HotAir Daily Express 08/06/2013


Traders sneaking peeks at government economic reports?
8/6/2013 10:01:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Under normal circumstances, this story would provoke outrage and demand for action.  After an avalanche of revelations about how the government spies on Americans, this turnabout story might just be the feel-good post of the day.  The Wall Street Journal

The Hill: The embassy closings cast doubt on Obama’s national-security claims, huh?
8/6/2013 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Hill isn’t the first publication to question the party line from the White House on al-Qaeda in the wake of the shuttering of nearly two dozen embassies, and they won’t be the last.  Jeremy Herb gets to the heart of the matter quickly and

Video: Obscure workplace-violence trial starts
8/6/2013 8:41:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least CNN is paying attention, even though the defendant here isn’t named Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman, or Jodi Arias.  And let’s give them a little more credit than that, too, for a report that focuses more on the victims that will

US evacuates government personnel from Yemen
8/6/2013 8:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
The US government issues a travel alert that warned all Americans to leave Yemen immediately, as part of a heightened security status that has 19 embassies in the region closed.  As a follow-up, the Air Force evacuated US government personnel from the


Quotes of the day
8/5/2013 10:41:49 PM  Allahpundit
A secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of US embassies. A US intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat say al-Zawahri’s message was picked up several weeks ago

Oops: Liberal radio host says Media Matters Limbaugh boycott hurt liberal talk radio
8/5/2013 10:01:38 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Thom Hartmann, appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” attributed Cumulus’ decision to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity mostly to a simple business decision in a radio business where it’s increasingly advantageous to own

Video: An American football coach coaches, err, football
8/5/2013 9:21:33 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, hand it to NBC, here. If you’re going to sell televised soccer to Americans, you might as well have some fun mocking the hell out of soccer. Maybe this particular ad campaign won’t reach soccer’s passionate existing fan base,

Surprise: $500 million “investment” in green-job training yielded neither green jobs nor trainees
8/5/2013 8:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
If you’re feeling some deja vu, it’s because we have indeed been here before. Many, many, many times before: Green-jobs subsidies bust: $21 billion, 28,854 jobs Please, by all means, let’s keep pushing for $10 million-a-pop green jobs Good

Federal agencies frustrated that they can’t use NSA’s spy tools too
8/5/2013 8:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
To clarify: They do use them occasionally, in cases related to terrorism or foreign intel, but the demand for the NSA’s surveillance services from other arms of the government apparently far exceeds the supply. If you missed this story on Saturday

Video: The great “Jeopardy” swindle
8/5/2013 7:21:30 PM  Allahpundit
Let the great debate begin. On behalf of the “don’t give him the money” position: Rules are rules, and the little guy needs to learn that sometimes there are disappointments in life. It’s character-building. Let him slide this

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post for $250 million
8/5/2013 6:42:47 PM  Allahpundit
First John Henry buys the Globe, now this. Says David Frum: In 1913, great newspapers were rich men's toys. By 1963, they'd become mighty independent corporations. In 2013 … — davidfrum (@davidfrum) August 5, 2013 You know Trump’s

Video: Every dumb superhero movie trailer ever
8/5/2013 6:01:23 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, a rare example of a viral hit that doesn’t suffer from being overlong. The (brilliant) editor who made it intended it, it seems, as a loving pastiche, but I think it works better as parody. Nothing drives home how creatively

Wendy Davis: Late term abortion rights “sacred ground”
8/5/2013 5:21:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Wendy Davis hasn’t yet finished playing out her losing hand in Texas yet.  The state Senator that unsuccessfully filibustered a bill banning late-term abortions that had the support of 62% of Texas voters says she might run for governor next year

Big fish: Source of new terror threat is Zawahiri’s communications with head of Al Qaeda in Yemen
8/5/2013 4:41:59 PM  Allahpundit
I’ve seen both lefties and righties suggest today that the new terror threat is being exaggerated in order to serve as a sort of ad for the NSA. Okay, but … unless I missed it, no one’s said a word about the new jihadi

Did anyone ask Carney about CNN’s Benghazi bombshell at today’s press briefing?
8/5/2013 4:01:38 PM  Allahpundit
There was no briefing on Friday so this was the first chance to press him on CNN’s scoop. Ace says he watched most of it and didn’t hear a peep about it. When he tweeted at Ed Henry of Fox to ask what’s up, Henry tweeted back —

CNet: FBI demanding installation of real-time intercept software at Internet providers
8/5/2013 3:21:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
While we’re watching government snooping expand from the NSA to the DEA, don’t forget the FBI.  CNet’s tech reporter Declan McCullough reported on Friday that the FBI has pressured Internet providers to install software that would allow

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jeff Dunetz
8/5/2013 2:50:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough won’t be able to join us, as he’s busy launching his new WMCA show today, adding onto his already-impressive repertoire in talk radio! Instead, our good friend Jeff Dunetz will join

Leahy: You know, Bloomberg turned out to be a liability on gun control
8/5/2013 2:41:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
No kidding, although Senate Judiciary chair Pat Leahy is kidding himself in other ways.  On C-SPAN’s Newsmakers yesterday, Leahy lamented the failure of the Senate to pass an expansion of background-check requirements for firearms purchases, which

Re-elect numbers for Pryor about what you’d expect
8/5/2013 2:01:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
That’s true even from friendly polls. Mark Pryor was so popular in 2008 that Republicans didn’t even field a challenger to him in Arkansas for his US Senate seat, which he had won from Republican Tim Hutchinson by eight points in 2002.  He

Video: Archaelogists find piece of True Cross in Turkey?
8/5/2013 1:21:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, this could be the best thing to happen to religion since Barney Frank declared himself an atheist. On the other hand, it will probably be another food fight over the authenticity of relics, which are fairly irrelevant to faith in general.

RNC issues ultimatum to NBC and CNN: If you want to air GOP debates in 2016, cancel your Hillary movies
8/5/2013 12:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
I’m confused. Even if both networks yield to the RNC’s demands, their intent to promote Hillary has already been proved. Why trust them to be “neutral” arbiters going forward just because the movies end up being canceled under

Video: Terrorists already in place for plot?
8/5/2013 12:01:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
CBS News has more information on the global terrorism alert that has 19 US embassies shuttered, courtesy of former Bush administration national-security adviser Juan Zarate. The plot uncovered by intelligence services is similar to a 2010 plot against

Video: The golden age of hamburgers grown in petri dishes is upon us
8/5/2013 11:21:32 AM  Allahpundit
More than a year in the making and bankrolled by none other than Sergey Brin: Here you go, the first public taste test of lab-grown meat. Insert stem cells from a cow into a nutrient broth, add a little electricity, mince the individual muscle strands

Great news: Obama to give Capitol Hill an ObamaCare waiver
8/5/2013 10:41:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Erika wrote last Friday, the White House has decided to rescue Congress from ObamaCare, but the new plan will cost taxpayers plenty — and ignore the statutes of the bill Barack Obama himself demanded.  New details in the Wall Street Journal of