Lerner targeted GOP Sen. Grassley . . . Newsmax
Startling new emails from the woman at the center of the IRS tea party-targeting scandal show that in 2012 she suggested referring Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley for a possible audit.
IRS chief a major Democratic donor . . . Fox News
John Koskinen has shelled out nearly $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups.
White House: We didn’t see ISIS coming . . . Free Beacon
Senior Obama administration officials’ closed-door briefing to senators Tuesday night revealed that the White House did not anticipate and was not prepared for the rise of ISIS.
Iraq pullout harmed intel gathering . . . Associated Press
CIA officers have been largely hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011, allowing a once-rich network of intelligence sources to wither.
U.S. spent $4.8B on Obamacare exchanges . . . Free Beacon
The funding was provided by a section of the Affordable Care Act that allowed for “indefinite” funding at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Obama admits climate effort costs . . . New York Times
“People don’t like gas prices going up; they are concerned about electricity prices going up,” Mr. Obama said in a speech at an annual dinner for the League of Conservation Voters.
Obama mocks climate skeptics . . . Bloomberg
Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a “fringe” element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.
Poll: Keep Gitmo open . . . Fox News
Most American voters consider the recently-captured Benghazi suspect an enemy combatant who should be tried in a military tribunal and kept at Guantanamo Bay.
Diplomatic compounds still at risk . . . Free Beacon
U.S. diplomatic compounds overseas continue to be endangered by lax security measures and, in many cases, are highly vulnerable to potential attack.
Pentagon clarifies Bergdahl possibilities . . . CS Monitor
He can be classified as AWOL or a captured soldier, but not both.
Obama to share woman’s “day in the life” . . . Reuters
Obama heads to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a “day in the life” of an ordinary American and convince voters that he understands their challenges
Rubio pushes working class appeal . . . Politico
Marco Rubio is presenting his domestic policy agenda as one that appeals both to conservatives and single mothers, working-class families and recent college graduates.