HotAir Daily Express 06/19/2013



 

New Media panel: An after-report
6/19/2013 10:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Earlier today, I spoke at the Presidential Conference, Tomorrow 2013, as part of a panel on New Media and its impact on traditional news outlets.  My invitation to this panel came after the invitation to cover the conference, but it’s a familiar
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Feds: We stopped AQ attack on NYSE through NSA surveillance
6/19/2013 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
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The recent revelations of the NSA’s surveillance programs have prompted much debate about whether the power granted to the intelligence community has been worth its potential for erosion of personal liberty.  Most of that debate has necessarily
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Video: Did the IRS target a DHS whistleblower?
6/19/2013 8:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
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The Inspector General of the Treasury will be a very busy man indeed this year. According to CNN, the IG will launch an investigation to determine how a DHS whistleblower ended up on the IRS’ audit list after testifying before Congress. P.
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Opening session: The nature of leadership
6/19/2013 8:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
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JERUSALEM – The fifth Presidential Conference, called Tomorrow 2013, officially began last night with a gala celebration of Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday.  The event began with an affectionate speech from Tony Blair lauding Peres’ efforts
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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
6/18/2013 10:11:10 PM  Allahpundit
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It is painful to watch Marco Rubio’s maneuverings on immigration. He is refusing to say whether he will vote “yes” on his own Gang of Eight bill after spending months drafting, defending, and helping shepherd it to the floor. He has supposedly discovered
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Organizing for Action gathers a whopping three people for gun-control rally in California
6/18/2013 9:21:30 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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Feel the momentum: Exactly six months after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a small group from Organizing for Action stood here Friday with 26 flags and signs calling for stricter gun
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MSNBC panel agrees: Progressives are probably soft-pedaling their civil liberties concerns under Obama
6/18/2013 8:51:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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This is a fun evening dip in the progressive pool. Ed Rendell, who falls in my affectionate, love-to-hate-’em pundit category with Bob Beckel for his general cantankerousness and occasional unabashed moments of counter-partisan push-back, serves up
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Videos: What do Americans think about the IRS and DOJ scandals?
6/18/2013 8:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
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It’s been a slow day, so let’s round it out with a couple of fun videos from Jammie Wearing Fools and Campus Reform, respectively — although, when I say “fun,” I actually mean something more along the lines of intellectually
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Pennsylvania union ad: Liquor store privatization is pretty much a death trap
6/18/2013 7:11:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
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I have no words. …Never mind — I found words. No, this isn’t a PSA about the criminality, terrible dangers, and tragic consequences of drunk driving; this is basically a campaign ad from a Pennsylvania union trying to invent reasons
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CBO: Gang of Eight immigration bill will reduce federal deficit by nearly $200 billion in first decade
6/18/2013 6:35:12 PM  Allahpundit
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The Heritage Foundation estimated that the bill would cost America $6.3 trillion over the lives of legalized illegals, but I knew that couldn’t be right. When you’ve got Chuck Schumer quarterbacking your legislation, you’re bound to end
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Report: Kerry urged Obama, Pentagon to begin immediate airstrikes on Syrian airfields
6/18/2013 5:51:38 PM  Allahpundit
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Man, we’re a long way from 2004 if John Kerry is urging shock and awe against a Middle Eastern dictator over WMD and most Republicans are pounding the table against a reckless intervention. Cycle of life, my friends. Flash-forward to this past
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Reminder: Oil & gas have been a saving a grace of the Obama “recovery”
6/18/2013 5:11:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
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As unfortunate as it is that President Obama and his Department of Energy have plans for doubling down on so many of the failed and fizzling policies of not merely their last four years but of too-lavish governments around the world over the past decade
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Senate kills John Thune’s border-fence amendment — with help from Rubio and McCain
6/18/2013 4:31:41 PM  Allahpundit
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You know the deal. Every amendment that adds significant border security to the Gang of Eight bill threatens to scare Democratic votes away, and Rubio, McCain, Graham, and Flake have decided that they’d rather have the bad bill they wrote pass than
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Bill Ayers: Let’s face it, Obama should be on trial for war crimes
6/18/2013 3:51:47 PM  Allahpundit
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And, he’s quick to add, so should every other president of the past century. A fun clip for many reasons. One: Because Ayers is such a far-left caricature, you can bait him all day long knowing to a virtual certainty what his responses will be. The
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Eye on the ball: Country without TP ponders banning baby bottles
6/18/2013 3:11:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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Watch out, Bloomie! You’ve got a loathsome nanny-state competitor! Venezuelan lawmakers are weighing whether to ban the use of baby bottles as part of a push to promote breast-feeding, state media reported. The proposed measure will be up for
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Joe Biden once again pushing gun-control action in Congress
6/18/2013 2:31:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
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However ill doing so may bode for their electoral chances in 2014, as Ed explained last week, certain Congressional and administrative Democrats have been quietly reviving some of the gun-control ideas that Congress declined to pass last April, most
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First rule of Oversight Club is …
6/18/2013 1:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Whether the NSA’s surveillance programs violate the Constitution and/or statutes remains to be seen, but the confusion on Capitol Hill over last two weeks has demonstrated that Congress needs to exercise better oversight of those programs and
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Boehner tells GOP caucus: I won’t bring an immigration bill to the floor unless a majority of you support it
6/18/2013 1:11:43 PM  Allahpundit
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Not for a moment do I think he’s following the Hastert Rule here on principle, but that’s okay. As long as the House GOP gets a veto, I don’t care what his motive is. Fear works just fine. “I don’t see any way of bringing an
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It begins: Claire McCaskill endorses Hillary for 2016
6/18/2013 12:31:58 PM  Allahpundit
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Why endorse someone who’s probably still 12-18 months from formerly announcing her candidacy? Because: McCaskill, famously, was one of the first prominent Democrats to back The One over HIllary six years ago. She helped make him a credible
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U.S., Afghanistan to relaunch peace talks with Taliban for some reason
6/18/2013 11:51:31 AM  Allahpundit
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They’ve been trying to get the Taliban to the table, via Qatar, for at least three years. The question all along was simple: What’s our leverage? Why would jihadis who’ve been fighting to retake the country for more than a decade agree
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White House threatens to veto House farm bill because it isn’t expensive enough
6/18/2013 11:11:50 AM  Erika Johnsen
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Both Senate and House versions of the farm bill that Congress is looking to pass, preferably in short order and definitely before the current bill expires this September, are little better than deliberately gigantic messes full of an impressively
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