HotAir Daily Express 06/12/2013


Deep thoughts: Budgeting is just arithmetic, not math
6/12/2013 10:01:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yes, this will be the laugher du jour, but Ed Markey’s critics will largely overshoot the mark.  There is a difference between math and arithmetic.  Unfortunately for Markey, he still gets even that wrong: This is actually a pet peeve of my son,

Royce demands answers from Kerry on State Dept obstruction of investigations
6/12/2013 9:21:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Get ready for the next set of hearings into executive-branch misconduct, this time at the House Foreign Relations Committee.  After CBS News exposed a series of obstructions on investigations of wrongdoing at State that may involve former Hillary Clinton

House members remain concerned after FBI/NSA briefing on PRISM
6/12/2013 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
The defenders of the NSA’s surveillance programs have insisted since last week that the programs don’t threaten the privacy of US citizens on the Internet or on the phone, and have strict Congressional oversight.  That must mean that a

Peter King: Let’s prosecute reporters who publish leaks, too
6/12/2013 8:01:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Old and busted: Eric Holder attacked free speech by going after James Rosen! New hotness: Prosecute reporters who published leaked material.  So says Rep. Peter King in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, turning one scandal at the Department


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Quotes of the day
6/11/2013 10:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Amazon has recorded a spike in sales of the George Orwell novel, “1984” in the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency’s data collection programs. The centennial edition of the book ranked number 4 on the seller’s “movers and shakers

Projection: In Aaron Sorkin’s world, liberals face government persecution for bashing Tea Party
6/11/2013 10:11:36 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Mm-hmm. Somehow, the boob-tube bard of the reality-based community missed out on the irony that actual reality lends the storyline of “Newsroom’s” second season. Ace flagged the trailer today. If I’m not mistaken

A year after surviving recall, Scott Walker still faces no Democratic opponent for 2014
6/11/2013 9:21:53 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In hindsight, I think it’s safe to say the recall was what they call “overreach.” As Wisconsin Democrats gathered for their convention in one of the state’s lovely cities noted for its kind people, delicious dairy products, and

The NYT wonders: So, what’s up with this warming plateau?
6/11/2013 8:31:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
That the planet has not warmed significantly in going on fifteen years is a fact that has become pretty much impossible to deny across all fronts; back in March, longtime climate fearmonger The Economist had out with it, and on Monday the New York Times

FBI requests for records under Patriot Act have increased 1,000% in just four years; Update: Data-mining goes deeper than thought?
6/11/2013 7:51:10 PM  Allahpundit
It’s not just the number of requests, it’s the scope of them. They’re not demanding records related to particular investigations anymore, they’re demanding huge troves of records on random Americans for data-mining purposes, the

North Korea abruptly bails on high-level talks with South Korea
6/11/2013 7:10:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
I think it’s probably too much to hope that North Korea’s Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un, has really accepted that the bizarre nuclear-”escalation” tactic he was deploying earlier this year wasn’t succeeding at bringing him closer

Gallup: Bush’s favorable rating now net positive for first time since 2005
6/11/2013 6:01:56 PM  Allahpundit
He’s not quite at a majority but he’s almost there at 49 percent. According to a Quinnipiac poll taken a few weeks ago, Obama’s favorable rating is … 48 percent. Second look at compassionate conservatism? Dubya’s favorable

Lindsey Graham: Sure, I’d support censoring your mail if it was necessary to counterterrorism
6/11/2013 5:11:44 PM  Allahpundit
Let me repeat what I said last week after he clapped the NSA on the back for collecting Americans’ phone records: It’s not just the fact that he endorses ideas like this, it’s the ease with which he does it. There appears to be none of

Mohammed movie filmmaker: “If I could go back, I would do it again”
6/11/2013 4:41:21 PM  Allahpundit
He’s defiant, but not as defiant as you might think from that headline. He has no regrets about making the movie and says he’ll finish it once he’s out of the pen, but if you’re expecting any indignation over the White

Putin: Unlawfully invading citizens’ privacy isn’t how we do things in “civilized society,” you know
6/11/2013 4:01:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Ed noted this morning, a number of the United States’ European allies are rather less-than-pleased about the recent revelations concerning the NSA’s surveillance programs — and Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently decided to

Last, best chance to stop the Gang of Eight bill: Obama’s starting to get involved in immigration reform again
6/11/2013 3:21:04 PM  Allahpundit
The situation’s critical, my friends. Senate Republicans are beginning to cave. Rubio’s screwing around with sideshow amendments designed to pander to conservatives without fixing the real problem in the bill. Boehner’s talking about

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
6/11/2013 2:51:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss Scandalabra and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last twenty minutes will

Reason: “Demonization machine” revving up on Snowden
6/11/2013 2:41:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Reason’s right about this as far as the argument goes, but Matt Welch also fails to note the opposite — the sanctification machine that wants to transform Edward Snowden into a martyr for liberty and justice for all.  Matt collects a number

Former senior NSA official: Maybe only 30 or 40 agency officials had access to that FISA order that leaked
6/11/2013 2:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
Normally, this is where I’d say there are only two obvious possibilities: Either I’m right that he conspired with someone higher up the chain who fed him these highly sensitive documents or the guy’s some sort of master hacker who

Boom: California greens try, fail to pass a fracking moratorium
6/11/2013 1:21:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
I somehow managed to completely miss this from a couple of weeks back, but it’s an especially interesting and kind of epic piece of news from a state that’s home to some of the largest, most cultishly do-or-die green interests in the country

Maybe Ike was right
6/11/2013 12:41:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s been a very long time since I read Dwight Eisenhower’s final presidential address to the nation, televised live on January 17, 1961 — two years before I was born.  Now it’s available on YouTube, based on a poor-quality

Wyden: I gave Clapper that question a day in advance of his untruthful answer
6/11/2013 12:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
This puts quite a different spin on last week’s question about possible perjury by the Director of National Intelligence after the exposure of the NSA’s PRISM and BLARNEY programs, doesn’t it?  While we didn’t necessarily assume

“Reserving judgment”: Rand Paul ducks question of whether Snowden should be prosecuted
6/11/2013 11:21:33 AM  Allahpundit
An obligatory follow-up to my post yesterday predicting that Rand will, eventually, call for jail time for Snowden. Charlie Rose tries to pin him down on that no fewer than three times (the third comes at the very end of the clip) and Rand ducks each and

IRS violated privacy laws, claimed privacy rights to block investigation of violation
6/11/2013 10:41:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
US law requires the IRS to keep confidential the material submitted by applicants for tax-exempt status until an adjudication on the application has been finalized.  What happens when they violate this law?  Amazingly, as John Eastman learned when the