HotAir Daily Express 07/17/2013


Obama: I “probably” can’t grant amnesty on my own
7/17/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Is this the analysis of a constitutional law scholar? Or of a President who’s managed to get away with encroaching on legislative jurisdiction to the point of dictating the meaning of “in session”? Univision asked whether Barack Obama

Overregulation follies: Feds want disaster plan for magic-hat bunnies
7/17/2013 9:21:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Some stories about overregulation suffer from too much technical detail and not enough clarity to connect with readers.  That’s not the case with the US Department of Agriculture’s attempt to regulate — magicians.  Any entertainment act

Jimmy Carter: Jury got it right in Zimmerman case
7/17/2013 8:41:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
This should have a few heads exploding on the Left, and possibly the Right as well — but former President Jimmy Carter gets it correct in this interview with WXIA in Atlanta. Well, mostly right, anyway (via TPM): “I think the jury made the

Video: Taliban arrive in Syria
7/17/2013 8:01:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least that’s what CNN was told by the Taliban in Pakistan. They have already sent 120 fighters to Syria for the rebels on request from al-Qaeda, and another 150 are on their way: Taliban fighters from Pakistan say they have united with al Qaeda


Quotes of the day
7/16/2013 10:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in

Kentucky officials try to ban advice columnist for “practicing psychology without a license”
7/16/2013 9:21:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The scourge of government occupational licensing abuse is after another victim: On May 7, Kentucky’s office of attorney general sent a letter to newspaper advice columnist John Rosemond. The letter ordered him to sign a consent decree that he would stop

Richard Cordray confirmed as director of the Consumer Financial “Protection” Bureau after two-year Dodd-Frank battle
7/16/2013 8:41:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
After the Senate brokered their deal this morning wherein Majority Leader Harry Reid would refrain from triggering the “nuclear option” of altering Senate procedure to limit minority rights, and Republicans would for the most part drop their

California refuses to institute teacher performance evalutations, for the children
7/16/2013 8:01:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
It feels like California is usually the first to rush headlong into whatever latest boondoggle it is that the progressives in the federal government have seized upon as their latest cause célèbre — ObamaCare and solar energy spring to mind —

Video: Liz Cheney announces that she’s primarying Mike Enzi in Wyoming
7/16/2013 7:21:56 PM  Allahpundit
The NYT told us last week that this was coming and now here it is. Guy Benson wrote about it at the time in the Greenroom; I wrote my own post about the prospects of an Enzi/Cheney race back in April. The vibe I’ve gotten from the comments and from

Lindsey Graham: Maybe we should boycott the Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Snowden
7/16/2013 6:41:52 PM  Allahpundit
I thought the Snowden saga had become as much of a freak show as it could be. I was wrong. You know Graham’s too far into the deep end of the pool when even McCain’s calling him back to the shallow side. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the

Video: Potential black juror was excluded from Zimmerman trial for watching Fox News?
7/16/2013 6:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, there’s buzz about this on righty blogs this afternoon but I think we already kinda sorta knew about it. Watch Michael Skolnick, a member of the board of directors of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, explain almost offhandedly at

Oh, my: Green group suing the State Department over Keystone XL
7/16/2013 5:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
After President Obama’s big climate-change environmentalist pander-fest in June, during which he contended that his administration will not be approving the Keystone XL pipeline unless they find that doing so “does not significantly

Despite amnesty push, Rubio rakes in $3 million in second-quarter fundraising
7/16/2013 4:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Because of amnesty push, Rubio rakes in $3 million in second-quarter fundraising.” Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio raised $3 million in the second quarter of 2013, a source familiar with a new Federal Election

Nancy Grace: Now Zimmerman’s free to go to Taco Bell every night and eat churros; Update: Bad rap
7/16/2013 4:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite. Normally I’d call this a palate cleanser, but since it’s Nancy Grace, it’s more like someone taking a dump in your brain. Did I miss something during the trial (or before) about Zimmerman being a fan of Taco Bell? Was he

The Hill: Sweet ambassadorships have gone out to at least 19 Obama donors this year
7/16/2013 3:21:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
It really isn’t all that unusual for presidents to hand out premium ambassadorships to some of their best buddies, and while there’s definite potential for seediness there, it isn’t necessarily always a horrible way of doing things.

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Dwayne Epstein
7/16/2013 2:46:39 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 Nuclear Options in the Senate and meltdowns in the media, and all of the hot political

GOP rep: We’d have to look at ways to rein in the DOJ if they charge Zimmerman
7/16/2013 2:41:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via Larry O’Connor and Breitbart, skip to 6:20 for Rep. Andy Harris’s take on the trial. I think he’s blowing smoke about congressional action. For one thing, he doesn’t bring up the Zimmerman verdict; Larry and his co-host do,

Video: North Korea caught shipping missile parts … to Cuba?
7/16/2013 2:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
How bad was this botched attempt at an arms sale? Panama initially inspected the Chong Chon Gang because they suspected the crew of smuggling drugs.  Instead, they discovered a cache of arms that could touch off another standoff between Washington and

PPP poll: McAuliffe plus four over Cuccinelli in Virginia
7/16/2013 1:21:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Public Policy Polling is the latest to take the temperature of 2013′s only competitive gubernatorial race, and by their measure, Democrat Terry McAuliffe currently has a four-point lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, via Politico: The survey

Zimmerman juror: He may have been overzealous but his heart was in the right place
7/16/2013 12:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
An historical document from last night’s “Anderson Cooper.” Skip to 21:00 if you want to hear her describe the initial jury split (three for not guilty, two for manslaughter, one for second-degree murder), but I recommend starting no

Saletan: Almost everything I thought I knew about Zimmerman was wrong
7/16/2013 12:01:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t take this excellent and self-effacing essay from Slate’s William Saletan as an endorsement of George Zimmerman’s actions.  Instead, it’s an indictment of the sensationalist media coverage that distorted or outright

Breaking: Deal reached to preserve filibuster
7/16/2013 10:59:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
There aren’t a lot of details on the deal cut by the Senate to stop the nuclear option, but both sides are emerging from talks heralding the agreement: Senators have reached a tentative deal on averting the constitutional showdown over confirming

DoJ sending trial balloon about demurring on Zimmerman?
7/16/2013 10:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the White House tried to assure angry supporters of the Trayvon Martin family that the investigation would continue.  Eric Holder yesterday told a luncheon that “I share your concern”