HotAir Daily Express 08/08/2013


Chuck Todd: Hillary miniseries a “total nightmare” for NBC News
8/8/2013 10:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
With RNC chair Reince Priebus blasting NBC and CNN for running Hillary Clinton-focused entertainment as she prepares to launch a presidential bid, both broadcasters have come under pressure from across the political spectrum to rethink their programming

NYT: No spying on Americans? Au contraire
8/8/2013 9:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Tuesday, Barack Obama insisted that the US government isn’t spying on Americans by surveilling the contents of their communications.  Less than two days later, the New York Times makes hash of that claim.  The NSA, reports Charlie Savage, sifts

Issa expanding IRS probe to include FEC
8/8/2013 8:41:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
“If you thought the IRS targeting — scandal, controversy, whatever you want to call it — was forgotten, think again,” said CNN’s Jake Tapper, introducing Dana Bash’s report last night on House Oversight Chair Darrell

Did the IRS also use cover-up techniques of the DEA?
8/8/2013 8:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
In another exclusive about the investigatory practices of the executive branch, Reuters uncovered an IRS manual that instructed its agents to concoct phony investigative trails when using tips from the DEA’s Special Operations Division.  The


The "Dirt" on Michelle Obama
Did you know that "First Lady" Michelle Obama shares in a personal income stream of more than $44,000 PER MONTH, on average?
And that this income is not affiliated with the government in any way, shape, or form?
In other words, Mrs. Obama and her husband make more in a SINGLE MONTH (sponsored by a PRIVATE source) than the average American makes in an entire YEAR…
Click here to see where all this money is coming from.

Quotes of the day
8/7/2013 10:41:14 PM  Allahpundit
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Russia Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in

Obama can’t remember Dr. Jill Biden’s name or where the Gulf of Mexico is
8/7/2013 10:01:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wife’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s work on behalf of military families, only he couldn’t remember one of their

Passionate, rich public-school advocate peaces out of public schools with his kids
8/7/2013 9:01:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
He’s an actor. And activist. And, so brave. A bravactivist. Who high-tails it from the status quo he enables at the first sign his own children might have to suffer the crappy education the rest of the little people do. A father of four (three

Colorado landlord to Marine: Get rid of your guns or get out; Update: Landlord cancels policy
8/7/2013 8:11:34 PM  Allahpundit
Gut-check time for gun-loving conservatives: We’re dealing with a private landlord here, not a state actor, in which case does the Marine have any argument that his Second Amendment rights trump the owner’s property rights? Businesses can ban

Uh oh: Chuck Schumer suddenly okay with House GOP’s piecemeal approach to immigration reform
8/7/2013 7:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
The chief Democratic spokesman for comprehensive reform is suddenly mellow about the Republican approach? Dude, I’m nervous. “I actually am optimistic that we will get this done,” Schumer said about a bill taking shape in the House during an

Rasmussen poll of Republican voters: Christie 21, Rubio 18, Jeb Bush 16
8/7/2013 6:31:12 PM  Allahpundit
One word, my friends: RINOgeddon. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator

Newest Filner accusers: Women veterans who were raped while in the military
8/7/2013 5:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
Via Breitbart, I thought yesterday’s story about him allegedly harassing a brain-damaged Marine’s nurse would be the low point. Now, after reading this, I’m surprised that he didn’t harass the Marine too. Are we at rock bottom,

Obamacare months behind testing IT security, navigator training “barely off the ground”
8/7/2013 4:51:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
One thing that has always distinguished Obamacare’s roll-out from state-level health care reforms and other large IT projects is that there appeared to be no plan for beta testing— a preliminary step during which a small number of users gain access

Great news: DoJ to investigate its own agency on surveillance activities
8/7/2013 4:01:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  Allegations arise of abuses of power and wrongdoing in a subordinate agency of a Cabinet department, which then conducts an investigation that lays the blame on a few low-level staffers and then insists that

Hasan attorney wants off train wreck of a defense
8/7/2013 3:11:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
How can a defense attorney tell when a murder trial has started to go badly for their side?  One good indication is having the client represent himself and tell the jury in his opening statement, “The evidence will clearly show that I am the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
8/7/2013 2:49:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the defunding fight on ObamaCare, Barack Obama’s new effort to close down Fannie and Freddie, and

Romney to NH GOP: Don’t vote in anger in the 2016 primaries and nominate someone who can’t win
8/7/2013 2:21:30 PM  Allahpundit
Take it from a guy who lost by more than 120 electoral votes to an incumbent struggling with eight percent unemployment: Electability in a nominee is key. >From ABC’s RICK KLEIN: “Mitt Romney did something interesting last night: He lent his voice to a

Pryor: Hey, ObamaCare is amazing, isn’t it?
8/7/2013 1:31:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
There is little doubt that Mark Pryor finds himself stuck between Little Rock and a hard place in Washington these days.  In order to win re-election in Arkansas next year, the incumbent Democrat has to distance himself from Barack Obama and his agenda

GreenTech lobbied White House aide involved in Solyndra deal
8/7/2013 12:41:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
If one wants to go shopping for government subsidies for failing green-tech firms, one would naturally choose the man with the track record in that regard, right?  Franklin Center’s continues its probe into GreenTech, helmed until

Scarborough: Let’s face it, MSNBC primetime is a mouthpiece for Democrats
8/7/2013 12:01:52 PM  Allahpundit
Can a statement that the world is round be newsworthy? Normally I’d say no but last night Matthews implied that it’s not so much that MSNBC is in the tank for O as that his and their views just happen to “coincide.” Mika

Surprise! Obama nominates former recess appointee to powerful NLRB post
8/7/2013 11:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
This is a few days old, but it’s worth highlighting — especially since Democrats are making noises about proceeding with filibuster changes despite the agreement made last month with Republicans.  The two sides cut that deal in the Senate to

Mika Brzezinski, David Brock agree that Priebus has a point about Hillary films
8/7/2013 10:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
What happens when Mika Brzezinski, Media Matters founder David Brock, and RNC chair Reince Priebus all agree on a political matter? Well, maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but after the hailstorm we endured here in the Twin Cities after this