. What he hell is going at the SEC? ………… Perhaps they need help from the NSA./s

By the way Allahpundit, why have they put a picture of a dog as you on the HotAir website with you and the rest of the writers for HotAir? Ah, come on and tell us who you really are.

SC.Charlie on June 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I’m beginning to think all these scandals coming one after the other is either a deliberate POS tactic or a way to divert attention from Benghazi.

It’s the Chicago Way. Unleash scandal shock and awe to confuse, disorient and bore the populace.

When a scandal a day is the norm all scandals become irrelevant.

wyntre on June 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

No, we’re not going to need “a bigger boat,” but we are going to need a bigger bus. As these scandals pile up one on top of the other, more and more low-level bureaucrats and mid-level flunkies will have to be thrown under the bus. Maybe we’ve misunderestimated President Obama. It is becoming increasingly clear that, contrary to what we may have thought, he is actually trying hard to reduce the size of government – through attrition.

Harrell on June 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Forget Watergate — this is turning into FederalGovernmentGate.

Aitch748 on June 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Yes. + 1

When was the last time the SEC went after anyone that hold any power……

SC.Charlie on June 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Sure you two can say things like that! But I’ll bet this is the first time anything like this has happened. You think these folks are underhanded?

IlikedAUH2O on June 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Forget Watergate — this is turning into FederalGovernmentGate.

Aitch748 on June 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

More like Floodgate…Tsunamigate…Hurricanegate…OMGgate

right2bright on June 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I don’t want O to be impeached. I want his ideology to be discredited and destroyed, and we can only do that be showing the full extent of its evil.

I would credit the GOP with all these scandals, but I think what’s happening is that the honest men and women left in government are rebelling.

Preference cascade.

PattyJ on June 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Five scandals…or was that seven?

And those are just the major scandals.

You’re not counting little ones, like Obama sending billions of tax dollars to near-bankrupt companies run by Obama campaign donors.

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Look how many books will be written about this “president”…a goldmine for years to come.

right2bright on June 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Foretting Fast & Furious?
Or is that too old?

gullxn on June 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Check one of the other scandal threads. F & F was not a scandal according to a New England liberal I know who lives with the NYT and Boston papers.

The WH ordered executive privilege to protect undercover police and informants.

His wife did allow that an attractive New York lady who visited Cape Cod said something about our government giving dangerous weapons to Mexican drug dealers and other criminals for some strange reason. Their friends and they quickly saw that insane and ugly rumor as Republican hate toward two black men in authority. How our Attorney General has suffered due to racism!

IlikedAUH2O on June 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This new WaPo story makes six. No, wait — seven. Ed just posted on the State Department covering up misconduct. We’re going to need a bigger boat.

Hard to believe that all of these leaks/scandals coming out at almost the same time, one after another, is an accident and a complete coincidence. A couple, maybe. But not this many one after another.

Looks more like there are some people who have had enough of the Chicago Way and they want to make sure that Comrade O and his gang of Chicago bred political thugs do not turn the federal government and the country into Greater Chicago.

And they may not all be Republicans. It could be a bipartisan effort. It might even be an internal power struggle within the Democratic Party. Many Democrats in the country may not want the federal government to become a Chicago dominated enterprise.

farsighted on June 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Too bad I didn’t work for the Feds. – Martha Stewart

kringeesmom on June 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Big government would work flawlessly if it weren’t for all of these low-level staffers mucking up the plans of The One.

PackerBronco on June 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I’m beginning to think all these scandals coming one after the other is either a deliberate POS tactic or a way to divert attention from Benghazi.

It’s the Chicago Way. Unleash scandal shock and awe to confuse, disorient and bore the populace.

When a scandal a day is the norm all scandals become irrelevant.

wyntre on June 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Maybe.

Or

Scandalpalooza has gotten outta control because of addtional factional infighting.

Preezy is fighting the GOP and the Clintonista faction within his own party simultaneously while he’s lining his supporters packets & deconstructing the country.

Fascism is Hard Ya’ll…

Karma Dominoes.

workingclass artist on June 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

BREAKING: EPA gave Farmers’ personal data to Environmental groups…

(But don’t worry – Obama won’t give all that personal info it is collecting on you to anyone to use against you…)

Limbaugh is declaring the United States is in the Middle of a ‘Coup’ with the DHS ‘arming up’ to prep for the fight.

If you stop & think about it, EVERY SINGLE AGENCY & DEPARTMENT in this administration is doing something criminal / wrong!

He has ‘outlawed’ the condemnation of Islamic Extremism – no ‘terrorist’ / ‘terrorist attack’, his DHS is ordering armored military SUVs/vehicles & storing up weapons & ammo, his IRS/FBI/ATF/EPA/NSA/etc was just exposed for going after Americans…we are on a greased skid downward with Obamacare to the single-payer system Obama said before the election in 2008 he wanted…he has quoted Saul Alinsky during an Inauguration speech, & has made several comments about how the country would be run better & things would be easier if he WERE a DICTATOR….

I hate to say it, but Ruch might have a point…

easyt65 on June 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Can the Democrats continue to talk about “caring about the middle class” when the only people who enriched themselves are government employees? This is a topic the GOP need to jump on and inform the public that Democrats care about power and the people who work for the government.

djaymick on June 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

And switched over to msdnc….wall to wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial…..so they have their squirrel for the day

cmsinaz on June 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Good. Anyone who watches that by choice is already lost. It will keep them out of the way while the adults talk.

AP: Don’t forget F&F.

kim roy on June 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

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