HotAir Daily Express 06/18/2013


Is there a leak at the FISA court?
6/18/2013 9:41:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
No one knows for sure, but the appearance of what had been a highly-classified court decision has some wondering if the FISA court has sprung its first significant leak.  The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that the FBI has begun to wonder that, too

CNN polls shows 10-point jump in belief WH ordered IRS targeting of conservatives
6/18/2013 8:51:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
There’s nothing more significant than sheer dot-connecting here, as there has not yet been any explicit revelations of White House involvement.  Still, that’s still politically significant, as the change in the CNN poll series today shows

In Israel: Tomorrow is today
6/18/2013 8:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
JERUSALEM – For those who might have wondered to where I disappeared yesterday, I spent all day traveling to Jerusalem.  For the second time in the last three years, the Israeli Presidential Conference – “Tomorrow 2013″ in this

Quotes of the day
6/17/2013 10:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
All those Americans who were worried that the NSA could be abusing its alarmingly wide discretion to collect telephone data to track their locations can now rest easy. The Wall Street Journal reports that, while NSA officials are legally allowed to use


Good news: Obama says NSA spying is “transparent”
6/17/2013 9:21:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, I don’t know what more assurance I could need. From an interview with Charlie Rose that airs tonight on PBS: Charlie Rose: Should this be transparent in some way? Barack Obama: It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court…. The

Shock poll: Americans prefer dogs to cats — by more than 30 points
6/17/2013 8:10:00 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. I was going to do another post on the disappointment that is Rubio and how the “American workers can’t cut it” quote from his aide looks even worse in context, but neither of those topics depressed me enough. I

Moniz: No worries, the DOE is going to keep “aggressively pursuing” more solar energy projects
6/17/2013 7:15:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, joy. Moniz put strong faith in solar power during remarks Monday at a Washington, D.C., conference. That continues the trend set forth by his predecessor, Steven Chu, who was a staunch advocate of the renewable energy source. “I would argue that I

Pew: Strongest support for Snowden comes from young adults — and tea partiers
6/17/2013 6:15:50 PM  Allahpundit
A repudiation of my “tea partiers aren’t that libertarian” thesis or an illustration of it? We won’t know until there’s a Republican in the White House again. All of the numbers are extraordinary there, but the most

North Korea: So, can we have talks with the United States now?
6/17/2013 5:35:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
It wasn’t so very long ago that the North Koreans were making demands, à la legends in their own minds, for recognition as a nuclear state with phenomenal cosmic powers before they would deign to sit down with the United States and South Korea for

Finally: The official Hot Air Twitter feed is now live
6/17/2013 4:55:55 PM  Allahpundit
It’s real and it’s spectacular. And yes, yes, it’s long overdue. What can I say except that it’s hard for a beta male to be “social”? (Actually, someone had squatted on the account handle and it took time to get it

Rubio: If I were in charge, we would have armed the Syrian rebels much sooner
6/17/2013 4:15:10 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon, a reminder that if you’re down on Rubio for being too much like McCain on immigration, you can take comfort in the fact that he’s … a lot like McCain on foreign policy too. I think he’s right that

Sharyl Attkisson on being hacked: My computers turned themselves on and off in the middle of the night
6/17/2013 3:31:27 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Scoop, a follow-up to Friday’s post. Forgive me for a possibly stupid question but when she says that her computers were turning on and off, she means they were powering on and then powering down, not that they were merely

Oh, good: IRS supervisor in DC “personally involved” in scrutinizing conservative groups’ early cases
6/17/2013 2:51:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
Although the IRS scandal has been perhaps somewhat overshadowed in the past couple of weeks by the roiling vortex of Scandalmania and especially the NSA surveillance story, Congress has been making steady progress on investigating what really went down

Ted Cruz: Let’s not rush to judgment on NSA surveillance
6/17/2013 2:09:46 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, a short but noteworthy clip insofar as it exposes a potential fault line between Cruz and Rand Paul. McCain lumps them together as “wacko birds” but I’m not so sure that’s true of Cruz on national-security

Report: Boehner won’t bring immigration bill to the floor unless majority of House Republicans support it
6/17/2013 1:12:30 PM  Allahpundit
At long, long last, a bit of good news on immigration reform — if it’s true. A money quote from Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker piece about the big push in Congress for amnesty: senior White House offcial insisted that Obama’s role in

SCOTUS strikes down citizenship provision in Arizona’s voter registration law
6/17/2013 12:31:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
In a 2004 ballot initiative, Arizona voters decided that they wanted their state to go one step further on the  requirements of a 1993 federal law that allows people to register to vote via a single form accepted by all the states, on which they must

Newest Snowden leak: NSA intercepted Russian president’s communications at 2009 G20 summit
6/17/2013 11:53:01 AM  Allahpundit
On Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported that he showed them documents identifying the IP addresses of Chinese computers that had been hacked by NSA. Yesterday the Guardian revealed that he’d showed them NSA documents alleging that the

Rubio aide on immigration: Let’s face it, some American workers just can’t cut it
6/17/2013 11:11:29 AM  Allahpundit
Luckily, all workers from other countries can cut it. That’s the genius of amnesty. Here’s what the sneering amnesty-shill Beltway Republican set sounds like when it’s allowed to speak on background: Fresco and Gonzalez helped to unlock

OFA’s first ObamaCare ad: Hey, Americans are already seeing the benefits!
6/17/2013 10:31:51 AM  Erika Johnsen
I mentioned on Friday that I’d been wondering when Organizing for Action née the Obama campaign was going to throw their full weight behind the White House and Democrats’ ferociously crucial endeavor to “inform” the public about