HotAir Daily Express 07/23/2013


McClatchy: Obama approval “plummeting” to 41%
7/23/2013 10:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
If the WaPo/ABC poll put the best spin on what looks like a record arrival for second-term malaise, McClatchy drives the point home in its more dramatic poll results.  That’s worth a post of its own, as the results from the two surveys bracket the

No-fly zone over Syria could run $1 billion a month to do … nothing
7/23/2013 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
A day ago, Senator John McCain told Newsmax that the US needs to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to “negate Bashar Assad’s power” and force the regime to the negotiating table. Hours later, after McCain and Carl Levin demanded answers

AFRICOM commander: We knew almost immediately Benghazi was a terrorist attack
7/23/2013 8:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
A public statement this weekend about the night of the Benghazi attack from former AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham is making the rounds, thanks to some belated attention from Fox News, but it’s more curious than revelatory. Now retired,

WaPo/ABC poll puts Obama approval below 50%
7/23/2013 8:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
The big takeaway from the new Washington Post/ABC poll isn’t really that Barack Obama’s approval rating has slumped to below majority level for the first time since September of last year.  The RCP poll watch shows that the WaPo/ABC series is


Quotes of the day
7/22/2013 10:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Liz Cheney has opened a new front in the battle for the soul of the Republican Party with her decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The fight pits conservatives willing to work across the aisle with a newer breed that views compromise as

NJ Senate ad: Sure, Booker’s great on Meet the Press, but what about in Newark?
7/22/2013 10:01:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A Super PAC playing in the New Jersey Senate race, American Commitment Action Fund, introduces you to a couple folks in the city of which Cory Booker is actually mayor, who have some opinions about him and the job he’s done there. Contrary to

Filner accuser claims he told her to come to work commando, national Dems remain quiet
7/22/2013 9:21:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Am I going to be forced to give Gloria Allred credit for consistency, here? I wrote Friday that it would take “Anchorman” references to get this story national coverage, but maybe Allred will do the trick. If there’s one thing she knows

Obviously: White House meets with celebs on how they can help promote ObamaCare to young people
7/22/2013 8:41:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
When it comes to persuading young people between the ages of eighteen and about thirty five that they should voluntarily shoulder the higher costs of the inherently riskier insurance pools being peddled to them through the auspices of ObamaCare —

Key House committee to hold hearing on DREAM amnesty for young illegals tomorrow; Update: DREAM groups oppose
7/22/2013 8:01:50 PM  Allahpundit
Looks like it’s pretty pro-DREAM on balance, too: 2 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing in 2141 Rayburn entitled “Addressing the Immigration Status of Illegal Immigrants Brought to the U.S. as Children.” On the first panel will be

Congress caves: Intel committees approve White House funding for Syrian rebels
7/22/2013 7:21:58 PM  Allahpundit
Two weeks ago Reuters dropped a mini-bombshell in revealing that the House and Senate Intel Committees had frozen Obama’s funding of the Syria rebels due to the clusterfark potential of U.S. involvement there. I wrote at the time, very stupidly,

Detroit, the first domino?
7/22/2013 6:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
Almost immediately after they learned that Detroit would be officially filing for bankruptcy last week, some of the city’s various pension funds lost no time in filing suit against both the city’s emergency manager Kevin Orr as well as

Pentagon to offer “parole”-style hearings for 71 Gitmo prisoners
7/22/2013 6:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Pentagon will move forward with what amounts to the military version of a habeas corpus hearing with 71 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, according to alerts sent out late Friday to attorneys representing the war-on-terror inmates.  The

Obama co-sponsored Illinois law in 2004 to shield people who use self-defense from civil liability
7/22/2013 5:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
An irresistible gotcha from Illinois Review, although I’m with Joel Pollak in not seeing how this supposedly relates to “Stand Your Ground.” Here’s what Illinois says about self-defense: Sec. 7-1. Use of force in defense of

Habemus Babam
7/22/2013 4:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
If you think Ed’s the only blogger here who’s going to milk this “news” for a cheapie post then you don’t know Hot Air, my friends. Eight pounds, six ounces. No name yet, but I shall call him Reginald, Viscount of

GOP: The ObamaCare database is going to be a “honey pot” for identity thieves, fraud
7/22/2013 4:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
California’s state insurance commissioner Dave Jones recently expressed some serious trepidation about the lack of concrete procedures in place for cracking down on the opportunities for fraud and abuse that are almost certain to arise as the large

ABC/WaPo poll: 40% think Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin wasn’t justified, 26% think it was
7/22/2013 3:21:49 PM  Allahpundit
The two Rasmussen polls I featured last week didn’t ask specifically whether the shooting was justified, only whether the verdict was. Rasmussen found a near-majority in agreement with the jury (48/34). ABC/WaPo: A 41/41 dead heat, with the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
7/22/2013 2:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the collapse of Detroit, the royal baby watch, Dennis Farina passing away, my silent retreat, and

Buzzfeed: Bloomberg anti-gun group lost 50 mayors this year
7/22/2013 2:41:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
What sells in New York City doesn’t sell well across the rest of the United States, according to Buzzfeed’s Jacob Fischler — or perhaps Michael Bloomberg simply sold a bill of goods in the first place.  After rising to prominence last

Stranger than fiction: George Zimmerman emerges from hiding — to rescue victim of car accident
7/22/2013 2:01:18 PM  Allahpundit
Ever wonder whether reality is an illusion and we’re actually living inside a simulation run by an omnipotent being? Well, here’s the proof that it’s true. And that the omnipotent being is Tom Wolfe. Alternate headline: “George

No, Virginia, you cannot have offshore drilling — but here’s an offshore wind lease as a consolation prize
7/22/2013 1:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this year, Virginia’s two (Democratic, ahem) senators introduced legislation to end the offshore oil-and-gas leasing shutout that the Obama administration effectively imposed on the eastern seaboard and west coast with the five-year

IRS chief counsel met with Obama two days before issuing new BOLO
7/22/2013 12:41:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
What was the IRS chief counsel doing in a meeting with the President of the United States?  According to the Daily Caller and Dick Morris and verified by downloadable visitor logs, William Wilkins came to the White House on April 23, 2012 at 3:54 in the

Great news: Obama to pivot to the economy
7/22/2013 12:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’ve lost count of the pivots back to jobs and economic growth Barack Obama has promised over the years. (The NRCC counts eleven times, but that seems low.)  His first promised pivot came in December 2009, when he promised to put off ObamaCare and

McCain: I endorse Mike Enzi over Liz Cheney
7/22/2013 11:21:32 AM  Allahpundit
Yet another reason to find the Enzi/Cheney race fascinating. Tough call here for Maverick. Does he strike a blow for incumbency by backing his pal Mike, even though it means siding with “wacko bird” nemesis, Rand Paul? Or does he strike a

Treasury IG to add O’Donnell case to probe?
7/22/2013 10:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
The saga of Christine O’Donnell may not be over yet. According to the Washington Times, which broke the news last week that a Delaware official improperly accessed her records the same day she declared her candidacy for the US Senate, the Treasury