HotAir Daily Express 08/23/2013

Lower the BAC level for DWI to .05%?
8/23/2013 9:41:03 AM  Jazz Shaw
Last May, the NTSB put out a recommendation that the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for drivers should be lowered from the current level of .08% to .05%. If you happen to be one of the people who finds this a peachy idea, you may have a while to

What ever happened to background checks for security-related bureaucrats?
8/23/2013 8:51:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
First we find out that a gender-confused and disgruntled Army private got access to this nation’s most sensitive diplomatic and military communications.  Then a contractor doing work for the NSA managed to steal highly compartmentalized classified

Reserving the right to refuse service
8/23/2013 8:01:16 AM  Jazz Shaw
In yet another topic sure to enrage, Sterling Beard – writing at The Corner – catches up with the latest news on a strange case coming to us from New Mexico. It’s now gone all the way to the state Supreme Court, and the story may be at

Quotes of the day
8/22/2013 10:01:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Supporters of Egypt’s deposed president will stage a “Friday of martyrs” of mass protests, risking more potential bloodshed to show they can still claim the streets after a week in which hundreds were gunned down and their leaders

Georgia Tech student: Yeah, my convocation speech was pretty epic
8/22/2013 9:11:01 PM  Guy Benson
An obligatory follow-up to yesterday’s items from both Erika and Allahpundit, who jokingly (I think) asked whether Georgia Tech student Nick Selby’s message to incoming freshmen constituted the “greatest speech ever.”   The

Army and Navy cutting “brass bloat” at flag levels
8/22/2013 8:21:30 PM  Jazz Shaw
Stars and Stripes is reporting that the Army and the Navy are quietly sending word around that, “the money is gone” and are moving to cull the ranks of their top brass over the next few years. The Navy announced late Tuesday that Navy

Hmm: Obama unveils new plan for college-rating system and federal aid
8/22/2013 7:31:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yeesh. Another day, another way in which President Obama endeavoring to institute policies that nip at the heels of runaway problems without actually fixing said problems. Here’s the plan in full, and and as summarized by WaPo: President Obama

Great news: Surveillance review panel stacked with intel leaders and WH staffers
8/22/2013 6:41:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t you feel more confident in our NSA overlords already?  ABC and the Washington Post finds a number of familiar names on the panel created by Barack Obama to review the surveillance activities of the NSA and American intelligence in general. 

Republican poll: Public opposed to a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare, including Republicans
8/22/2013 5:51:08 PM  Allahpundit
Interesting, if not surprising, although I’m not sure who the target audience is. The “defund ObamaCare” initiative is well into litmus-test territory by now, thanks to the number of tea-party heavy hitters in favor and the number of

Yep: Justice Department suing Texas over voter ID law
8/22/2013 5:01:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
Back in June, the Supreme Court struck down a big part of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, ruling that Congress needs to identify places where racial discrimination at the voting booth is so endemic that it requires federal intervention to

Ted Cruz, a traitor to his class
8/22/2013 4:11:40 PM  Allahpundit
An incisive point from Rich Lowry about the identity politics driving the left’s unusual contempt for Cruz. It’s not so much that they consider him a traitor to his race, as they do most conservatives who are black or Latino, as to his

Brown: I’m not running for Governor in Massachusetts
8/22/2013 3:21:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
CBS reported this as “breaking news” last night, and it might be in Massachusetts. Scott Brown has decided to take a pass on the gubernatorial election in Massachusetts, while apparently keeping his options open for something a little

Did Washington state AG demand Catholic hospitals perform abortions?
8/22/2013 2:31:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Attorney General for the state of Washington issued a legal opinion yesterday on the duty of “public health districts” to provide abortion and contraception services if they also provide obstetric services — and that may have

Agriculture IG report: Banned retailers redeemed more than $65 million in 2012
8/22/2013 1:41:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
While we wait for Congress to return and make some moves on what will surely continue to be the contentious battle over the to-be-determined budget for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — Republicans have dared to propose an

US ambassador to UN skips emergency Syria meeting
8/22/2013 12:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Samantha Power’s biggest qualification for her new position as US ambassador to the UN is her work on fighting genocide.  She offered particular criticism for US inaction in Rwanda’s genocidal war in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem

Gallup: Only 41% approve of ObamaCare
8/22/2013 12:01:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
And almost a third of respondents still say they’re unfamiliar with ObamaCare, even as we approach T-minus one month for the individual exchanges.  Among those familiar with the Affordable Care Act, though, a majority disapproves, according to

Hmmm: Christie starting to slip among Democrats in New Jersey
8/22/2013 11:21:34 AM  Allahpundit
Good news for our many, many resident Christie-haters. He’s still going to win the election, almost certainly by double digits too, so his basic 2016 narrative as the guy who can conquer blue states that would vanquish other Republicans will remain

Mubarak released, enters military hospital in Cairo
8/22/2013 10:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Egyptian army had plenty of choices for keeping Hosni Mubarak out of sight after his release from prison.  The choice of a military hospital is … striking: Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported by