HotAir Daily Express 06/25/2013


NY Post: Bloomberg using NYC funds to lobby in Nevada
6/25/2013 10:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s not just webhosting that Michael Bloomberg gets from New York City for his gun-control push.  The New York Post reports today that Bloomberg sent a city employee paid by Big Apple taxpayers to lobby Nevada legislators for tougher background

Hatch: I’ll vote yes on immigration reform
6/25/2013 9:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
This may count as a mild surprise, at least in Utah.  Orrin Hatch opposed the original 1986 amnesty bill, which passed over his objections, and the 2007 immigration-reform effort that sank into failure.  Hatch has decided to support the current effort,

Russia rejects Snowden extradition demand, blasts US rhetoric
6/25/2013 8:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when the Obama administration sent a reset button to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as a way to thumb their noses at the outgoing Bush administration and blame them for poor relations with Moscow?  Good times, good times.  Lavrov

Special election in MA: Markey vs Gomez for US Senate
6/25/2013 8:01:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Massachusetts voters go to the polls today to choose a replacement for former US Senator John Kerry, who’s now underwhelming as Secretary of State rather than in the upper chamber.  Republicans want to pull off another Scott Brown-like miracle, but


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Quotes of the day
6/24/2013 10:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
In a perfect world, these measures would not even be necessary. In a perfect world, the federal government would have spent the previous decades enforcing our laws and keeping its promises of securing the border. But our immigration system as we know it

CBO: We can’t tell you how much illegal immigration would go down under bill meant to solve illegal immigration
6/24/2013 9:41:38 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Super. A lot of this is a function of Congress getting the Hoeven-Corker Amendment down on paper only days before a vote. The Congressional Budget Office, when forced to crunch the numbers on a compressed time line, couldn’t quite come up with an

Cold war: U.S. tells Russia to give back Snowden, or else
6/24/2013 9:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
Imagine how much worse U.S./Russian relations might be right now if we hadn’t had that “reset.” Does this mean Snowden really did get on a plane to Russia? Because if it turns out he didn’t and the whole Russia-to-Cuba-to-Ecuador

Is there a backlash to the backlash on Ayotte’s gun-control vote?
6/24/2013 8:21:51 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m blogging this because you’ll hear no end to the talk of how Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s vote on the gun-control bill marks the moment when pro-gun-control forces start effectively punishing those who cross them on national legislation.

Obama to pivot tomorrow to climate change, another issue voters don’t care about
6/24/2013 7:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Never forget, “leadership” isn’t following the people where they want to go, towards an economic recovery. “Leadership” is leading the people where they need to go, towards the various wishlist items placed on Obama’s

Uh oh: New IRS chief says inappropriate screening of tax-exempt groups was broader, and lasted longer, than thought
6/24/2013 7:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
A key point, though: He doesn’t say whether it was limited to conservative groups. In a conference call with reporters, Danny Werfel said that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered wide-ranging and improper terms on lists

Yeesh: National Zoo misplaces red panda for a day, latest in a series of sometimes tragic animal mishaps
6/24/2013 6:21:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Topping off a stellar month for the feds, the National Zoo, err, misplaced a male red panda named Rusty. Government is just a word for stuff we do together, like try to find missing red pandas after the National Zoo has lost them. We are looking for a

Snowden: Yes, I took the job at Booz Allen to gather evidence on NSA surveillance
6/24/2013 5:31:22 PM  Allahpundit
Does this change anything? Not legally, I think, but maybe it’s another dent in Snowden’s image for some people like me and Michael Moynihan who were favorably disposed to him initially and whose feelings have grown more … nuanced ever

Open thread: Senate to vote on Gang of Eight bill at 5:30 ET; Update: Cloture passes; Update: 67-27; Update: Full roll added
6/24/2013 4:41:41 PM  Allahpundit
To be more specific, they’re voting on the bill plus the Corker/Hoeven amendment. My prediction: 72 yes votes, despite the phony border-security “triggers” and despite the fact that the bill now reeks of “Cornhusker

White House “trying to rein in” John Kerry?
6/24/2013 4:01:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Are the one-man diplomatic stylings of newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry perhaps getting a little too grandiose, even for the White House’s liking? So reports the Associated Press, and it is certainly true that, in just the first four

Jan Brewer: This Gang of Eight bill is a victory for Arizona
6/24/2013 3:21:19 PM  Allahpundit
Ready for the kicker? Discussing #immigration and why border security MUST come first on this issue in 25 minutes on @FoxNews #AZ #tcot — Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) June 24, 2013 Stupidity or something worse? Border security doesn’t “come

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
6/24/2013 2:46:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Snowden dodge on Aeroflot, my recent trip to Israel, and much more. We’ll also talk about

Santorum: Time to get rid of the IRS
6/24/2013 2:41:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
“It is just inherently corrupt,” Rick Santorum told a live audience this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina this weekend.  The former Senator and GOP presidential candidate said that the latest scandal shows the danger of handing so much

Sebelius: Yeah, we’ve been talking with the NFL about promoting ObamaCare, too
6/24/2013 2:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sunday kicked off the 100-day countdown until the much-anticipated official beginning of ObamaCare, when Americans will be able to start using the online health-insurance marketplaces known as exchanges to purchase insurance through health care overhaul

Gregory to Greenwald: Why shouldn’t you be charged with aiding and abetting Snowden?
6/24/2013 1:21:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
Welcome to this week’s Journalism Rohrshach Test.  The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald appeared on Meet the Press yesterday, where NBC host David Gregory posed a question that has been certainly in the public square over the last few weeks. 

Video: Jon Stewart’s appearance on Egyptian TV
6/24/2013 12:41:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
Jon Stewart has taken some time off of his Daily Show schedule in order to work on a different project, but that hasn’t kept him off of television altogether — at least, not in Egypt. Stewart paid a visit to the Egyptian homage to his own

Immigration reform doomed?
6/24/2013 12:01:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Senate will continue its deliberations this week on immigration reform, including a key vote today on a border-security amendment that runs more than 1,000 pages.  The amendment dropped on Friday, which means that Senators spent the last 48 hours

Bad news: Jim Carrey can no longer in good conscience support “Kick-Ass 2″ after Sandy Hook or something
6/24/2013 11:21:35 AM  Allahpundit
Gonna be a long day of sour immigration news, so let’s get a palate cleanser in early. Alternate headline: “Public now really, really curious about level of violence in ‘Kick-Ass 2.’” I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and

Rubio favorability drops 15 points among GOP in Rasmussen poll
6/24/2013 10:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Marco Rubio started off the year as one of the most popular Republicans among the GOP, and according to the latest poll from Rasmussen, he’s still more popular than not.  After several months of working on immigration reform, though, Rubio’s