HotAir Daily Express 08/21/2013

Egyptian court orders Mubarak release
8/21/2013 10:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Get ready for Mubarack Fever to add to the chaos on the streets of Egypt.  A court ruled this morning that Hosni Mubarak must be released from prison, a move that will enrage Islamists in and out of the Muslim Brotherhood — and might not be too

UPS drops spousal coverage, teachers get hours cut due to ObamaCare
8/21/2013 9:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Thanks to the delayed employer mandate in ObamaCare, we are now sixteen months away from enforcement of those statutes, even though they go into effect in four months.  Are employers taking a break from ObamaCare prep?  Not hardly.  Today we have three

Syrian rebels claim Assad used chemical weapons, over 1000 dead
8/21/2013 8:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
A Syrian human-rights group claims over 1000 deaths from an artillery attack on suburban Damascus from Bashar al-Assad’s army, and claims that poison gas was part of the attack.  France has called for a UN investigation, while the Syrian government

WSJ: NSA can access 75% of all US Internet traffic
8/21/2013 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
I know what you’re thinking – only 75%? Come on, man — if you’re gonna snoop, then snoop.  All right, some of you may be thinking that Barack Obama recently promised, “We don’t have a domestic spying program,”

Quotes of the day
8/20/2013 10:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
President Barack Obama called a meeting of his top national security aides on Tuesday to discuss cutting military aid to Egypt, the White House said after repeatedly denying that the administration had already frozen that assistance in

German finance minister: Let’s get real here, Greece is going to need a third bailout
8/20/2013 10:01:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
The big news out of the eurozone of late is that the currency bloc has finally managed to wend its way out of the technical economic recession in which they have lately been languishing, but let that not be somehow confused with the notion that all of

Ron Paul: In other words, Christie will “say anything, do anything” to get elected
8/20/2013 9:21:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, my. Neil Cavuto had former longtime Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul on his show on Tuesday afternoon and asked him for a few of his thoughts on the recent inter-Republican, establishment v. tea party, neocon v. libertarian drama

Video: In the end, no one will be held responsible for Benghazi
8/20/2013 8:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Precisely the right takeaway from this morning’s news about the Benghazi Four’s reinstatement, and for precisely the right reason. There were so many strands of possible wrongdoing related to the Benghazi attack — manipulation of the

Impeach: Obama uses the “R-word” at event with ’72 Dolphins
8/20/2013 8:01:28 PM  Allahpundit
Pure spun gold from NRO, catching The One unwittingly using a term that lefty media’s bien-pensants have only recently determined to be “painfully racist.” Now we wait to see if my prediction at that last link was right, that

Obama admin allocates $52 million to Detroit for urban blight removal while pension funds continue to protest bankruptcy
8/20/2013 7:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
The city of Detroit’s various creditors and pension obligations are certainly not going gently into that good night of their municipal bankruptcy filing. After the city’s emergency manager tried for months to get the relevant unions and

Egyptian military chief orders army to rebuild every Coptic church burned by the Muslim Brotherhood
8/20/2013 6:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
A political master stroke, although I don’t think this is aimed at pressuring Obama into not cutting U.S. aid. Sisi doesn’t care about that; the Saudis will pick up the slack if we yank our measly $2 billion. This is, I think, designed not

MSNBC analyst: Why do gun-rights fans cite the Second Amendment given the neo-confederate thread among them?
8/20/2013 6:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner. In her defense, I believe MSNBC contributors are contractually required to use the word “neo-confederate” to describe right-wingers at least three times a year. (Kidding. I hope.) Her point here, I think, goes like this:

The sadly inevitable “Obama gets a new dog” post
8/20/2013 5:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. I was angry about the shambles that American foreign policy has been reduced to, but how can I stay mad when I look into those big brown eyes? Depending upon how bad the new round of NSA revelations are, O might have to carry the

Big news from the UN: We’re actually, like, totally 95 percent sure that human activity is the main driver of climate change
8/20/2013 4:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
This is an increase of the mere 90 percent confidence the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserted in their last ‘definitive’ report in 2007, by the way. Via the NYT: An international panel of scientists has found with near

Report: Digital file of Al Qaeda “conference call” that triggered terror alert was seized from jihadi courier
8/20/2013 4:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
Remember when the AP reported that the NSA was not responsible for flushing out the initial tip about the big Yemen terror plot? Per Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, they were right. The NSA didn’t tap into the online “conference call.” Al

GOP rep: Regulations cost Americans almost $2 trillion in compliance costs every year
8/20/2013 3:21:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
As I mentioned last night, President Obama is looking to start cracking that whip on getting some major Dodd-Frank action from his financial regulatory squad in short order — which is only going to quicken the pace of his administration’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
8/20/2013 2:51:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the Guardian/Heathrow row and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last twenty

Video: New ad opposing “Stand Your Ground” laws re-creates Zimmerman shooting
8/20/2013 2:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Say this for them: This is, basically, the popular version of what happened, evidence be damned. Zimmerman spots a suspicious man in the distance and, his trigger finger itchy, immediately reaches for his gun. (In fact, Zimmerman told police his gun was

Video: Paul Bunyan ObamaCare ads not exactly a hit in Minnesota
8/20/2013 2:01:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Oh, I don’t know about the objections to this. What better way to explain the myth that ObamaCare will be just dandy for young adults than to use another well-known myth as its spokesman? Minnesota will spend $9 million to get 1.3 million

BuzzFeed: “Weiner fatigue” setting in
8/20/2013 1:21:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
‘Twas but a few short weeks ago that the lazy, hazy summer afternoon news cycle was being dominated by yet another press conference of Anthony Weiner kinda’-sorta’ fessing up to still more newfound sexting allegations — an oh so

USA Today: IRS under fire from all sides over lack of transparency
8/20/2013 12:41:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
We aren’t hearing much about the IRS scandal of late, but that doesn’t mean that it has been forgotten, either.  With Congress on recess, the focus has moved more to Egypt and national security, but the anger of the IRS targeting scandal

Hasan trial judge: Prosecutors barred from mentioning “jihad” motive
8/20/2013 12:01:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
Prosecutors will not be allowed to enter evidence that Nidal Hasan intended to commit jihad in his mass murder spree at Fort Hood nearly four years ago, the judge in the court-martial ruled yesterday.  Col. Tara Osborn also struck from evidence the

Ted Cruz ally: Some Rand Paul supporters raising questions in Iowa about his eligibility
8/20/2013 11:21:54 AM  Allahpundit
Expert shinola-stirring by Paul Bedard on a slow summer news day, but the evidence is basically one guy in Iowa reading Facebook posts from Paul fans that he can’t/won’t even cite. Other plugged-in Iowa righties say they’re not hearing

Guardian: British intelligence made us destroy our hard drives
8/20/2013 10:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger made that sensational claim yesterday, but it’s difficult to assess just how seriously to take it.  The Guardian originally reported that Glenn Greenwald’s civil-union partner had been detained at Heathrow as a