HotAir Daily Express 08/22/2013


British court restricts police use of Miranda material to … national security
8/22/2013 10:01:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
At first, this court decision was described as a win for David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald, and the Guardian. As has happened on this story in the past, the details present a more nuanced reality. A British court imposed an injunction on the use of material

France: We must use force against Assad if chemical-weapons use is proven
8/22/2013 9:21:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
The deaths of hundreds in a Damascus suburb have Western leaders talking retribution.  Syrian rebels claim that the Syrian army used chemical weapons against both the rebels and civilians in the area, while the Bashar al-Assad government vehemently

San Diego: We’ve reached an agreement to settle Filner scandal
8/22/2013 8:41:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
The San Diego city council announced late yesterday that their mediation attempts have produced a settlement of the scandal surrounding Mayor Bob Filner.  However, the settlement agreement won’t be announced until tomorrow, leaving plenty of room

Manning to seek presidential pardon: attorney
8/22/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Facing a 35-year sentence for the largest dissemination of classified material in US history, Bradley Manning doesn’t have a lot of options on the table.  Manning admitted to some of the charges before the court-martial in a bid to lighten his


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Quotes of the day
8/21/2013 10:41:28 PM  Allahpundit
He has hired specialists in microtargeting who worked for the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. He has built a sprawling, 50-state fund-raising network, including major Republican players like Harold Simmons, the billionaire

Oh, my: Nevada AFL-CIO not at all happy with the White House and ObamaCare
8/21/2013 10:11:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
This certainly isn’t the first overture unions have made to the Obama administration on their newfound disgruntlement with the law that they themselves vigorously supported initially, and I very much doubt it will be the last. On Wednesday, the

Yikes: Feds already running low on wildfire funds
8/21/2013 9:31:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
We’re barely in the middle of peak fire season across the United States’ arid west, but once more, the federal government finds itself approaching fiscal crisis-mode trying to cope with the ragingly stubborn problem, via Politico: Running out

Video: The greatest speech ever?
8/21/2013 8:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, Erika posted this in the Greenroom but I think you’ll agree that something of world historic import belongs on the front page. This guy’s either going to be president, the next Jim Carrey, or institutionalized.

Boehner Super PAC aides pushing Senate immigration bill?
8/21/2013 8:01:20 PM  Allahpundit
Normally it’s the opposite of news that an establishment GOP outfit is pushing amnesty, but there’s been chatter on both the left and right over the past few days that immigration reform might be dead because of signals being sent by House

Document #9: Seven deadly sins of a communist plutocracy
8/21/2013 7:21:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
I wrote over the weekend about new Chinese President Xi Jinping’s letting loose with his hitherto understated enthusiasm for reviving Maoist principals and initiating an ideological purge of his communist party — instead of, you know,

One year ago today: Obama warns Assad not to cross the “red line” of chemical weapons
8/21/2013 6:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
Via David Shor and Aaron Zelin, who was quick this morning in remembering that today’s apparent chemical massacre outside Damascus falls a year to the day from Obama issuing his empty “red line” threat. Is that why Assad did it, to show

Gov. Brown: Why no, a judge declaring that California’s high-speed rail plans violate its own rules will not slow down the project
8/21/2013 6:01:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Ed has meticulously pointed out over the last few years, California’s grandiose plans for a high-speed rail transportation system have portended little more than an expensive and impractical boondoggle from the get-go — but let that not

AP scoop: NSA mistakenly collected as many as 56,000 e-mails annually from Americans having nothing to do with terrorism
8/21/2013 5:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
The (inevitable?) sequel to WaPo’s splashy Snowden-sourced feature last week about the NSA violating its privacy rules thousands of times over the past few years. How many errors are too many? In the opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Is the NRA building its own gun registry or something?
8/21/2013 4:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
I’m not sure whether to pat John Ekdahl on the back for writing this rebuttal to BuzzFeed or to tsk-tsk him for bothering in the first place. Did you know that political campaigns, influential lobbies, and business in various industries collect and

Sources: NBC worried about retaliation from Clintons over Hillary miniseries
8/21/2013 4:01:08 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters. C’mon: You didn’t really think they were intimidated by the RNC, did you? Although the Clinton project underscores the conflict between the networks’ news and entertainment divisions, the public statements by Todd and

Quinnipiac poll: McAuliffe +6 in Virginia
8/21/2013 3:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
We’re getting into that back-to-school time of year when people typically begin to actually tune in to upcoming elections in earnest, and the airwaves in Virginia are already plenty occupied with campaigns ads from the Terry McAuliffe and Ken

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Matt Lewis; Update: Mary Katharine!
8/21/2013 2:51:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Guy Benson joins me to talk about the latest political developments, and Matt Lewis and I will discuss why it’s not too early to start spinning narratives for 2016. Don’t miss it! Update: Mary

Mystery: Where is the Treasury IG’s Koch report?
8/21/2013 2:41:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Long before we found out that the Inspector General of the Treasury had discovered political targeting at the IRS against conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, Senator Charles Grassley demanded an investigation into remarks made by Obama

Video: American reporter takes on Kremlin propaganda channel over Russian crackdown on gays
8/21/2013 2:01:42 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon, it’s Weekly Standard contributor and Christopher Hitchens protege James Kirchick doing his mentor proud by showing more balls in confounding Putin’s narrative than any White House spokesman has recently. If

Issa: The State Department’s Benghazi investigation has been “a charade” from day one
8/21/2013 1:21:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
After the news that the four State Department employees who had been superficially and symbolically ‘held accountable’ following last September’s terrorist attack in Benghazi are now back at work at the State Department, House Oversight

Yeargh! Howard Dean ponders 2016 bid?
8/21/2013 12:41:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Look, if Joe Biden can come back from plagiarizing Neil Kinnock’s speeches and end up a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, surely Howard Dean can come back from this: Want to know who else believes that? Howard Dean, apparently: This week former

Toobin: “The word ‘journalism’ is not magical immunity sauce”
8/21/2013 12:01:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted an interesting discussion over the David Miranda detention at Heathrow and its implications for journalism between its senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Jesselyn Radack from the Government Accountability Project. 

Chris Matthews: Republicans call Obama “Obama” to delegitimize him
8/21/2013 11:21:10 AM  Allahpundit
All you really need to know about MSNBC is that Matthews isn’t the first host on the network to make this claim. This isn’t some special fever dream born of one too many leg tingles. This is, to some degree, network groupthink. And the

Manning sentence: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge
8/21/2013 10:41:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
He could have gotten 90 years for the crimes a court-martial decided he was guilty of committing. Prosecutors wanted 60 years.  In that context, Bradley Manning caught a break with a 35-year sentence, reduced by time served plus 112 days, for his theft