HotAir Daily Express 07/22/2013

Open thread: Royal baby watch
7/22/2013 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
I have to admit that this is of almost no interest to me, but perhaps some Hot Air readers are caught up in the excitement, so I’ll open up a thread for fans to share updates. It seems to be a big deal on my Twitter timeline (including my breaking

CBS: Top military brass live pretty darn comfortably in the age of sequester
7/22/2013 9:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
When I worked in the defense industry a few decades ago (gulp), stories about $400 hammers and $800 toilet seats abounded in contracting. People thought we were all getting rich off of the military, but as I would patiently explain, the cost came from

Abbas: No, direct talks aren’t about to begin again
7/22/2013 8:41:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, Reuters got a leak that claimed Israel would agree to the pre-1967 border as a precondition to kick-start stalled negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied immediately.  Over the weekend,

McCain: States should take another look at Stand Your Ground laws
7/22/2013 8:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
This starts off with Candy Crowley pressing John McCain to explain how the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial provided justice to Trayvon Martin’s family. Instead of explaining how courts of law work on reasonable doubt, McCain instead tells

New Video Catches Lawmakers Totally Off Guard
The following video is likely to shock you. It shows our nation’s highest lawmakers caught with their hands in the cookie jar. While we never enjoy witnessing our elected (mis)representatives demonstrating such conduct, I compiled this footage for a very specific reason… You see, I followed the money trail on a new bill making its way through Congress. And it has the power to make a few people, well… very rich in the coming weeks. Click here to view the details.
Quotes of the day
7/21/2013 8:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
After relentlessly defending for months the Senate’s ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t respond when House GOP leaders last week trashed it as a “flawed … massive, Obama-care like

Video: Snyder not interested in bailout for Detroit
7/21/2013 6:31:33 PM  Jazz Shaw
Face the Nation on CBS actually had a fairly compelling segment this morning for those who missed it. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was on to talk about (what else?) the Detroit bankruptcy and where the state expects things to go from here. He covered a

“Geeks Out” seeking to end Ender’s Game
7/21/2013 4:31:36 PM  Jazz Shaw
This is something I’ve been waiting for since at least the 90′s, and I’m not talking about the media catnip highlighted in the title. This November we’ll finally see the release of the movie version of Orson Scott Card’s

Supreme Court’s popularity heading pretty much where you’d expect
7/21/2013 2:31:44 PM  Jazz Shaw
I was listening to Speaker Boehner on Face the Nation this morning and he was asked what he thought about the dismal popularity of Congress among Americans. His rather candid response was that he wasn’t surprised and that one of the chief reasons

Ed Schultz: “Thanks to a lot of Republican policies, [Detroit] is now filing for bankruptcy”
7/21/2013 12:31:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
We’ve got another one, ya’ll. I thought Melissa Harris-Perry’s utterly illogical talking point about Detroit serving as an example of what “Republicans would impose on us” was bad, but this… Do you think that maybe he

Radley Balko frets over “warrior cops”
7/21/2013 11:01:30 AM  Jazz Shaw
I’m not entirely sure what prompted this conversation to crop up again, but Radley Balko took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this week to express his concerns over The Rise of the Warrior Cop. His tale begins with a review of the story of