HotAir Daily Express 08/15/2013


RNC considering Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin as moderators?
8/15/2013 10:01:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Reince Priebus wants to apply pressure on broadcasters to reform both the presidenial primary debates and their own attempts to monetize Hillary Clinton for their own benefit, this is certainly one way to do it.  Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner

Will Democrats not named Clinton bother to run in 2016?
8/15/2013 9:21:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
The start of the 2016 presidential primary season is at least 16 months away, which means that it’s almost too late for Democrats to think about running for President. At least, that’s what Politico’s Alexander Burns suggests —

Obama’s Magical Economy Tour going about as well as you’d expect
8/15/2013 8:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Three weeks ago, Barack Obama launched a cross-country speaking tour to boost his economic policies, a campaign that included an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The President hoped to build momentum for the fall session and the upcoming

Video: Violence spreads to Alexandria as death toll in Cairo rises to 525
8/15/2013 8:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the Egyptian military make their precarious political situation even worse with an assault on protest camps in Cairo?  The death toll has skyrocketed since the assaults ended, with the Health Ministry now admitting that at least 525 people were


Fort Knox is Empty (the Gold’s Missing)…
The U.S. government has NOT done a public audit of the gold in Fort Knox since 1974. Worse yet, news just broke that $982 million worth of gold just flew from JFK International Airport in New York to somewhere in South Africa. Scary, isn’t it? Do you think Fort Knox is empty? Click here to cast your vote.

Quotes of the day
8/14/2013 10:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
A clown who wore a mask of President Barack Obama at a Missouri State Fair rodeo and encouraged a bull to run him down as the crowd cheered was banned Monday from any future state fairs. The incident Saturday night was denounced by leading Democrats and

CBS: More Fast & Furious guns surface at crime scenes in Mexico
8/14/2013 10:11:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
We unfortunately haven’t had any shortage of scandalous revelations stemming from the doings of the Obama administration during the president’s tenure, but both Obama and his Department of Justice have pretty much succeeded in sweeping under

New Mexico Supreme Court: People who don’t speak English must be included on juries
8/14/2013 9:21:56 PM  Allahpundit
This is, as Charles Cooke notes, actually the correct decision. The court didn’t manufacture this rule; it’s right there in Article VII of the state constitution. If you think judges are too prone to substituting their own judgments for the

WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin
8/14/2013 8:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
But … why? Why would a guy who, as nominee, would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite? He’s already alienated libertarians with his shots at Rand Paul. Now

EPA chief: “Responsible” natural gas development is a key part of our climate strategy
8/14/2013 8:01:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s the same sort of tone the Obama administration has been sounding for awhile now — Obama’s new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has been saying that natural gas can be an important “bridge fuel” as we wend our way to the

Kathleen Parker: President Hillary just might save the world, you know
8/14/2013 7:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, I think she’s kidding on the square, exaggerating a bit for effect but otherwise legitimately convinced of what she’s saying. Read her column and you’ll see that it boils down to two points. One: A woman president is more

Did Obama watch all of the Bin Laden raid?
8/14/2013 6:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Weekly Standard and Ace. If you’re going to go around claiming “I” got Bin Laden, you should probably at least stick it out until the show’s over, no? No wonder he’s off in the corner in the famous “situation

Uh, oh: The Postal Service will only have five days’ worth of cash-on-hand in October
8/14/2013 6:01:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
The relevant unions and their progressive Congressional allies have been steadfastly resisting the repeated attempts at substantive reform of the U.S. Postal Service, from both within and without the longstanding institution — never mind that the

Reminder from Mitch McConnell to tea partiers: A government shutdown over ObamaCare isn’t happening
8/14/2013 5:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller. No surprise that he feels this way, but I believe his comments here are the first time he’s pooh-poohed a shutdown publicly. Which, in itself, tells you what a terrible idea the GOP leadership thinks it is: McConnell’s

Europeans backing away slowly from green-energy commitments
8/14/2013 4:41:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
The eurozone might finally be technically out of the woods of their latest economic recession, but Europe is still very much riddled with deep-seated debt and employment problems that aren’t going away anytime soon and there’s still plenty of

MSNBC: Maybe the Tsarnaevs were really far right anti-government terrorists
8/14/2013 4:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler and Noah Rothman, both of whom identify this as MSNBC’s attempt to gin up content to fill a slow summer news day. That’s correct. That’s how casual the smear is: They needed something to eat up airtime, so they decided

Obama to Greece: You know, you guys should really try growing your economy
8/14/2013 3:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, this is rich. This is old news by now, but I missed it while I was off on vacation last week and it’s a pretty slow day out there — so why not take a moment to once again observe the hubris of a president who, unable to spur his own

The Ed Morrissey Show: The Call-Out Edition
8/14/2013 2:44:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), our Salem All-Stars are unavailable. Instead, we’ll do a little experiment in interactive TEMS-ing. We can’t do a call-in show, but we can do a call-out show! Chatizens who want to call in and discuss

Rand Paul on whether Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen: I’m no Birther
8/14/2013 2:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller. I believe him, but if Cruz jumps into the presidential race and starts gobbling up Paul’s support among tea partiers in Iowa, I wonder how many Paul fans — and Hillary fans — will be willing to take a “closer

Planned Parenthood gets $375,000 from DC ObamaCare exchange
8/14/2013 2:01:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
In the final days of the ObamaCare debate in March 2010, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) demanded a floor vote on an amendment that would have barred any funds allocated in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges from being given to abortion clinics.  Stupak

Another nail in the Gasland coffin
8/14/2013 1:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
It still hasn’t ceased to amaze me that so-called environmentalists and hardcore progressives are still so determined to take as gospel the deliberately misleading documentary Gasland — it was nominated for an Academy Award, for

Dem Congressman on ObamaCare: Hey, the Constitution had its problems, too
8/14/2013 12:41:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
So did Social Security and Medicare, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) assures MSNBC viewers in his appearance on Morning Joe in defense of ObamaCare.  The comparison to the Constitution is the silliest and least on-point, especially when considering the

Egypt imposes month-long state of emergency after riots; Update: ElBaradei quits interim gov’t
8/14/2013 12:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
And so we come back full circle on the Egyptian edition of the Arab Spring.  When we got on board this merry-go-round in early 2011 to push our decades-long ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus, we demanded quick elections after a long period of emergency

Today’s damaging leak: Al Qaeda code words intercepted by U.S. triggered embassy closures
8/14/2013 11:21:30 AM  Allahpundit
Is this a damaging leak? Sure sounded like it when CNN tweeted this out last night: #BREAKING: U.S. breaks code in al Qaeda message. Source tells @CNN specific words made attack seem imminent. @ErinBurnett has more 7p ET. — OutFrontCNN

NBC: Yes, employers are cutting hours to avoid ObamaCare
8/14/2013 10:41:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
No surprise here for Hot Air readers, but perhaps NBC News viewers experienced some shock to hear the results of the perverse incentives of the Affordable Care Act.  Long after the trends toward part-time work developed, NBC confirms that employers are