HotAir Daily Express 08/29/2013


Is Weiner renting his supporters?
8/29/2013 10:01:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Perhaps this is progress.  Usually people rent politicians, rather than the other way around (via JWF): Anthony Weiner is having such a hard time generating support for his limp campaign that he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide

Obama needs to justify Syria action, says … Donald Rumsfeld
8/29/2013 9:21:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
The emphasis on Donald Rumsfeld’s name in the headline is for our friends on the Left, whose heads must be exploding right now.  For eight years, they screeched about the warmongers of the previous administration, with Rumsfeld the warmongeriest of

Anti-war movement too poor to protest Obama over Syria
8/29/2013 8:41:54 AM  Jazz Shaw
If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a good anti-war protest. With a tradition dating back to the Vietnam war, you barely have to hint at the idea that you might be considering firing a volley over somebody’s fence and you’ll

AP, NYT: Evidence lacking that Assad ordered chemical-weapons use
8/29/2013 8:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
According to the leaks that the media have amplified over the last week or so, the evidence is clear that the Syrian army used chemical weapons against rebels in a Damascus suburb, indiscriminately killing hundreds of civilians.  Barack Obama insisted


The Ed Morrissey Show, Live at the State Fair!
8/29/2013 7:11:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
For this week, The Ed Morrissey Show becomes Hot Air at the State Fair! I’ll broadcast live from the AM 1280 The Patriot booth here at the fairgrounds in St. Paul from 8-10 am CT. You can listen on the station’s Internet stream if you’re outside of the

Quotes of the day
8/28/2013 10:41:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he had not yet made a decision on taking action in Syria, but that taking a stand against that country’s use of chemical weapons on its own people can have a positive impact on the United States’ national

Another ObamaCare delay — and giveaway
8/28/2013 9:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Unlike some of the earlier delays, the latest deadline miss from HHS will not have too much impact on the rollout of ObamaCare — assuming it’s as easily resolved as HHS thinks.  Finalized agreements with the insurers competing in federal

Edward Snowden’s background security check was grossly inadequate
8/28/2013 9:01:19 PM  Bruce McQuain
Apparently there’s a been an investigation into the background check Edward Snowden had undergone and it was found to be … “inadequate”.   I know, you’re shocked aren’t you? The most recent background check of former

China: Us, a debt problem? What debt problem?
8/28/2013 8:11:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
China has a debt problem, and whether they like it or not, it’s going to increasingly make itself felt in their economy pretty quickly here, via the WSJ: As worries over China’s debt problem mount, the burden of paying off those loans could

Are the Saudis looking for a new partner in the Middle East?
8/28/2013 7:21:16 PM  Bruce McQuain
If a Lebanese newspaper article is to be believed, they may indeed be shopping around.  Walter Russell Mead came upon this squib in As-Safir: [Prince] Bandar [bin Sultan al-Saud] discussed the potential cooperation between the two countries if an

Obama: We’ve “concluded” that Syrian army conducted chemical-weapon attack
8/28/2013 6:31:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
While the UK calls for a slowdown in the push to punish Bashar al-Assad for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Barack Obama says that “we have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these [attacks] out.”  The President told

Great news: Americans have advanced beyond needing President to address them, or something
8/28/2013 5:31:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
In previous administrations, Presidents who ordered the military into action would go on television from the Oval Office in prime time to explain the reasons why it was necessary to put our service members in harm’s way, lay out the goals of the

Bill Clinton: Voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon”
8/28/2013 4:21:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
Have we reached consensus on voter-ID?  At this afternoon’s rally in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, former President Bill Clinton waggled his finger once again and zinged

BREAKING: Hasan sentenced to death for Ft. Hood shootings
8/28/2013 3:28:25 PM  Bruce McQuain
AP is reporting: A military court on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers. The

Harvard gun study concludes gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate
8/28/2013 3:21:37 PM  Bruce McQuain
In fact, it appears, bans may actually see them increase. Here’s a summary of the study’s findings: The Harvard study attempts to answer the question of whether or not banning firearms would reduce murders and suicides.  Researchers looked at

Michigan legislature goes for Medicaid expansion
8/28/2013 2:41:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Much to the Obama administration’s chagrin, the Supreme Court justices decided in their 2012 ObamaCare ruling that states were free to opt out of the proffered Medicaid expansion, wherein the federal government would pay for 100 percent of the

Bipartisan House coalition demands Congressional approval on Syria strike
8/28/2013 2:01:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Rising discontent among members of Congress over being bypassed on Syria has a distinctly bipartisan cast, ABC News reports.  A group of eighty-one members of the House will send a letter to President Barack Obama this afternoon demanding that the

IAEA: Iran ramping up its uranium enrichment
8/28/2013 1:21:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
While the world watches Syria and the almost-inevitable Western strikes against Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian nuclear program has flown under the radar of late. A new report from the IAEA shifts the spotlight back on Tehran, where the Iranian nuclear

Poll: Americans still generally confused about ObamaCare
8/28/2013 12:41:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
The headlining ObamaCare-related numbers from the latest edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s August tracking poll are the law’s continuing lack of popularity, holding fairly steady with about 42 percent of Americans holding an

The security state continues its advance
8/28/2013 12:01:42 PM  Bruce McQuain
The Wall Street Journal points out something that ought to chill everyone to the bone: The U.S. government has used the merger-approval process to increase its influence over the telecom industry, bringing more companies under its oversight and gaining a

CNN ratings rise in August, other networks down
8/28/2013 11:21:00 AM  Bruce McQuain
Perhaps it is a matter of reaping what you sow.  Or maybe it’s just that August is a traditionally slow news month (if you don’t believe it’s a slow news month, why do you suppose I’m doing a story about cable news network

Obama, the “Constitutional scholar” vs. Obama the CINC
8/28/2013 10:41:26 AM  Bruce McQuain
As our Nobel Peace Prize winning president heads toward his third war, it’s useful to review his words of the past and compare them to his actions of today. You may remember this: [Candidate Obama] responded in writing to a series of questions