HotAir Daily Express 06/17/2013


Oh, my: Obama’s approval rating drops eight points in one month
6/17/2013 9:21:44 AM  Erika Johnsen
The ongoing Benghazi investigation, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the DOJ collecting journalists’ phone records, the NSA surveillance revelations, the continuously bumpy ObamaCare rollout, and etcetera — it’s tough

China: The U.S. should really explain all of this unfortunate surveillance business
6/17/2013 8:31:38 AM  Erika Johnsen
At their “shirtsleeves” summit in California earlier this month, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a bunch of broad, grandiose, but ultimately empty promises about “working together” on enhancing global cyber

Quotes of the day
6/16/2013 8:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said that much of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill was in “perfect shape,” but added he would insist on tougher border security measures. Rubio, one of the authors of the bill, was asked if he still

Depardieu: Never mind Russia, it’s France that’s “almost Bolshevik”
6/16/2013 6:31:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Remember the saga of Gerard Depardieu, the wealthy and much-maligned French actor who had the nerve to seek residence (and, presumably, a lower tax burden) elsewhere? French Socialist politicians flipped their lids when the well-known actor headed for


Yes, the “new and improved” farm bill is still chock-full of agribusiness pork
6/16/2013 5:01:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
The politics of the now completely unnecessary and economically damaging raft of oh-so-generous subsidies, payouts, and programs that the federal government affords the agriculture industry became self-perpetuating long ago, and most unfortunately,

Video: America’s worst charities a family affair
6/16/2013 3:31:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
Three charities supposedly focused on breast cancer and cancer in children raised $26 million in a single year. Good news, right? The bad news is that less than $15,000 of those funds got used to help victims of cancer. CNN, the Tampa Bay Times, and

An unhappy birthday and intellectual property laws
6/16/2013 2:01:41 PM  Jazz Shaw
You probably don’t give much thought to the ubiquitous song, “Happy Birthday” aside from the odd children’s party, but it’s going to have a day in court soon. The song has been around in various forms since the 1800′s,

Nadler: NSA told us analysts can conduct warrantless wiretapping; Update: Nadler retracts
6/16/2013 12:31:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
For most of the last week, the US intelligence and law-enforcement communities have insisted that the controversy over the NSA surveillance programs has been overblown and overhyped.  Not according to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who attended a briefing

Detroit going for broke
6/16/2013 11:01:09 AM  Jazz Shaw
Last month, Ed gave us the rundown on the financial status of the Motor City. The prognosis wasn’t good, what with Detroit having billions more in outstanding bills than it could possibly generate in revenue. If anything, that doom and gloom