HotAir Daily Express 06/26/2013


Open thread: SCOTUS Watch; Update: DOMA unconstitutional
6/26/2013 10:01:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today’s the big day for the cases dealing with same-sex marriage, or so we assume.  Maybe the Supreme Court justices want to drag out the 2012-3 session all the way to the August recess for Congress?  I’d guess that they’d rather get

Video: Abortion activists hijack Texas legislature, block vote on Gosnell-inspired limits
6/26/2013 9:21:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
After the horrors revealed by the trial of Kermit Gosnell and his co-defendants for murder and negligent homicide, and especially for the filthy and inhumane conditions allowed by the state of Pennsylvania for the “Women’s Health

Obama, Clinton favorability fall in latest WaPo/ABC poll
6/26/2013 8:41:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the lead from both the Washington Post and ABC News on their latest polling, but don’t get your hopes too high.  This isn’t an epic collapse, or even a shocking hit to the relative standing of either Barack Obama or Hillary

Video: Cruz tries to offer amendment addressing ObamaCare penalty in immigration bill
6/26/2013 8:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Lengthy, but definitely worth the time spent on it.  If you don’t have the time to watch Senator Ted Cruz try to fix the massive application of the Law of Unintended Consequences that arose last night in the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive


The Constitution is worthless if We the People don???t do everything in our power to enforce it!
That???s why we???re demanding Congress immediately initiate the impeachment process on Barack Obama before things get any worse. Because to be frank, we don???t want to see what ???worse??? looks like??? 

Quotes of the day
6/25/2013 10:01:22 PM  Allahpundit
Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities

Inspector General: IRS credit cards used for booze and porn
6/25/2013 9:21:20 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
See? They needed your money for a good cause, Tea Partiers. WASHINGTON — Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers’ meetings and,

Eye on the ball: Washington authorities crack down on guy planting unauthorized flowers
6/25/2013 8:41:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
We’ve talked about the Washington, D.C. Metro system’s multitude of management, accountability, safety, and general performance problems before. With those problems nowhere close to solved, Metro is keeping its priorities straight: Quirky

Endgame: New poll shows Anthony Weiner leading in race for NYC mayor
6/25/2013 8:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
You can’t keep a good Weiner down. I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said there are no second acts in American lives, unless you’re a Twitter perv pitted against a field of charisma-less no-name losers. Weiner leads [City Council

Rubio: This immigration bill does virtually everything anyone’s asked me to do about border security; Update: Backers not sure if bill creates incentive to hire illegals over Americans
6/25/2013 7:21:47 PM  Allahpundit
He was 95-96 percent happy with the bill before Corker/Hoeven was introduced. Sounds like he’s 100 percent happy now. Every father thinks his child is beautiful, I guess. Conservatives wanted two things out of this process vis-a-vis enforcement.

I guess we need to talk about the Hillary t-shirt
6/25/2013 6:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
Guy Benson already flagged it in the Greenroom but I think this warrants front-page treatment. What is it about this shirt that’s captivated the ‘Net today? Is it the fact that it kinda sorta marks the beginning of the 2016 campaign? Or is it

Rand Paul’s new 2016 nemesis: John Bolton?
6/25/2013 6:01:24 PM  Allahpundit
You think Rand’s worried about the hawkish side of the Republican party being represented at the debates by one of the most prominent faces of George W. Bush’s foreign-policy team? Soft isolationism’s going to be a hard sell to

Reid on the farm bill: Boehner should’ve known he couldn’t pass “a partisan love note to the tea party”
6/25/2013 5:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, because cutting barely 3 percent from a program on which the Obama administration has more than doubled spending in less than five years (to over a whopping $80 billion every year), would have clearly amounted what is probably one of The Most

Obama to State: Don’t approve Keystone if it adds greenhouse gas emissions
6/25/2013 4:41:12 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Some environmentalists are pumped about this announcement as an indication of President Obama’s occasional, political, unprioritized unwavering dedication to protecting the environment. But really, isn’t it just a way to send the Keystone

Report: Snowden sent encrypted copies of his NSA files to people in case anything happens to him
6/25/2013 4:04:38 PM  Allahpundit
Julian Assange did something like this too. It’s the intel thief’s version of a doomsday machine. >From what I can tell from Twitter, Snowden’s fans think he’s morally justified in doing basically anything he has to in order to

Time for a special prosecutor at the IRS?
6/25/2013 3:21:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
It depends.  Do the assurances of newly-arrived Barack Obama appointee and political ally Danny Werfel that all is now well at the IRS and that no malice was intended in its disparate treatment of conservatives groups fill you with a sense of well

McCain: We’re now set to have the most militarized border since the Berlin Wall
6/25/2013 2:41:44 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner, he’s a little cranky today. McCain goes after Neb Sen Deb Fischer on border security: "She's so ill-informed…I don't know where to begin." — Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) June 25, 2013 I’m not

Issa issues four subpoenas in Benghazi probe
6/25/2013 2:01:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
While the world continues to play Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego with Edward Snowden, Congress continues its probe in another area of security and counterterrorism.  House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa reprimanded Secretary of State John

Oh, good: Obama’s “new” energy plan expected to raise electricity costs
6/25/2013 1:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
The War on Coal, et al. is back with a vengeance — and get ready to pay for the hefty pricetag, America. This afternoon, President Obama will be announcing his munificent intentions to combat climate change by using his august executive authority

Putin to Obama: Yes, Snowden’s at the Moscow airport, and no, you can’t have him back
6/25/2013 12:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
I’m really enjoying this fascist former KGB agent now pretending he’s a stickler for the rule of law. But not as much as he’s enjoying it, I bet. Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and has not passed through Russian

Is Snowden both hero and traitor?
6/25/2013 12:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
First, let’s get the latest breaking news on Edward Snowden’s location.  After a long period of speculation after his disappearance from Hong Kong, Russian president Vladimir Putin has finally confirmed that he’s in the transit zone of

Poll: Near-majority of Republicans say they’re less likely to vote for incumbents who support path to citizenship
6/25/2013 11:21:42 AM  Allahpundit
This’ll help concentrate the minds of House Republicans as they get down to business on immigration reform. Should we be worried, though, that the drumbeat of emphasis on the “path to citizenship,” i.e. the second stage of legalization,