IRS boss faces coverup charges . . . Fox News
The commissioner is set to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee. GOP lawmakers are furious.
Issa calls WH counsel to testify . . . Newsmax
Jennifer O’Connor is scheduled to testify on Tuesday. O’Connor worked as counselor to acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel for six months last year.
Obama mostly leaves Iraq on its own . . . Associated Press
Officials said the small size of the new American military footprint in Iraq fits Obama’s vision of what the U.S. can accomplish without sending in tens of thousands of conventional troops in a reprise of the war he campaigned to end.
U.S. airstrikes could range into Syria . . . CNS News
“[W]e don’t restrict potential U.S. action to a specific geographic space,” a “senior administration official” told reporters on Thursday.
Lawmakers voice cautious support . . . The Hill
Lawmakers in both parties are offering cautious support for Obama’s decision to send 300 advisers to Iraq but want him to hold off on more aggressive steps such as drone attacks or air strikes.
WH grapples with borderless conflict . . . Washington Post
Administration sees an al-Qaeda-inspired uprising in Syria and Iraq as a single challenge threatening stability.
Welcome to Obama’s nightmare . . . National Journal
Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk.
Obama extends rights of gay couples . . . Reuters
Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states.
Michelle: Immigration top priority . . . Breitbart
First Lady Michelle Obama repeated what her husband has said many times – amnesty legislation is his top legislative priority.
Poll: Obama sinks on immigration . . . Politico
Two in three Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new Gallup poll.
Carney talks about his tenure . . . CS Monitor
As a former reporter himself, Jay Carney had thought everything that went on behind the scenes at the White Hose was political. It turns out he was wrong, he says.
NBC pays Chelsea big bucks not to appear . . . Breitbart
NBC News defended its decision to pay the daughter of a presidential frontrunner $200,000 for not appearing on the air as a way to avoid the appearance of “a conflict of interest.”
Hillary’s child rapist problem . . . Free Beacon
The facts are these. In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court. She was not a public defender. No one ordered her to take the case.
Hillary fought to keep troops in Iraq . . . Daily Beast
When the the White House was looking to pull American troops from Iraq, the then-secretary of state was a force pushing for troops to stay.
Rick Perry: Oops . . . Newsmax
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is backtracking on comments he made about gays last week, saying he “stepped right in it.”
Pelosi prays for Republicans . . . Fox News
“I pray for the Democrats and the Republicans, for our country.”
Obamas want daughter on minimum wage . . . Reuters
“I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work,” Michelle Obama said in an interview with Parade magazine