HotAir Daily Express 08/01/2013


Howard Dean: Meh, Rand Paul isn’t really a libertarian, ’cause he’s pro-life
8/1/2013 9:31:55 AM  Erika Johnsen
So, I guess that means that Ron Paul isn’t a ‘real’ libertarian either? Huh. Who knew? It’s fascinating to watch this. First of all, lesson number one, for Rand Paul, who is, by the way, not a libertarian. If you believe you

Snowden has left the airport
8/1/2013 8:41:10 AM  Erika Johnsen
After fleeing to Hong Kong in May and then again turning tail for Russia in June, Edward Snowden has been holed up in the neutral-territory transit zone of the Moscow airport for over a month now, waiting to see if he would have the opportunity to flee

Quotes of the day
7/31/2013 10:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
In an interview with conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch on “The Dana Show” Monday, Cruz said Republicans in Washington have relaxed their fight the Affordable Care Act and view the GOP’s continuing stand against the law as an

Report: Rep. Tom Cotton to take on vulnerable Mark Pryor for Arkansas Senate seat
7/31/2013 9:31:23 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
An interesting development for Senate-watchers, and not a welcome one for Sen. Mark Pryor: Arkansas Republican Rep. Tom Cotton plans to announce his bid next week to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in next year’s elections,


Lawmakers: Why hasn’t FBI talked to Benghazi player CNN found? Carney: Um…
7/31/2013 8:41:53 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A good question, implicitly posed by the existence of a two-hour interview CNN got with a “person of interest” in the Benghazi attack now explicitly posed by a group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill: A Republican lawmaker demanded Wednesday to

Stimulus, response: Bill limiting executive regulatory authority prompts immediate White House veto threat
7/31/2013 8:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the decades, the federal regulatory state has grown while legislative control over those regulatory policies has declined, and back in 2010, the GOP came up with the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act as part of their red-tape

Filner’s lawyer: The city should pay his legal fees because … they never gave him sexual harassment training
7/31/2013 7:11:13 PM  Allahpundit
Not even Weiner would try this. Not even Anthony Weiner, who’s running for mayor of the greatest city in the world seemingly as a pretext to talk to groups of reporters about how much ass he’s getting online, would stoop to claiming that he

George Zimmerman pulled over for speeding, media deeply interested for some reason
7/31/2013 6:21:02 PM  Allahpundit
TMZ broke the story (“STILL PACKING HEAT”) and now it’s been picked up by, among others, CBS, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Times, and even Britain’s Daily Mail. Why is this news? Zimmerman told the officer that he had a

Paul to Christie: Let’s go ahead and ratchet this thing down a notch
7/31/2013 5:41:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
It was only yesterday that Sen. Rand Paul referred to Gov. Chris Christie as “the king of bacon” (ahem, alluding to the wasteful federal tax dollars headed to his state and often referred to as “pork,” I’m sure), after

Video: DWS feeling pretty non-judgmental about Weiner
7/31/2013 5:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Who is she to say whether a serially disrespectful, extramarital sexter who repeatedly lied to voters and whose campaign staff reflects his own deep respect for women by referring to its former female employees as “c*nt,”

Breaking: Terrible sporting event to be terrible in slightly different way next year
7/31/2013 4:21:38 PM  Allahpundit
How do you solve the problem with a game where everyone’s afraid to play hard for fear of injury? Simple: Just, uh, scramble the rosters. And take away kickoffs, because those are never exciting. Problem solved. The NFL is overhauling the Pro Bowl,

Today’s moronic fake controversy: CNBC analyst uses phrase “chink in the armor”
7/31/2013 3:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
On a news day so slow that Drudge is red-fonting a story about Hollywood’s Nazi past, I guess this’ll have to do as grist for the outrage mill. Nutshell: CNBC was talking about Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from his wife Wendi. Wendi is

Pew poll: GOP voters have a fee-vah and the only prescription is … Paul Ryan?
7/31/2013 3:01:07 PM  Allahpundit
I think he’s going to end up not running, but if his favorables stay this high, maybe he has no choice. He’s technically “next in line” and he’d make a decent compromise candidate (as would fellow Wisconsinite Scott Walker)

MSNBC panel: My, Ted Cruz & company are certainly a lot like “the Taliban”
7/31/2013 2:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
After Sen. Ted Cruz specifically has been accused of taking the push one step too far,  Sens. Lee, Rubio, and Cruz all took to the Senate floor on Wednesday morning for a speaking session on exactly why it is that they are undertaking the endeavor to

CNN: We interviewed a lead Benghazi suspect, whom the feds apparently can’t find, for two hours
7/31/2013 1:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
A nice catch from the Standard. Actually, John King never says that the FBI can’t find the Benghazi suspects, only that they’ve never contacted the guy whom CNN interviewed. Why? According to an AP story published in May, the feds are keeping

Dem strategist Hilary Rosen: Members of Congress told me they suspected Filthy Filner has been this way all along
7/31/2013 1:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
An essential follow-up to Monday’s post wondering how many Democrats in Congress knew, or at least suspected, that something was amiss with Mayor Grabass when he was a member of the caucus on the Hill. Answer: More than one. Skip to 5:55 below and

CBO: Oh, by the way, the ObamaCare employer-mandate delay is going to cost $12 billion extra
7/31/2013 12:21:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
After the July 2nd announcement of the unilaterally imposed, yearlong delay of ObamaCare’s employer mandate (the legality of which President Obama isn’t even bothering to act like he gives a flying fig about), House Budget Committee Chairman

Weiner’s spokesman: Our former intern who attacked him in the press certainly is a slutbag
7/31/2013 11:41:45 AM  Allahpundit
Don’t tell me you’re not going to miss it when this carnival ride finally ends. This freak and his staff have provided hours of free, quality entertainment to news consumers. Per this new TPM report, the campaign’s basically turned into

McCain: I’m not sure who I’d support in a “Hillary versus Rand Paul” race
7/31/2013 11:01:28 AM  Allahpundit
I’d love to write a post here explaining why I think Maverick’s likely to cross the aisle in this scenario. Problem is, I’ve already written it. Click that last link if you missed it the first time through. IC: Given that you think