HotAir Daily Express 06/11/2013


State Department: Quash an investigation? Who … us?
6/11/2013 10:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, CBS News published documents that showed the State Department had quashed or obstructed Inspector General investigations into serious wrongdoing by high-ranking officials, including one Ambassador who ditched his security team to importune

Boehner, Feinstein: Snowden’s a traitor
6/11/2013 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
I guess this makes it bipartisan, no?  The Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Republican Speaker of the House don’t agree on large number of issues, but they both have the same assessment of NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Smart power: US allies “stunned” at scope of NSA surveillance
6/11/2013 8:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Who can blame them?  As the scope of the NSA surveillance programs became a little clearer since their exposure last week, the ostensible targets abroad turned out to be a little unhappy with Uncle Big Brother, too.  German chancellor Angela Merkel will

Video: Turkish police start to clear protesters from Taksim Square
6/11/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Tayyip side of the Moon,” reads one piece of graffiti in this AP video taken in Istanbul earlier today.  Another piece of graffiti on a bus window reads “Devil Tayyip,” also taken by the AP.  Both show a certain measure of


Obama to Americans, “One Nation, Under China!”
God is dead. Well, so it would seem. The U.S. Treasury just gave China direct access to its debt auctions. Never before in the 237-year history of this great country has any foreign government been granted such intimate access to Capitol Hill, which begs the question…  Is the United States now under the rule of communist China? Vote now.

Quotes of the day
6/10/2013 10:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
The impact of the leak inside the NSA has been enormous. “There is complete freakout mode at the agency right now,” one former intelligence officer tells The Daily Beast. “There has never been anything like this in terms of the speed of referral of a

Audio: IRS agent tells pro-life group, “Keep your faith to yourself.”
6/10/2013 10:01:44 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A pro-life legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, released audio today of a 2012 phone call between an IRS agent and the head of a Texas pregnancy counseling group. During the phone call, IRS agent Sherry Wan is heard lecturing Ania Joseph about how

Psst: There are four separate scandals going on at EPA right now
6/10/2013 9:21:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, that we were not flooded with scandals already, this might actually rate some coverage. But alas, as it is, even a news junkie like myself didn’t know there were four separate EPA scandals going on until Gabriel Malor laid it out for me. You

Venezuela: Inflation, basic goods shortages, and a whole lotta’ political instability
6/10/2013 8:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is only two months into his leadership of the socialist country following the death of longtime strongman Hugo Chavez earlier this year, but things are already going decidedly poorly for him. Opposition leader Henry

Obama: We still have “too many kids in poverty in this country.” Yes, yes we do.
6/10/2013 8:01:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
While nominating Jason Furman to replace Alan Krueger as the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers at the White House on Monday afternoon, President Obama made what Politico called a “rare mention” of child poverty in the

Pew poll: 56% support NSA tracking phone calls to hunt for terrorists, near-majority support tracking e-mails
6/10/2013 7:21:01 PM  Allahpundit
I tweeted the link to this WaPo story and was surprised by how many people seemed surprised by, or even in outright denial about, the results. This has always been a 50/50 issue, more or less; if it wasn’t, The One wouldn’t have dared to

Senate poised to pass that terrible farm bill along to the House
6/10/2013 6:41:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Senate is all set to very probably pass their version of a farm bill this evening — what we’re meant to believe will amount to a less than $1 trillion/ten years cost to taxpayers that, in net effect, is actually going to save taxpayers

Rubio on immigration: Legalizing illegals must and will come before border security
6/10/2013 6:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
Via Byron York, don’t accuse the man of inconsistency. He’s defended “legalization first” since the very beginning of this process; his demands about border-security triggers have only ever applied to the second step in the path

Ron Paul: We should be thankful for people like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald
6/10/2013 5:21:51 PM  Allahpundit
To no one’s surprise, the admiration is mutual. That was easy to predict. Harder to predict is how Paul fils will react. Crunch time for Rand. Should Snowden be prosecuted or not? Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul today again condemned reports

Jay Carney: Obama welcomes this debate about programs he tried desperately to keep secret
6/10/2013 4:41:17 PM  Allahpundit
My mistake. I thought Obama’s comments on Friday meant he was going to drop the insulting “let’s have a debate” deflection strategy he reverts to whenever he’s trying to duck criticism on a tough issue. Here’s

Good news from French President Hollande: The eurozone crisis is over, or something
6/10/2013 4:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, that’s a relief, I must say. The eurozone crisis is over, French president Francois Hollande said as he sought to reassure Asian investors on a visit to Japan. “What you need to understand here in Japan is that the crisis in Europe is

AP: White House close to approving lethal aid for Syrian rebels
6/10/2013 3:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
I thought we had a choice in 2008 but somehow we’ve ended up with the worst aspects of an Obama presidency and a McCain presidency. No, no, that’s unfair. Under a McCain presidency, we’d be in year three of U.S. involvement. In that

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
6/10/2013 2:51:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about all the latest additions to Scandalabra, and much more. We’ll also talk about The Binge

Snowden: I could have wiretapped anyone’s e-mails, including the president’s personal account
6/10/2013 2:41:54 PM  Allahpundit
The most confounding thing in writing about the NSA/PRISM/Snowden clusterfark is that, if you don’t work in national security, there’s no yardstick to measure which claims are plausible and which are insane. That in itself is a brutal

British government under pressure on PRISM
6/10/2013 2:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration isn’t the only Western government facing questions about the use of NSA’s PRISM program to snoop on Internet content to expose potential terrorists.  David Cameron’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, canceled a

Surprise: Booker way ahead in special-election Quinnipiac polling
6/10/2013 1:21:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Believe it or not, there actually is good news for Republicans in the first Quinnipiac polling on New Jersey’s US Senate special election slated for October.  Newark Mayor Cory Booker blows everyone out of the water, as is to be expected, but

Ex-Energy Secretary Chu: Our green-energy loans were “more successful than Wall Street”
6/10/2013 12:41:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Department of Energy is currently hanging back somewhat with issuing new government (i.e., taxpayer)-backed loans to what federal bureaucrats so augustly deem to be promising green-energy companies through its several loan programs —

Video: Valedictorian silenced after mentioning God, faith
6/10/2013 12:01:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
The school warned Remington Reimer that they’d stop him if he went off-script and talked about his faith, a warning they fulfilled moments after Reimer included it in his valedictory address to Joshua High School graduates. Despite the fact that

Scandal number five: Insider-trading probe of Medicare announcement reveals hundreds of HHS employees had secret info
6/10/2013 11:21:44 AM  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.

Video: Jorge Bonilla launches Congressional bid against Grayson
6/10/2013 10:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Who, you might ask, is Jorge Bonilla?  He’s a veteran of the US Navy, and his family originally comes from Puerto Rico.  He is also a conservative blogger at The Shark Tank with my friend Javier Manjarres (a fellow recipient of CPAC’s Blogger