HotAir Daily Express 07/09/2013


EU court: Life without parole is “inhuman and degrading”
7/9/2013 10:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Here in the US, we have debates over the appropriateness and application of the death penalty, so we haven’t yet started any debate over its usual replacement, life without possibility of parole.  Europe has mainly eliminated the death penalty,

Great news: White House knew all along ObamaCare implementation impossible
7/9/2013 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Surprised by the recent waivers from the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act? Get ready for more, writes Margot Sanger-Katz at National Journal, because the employer mandate is far from the only piece of ObamaCare that’s not ready for

Video: Three women rescued from Cleveland house of horrors thank supporters
7/9/2013 8:41:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight want to thank everyone who has donated to a relief fund set up for their benefit after having been rescued from ten years in captivity in a Cleveland house.  They want to thank everyone for the prayers

Egypt’s interim president sets timetable for elections in early 2014
7/9/2013 8:01:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Under pressure from at home and perhaps especially abroad, the new interim government in Egypt announced a timetable for new elections, which will take place after replacing the current constitution that the Muslim Brotherhood pushed through after


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
7/8/2013 10:01:31 PM  Allahpundit
Six months into his second term, the momentum that President Obama gained from his reelection win is a fading memory… No achievement is more important than the Affordable Care Act, now more widely known as ObamaCare. This, in turn, explains why the

Spitzer: I’m probably not the guy to ask if prostitution should be legal
7/8/2013 9:31:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Aren’t you exactly the guy to ask? I sort of appreciate the question from an MSNBC host, who could have been quite kid-glovey with the former governor. It’s Michael Smerconish subbing for Chris Matthews. If we’re going circus politics,

GOP rep: Obama admin stealthily updates enviromental cost calculations, then announces new regs. Let’s connect the dots here.
7/8/2013 8:41:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
I realize that I’ve already written about this impressively insidious and sneaky little rule change a couple of times now, but especially in light of what I mentioned earlier today about the many new action items the EPA has on its agenda far and

Resistance: U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels frozen as House, Senate intel committees object to Obama’s plan
7/8/2013 8:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
The House and Senate committees are, of course, controlled by different parties, so this is bipartisan pushback. Honestly, after Congress rolled over for O when he violated the War Powers Act to intervene in Libya, I didn’t think they had this in

Paul Ryan: Say, what’s this new ObamaCare delay and “honor system” going to cost us?
7/8/2013 7:21:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Precisely what will be the fiscal impact of the Obama administration’s highly questionable unilateral decision to delay — or perhaps, “stall” might be a more apt word — on ObamaCare’s employer mandate for one year (for

Coming soon: Senator Cheney?
7/8/2013 6:41:00 PM  Guy Benson
The fact that Liz Cheney is weighing a run for public office isn’t news.  The fact that she phoned up Sen. Mike Enzi to serve tentative notice very much is: In an interview last week after a town hall-style meeting at the county fairgrounds here,

Dem memo: We can pass the Gang of Eight bill in the House — if Boehner will bring it to the floor
7/8/2013 6:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Exemplary trolling from pro-amnesty forces via Greg Sargent. Although, is it really trolling if it’s true? I don’t doubt for a second that if Boehner allowed an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill, there’d be 20-30 Republicans willing to

Good news: There’s still a National Raisin Reserve seizing raisins from farmers
7/8/2013 5:21:51 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
We went over this in January, back when the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the stolen raisins. Here are the basics. The U.S. government, in all its wisdom, started the National Raisin Reserve in 1937. Fearing that raisin producers might make

While the farm bill meanders, food stamp rolls keep expanding
7/8/2013 4:41:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
That pesky ol’ “farm bill” — i.e., the gigantic bill that includes both food stamp programs and agriculture subsidies and therefore brings together an urban-rural coalition of votes that ensures minimum transparency and maximum

Rick Perry: I’m not running for reelection in 2014
7/8/2013 4:01:28 PM  Allahpundit
Despite Wendy Davis’s best efforts to hand him a walkover victory for a fourth term, he’s decided to leave politics. For now. Perry has served as governor since 2000, when then-Gov. George W. Bush (R) became president. Perry was elected to

White House: Cutting off aid to Egypt right now wouldn’t be in America’s best interest
7/8/2013 3:21:10 PM  Allahpundit
C’mon. Did anyone really think O was going to pull the plug? “We think it would not be in the best interests of the United States” to change its aid program at this time, Carney said. Asked if that would mean the administration would be

Senate Democrats searching for another student-loan rate stopgap
7/8/2013 2:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Along with immigration and the in-limbo status of the farm bill, the issue of student loans will also be atop the Congressional agenda as lawmakers return from the July 4th recess. Last week, the fixed rate for federally subsidized student loans

Gallup: Just two percent of Democrats name MSNBC as their main news source
7/8/2013 2:01:33 PM  Allahpundit
Schadenfreude-y fun via Noah Rothman on a slow post-holiday news day. Simple question: Why do 20 percent of Republicans say Fox News is their main news source while only two percent of Dems name Fox’s “rival” as their news source of

Obama: “The government is us, and we’re doing things right”
7/8/2013 1:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
In addendum to Allahpundit’s earlier post on the president’s new-fangled plan to use Google and his campaign’s 21st-century technological savvy and whatever else in what will surely be the glorious attempt to improve the efficiency,

New kingmaker in post-Islamist Egypt: Even crazier Islamists
7/8/2013 12:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
You know the rule. With few exceptions, whatever follows upheaval in the Middle East is worse than what preceded it. Egypt’s right on track. If you’re unfamiliar with the Nour (a.k.a. Salafist) party, they’re the people who wanted

Never fear, good people: Carbon emissions aren’t the only item on the EPA’s agenda
7/8/2013 12:01:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Legally, the executive administration is required to release a unified regulatory agenda twice a year, in order to provide the American people with an advance and accurate picture of what will probably be costly and disruptive future regulations the

After a week of ObamaCare trainwreck news, Obama to lay out vision for “smarter government”
7/8/2013 11:21:20 AM  Allahpundit
A little news of the weird to lift your spirits on the first day back to work after a long holiday weekend. As you read this, remember that “smarter government” these days in the health-care realm means taking people’s word for it when

Why did Pentagon shift bin Laden raid docs to CIA?
7/8/2013 10:41:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Was this a move to protect the identities of the SEAL team that raided the compound in Abbottabad in May 2011?  Or was it a new strategy to defeat FOIA requests by the Obama administration?  The Associated Press had pursued documents from the military