Lerner emails likely gone forever . . . Politico
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found.
WH: No emails between us and Lerner . . . CNS News
The Obama White House says it found “zero emails” between Lois Lerner and the president’s office.
Obama: I can act without Congress . . . Bloomberg
President Obama told top lawmakers that he won’t need additional congressional approval for the options he’s considering in response to the sectarian violence in Iraq.
White House wants Maliki out . . . Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration is signaling that it wants a new government in Iraq without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, convinced the Shiite leader is unable to reconcile with the nation’s Sunni minority and stabilize a volatile political landscape.
Hayden: The state of Iraq is gone . . . Newsmax
The country of Iraq is, for all intents and purposes, dead and has been replaced by three successor states, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV Wednesday.
WH drove Obamacare website launch . . . Examiner
Under pressure from the White House, Healthcare.gov was launched despite a wave of previously unknown warnings from consultants that the Obamacare website was insecure, untested, and prone to crashing.
Limbaugh: Redskins decision “tyranny” . . . Newsmax
Conservatives ripped the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strip the Washington Redskins of its trademark — blasting it as the ultimate power play by the Obama administration to plunder free-speech rights.
Todd: Poll says Obama presidency “over” . . . Newsmax
A new poll that shows President Obama’s approval ratings “cratering” reflects a public essentially telling its commander-in-chief, “your presidency is over,” NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd said Wednesday.
Senate to Biden: We want Hillary . . . Politico
After nearly four decades in the Senate, countless fundraisers for his party and endless ego-massaging of his colleagues, not a single Democratic senator, including the two from his home state, are publicly urging him to run for president.
Obama-Clinton alliance strained . . . Politico
Some Obama campaign veterans quietly pushed back on a claim that they considered downright false: Clinton’s contention that the Obama team had wanted to attack vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for, essentially, being a woman.