HotAir Daily Express 09/10/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Important question of the day: Did global warming cause the Syrian conflict? Did it?
9/9/2013 9:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
You’ve probably heard the crazed theories about how global warming is somehow the real driver behind some imagined increase in crime, because warmer temperatures create weather and climate conditions that increase tension among human populations.

Norway literally has more money than it knows what to do with, for now…
9/9/2013 8:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
…And perhaps the most unusual part of that is, as Jazz noted in August, is that even with all of that cash in their coffers they’re actually eschewing the Labor-party government of the past eight years and are voting in their version of a

Energy Department loses a casual $42 million on failed loan to green van company, no big deal
9/9/2013 8:01:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
I know the general focus of the news cycle right about now is largely occupied with the unfolding foreign-policy drama of the debacle in Syria, but never fear — the many moving parts of the federal government are still busily toiling away with

Retreat: Obama interested in Russian diplomatic track as Reid puts Senate vote on hold
9/9/2013 7:21:32 PM  Allahpundit
I imagine him phoning Putin to say he’ll accept the Russians’ lame charade on Syrian WMD if Moscow agrees to send Edward Snowden back, to which Putin naturally replies “Nyet, take it or leave it.” To which O, his second term

War With Syria: End of the American Empire

Alarming Government Plan to Confiscate Your Money

How Conservatives Get Revenge on the IRS

Video: Credible, trustworthy public servant makes case for bombing Assad
9/9/2013 6:43:02 PM  Allahpundit
I admit, I get nervous when I read stories like this one questioning whether Assad is really directly responsible for Syria’s gas attacks. But then I watch Susan Rice and feel better, because I know: If she’s willing to stand behind an

The truth about “the truth about Keystone”
9/9/2013 6:01:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
As I’ve argued before, the Obama administration’s relentless dithering on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — a 1,700-mile transport project that would ship oil from Canada as well as North Dakota to refineries on the Gulf Coast —

Game over: Pew poll shows opposition to Syria strike up 15 points in just a week
9/9/2013 5:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
It’s one thing to ask Congress to take a tough vote when the polls are bad, it’s another to ask them to take a tough vote when the polls are getting worse despite a big White House PR push. Show of hands: Who wants to gamble their House or

Gaffe-tastic: Hillary pretty excited about Kerry’s accidental proposal for international control of Syria’s WMD arsenal
9/9/2013 4:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
David Cameron sounds pretty excited about it too. Did Waffles bumble his way into a “solution” to the crisis? Here’s the presumptive Democratic nominee creating a little rhetorical space for her party to declare victory and walk

Unions not really feeling the AFL-CIO’s push to regain clout with expanding progressive alliances
9/9/2013 4:01:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Big Labor is plenty aware of their movement’s increasing loss of political clout relative to their glory days of yore, with union membership on a steady decline across the country. The state of Michigan’s recent right-to-work switchover and

Audio: New U.S. ambassador to the UN won’t say Syria strike is legal
9/9/2013 3:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
An important catch via the Standard from foreign-policy genius Samantha Power, who wondered aloud on Friday why Iran isn’t burning with shame that their boy Assad gassed Syrians. (The White House’s “smart power” braintrust has

The Ed Morrissey Show: Lee Stranahan, Kevin McCullough
9/9/2013 2:51:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Lee Stranahan joins us for the first time to discuss his latest project — a trip to the Middle East to interview Syrian Christian refugees in the civil war. We can help crowdfund his project by visiting

WH nat-sec adviser: Hey, Assad won’t shoot back
9/9/2013 2:41:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Originally, I planned to include this in the post about the CNN poll, but it deserves a stand-alone post for its insight into the assumptions of the White House strategic plan to deal with Syria.  Ben Rhodes, the deputy national-security adviser to

Syria: We “welcome” Russia’s proposal to turn over our chemical weapons to international control; Update: Rand Paul interested
9/9/2013 2:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
He turned the ball over underneath his own basket and now here’s the easy lay-up. Maybe the new White House strategy is to lose so much U.S. credibility through Obama and Kerry sounding like morons that Congress has no choice but to support bombing

Early voting going strong in Colorado recall election
9/9/2013 1:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
In the wake of last December’s massacre in Newtown, a handful of states passed stricter gun-control measures for their states, largely along the lines of more restrictions on so-called ‘assault’ weapons and magazine capacity limits.

Video: WH worried that Syria loss will cripple Obama presidency
9/9/2013 12:41:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
In a parliamentary system, a rejection of a war authorization pushed by a prime minister could easily turn into a vote of no confidence and the end of a government.  In the American system, it might just mean the  end of the President’s credibility

CNN poll shows nearly six in 10 oppose military authorization for Syria
9/9/2013 12:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
We call making appearances on all five major Sunday talk shows the “full Ginsburg,” but Barack Obama may create a new term today with interviews on all six major news networks.  Call it the “full Desperado.”  Obama will make his

Fearsome new White House talking point on Syria: Our attack will be “unbelievably small”
9/9/2013 11:21:56 AM  Allahpundit
Via the Free Beacon, Ed mentioned this already but a foreign-policy soundbite this immortal — maybe the greatest since “leading from behind” — requires video, especially with Assad claiming that his response might not be quite as

WH chief of staff: We’re a coalition of one, or something
9/9/2013 10:41:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough made the full Ginsburg yesterday, but whether he did his boss any good remains to be seen.  McDonough got chewed up by CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union yesterday when he claimed that the world