HotAir Daily Express 07/12/2013


Snowden: US engaging in “unlawful” attempt to block my asylum; Update: Asks for asylum in Russia?
7/12/2013 10:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Unlawful“? Would that be something like taking material one doesn’t own, breaking security agreements one made, and publishing state secrets while fleeing to human-rights paradises like China and Russia?  Edward Snowden lashed out at

Time for a new Glass-Steagall?
7/12/2013 9:21:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Does anyone else find that all of the talk about breaking up the too-bog-to-fail discussions is somewhat akin to Mark Twain’s observation about weather conversation? Everyone talks about breaking up the giant financial institutions, but few seem

Syrian rebels declare war on … each other
7/12/2013 8:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Good news: John McCain will finally get his wish about being able to tell the good guys from the bad guys in Syria’s civil war.  Bad news: They’ll be the guys in the crossfire.  After playing footsie with al-Qaeda affiliates for more than two

Microsoft helped defeat encryption for NSA on Outlook, SkyDrive, Skype
7/12/2013 8:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
I’d call this another reason to go Mac, except that Apple also cooperated with NSA in accessing customer activities.  Second look at Linux? Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be


Quotes of the day
7/11/2013 10:41:34 PM  Allahpundit
On the same day that former President George W. Bush implored his fellow Republicans to carry a “benevolent spirit” into the immigration debate, a closed-door meeting of the House GOP revealed deep divisions, particularly on what to do with the 11

CDC: Oops, salt is not actually dangerous, and cutting it may be harmful
7/11/2013 10:01:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Could it at last be time to lay down arms in the senseless, anti-science battle against salt? ATLANTA, GA — A recent report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake and the take-home

Pew poll: Americans hate journalists, even more than they did four years ago
7/11/2013 9:21:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In a Pew survey of Americans’ attitudes about occupations, journalists suffered the worst fall in the last four years while the military maintained its top position. Also interesting, and worth pondering for those in the national news who

Open thread: In the beginning, there was “Sharknado”
7/11/2013 8:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
The “serious” post on Egypt has 12 comments as I write this. Last night’s ode to schlock has 140 and nearly twice that many “likes” on Facebook. It’s quite clear what’s happened here: Like the rest of America,

Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama admin’s regulations
7/11/2013 8:01:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do

Possible House GOP plan on immigration: A path to legalization, not citizenship?
7/11/2013 7:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
Aaron Blake offers them a way out. Good enough? House Republicans finally come around to comprehensive immigration reform, but — and this is a BIG but — they do it without a path to citizenship… 1. It’s a middle-ground bill. It brings illegal

McConnell to Reid on the “nuclear option”: You, sir, are about to become the Worst. Senate leader. Ever.
7/11/2013 6:41:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’d probably say that whether or not that ship has already sailed is wide open for a reasonable and lively debate, but anyhow, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had some words for his Democratic counterpart on the Senate floor this afternoon

Landslide: HuffPo poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support abortion ban after 20 weeks, 59/30
7/11/2013 6:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
It takes integrity to conduct and then feature a poll that confirms your own readership is wildly out of the American mainstream. It takes less integrity to try to discredit your own results, as HuffPo kinda sorta does, by citing a Democratic pollster

Did Egypt’s “deep state” sabotage Morsi?
7/11/2013 5:21:16 PM  Allahpundit
The Times can’t prove it, but the evidence is compelling enough to make this your must-read on a slow summer news day. We have our own “deep state,” of course, but not one so comprehensive and organized that it could shut down broad

Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?
7/11/2013 4:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s erstwhile promise assuring Americans that, “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” has since been unceremoniously exploded by the dawning realities of the health care overhaul, and the trend of labor unions —

Congress: How can we do oversight of NSA surveillance with Obama’s team continually lying to us?
7/11/2013 4:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
I used to think it was impossible to have a meaningful “national debate” on mass surveillance because too many of the nuts and bolts were classified, or because most members of Congress were too cowardly to take this topic on. Your incentive

Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers
7/11/2013 3:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
If you live somewhere along the north eastern seaboard and have shopped at one of Wegmans 80+ glorious grocery stores, I’m going to go ahead and venture that you probably agree with me that it is The Most Fantastic Grocery Store in the history of

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Guy Benson, Jorge Bonilla
7/11/2013 2:51:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the Zimmerman trial and Harry Reid going “nuclear,” and Guy Benson and I will discuss the latest in politics. In bonus minutes, we’ll meet Jorge Bonilla, a

Obviously: White House issues veto threat on a farm bill without food stamps; Update: House passes agriculture-only bill, 216-208
7/11/2013 2:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
This farm-bill debacle really is turning into quite the — er, interesting? — case study of American politics. On Wednesday evening, House Republicans did indeed come up with some legislation that stripped food stamps from the farm bill, the

AP: Jobless claims jump good news for hiring, or something
7/11/2013 2:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
When looking at the data for weekly initial jobless claims, there are a few things to keep in mind.  First, the series is only indirectly correlative to job creation, and individual data points mean very little.  Second, the correlative level for any

Prosecutor to judge: Can we also charge Zimmerman with third-degree murder based on, er, child abuse? Update: Judge rejects
7/11/2013 1:21:31 PM  Allahpundit
Revealing, for two reasons. One: It shows that the state’s worried enough about its case that not only do they want a lesser charge added to hedge against an acquittal on second-degree murder, which seems all but assured, they want one added to

Spitzer: Dems trying to sabotage my campaign
7/11/2013 12:41:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
This should be a pretty good day for Eliot Spitzer. A new poll shows him with a significant lead in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller, perhaps more of a result of name recognition than forgiveness. He hasn’t yet made the

Karma hits the IRS
7/11/2013 12:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s payback time for the IRS, as Politico reported last night.  Until now, the agency has usually had little trouble in budget negotiations, as both parties need revenue collected (regardless of the tax policies favored by each), by an agency that

Poll: Obama hits new low on foreign policy, thanks to heavy opposition to intervening in Syria
7/11/2013 11:21:08 AM  Allahpundit
Via National Journal. Alternate headline: “Blogger surprised to find public actually paying attention to foreign policy.” I’m trapped in a bubble of frenetic news-reading so it’s hard for me to tell when a story penetrates the

Nat’l Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?
7/11/2013 10:41:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’re still three years away from the 2016 general election and two and a half years from the Iowa caucus, but Hillary Clinton has already managed to grab top-rank political talent on the Left.  Does she risk getting too far ahead of the pack and