HotAir Daily Express 07/25/2013


Video: Weiner accuser coming forward today?
7/25/2013 10:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
ABC’s Jonathan Karl dropped that tidbit during this Good Morning America update on the Adventures of Carlos Danger. After declaring that some of the revelations this week were untrue but refusing to specify the falsehoods, Weiner practically dared

House GOP: We’ll legalize “DREAMers” if border gets secured first
7/25/2013 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
House Republicans have steered clear of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and its approach, pledging to proceed in steps to overhauling the nation’s immigration system instead.  Democrats have been using that strategy as a

Who’s up for Israeli-Palestinian talks next week in DC?
7/25/2013 8:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least one Israeli Cabinet minister has his bags packed — and says so on the record.  At a West Bank diplomatic meeting, Energy Secretary Silvan Shalom says that Israel is ready to get started on July 30th next week, if the Palestinians agree to

Polls: Americans favor abortion bans after 20 weeks
7/25/2013 8:01:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
A month ago, a poll from National Journal showed that Americans generally supported bans on abortion after the 20-week gestation mark, including half of all women.  Results from two of the most recent national polls published today corroborate that


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Quotes of the day
7/24/2013 10:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
A new poll finds President Obama’s approval rating dropping to its lowest level in nearly two years, and near his all-time low. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released late Tuesday finds Obama with 45 percent approval and 50 percent

Amash amendment to restrict NSA powers fails by 12-vote margin in House
7/24/2013 10:01:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A strange bedfellows moment on the floor of the House Wednesday, as a coalition of libertarian Republicans and liberal Democrats joined up in an attempt to restrict the NSA’s domestic spying powers. The amendment was vocally opposed by leadership

Report: Female reporters advised to have escort for interviewing Filner as third accuser comes forward
7/24/2013 9:21:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The Democratic mayor of San Diego and former Congressman Bob Filner has already admitted to “disrespecting” women coworkers and “intimidating” them, saying he needs “help” for what he himself suggests is a pattern of

Is it finally time for the end of door-to-door postal delivery?
7/24/2013 8:41:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
I won’t hold my breath — the recent attempt to save some of the $25 million the United States Postal Service currently bleeds every day by eliminating most Saturday delivery was quashed by unions and their buddies in Congress earlier this

Family rescued by George Zimmerman from car accident cancels press conference in fear of “blowback”
7/24/2013 8:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
A terrible moral dilemma. Hold a presser to vouch for the man who rescued you at a moment when he could really use the public support? Or stay out of the line of fire from vigilante lunatics bent on exacting “justice for

When regulations attack: Meet Hector Ricketts, small-biz success story stifled by government
7/24/2013 7:21:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Before there was Uber, there was Hector Ricketts’ Community Transportation Systems, Inc. Uber has snagged tons of press and unlikely allies as the San Francisco-based high-end car service app clashes with powerful union and bureaucratic forces in

Standing her ground: Woman shoots assailant dead at Texas gas station
7/24/2013 6:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Charles Cooke and Legal Insurrection, which has the relevant Texas statutes. Quote: (e) A person who has a right to be present at the location where the force is used, who has not provoked the person against whom the force is used, and who is not

Video: The greatest movie trailer ever?
7/24/2013 6:01:08 PM  Allahpundit
Top ten at least, no? Better still, this appears to be representative of the film. According to io9, the opening sequence of “Gravity” is a 17-minute long take. This isn’t a conventional space adventure a la “Apollo 13.”

McDermott: The White House has been “terribly inefficient” with ObamaCare promotion
7/24/2013 5:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
Democrats’ original 2014 campaign-season plan of owning ObamaCare with strong, positive messaging doesn’t seem to be panning out too well so far; as Mary Katharine pointed out last night, the creeping trend of moderate Democrats turning sour

Open thread: House to vote on whether to defund the NSA; Update: Amash video added; Update: Amendment fails, 205/217
7/24/2013 4:41:34 PM  Allahpundit
Ed blogged it this morning but it’s worthy of an open thread too, not just because the future of the surveillance state is a momentous issue but because this is a rare House vote where I have zero clue how it’s going to go. I think it’s

Obama: Man, all of these “phony scandals” have really been getting in the way of this economic recovery we’re in
7/24/2013 4:01:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
I found it kind of hilarious that Twitter exploded with the news of the finally-revealed Royal Baby’s name at about the same time that President Obama was really getting into his groove at his “major” economic speech kicking off

Chris Hayes: I found the defense of Weiner by his wife “surprisingly persuasive”
7/24/2013 3:26:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, I’m going to give Hayes the benefit of the doubt and assume that he’s pandering to his audience in saying this, not that he really believes it. His reputation for being “cerebral” may be overstated but there

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
7/24/2013 2:51:06 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 the latest on Obama’s speech, bailouts, the Anthony Weiner presser, and much more. Don’t miss

Video: CBS poll shows more Americans than ever want ObamaCare repealed
7/24/2013 2:41:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
Two more polls on ObamaCare show that Americans largely don’t believe it will work, and more people than ever want it repealed. First, a new CBS poll shows that a solid majority disapproves of ObamaCare by eighteen points, and that support for

Video: The obligatory “Scarborough yells at Carney for calling the IRS scandal ‘phony’” clip
7/24/2013 2:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
Not just for calling the scandal “phony,” though. His ire peaks when Carney sneers at him for pushing the GOP party line, which is not something you say to a guy who’s worked very, very hard to build his “no labels” media

North Carolina expands concealed carry to “bars” — and other places, too
7/24/2013 1:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Whenever a state moves to expand its gun laws and add to the list of places in which concealed carry is allowed, the headlines so often seem to run somewhere along the lines of “State X passes bill allowing guns in bars” — the

Obama nominee for #2 at DHS target of IG probe
7/24/2013 12:41:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday we took a humorous look at an embarrassing but relatively innocuous example of the lack of vetting by the Obama administration. Later in the day, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a less-innocuous example.  Barack Obama promoted the

Chuck Todd: Get ready for “déjà pivot”
7/24/2013 12:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’d add this to the earlier post on Detroit and Barack Obama’s new PR campaign on the economy, but this really deserves a perch of its own, even though it’s a couple of days old now.  Chuck Todd may have scored the Coinage Award of the

Change: 53% now support criminal charges against Snowden
7/24/2013 11:21:18 AM  Allahpundit
Two weeks ago, Quinnipiac found that 55 percent considered him a whistleblower versus just 34 percent who regarded him as a traitor. This new ABC/WaPo data doesn’t squarely contradict that — you can believe that he deserves to be charged with

Specter of Detroit looms over Obama’s new PR campaign on economy
7/24/2013 10:41:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
And that is largely Barack Obama’s own fault.  Two years ago, on another of his short-lived pivots to the economy and jobs, Obama held up Motor City as an example of the comeback of the American economy after three-plus years of his policies,