HotAir Daily Express 06/28/2013


Judicial Watch: FOIA release shows CFPB conducting “warrantless surveillance” on consumers
6/28/2013 10:06:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Get ready for another front on the debate over privacy, consumption, and the trade-off between them.  Yesterday, Judicial Watch announced that they had received data through a FOIA demand that showed warrantless surveillance on 5 million American

Vatican accountant under arrest after €20M cash smuggling attempt
6/28/2013 9:26:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Pope Francis pledged to reform the Curia and resolve the cloud over the Institute for Religious Works (IOR in Italian), commonly known as the Vatican Bank.  Earlier this week, the pontiff appointed a five-member commission to delve deeply into the

Ros-Lehtinen: Yeah, that Senate bill’s going nowhere in the House
6/28/2013 8:46:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says this with equal parts lament and defiance on CNN this morning. She’d like to see the House pursue its own immigration-reform push, but knows that some of her Republican colleagues don’t want to pass anything that

Former Marine general target of Stuxnet leak investigation
6/28/2013 8:06:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
This seems rather disturbing.  Usually, leakers come from lower in the ranks, not from the Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Retired U.S. General James Cartwright is the target of a Justice Department investigation into the leaking of secret


Quotes of the day
6/27/2013 10:01:28 PM  Allahpundit
The Senate’s Gang of 8 has a message for the House: The hopes of millions of illegal immigrants are on your shoulders… Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who served four terms in the House, said: “To our friends in the House: I understand

Video: Obama supporters attempt to answer beauty pageant questions
6/27/2013 9:21:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Enjoy a second schadenfreudy helping tonight as those who fancy themselves your intellectual betters because of their ideology prove to be rather Miss Utah-esque. Mind you, this is a lowered bar from the average “ask ____ about a current event

Hollywood: Hey, this Obamacare thing is going to be pretty costly and complicated for us
6/27/2013 8:41:13 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Not even the kind of cash Hollywood donated to President Obama can protect them from unintended consequences. Three letters have been giving the payroll-services industry fits for several months now: ACA. That’s the semi-acronym for the Patient

Desperation: Green groups asking begging State Dept to redo their Keystone XL report
6/27/2013 8:01:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, this is cute. In his big climate-change speech earlier this week, President Obama expounded upon the new raft of regulatory measures he’s enacting via executive authority to defend the planet in the face of obstinate Congressional inaction.

New fauxtrage: Rick Perry insults Wendy Davis by celebrating her for not getting an abortion or something
6/27/2013 7:21:16 PM  Allahpundit
So incoherent is this fauxtrage that Jonathan Chait and Dave Weigel felt conscientiously obliged to defend Perry on it. I don’t think there’s any logic to the attacks per se; I think it’s a pure reflex reaction among Davis fans to paint

Reminder: President Everyman’s billionaire besty with offshore trusts confirmed as Commerce Secretary
6/27/2013 6:41:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The president calls her an entrepreneur and a businesswoman because she’s a Democrat who raises gobs of money for him. If she were a Republican male, she’d be corporate devil out of touch with Main St. heading an investment firm for the

MSNBC on Voting Rights Act: Clarence Thomas is a symbolic Jew inviting a metaphorical Hitler to commit genocide
6/27/2013 6:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite. If you believe Eric Holder is the Moses of our time because he’s the “chief lawgiver of the United States,” I guess you’ll believe this. We should be thankful, at least, for the creativity of the metaphor. Most of

Supreme Court’s gay-marriage rulings blasted by … Chris Christie?
6/27/2013 5:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “He’s running.” No, seriously, though. As strange as it seems, I think he might honestly oppose legalizing SSM. He blasted the U.S. Supremes for substituting “their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican

Hard-hitting MSNBC interview with Wendy Davis: Exactly how awesome was your abortion filibuster?
6/27/2013 4:41:14 PM  Allahpundit
Bookmark this so that you have it at hand the next time someone complains about ridiculous softball interviews of political allies on Fox News. Someone in my Twitter timeline last night said it was the political equivalent of Chris Farley’s SNL

Video: Rubio’s closing argument on immigration reform
6/27/2013 4:01:23 PM  Allahpundit
When I asked on Twitter whether any video of his speech this afternoon was available, someone snarked back that I should just read his RNC speech from last year since they’re basically the same. Not true, but it’s not totally untrue either.

Open thread: Final Senate vote on Gang of Eight bill set for 4 p.m. ET; Update: Bill passes, 68/32
6/27/2013 3:21:10 PM  Allahpundit
The final cloture vote was held this morning and passed with 68 yeses, two shy of Schumer’s goal at the start of this process. After three days of pleading with fencesitters and, no doubt, tempting them with earmarks and other legislative kickbacks

Hobby Lobby wins appeal on preliminary injunction
6/27/2013 2:41:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
We haven’t heard much lately on the court fights over the HHS contraception mandate, but this ruling guarantees we’ll be hearing a lot more later.  The 10th Circuit unanimously overturned a district court decision that refused to impose a

Ecuador to US: Take your trade and shove it
6/27/2013 2:01:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
Ecuador’s government has only just received an asylum application from Edward Snowden and warns that it might take weeks or months to make a decision about it, but it appears that they are already making preparations for its approval. The small

The Ed Morrissey Show: Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson
6/27/2013 1:56:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we’ll take an early look at the past week with Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson of the Hugh Hewitt Show. Duane and I will cover the IRS hearing, and preview the upcoming vote in the Senate on

Might Congress actually split up the gigantic farm bill?
6/27/2013 1:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
We call the large, deliberately convoluted, and $1 trillion/ten years legislation that recently crashed and burned in the House the “farm bill,” but in reality, the majority of the bill’s monetary substance is all about providing

IRS shows the need for limited government … again
6/27/2013 12:41:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
The ongoing hearing today in the House Ways and Means Committee on the IRS scandals have been revealing, to say the least.  New IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel appeared on his 34th day on the job to brief the committee on his review of the agency’s

Guardian: US collected e-mail metadata until 2011
6/27/2013 12:01:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
The latest scoop from the Guardian on American intelligence work seems more like a clarification than breaking news.  We knew about the NSA’s collection of telecom metadata as far back as 2006, although we didn’t know that FISA courts had

IRS inspector general: No, liberal groups weren’t “targeted” the way tea-party groups were
6/27/2013 11:21:50 AM  Allahpundit
Righties on Twitter are citing this as proof that, contra desperate liberal claims, the scandal’s not over yet. Isn’t the real significance of this that it makes the scandal worse? Three days ago, the IRS’s new acting director hinted

CIA IG report raises warnings about relationship with NYPD
6/27/2013 10:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
This has the potential to raise the same issues as the revelations about the NSA’s PRISM and BLARNEY programs did.  In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the CIA partnered with the New York City Police Department to improve intelligence gathering