HotAir Daily Express 08/02/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


July jobs report: 162k jobs added, unemployment rate “drops” to 7.4 percent
8/2/2013 9:11:11 AM  Erika Johnsen
For July, some of the top-line employment numbers actually look pretty good — and when I say “good,” I do mean that in the most relative sense of the word, because nothing going on here would ever be classified as anything more than

Obama throws Capitol Hill a helping hand on ObamaCare
8/2/2013 8:31:00 AM  Erika Johnsen
Well, this is rich. Via Politico: Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can

Quotes of the day
8/1/2013 10:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
>From immigration and national security policies to how far to take the fight against Obamacare — which the Republicans are practically unanimous in hating — major players inside the Republican Party are deeply divided against one another in

Report: Blogger gets visit from cops for Googling “pressure cookers” and “backpacks?”
8/1/2013 9:31:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
This story got a lot of buzz on the Internets today, as it seemed to suggest that the dragnetting of America’s phone metadata and browsing habits via Prism by NSA might be resulting in young couples with simultaneous interests in new pressure


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Sternly worded: Carney hints Obama might cancel Moscow summit with Putin over Snowden asylum
8/1/2013 8:31:45 PM  Allahpundit
I didn’t understand it when this idea was floated two weeks ago and I don’t understand it now. What does Putin care at this point whether Obama pays his respects at the Kremlin or not? He’s already wrung more propaganda value from

Video: “Lone Survivor” trailer
8/1/2013 7:31:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
When I first read “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10″ by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, I was pretty much alternating between bawling my eyes out or fist-pumping while shouting

CNN bombshell: Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic over revelations
8/1/2013 6:31:02 PM  Allahpundit
What kind of panic are we talking about here? Actual quote from agency “insider” communications obtained by CNN: “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.” The word of the day is

Newspaper fires editor for “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President” headline
8/1/2013 5:41:44 PM  Allahpundit
Not even a reprimand first, huh? Here’s hoping, at least, that some White House water-carrier like Media Matters threatened the paper with a boycott before it acted. It’s too depressing to think that the publisher might have canned him on his

America’s shame: Wine catching up to beer as country’s preferred booze
8/1/2013 5:01:24 PM  Allahpundit
Beer’s still tops — by one slim point. Twenty years ago, it led wine by 20. This isn’t America. Young adult drinkers’ alcoholic beverage preferences have changed dramatically over the past two decades. In the early 1990s, 71% of

Degenerate monster: I’m pretty sure my victims enjoyed it, and by the way, they weren’t virgins
8/1/2013 4:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
He apologizes to the three victims, but I’m not sure why. To hear him tell it, they had a blast. If anything, he was a bit of a sex slave to them. I didn’t think this case could get worse, but just you wait. Watch the clip and tell me it

Never fear, Anthony Weiner: “The rent is too damn high!”-guy is here for you
8/1/2013 3:41:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just in case you thought the New York City mayoral race couldn’t get any kookier, Weiner’s recalcitrance is bound to be buoyed from a finally encouraging voice urging him to actually do something other than drop out of the race in disgrace.

IRS chief: I’d rather keep my current health insurance than move to ObamaCare’s exchanges
8/1/2013 3:01:56 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Democratic appointee cuts campaign ad for GOP.” In fairness, he’s making a simple point. If you like your plan and you can keep your plan — and not everyone can — why wouldn’t you? If it

House Republicans readying to propose $40 billion in food stamp cuts
8/1/2013 2:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor promised his Democratic colleagues that they would put the food-stamp portion of the traditional “farm bill,” which they split from its usual “agricultural policy” copilot earlier this month, on

Scarborough: Let’s face it, new senators like Rubio and Rand Paul are ill-equipped to be president
8/1/2013 1:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, he’s making a point about inexperience. I’m … just not sure which point. It’s true, Obama had little experience as a federal legislator (and zippo as an executive) before running for president, and look how little

Is ObamaCare taking too much credit for the slowdown in health-care spending?
8/1/2013 1:01:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
The rate of growth of Americans’ health-care spending has been trending downward for at least the past decade, and the Obama administration and their many minions would very much like to gently suggest that this trend is largely thanks to

New rule in San Diego: Women no longer allowed to meet with Filthy Filner without chaperone
8/1/2013 12:21:39 PM  Allahpundit
I missed this on Tuesday night but Breitbart didn’t. We’ve reached the point, it seems, where the mayor’s office of a major U.S. city is now a “no go” zone for women who are traveling alone, like some sort of secluded

Chuck Schumer and the great Greek-yogurt grift
8/1/2013 11:41:36 AM  Erika Johnsen
Why the federal government feels compelled to occupy itself with top-down dictates for public-school lunchroom standards, rather than allowing individual states to find the most efficient solutions for their particular needs, I’m sure I don’t

Christie: Hey, I don’t have time to have a beer with Rand Paul right now
8/1/2013 11:01:45 AM  Allahpundit
I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t a guy running for reelection in a deeply Democratic state want a photo op with one of the GOP’s most right-wing members? This ain’t over: “I’m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don’t

Armed government agents raid animal shelter to euthanize baby deer
8/1/2013 10:21:19 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
In Wisconsin, yet another example of the government’s overzealous attempts to punish citizens for good-faith interactions with wildlife, even if they’re saving said wildlife. This time, an armed raid to capture and euthanize a fawn at an