HotAir Daily Express 07/10/2013


Q-poll shows 55/34% believe Snowden to be a whistleblower rather than a traitor
7/10/2013 10:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Whistleblower or traitor? Given those two choices, a majority of respondents in a new Quinnipiac poll choose “whistleblower” for Edward Snowden.  On the NSA, however, the majority still seems confused: American voters say 55 – 34

Buzz-kill: Denver proposes 5% tax on marijuana sales
7/10/2013 9:21:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when marijuana activists argued that legalized pot could help control budget deficits by reducing police costs and raising tax revenues?  Putting that into practice in Denver has proven a bit difficult.  Advocates for legalization are now

Egypt’s government orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leadership after deadly violence
7/10/2013 8:41:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
The interim government doubled down on its allegations that the deadly confrontation two days ago in front of a Republican Guard headquarters was instigated by the Muslim Brotherhood.  The top prosecutor in the military-supported government ordered the

Texas House approves late-term abortion ban
7/10/2013 8:01:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
What’s been the impact of pro-abortion agitation outside the special session of the Texas legislature in Austin?  Perhaps nothing more than focus.  After defeating a series of amendments designed to weaken the late-term abortion ban the session was


Quotes of the day
7/9/2013 10:41:48 PM  Allahpundit
“Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandates, without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” Speaker John A. Boehner told a

Sigh: D.C. Council poised to chase off 900 jobs because they don’t like Wal-Mart, so there
7/9/2013 10:01:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A couple lessons, here. First, businesses are not obligated to open in your city or your neighborhood, particularly when you incentivize them to locate elsewhere. Washington, D.C. is particularly susceptible to losing potential jobs (particularly in

SmartGov: Gov’t agency spends millions, destroys $170K in hardware to get rid of computer virus
7/9/2013 9:21:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Meet the Economic Development Administration (yes, we have one). It deals with problems in such a level-headed, nimble, and efficient way, I can’t imagine why it hasn’t managed to rebuild our sagging economy: ArsTechnica explains: The

Yikes: IMF lowers global economic growth forecasts. (…Wait. Huh?)
7/9/2013 8:41:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
Hold on a moment. Didn’t I just write that exact same headline, less than three months ago? …Yes, dear readers. Yes I did. In April, the International Monetary Fund scaled back its global economic growth forecast for 2013 to 3.3 percent, down

Audio: Palin considering Senate run in Alaska in 2014?
7/9/2013 8:01:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via SarahNet, something newsy from today’s Hannity radio show. The key bit comes from 9:34 to 11:19, or, if you prefer, NewsBusters has a partial transcript. My sense after listening to this is that she’s giving an answer similar to the one

Illinois finally enacts concealed-carry permitting after Gov. Quinn’s veto
7/9/2013 7:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
Illinois finally became the last state in the country to allow for the some form of public possession of concealed firearms on Tuesday (technically — I don’t tend to count DC, New York, California, and etcetera’s versions of concealed

Video: Black ministers cross the aisle to endorse Christie over school vouchers
7/9/2013 6:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
Lay aside your annoyance at Christie for five minutes and savor this clip. Not because he’s on the right side of the issue, which he is, but because anything that helps move the Democratic Overton window away from shilling for teachers’

Polls: Rubio losing support among Republicans
7/9/2013 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
Meh. We’re still years away from the primaries, during which time he’ll be furiously rebuilding goodwill with the base by tossing out conservative red meat in all directions, and he remains very popular on balance, if not quite as popular as

Reid ready to get nuclear for the sake of Obama’s stalled nominees?
7/9/2013 5:21:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Senate Republicans have been holding out on a number of President Obama’s recent administrative nominees — including Gina McCarthy for Environmental Protection Agency chief, Tom Perez for head of the Department of Labor, the recess-appointed

House Dems’ ultimatum: Any immigration bill must have a path to citizenship
7/9/2013 4:41:00 PM  Allahpundit
We … already knew this, didn’t we? The whole point of immigration reform for the left is earning more Latino votes, be they natural-born American citizens or amnestized illegals from Mexico. If you give up the path to citizenship, what

Texas pro-choicer rallies protesters with poem: “If My Vagina Was a Gun”
7/9/2013 4:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Twitchy, something to cleanse the palate on a slow post-holiday news day. I can only assume that this will inspire a round of response and counter-response between pro-lifers and pro-choicers. Next comes “If My Fetus Was a Vagina,” then

Gasp: The House might be considering splitting up the farm bill, and the Ag chairman might be okay with it
7/9/2013 3:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Could the time actually be ripe to end the perennial pairing of the federal food stamp program together with U.S. agricultural “policy” (hem, hem) into a single “farm bill,” and thereby break up the perverse urban-rural synergy

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
7/9/2013 2:51:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss ObamaCare delays, Spitzer sobs, and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last

Boehner to Obama: We want the individual mandate delayed for a year just like the employer mandate was
7/9/2013 2:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Populism is fun. “I never thought I’d see the day when the White House, the president came down on the side of big business but left the American people out in the cold as far as his health care mandate is concerned,” Cantor told reporters after House

Military arrests 650 Morsi backers after shootings
7/9/2013 2:01:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
National reconciliation took a back seat to message-sending in Egypt today on both sides of the political chasm that opened last week.  The military government announced that they had arrested 650 pro-Morsi supporters after a deadly confrontation two

New plan from Gasland II: The faucet-fire lie wasn’t big enough. We’re going full garden hose.
7/9/2013 1:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the past couple of years, there have been occasions when I’ve raised the issue of hydraulic fracturing — a.k.a. “fracking,” the innovative drilling technique that has unlocked vast resources of oil and gas and brought about

Video: Spitzer gets teary-eyed over “pain” of scandal
7/9/2013 12:41:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
Did he cry, or didn’t he?  Eliot Spitzer appeared on Morning Joe today to explain why he thinks he should be taken seriously as a candidate for New York City comptroller — he knows how to invest funds, he’s had serious success in

Federal judge blocks new WI abortion limit law
7/9/2013 12:01:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
On Saturday, I noted that Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed into law a new measure that required ultrasounds prior to abortions and abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles in case of emergency.  Last night, a federal judge

Report: Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela; Update: Or does he?
7/9/2013 11:21:20 AM  Allahpundit
I wonder if the propaganda value to Maduro was enough to justify this, or if there was some other price. BREAKING: Lawmaker close to Kremlin tweets that Edward Snowden has accepted Venezuela's asylum offer. — The Associated Press (@AP) July 9,

Obama considering “zero option” for Afghanistan withdrawal
7/9/2013 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
As the relationship between Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration deteriorates, so too do our long-term prospects of influencing events at the end of America’s longest war. CBS reports this morning that the White House is now considering a