HotAir Daily Express 06/20/2013


Great news: US scrapping $7 billion of military equipment in Afghanistan
6/20/2013 10:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
The end of a war brings its own logistical challenges.  Getting the troops home from the theater of war takes plenty of planning, especially in an environment still significantly unsecure, as in Afghanistan (and in Iraq, for that matter), but the

Taliban offers to swap US soldier for Gitmo prisoners
6/20/2013 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Associated Press reported as an “exclusive” earlier this morning that the Taliban have offered to release an American held for almost four years in a swap for Taliban members at Guantanamo Bay.  The offer comes as the US tries to salvage

Obama: Religious schools encourage division
6/20/2013 8:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama actually made this claim at a speech in Belfast on Monday, but it seems to be gaining traction overnight.  His claim, aimed at both Catholic and Protestant “schools and buildings,” came in prepared remarks rather than an

Border security amendment coming today?
6/20/2013 8:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, I interviewed Sen. Marco Rubio about the lack of confidence in the border-security provisions of the immigration-reform bill currently in the Senate.  He told me then that an amendment would come this week that would address those concerns by


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Quotes of the day
6/19/2013 10:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
“I certainly wouldn’t presume to speak for Harry Reid, but I think he’s starting to get nervous,” Cruz said in an interview with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh… “I think he’s starting to get nervous because the

Sigh: Indiana man faces possible jail time for nursing bald eagle back to health
6/19/2013 9:21:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Fighting to save Freedom can be fraught with danger, and not just from the IRS: Local officers seized a bald eagle from the home of Greencastle, Indiana man, Jeffrey Henry and charged him with unlawful possession of the bird. The Department of Natural

GOP: Yeah, about that “relatively minor” and completely underhanded carbon-rule change…
6/19/2013 8:41:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
…Nice try, but it definitely isn’t minor, and the GOP is calling the Obama administration out on their shameless regulatory sneak attack. Last week, in what I would readily classify as an exceptionally and impressively dodgy maneuver for even

Reuters: Jihadis are disarming, sidelining “moderates” within rebel ranks all over Syria
6/19/2013 8:01:28 PM  Allahpundit
In case you were wondering whether anything’s changed since the NYT reported in April that “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” the answer is no, nothing’s really changed. In fact,

Finally: “Anchorman 2″ trailer debuts
6/19/2013 7:21:12 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. I was going to write a post about the director of “Man of Steel” claiming that it’s more acceptable for overseas audiences to make Superman an American now that Obama’s president, but I’d rather blog

Democrats stil looking for a fight over minimum-wage hike
6/19/2013 6:41:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
The unemployment rate and the economy are more or less stalled out; young people are disproportionately unemployed; businesses are reducing hours and hiring fewer workers; and crushing federal regulations are raising the costs of doing business and

Prominent fanboy: Obama’s speech was ruined by the Berlin sun
6/19/2013 6:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It was the glare that got him. Maybe the glare has been the problem the whole second term: So, that‘s why global warming is next on the laser-focused agenda of the prez! As to the substance of the speech, I suppose if we were still bothering to

Harry Reid: We could pass the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill right now if we wanted to; Update: Should they?
6/19/2013 5:21:23 PM  Allahpundit
He’s bluffing. I think. I hope? Dude, I’m nervous: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill can pass the Senate in its current form, although he’s open to border security changes that don’t destroy the

Question for pro-choice Dems: If gun control is worth doing if it saves just one life, how about limiting late-term abortions?
6/19/2013 4:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
Via John McCormack, this makes twice in less than a week that a prominent, proudly pro-choice congressional Democrat has been reduced to stammering non sequiturs after a question about late-term abortion. Last time it was Nancy Pelosi, who explained the

AP CEO: Some of our trusted govt sources are getting “nervous and anxious” about talking to us after DOJ probe
6/19/2013 4:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
While we all eagerly await what I’m sure will be the compelling results of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Department of Justice’s secret seizure of the phone records of the professional and personal phone calls of

Good news from FBI chief: We’re using drones for surveillance inside the U.S., but only a little
6/19/2013 3:21:03 PM  Allahpundit
Rand Paul’s speechwriters must be sleeping maybe three hours a night these days. Federal agencies have been using drones for years to monitor the northern and southern borders of the U.S., and those drones have occasionally been deployed to help

Inevitable: Lisa Murkowski declares support for gay marriage
6/19/2013 2:41:43 PM  Allahpundit
Normally this is where I ask who had her as the next domino to tumble in the big Senate gay-marriage pool. No need this time. Everyone did, right? Back in March, during the Democrats’ panderpalooza, Murkowski used the telltale E-word to hedge on

Obama in Berlin: Climate change is the “global threat of our time”
6/19/2013 2:01:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Germany might be looking to scale way back on their own overly optimistic long-term and government subsidized renewable-energy plans as electricity prices are skyrocketing around the country, but that didn’t stop President Obama from advocating

Video: Whistleblowers claim cover-up in mysterious TWA 800 crash
6/19/2013 1:21:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
The explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 prompted a lot of speculation at the time about terrorism, and not irrationally, either. Libyan intelligence took part in the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1988, for instance, and the Iranians were threatening

Gun-control group’s list of victims of gun violence includes … Tamerlan Tsarnaev; Update: Group apologizes
6/19/2013 12:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
Wasn’t Dzhokhar also wounded by the cops at some point? He’s a victim of gun violence too, you know. Am I awake? The event [in Concord, New Hampshire] had people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City

Selling ObamaCare: And so it begins…
6/19/2013 12:01:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
As much as we were assured that the whole thing was going to be so inarguably awesome that it was going to sell itself, ObamaCare’s supporters seem to be finding it all too necessary to give the law the full-on positive campaign treatment. Earlier

Audio: Allen West won’t rule out primarying Rubio in Florida in 2016
6/19/2013 11:21:33 AM  Allahpundit
Outlets like Politico are overselling this, but for understandable reasons. The thought of a nationally known tea-party hero bloodying the nose of the great GOP hope in 2016 over amnesty is irresistible to political media. It’s momentarily

Another perjury issue in the executive branch?
6/19/2013 10:41:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
James Rosen has moved on to other stories than the North Korea policy issue that earned him a Department of Justice accusation of being a co-conspirator to espionage and a flight risk.  Rosen’s not the DoJ’s headache any longer, but he might