HotAir Daily Express 08/20/2013

Walker: Republicans in Washington need a plan
8/20/2013 10:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Governor Scott Walker offered Republican leaders in Washington some free advice this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. It’s not enough to talk tough and to obstruct — Republicans have to offer a real alternative to the

Only four State Dept employees disciplined over Benghazi get jobs back
8/20/2013 9:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Nearly a year after the terrorist attack on a woefully unprepared American consulate in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, including the first Ambassdor killed in the line of duty since the Carter administration, only four low-to-midlevel State

Did Obama “secretly” cut aid to Egypt?
8/20/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
After weeks of enduring criticism over continued aid to Egypt, did Barack Obama have it frozen all along?  According to an exclusive from The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, aid to Egypt stopped being transmitted shortly after the coup, but it’s

Cruz: I’ll renounce my Canadian citizenship that I never used
8/20/2013 8:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
And so the “Ted Cruz: Mountie” dream comes to an end.  In a move that Cruz more or less triggered with the release of his birth certificate, the Senator from Texas pledged to renounce his vestigial Canadian citizenship, part of the

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
8/19/2013 10:41:11 PM  Allahpundit
Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda was on his way home to Brazil on Sunday when UK officials, citing a controversial terrorism law, detained him for 9 hours at London’s Heathrow airport. The Guardian’s report explains that Miranda

ICYMI: The Ted Cruz hit piece that wasn’t
8/19/2013 10:01:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
Allahpundit made a note of this lovely little gem in his last post, and I realize we’ve already had a couple of Ted-Cruz centric posts today — I suppose it’s a testament to the degree to which Cruz is currently getting under the

Obama to regulators: Can we please get this Dodd-Frank show on the road?
8/19/2013 9:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
As The Hill so aptly reminded us this morning, President Obama has overseen a “dramatic expansion of the regulatory state” and that the Code of Federal Regulations “has ballooned from 71,224 pages in 1975 to 174,545 pages last

Ted Cruz: I’m not going to get into a legal debate about whether I’m also a Canadian citizen
8/19/2013 8:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
Oddly enough, per DrewM, the media’s suddenly very interested in this subject and would indeed like to debate it. From where does this newfound respectability for Birtherism spring, I wonder. Byproduct of a typically slow August news month? Or just

“We shall overcome”: San Diegans rally … in support of Bob Filner
8/19/2013 8:01:47 PM  Allahpundit
Granted, it was only a few dozen people. Granted, the rally against Filner was bigger, and public opinion is running seven to one in favor of resignation. Still, I feel the only solution now is nuking the city from orbit. Just to be sure. Organizer and

It’s time: 51% want U.S. to cut off military aid to Egypt
8/19/2013 7:21:05 PM  Allahpundit
Twenty-six percent say we should continue shoveling money at Sisi and company in hopes of influencing events there but 51 percent want to pull the plug. And if you read last night’s QOTD, you know that that’s no idle wish. The Senate GOP,

Cuccinelli on McAuliffe’s GreenTech defense: It was a good try, but… no
8/19/2013 6:41:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last Friday, the Virginia gubernatorial race’s Democratic candidate offered a rather eyebrow-raisingly weak defense of GreenTech — which, under his chairmanship, was ostensibly supposed to become a successful Virginia job-creating green-car

Video: The freaky deaky “SWAT schoolbus drill” clip
8/19/2013 6:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via Lachlan Markay and Radley Balko, there’s a suggestion floating around that the kids didn’t know this was a drill but … I’m pretty sure that’s not true. The only solid news story I can find on it was posted a week ago and

Report: NBC backing away from Hillary miniseries
8/19/2013 5:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
So says FTVLive. After all the free publicity the RNC’s given them by threatening to boycott NBC News as a debate sponsor, is NBC really going to slaughter this cash cow? In fairness, a multi-hour miniseries about Hillary’s triumph over

At last: The ObamaCare-fangirlism young adults’ video contest
8/19/2013 4:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
To reiterate: The Patient “Protection” and “Affordable” Care Act’s success relies extensively on the widespread and willing participation of young people in their twenties and thirties in order the balance out and pay for

Are you ready for Scott Brown 2016?
8/19/2013 4:01:33 PM  Allahpundit
Which is more unrealistic, Trump’s purported run or this? Ah well, he’ll make a fine VP for President Christie. Like we RINOs always say: You can never have too many centrist northeastern Republicans on the national GOP ticket. Asked about

Christie signs bill banning “conversion therapy” for gay kids in New Jersey
8/19/2013 3:21:02 PM  Allahpundit
Last week he signed a bunch of minor gun-control bills, then vetoed one that would have banned .50-caliber rifles. He vetoed the Democratic bill easing access to medical marijuana for sick kids, but promised he’d sign a new one if they made a few

The Ed Morrissey Show: Phelim McAleer
8/19/2013 2:51:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Phelim McAleer joins us to talk about We’re the Millers, which Phelim calls the most conservative and funniest comedy this summer at the cinema. We’ll also get back up to speed on Gasland 2, and talk

ABC affiliate: Filner in mediation that may include resignation
8/19/2013 2:41:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’d call this breaking news, except that everyone knows this is the end game anyway … or at least, everyone but Bob Filner.  With an avalanche of lawsuits and graphic sexual harassment claims becoming public and a recall effort under way,

Unemployment rose in most states in July
8/19/2013 2:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
How did Barack Obama’s Magical Economy Tour do in convincing Americans to stay the course on Obamanomics?  Not only did it fail to impress voters, it didn’t do much for employers, either.  According to new data from the Bureau of Labor

Donald Trump: The GOP is going to need the “perfect candidate” in 2016 — and I might have someone in mind
8/19/2013 1:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, good grief. This is a blip from last week, but heck — I suppose if Joe Biden really is mounting a presidential run for 2016, why not this guy? Amirite? VAN SUSTEREN: I know 2016 seems like a long time away, with everyone in Iowa last weekend,

WSJ: Team Biden “confident” about 2016 prospects
8/19/2013 12:41:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
We often treat Joe Biden and his political aspirations with something less than seriousness, but are we dismissing him too casually and too early? According to the Wall Street Journal, the Vice President’s political team believes he can win the

Video: NSA audit revitalizing Amash amendment?
8/19/2013 12:01:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this summer, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) offered an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have cut off funding for the NSA’s surveillance program on American telecommunications.  His amendment picked up a surprising level of

RNC endorses special legal status for DREAMers — but no path to citizenship for any illegals
8/19/2013 11:21:45 AM  Allahpundit
A little something left over from Friday, and a rare example of the RNC kinda sorta getting to the right of congressional Republicans on a major issue. Eric Cantor’s “KIDS Act” would, I believe, give DREAMers a path to citizenship. The

Paul: Gov’t shutdown “not a good idea”
8/19/2013 10:41:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this the middle ground between the defund and delay strategies.  Paul, who started off talking about defunding and government shutdowns, has become more of a pragmatist of late and shifted to a delay strategy.  Paul wants the House to pass a