Key Dems press for action on Iraq . . . The Hill
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Obama should consider military strikes against advancing Islamist forces, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went even further.
Iran warns U.S. on Iraq intervention . . . Free Beacon
As Obama touts partnership, Iran warns of repercussions.
WH tries to rebuild trust with Congress . . . Examiner
The Obama administration has been in close communication with key members of Congress this week on both the crisis in Iraq and the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala.
Benghazi suspect won’t go to Gitmo . . . Politico
Will be tried in federal criminal court. Those plans are already drawing fire from some GOP critics.
White House: Capture a “milestone” . . . Associated Press
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the capture makes clear that the U.S. is fulfilling its pledge to bring to justice those responsible.
Poll: Obama can no longer lead . . . MSNBC
A majority of respondents – 54% – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country and get the job done.
Boehner: Money driving Obama on Keystone . . . Newsmax
“The obstructionists blocking Keystone have a different kind of green agenda: big campaign donations courtesy of a billionaire super-donor,” write and aide.
House panel subpoenas Lerner’s computer . . . Newsmax
House Oversight Committee Chairman Issa subpoenaed the computer former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner used and other electronic data regarding the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
GOP: IRS lost even more emails . . . Politico
Republicans on Tuesday charged that the IRS has lost emails of a half dozen of its employees involved in the tea party targeting controversy, including a top aide to the now-fired acting IRS commissioner.
The IRS explanation for the “lost” emails . . . USA Today
It was seven hard drive crashes, the lack of a centralized archive, a practice of erasing and reusing backup tapes every six months, and an IRS policy of allowing employees to decide for themselves which e-mails constitute an official agency record.
Congress tries to move Keystone . . . Washington Times
The movement to bypass Obama and approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline through congressional action has more momentum than ever, with a key Senate committee set to vote.
In interviews, Hillary ducks hard choices . . . Examiner
In most responses Clinton was cautious and politically correct, preferring lighthearted charm to bold stances.
Hillary: Keep investigating the IRS . . . Examiner
Clinton says “the investigation needs to continue” into possible wrongdoing at the IRS — a position that puts her at odds with many fellow Democrats.
Clinton not evolved on marijuana . . . Examiner
Backs medical marijuana but not there yet on recreational use.