HotAir Daily Express 06/27/2013


Video: American boss held captive in China finally released
6/27/2013 10:01:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
An American businessman held hostage by his own employees in Beijing has finally been allowed to return to his hotel, ending a week-long ordeal that workers triggered when they suspected he might be in town to close their plant. Chip Starnes’ rough

Second day of inter-militia fighting in Tripoli
6/27/2013 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Six weeks ago, the US and UK issued travel warnings to avoid Libya if possible, and not to go outside of Tripoli unless unavoidable.  Both countries reduced their diplomatic staff in the capital they liberated through an air war that toppled former

Obama: I’m not “scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker”
6/27/2013 8:41:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama started his tour of Africa today, but in one way it’s like he never left Washington.  The big news from his first stop doesn’t concern American policy on that continent but instead the former intelligence worker who left the US

Video: Is the digital camera dead?
6/27/2013 8:01:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
That may sound like a silly question in this age of instant publication of digital photography, but the rapid advance of handheld technology in photography may spell the end of an entire class of cameras. CNN looks at the fast growth in photography apps


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Quotes of the day
6/26/2013 10:01:13 PM  Allahpundit
Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and

MSNBC anchor pretty bummed SCOTUS gay marriage rulings “gut power of federal government”
6/26/2013 9:21:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The ever-watchful Noah Rothman caught this moment of delicious liberal, well, consistency from Melissa Harris-Perry. Even though her criticism is from the left, she comes dangerously close to not exalting in the SCOTUS decisions today, and the crew at

L.A. school district pressuring parents to settle over spoon-fed semen abuse case
6/26/2013 8:41:15 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, you know, what could they have possibly done to prevent this? It’s nearly impossible to fire a teacher in Los Angeles: Every attempt to fire a teacher for bad performance becomes a complicated procedure through multiple levels of

Video: Rep. Tammy Duckworth slams witness over shady veterans disability claim
6/26/2013 8:01:01 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I do not care what you think of Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s politics. Please watch all of this. It takes a moment to get going, but she incisively, fairly calmly, and with more authentically hard-earned moral authority than most of us can imagine,

Matthews: Obama phoning the Prop 8 plaintiffs today was like Nixon phoning the astronauts
6/26/2013 7:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler. Alternate headline: “Even Tingles starting to compare Obama to Nixon.” It’s a bit before my time, so remind me: Did Nixon run for president in ’68 opposing the Apollo program the way Obama opposed gay marriage to

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli faceoff over climate change, energy in Virginia
6/26/2013 6:41:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the grandiose regulatory and top-down plan for addressing climate change that President Obama released yesterday is a fairly low-priority issue in and of itself for most Americans, it’s economic effects on the energy sector, jobs, and

Rick Perry calls Texas legislature back into session to vote again on late-term abortion ban
6/26/2013 6:01:50 PM  Allahpundit
A mob in the statehouse didn’t beat Scott Walker on labor reform and it’s not going to beat Perry on abortion. Bring ‘em back: Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July

Good news: Paul Ryan going to try to sell immigration reform to wary House Republicans
6/26/2013 5:21:30 PM  Allahpundit
There actually is a smidgen of good news. He’s said repeatedly over the last few days that the House won’t take up the Gang of Eight bill, something we now kinda sorta know to be true. He’s not selling Rubio’s plan, he’ll be

Rand Paul: The Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling was appropriate; Update: “Regrettable overreach,” says Ted Cruz
6/26/2013 4:41:54 PM  Allahpundit
The latest in the continuing saga of Rand on the Skywire, trying to inch along the tightrope between libertarians and conservatives towards the GOP nomination on the other side. Love him or hate him, the 2016 debates will be roughly 8,000 percent more

Great news? CNN resurrecting Crossfire with Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter
6/26/2013 4:01:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Need more evidence that the 2016 Republican presidential field will not be the usual coronation of a previous runner-up?  This week, both runners-up took media jobs that will keep them out of the organizing business needed by next year to stage another

Poll: Half of American women support late-term abortion ban
6/26/2013 3:21:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this a companion piece to the earlier story coming out of the Texas legislature.  While a mob shouted down a vote on an abortion ban after 20 weeks, a National Journal poll shows a plurality of support for such a law among all Americans. 

The Ed Morrissey Show: Steven Crowder, Mary Katharine Ham
6/26/2013 2:49:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Steven Crowder and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the latest on the Supreme Court, the IRS, and immigration reform.Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

Rubio on immigration: I couldn’t in good conscience leave Democrats alone to try to fix it
6/26/2013 2:41:49 PM  Allahpundit
Fair point. Without him applying the brakes on Chuck Schumer’s runaway amnesty train in the Gang of Eight, there would have been nothing left to stop an even more terrible bill from passing. Except for … the hundreds of Republicans in the

Supreme Court Prop 8 follow-up: What’s left of popular referendums now?
6/26/2013 2:01:05 PM  Allahpundit
I’m still working my way through the Prop 8 decision, but legal eagles who have read it are invited to help me out. Forget the gay-marriage stuff for a second and focus on the process. Am I right in understanding that the Court’s now

Second IRS employee pleads the 5th at Oversight hearing
6/26/2013 1:21:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
What’s going on at the IRS?  Don’t expect answers from some of the people who work there.  A manager suspected of steering hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to a friend became the second major figure to take the Fifth at a House

Pro-Obama group to environmental activists: It’s probably best to just avoid economic arguments altogether
6/26/2013 12:41:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
No kidding. Ahead of President Obama’s big ‘climate change action plan‘-reveal yesterday, a talking point memo circulating among Obama supporters and environmentalist allies pretty aptly demonstrated exactly what many of the real-world

Ecuador: Snowden might be in that airport for a while
6/26/2013 12:01:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
Edward Snowden and his supporters may be anxious to have his residency situation resolved as soon as possible, but not the only country to which he’s applied for asylum.  Ecuador, which granted political asylum to Wikileaks founder and Snowden ally

Report: Boehner tells House GOP that he won’t bring Gang of Eight bill up for a vote
6/26/2013 11:21:22 AM  Allahpundit
Doesn’t mean the House won’t pass something of its own, and it doesn’t mean something resembling the Gang of Eight bill won’t emerge from the conference committee later. But let’s appreciate good news while we have it. In

BEA cuts Q1 GDP to 1.8% in final estimate
6/26/2013 10:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Normally we don’t see drastic shifts in GDP reports by the final estimate, as the interim estimate in the second month usually deals with most of the dramatic updates in economic measures.  For the first quarter of 2013, though, the big adjustment