HotAir Daily Express 08/09/2013


Video: Andrea Mitchell, Robert Gibbs not looking forward to Hillary hagiography, either
8/9/2013 10:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Great news — Reince Priebus’ attack on CNN and NBC over the broadcasters’ decisions to air Hillary Clinton films is gaining momentum … at NBC. Yesterday morning, Chuck Todd called it a “total nightmare” for their news

Fox poll shows “phony scandal” line playing worse that you’d think
8/9/2013 9:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
After an avalanche of scandals hit the White House this spring, the Obama administration adopted the public-relations strategy of calling IRS political targeting, NSA domestic snooping, and the deaths of four Americans in an utterly predictable terrorist

Condi Rice: Snowden asylum a Russian “slap in the face” to US
8/9/2013 8:41:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
Former Secretary of State and Soviet expert Condoleezza Rice told CBS News’ Charlie Rose in an interview that aired this morning that Barack Obama is “absolutely right” to have canceled the one-on-one summit with Russia’s Vladimir

Video: US closes consulate in Lahore after threat received
8/9/2013 8:01:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, the US State Department closed its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and evacuated all but a skeleton crew of personnel to the capital of Islamabad.  The embassy there remains open for business, but nineteen others will remain closed at least


Quotes of the day
8/8/2013 10:31:56 PM  Allahpundit
Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal

Hmmm: Secure e-mail service Snowden was using shuts down suddenly
8/8/2013 9:41:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
An e-mail service it appeared NSA leaker Edward Snowden had been using from a Moscow airport was shut down suddenly Thursday. Lavabit’s owner Ladar Levison, whose pitch to users was better security and noncompliance with requests by the government

Caught on tape: McConnell campaign manager said he was “holding his nose” through election
8/8/2013 8:51:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I think it’s safe to assume at this point everything in Kentucky politics is secretly recorded. Jesse Benton, campaign manager for Sen. Mitch McConnell, said in January he was “holding his nose” through McConnell’s reelection

How do you make a hagiographic miniseries about Hillary?
8/8/2013 8:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
Ross Douthat was tweeting about this earlier. He has no answers; neither do I. Which may explain why even Hillary allies like David Brock aren’t keen on the idea of a biopic before the election. It sounds helpful to her campaign in theory (hence

Jay Carney on CNN’s big CIA/Benghazi scoop: I don’t know nothing ’bout nothing
8/8/2013 7:11:09 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace, consider this post an apology to our readership. A few days ago I led you to believe that it was somehow important for the White House press corps to ask the press secretary about one of the biggest foreign policy scoops in weeks. That was

Plan B on immigration reform for amnesty supporters: Have Obama issue an order granting temporary amnesty
8/8/2013 6:21:11 PM  Allahpundit
He did it once before for the DREAMers in a cynical but effective bid to drum up Latino turnout before the election. Why wouldn’t he do it again ahead of the midterms, with Democrats desperate to rally their base to hold back a Republican tide?

No, there is no Tea Party boycott of Ebony Magazine, and there never was
8/8/2013 5:31:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
If at first no publicity-driving race issue exists, try, try to create it. Wednesday, a lie about the Tea Party got halfway around the world before the truth could get its hoodie on. Here’s how it happened. Ebony magazine announced this week a

The freaky triple deaky “mystery priest miracle” post
8/8/2013 4:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
I promised you some atheist material today. I lied. If I’m desperate enough for content to post Slate’s anti-Redskins grandstanding, you’d better believe I’m willing to post this: Reed’s team and emergency workers from

Test scores for NYC students drop dramatically
8/8/2013 3:51:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
New York City officials are on the defensive today after test scores from public schools plummeted under new standards for achievement.  The city adopted the controversial Common Core curriculum and testing, and NYC was expected to be a test case for its

Powers: It’s “Democratic ladies” pushing ignorance in the abortion debate
8/8/2013 3:01:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today is March on Media Day at LiveAction and Americans United for Life, who combined with the Media Research Center for a rally in Washington today outside the studio of the local ABC affiliate.  Lila Rose, Jill Stanek, and Charmaine Yoest called for

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
8/8/2013 2:56:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen

Chris Matthews: Take my word for it — Rand Paul will be the GOP nominee in 2016
8/8/2013 2:11:57 PM  Allahpundit
Money line: “This is what I do for a living.” Didn’t he predict a Bush/Clinton race in 2016 just nine months ago? If he believes what he says here about the parties swinging like “pendulums” from moderate nominees to

Drudge: Megyn Kelly to get 9 p.m. time slot on Fox News
8/8/2013 1:21:42 PM  Allahpundit
America’s dilemma: Watch Megyn and record Piers or watch Piers and record Megyn? I kid. Fox News announced a move to primetime last month. It is not immediately clear where Sean Hannity, who currently hosts the 9 p.m. hour, will move. Hannity,

AP: Small businesses look at axing family coverage when ObamaCare hits
8/8/2013 12:41:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
As the ObamaCare mandates approach — even those purportedly postponed — employers are looking for ways to get around the ballooning costs of insurance for their employees.  Larger employers can spread the costs out better and negotiate lower

Fannie Mae close to climbing out of TARP hole
8/8/2013 12:01:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
That is, if you don’t consider lost interest and opportunity costs for taxpayer money.  Thanks to an improving housing market, one of the two GSEs crippled in the 2008 financial crisis and bailed out by taxpayers turned a nice profit in the second

Slate: We can no longer in good conscience use the term “Redskins” to describe Washington’s football team
8/8/2013 11:21:26 AM  Allahpundit
Do you care? No. Do I care? No. Does the sports world care, given Slate’s non-reputation for football coverage? No. (Which Slate acknowledges, by the way.) Do I need something to blog during this excruciatingly slow news week, though? Yes, I

Christians in Egypt under siege as Islamists blame them for coup
8/8/2013 10:41:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Islamists outraged by the popular coup that toppled the Mohamed Morsi government have found a target for their wrath.  CBS News reports that Coptic Christians in the country have been harrassed, beaten, and killed since Morsi’s removal, and now