HotAir Daily Express 07/18/2013


Fact-check: “Stand your ground” laws don’t increase murder, manslaughter rate
7/18/2013 10:01:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Give McClatchy some kudos for a balanced and evidence-based look at a subject receiving considerable demagoguery these days.  Despite the fact that Florida’s “stand your ground” had little application to the trial of George Zimmerman

Christine O’Donnell a victim of IRS abuse?
7/18/2013 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
State officials can access IRS computer systems through a “back door” intended to allow for better communication in investigations, but with so little accountability that the process can easily be abused for political purposes.  That appears

Two polls show majority support for pathway to citizenship — and tougher border security
7/18/2013 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
What, no poll on whether mass murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a total dreamboat?  No, both the Washington Post/ABC series and the National Journal/UT poll continues its focus on immigration policy as the House debates whether to debate it at all. 

Did Israel agree to pre-1967 borders in peace deal?
7/18/2013 8:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
At first blush, this would be huge — if true.  Israel has always maintained that the issue of final borders belongs in the negotiations for peace, and not a prerequisite.  If Reuters’ anonymous source, noted as “an Israeli


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Quotes of the day
7/17/2013 10:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
New statement from Juror B37: Thank you for the opportunity to vent some of the anguish which has been in me since the trial began. For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone. There will be no other interviews. My prayers are with all those who have

No bigs: Kennedy brothers violate Endangered Species Act rescuing sea turtle
7/17/2013 10:01:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
First of all, let me be clear that I’m in full support of members of the Kennedy clan embracing an impulse for water-based rescue missions, and always have been. Brothers Max Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are rightly being shown leniency this

Krauthammer: Unions are in a state of “desperation and disappointment” over ObamaCare
7/17/2013 9:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
Mary Katharine just posted what went down in the House earlier this evening, with almost a few dozen Democrats voting in favor of codifying the White House’s otherwise unilaterally-imposed delay of the employer mandate into law, and a full 22 Dems

House votes to delay individual Obamacare mandate, with the help of 22 Democrats
7/17/2013 8:41:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
President Obama was none too happy about action in the House today, tweeting from @barackobama, “Instead of reforming #immigration, the House today is trying to keep millions of Americans from getting better health care at a lower cost.” His

Rolling Stone on Tsarnaev: We must examine the complexities since he’s in the same age group as many of our readers
7/17/2013 8:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
As someone joked on Twitter: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in his sixties? Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the

Hitting the “blend wall”: Renewable fuel credit prices hit an all-time high
7/17/2013 7:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Renewable Fuels Standard — that oh so ingenious method of creating a fake market for a not-green, not-clean, food-price-spiking, special-interest-serving and overall terrible product — requires that the nation’s refiners blend an

Scandal: Conservative site sends high-school student to attend pointless “news” anachronism; Update: Daily Caller responds
7/17/2013 6:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
I’m going to give Politico the benefit of the doubt and assume that this story is just them being pissy about the DC tweaking them over traffic on Monday. They can’t really be pretend-bothered that a teenager was sent to do the job at the

Loathsome nanny-state mayor launches new initiative: Getting people to take the stairs instead of the elevator
7/17/2013 6:01:07 PM  Allahpundit
I hate saying it, but it’s the truth and I think it needs to be said: Weiner really would be an improvement over this tool in all probability, if only because he’d re-order public priorities in a marginally saner way. That’s the point

Oh, good: Congress moving on a reprieve for already-subsidized federal flood insurance
7/17/2013 5:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just what the national debt needs: Another “temporary” reprieve on an expensive federal program that actively promotes adverse incentives and undercuts a service available in the free market, all at the expense of the faceless taxpayer.

Boehner: It’s time to do something for the children of illegal immigrants
7/17/2013 4:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
The strongest sign yet that what emerges from the House will in fact include a path to citizenship — not for everyone, maybe, but certainly for DREAMers. After dodging the issue for months, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a position on

RC poll: Cuccinelli plus six in Virginia
7/17/2013 4:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
PPP’s latest gave the edge to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, but in the second poll in as many days on the Virginia gubernatorial race, Roanoke College’s new poll says the slight lead in the contest belongs to Republican candidate

New initiative from conservative activists in Florida: Recall Rubio
7/17/2013 3:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Just show me where to sign, pal. No, no, I’m kidding. This is the “Sharknado” of anti-Rubio protests: Silly, yet irresistible. KrisAnne Hall, a radio host who teaches seminars on the Constitution, tells National Review Online that she

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
7/17/2013 2:51:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss new revelations in the IRS scandal, Liz Cheney’s bid to unseat Mike Enzi, and the cover of the

15 high-risk US diplomatic outposts still fall short of security requirements
7/17/2013 2:41:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
One might have assumed that after watching the Benghazi consulate fall to a terrorist attack that the State Department would have rushed to bring security in other high-risk installations up to standards.  That assumption would be incorrect, McClatchy

Rasmussen: Near-majority agrees with Zimmerman verdict, 48/34
7/17/2013 2:01:58 PM  Allahpundit
Significant, not only because it’s the first major poll of public opinion about the verdict but because Holder will think twice about bringing federal charges if he believes it’s a sure political loser for his boss. We’ll need more

Sen. Enzi: The CFPB is going to act like the “Google Earth” of all financial transactions
7/17/2013 1:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
I mentioned last night that the Senate finally went ahead and confirmed Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial “Protection” Bureau created by the Dodd Frank act, with seventeen Republicans switching course and giving the

Sebelius: Opposing ObamaCare is like opposing civil rights in 1964, or something
7/17/2013 12:41:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the NAACP convention yesterday in Orlando to congratulate them on their support for ObamaCare.  Why, the same kind of people who oppose ObamaCare now are like those who opposed the Civil Rights Acts in the early

Rolling Stone’s strange, dreamy cover of terrorist; Update: CVS refuses to sell
7/17/2013 12:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s interesting, and infuriating.  We’ve already seen the rise of what Twitchy calls the “Jaharem” of admirers of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in custody since murdering a police officer and engaging in a firefight with

Zimmerman prosecutors sued by fired IT worker who revealed state didn’t turn over evidence report to defense; Update: Corey’s checkered past
7/17/2013 11:21:27 AM  Allahpundit
Zimmerman’s suing NBC, Martin’s parents are (probably) suing Zimmerman — isn’t it time that someone sued the one actor in this case whose motives were most provably malign? Maybe this is a first small step in sending Corey to join

ESPN to Olbermann: No politics
7/17/2013 10:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
Keith Olbermann landed a new gig with an old partner, but under some tough conditions.  After first getting a spot on TBS’ post-season coverage of Major League Baseball, ESPN decided to pick him up for a new late-night sports talk show, sixteen