HotAir Daily Express 09/13/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

White House: Decisiveness is overrated
9/13/2013 10:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
This explains a lot.  Or maybe it doesn’t. According to Jay Carney, decisiveness is old and busted, and the new hotness is vacillation. For now. President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad

Senate committee passes shield law defining “journalist”
9/13/2013 9:21:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Journalists who clamored for a federal shield law to help them fight off legal battles to protect sources have reason to cheer.  Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would shield reporters from people like Eric Holder and the

NBC/WSJ poll shows 2:1 opposition to raising the debt ceiling
9/13/2013 8:41:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
The polling news hasn’t improved much for Barack Obama, even without a military attack on Syria in the offing.  A new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows Americans lining up 2:1 against the debt-ceiling increase Obama needs, and his

Video: Taliban attack on US consulate in Afghanistan, seven attackers dead
9/13/2013 8:01:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
If the Taliban intended to make a point on the first anniversary of the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, then they were a day late — literally — and several dollars short.  The Taliban used two bombs and a wave of gunfire in their

Quotes of the day
9/12/2013 10:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
On Thursday, Sept. 12, when Russian and American diplomats came to the negotiating table in Geneva, the Russian side came in with the upper hand. The previous night, they had sent Washington a proposal for dismantling Syria‘s stockpiles of chemical

Demise: Wisconsin’s third-largest school district says no thanks to union representation
9/12/2013 10:01:34 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
What happens when teachers don’t have to join a union? Today, teachers in Kenosha, Wis., voted to decertify their union, the Kenosha Education Association, by a margin of nearly two to one. Only 37 percent of the teachers opted to retain the union

Shocking new report: $600+ million in DOE next-gen biofuels funding falls flat
9/12/2013 9:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Regular readers know that neither Jazz nor myself are exactly what you’d call “fans” of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the epically stupid federal requirement wherein refiners must blend an ever-increasing volume of regulators’

Chinese communist party spews blather about human rights while implementing stricter Internet controls
9/12/2013 8:41:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
While we’re on the subject of opprobrious, human-rights-crushing world leaders spewing hypocrisy by couching their nefarious deeds in deliberately misleading but pretty words, ahem, here’s yet another fresh example of the archetype doing the

Rand Paul on dad’s 9/11 comments: Some terrorists want to attack us whether we’re overseas or not
9/12/2013 8:01:47 PM  Allahpundit
I wondered in last night’s post whether Rand shares Ron’s fondness for the “blowback” magic-bullet theory of terrorism, so here’s your answer. It feels surreal crediting a U.S. senator and aspiring presidential nominee for

Chris Christie releases first television ad: “They said it couldn’t be done…”
9/12/2013 7:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
It just goes to show how very different are the natures of 2013′s only two gubernatorial elections; down in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe have been sniping at each other in television ads for months already trying to gain the upper

Bad news: Colorado Democrat defeated in recall election over gun control not taking it well
9/12/2013 6:41:34 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner. Tuesday night, expecting a close race, I couldn’t believe that she lost by 12 points. Now, after watching her for the first time, I can’t believe she lost by only 12 points. She’s got one argument here —

Shep Smith loses 7 p.m. show on Fox News, promoted to managing editor of “breaking news” division
9/12/2013 6:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
Megyn Kelly’s moving to 9 p.m. and Greta let on months ago that she’s guaranteed a show in primetime in her contract. Barring an unanticipated retirement by O’Reilly or Hannity, that put Shep, who already has his own show in the

“This is not a game”: Kerry rejects Assad’s timeline for WMD compliance at meeting with Russian foreign minister
9/12/2013 5:21:24 PM  Allahpundit
But … it is a game. That’s the whole point. If the White House takes this disarmament charade seriously at the UN with demands that Assad turn over his arsenal expeditiously and verifiably, it’s going to put Obama right back in the war

Boehner and Menendez react to Putin’s op-ed: “I was insulted,” “I almost wanted to vomit”
9/12/2013 4:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Free Beacon and the Corner. No surprise that two of O’s few Syria allies in Congress would be outraged on his behalf by Putin’s latest humiliation, but honestly, I’ve been against striking Syria all along and I was irritated by

Cantor’s clean-CR plan apparently not going over too well
9/12/2013 4:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Budget-battle season is back on Capitol Hill, and not without the requisite drama; it sounds like the House leadership was hoping to pass a continuing resolution (which Congress needs to do before October 1st in order to avert a government shutdown) this

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
9/12/2013 3:27:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the

Tapper: Did Obama’s Syria fumble blow his political capital?
9/12/2013 3:21:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
The video here is instructive not because of the discussion that ensues, but because of the question Jake Tapper asks. DCCC chair Rep. Steve Israel can be relied upon to carry Barack Obama’s water on this subject and cry about the

DC mayor vetoes living-wage bill
9/12/2013 2:41:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray faced a tough choice.  Should he sign a living-wage bill that would make him the darling of progressives and unions in the nation’s capital, or should he veto it and cling to the opportunities for job creation in

Assad: We’ll start handing over our chemical weapons when the U.S. stops arming Syria’s rebels
9/12/2013 2:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
I … don’t remember this being part of the offer. Obama had better run it past Putin right away to see how he wants the U.S. to respond. Syria will fulfil an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops

Chuck Todd: The Colorado recall means Dems will tell Bloomberg’s anti-gun group to take a hike
9/12/2013 1:21:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Plenty of Democrats apparently still feel inclined to believe that this week’s successful Colorado recall election was the result of a teeny, tiny but vociferously vocal minority that only managed to pull out a victory because of 1) the egregious

Video: Student told not to write about God as her idol
9/12/2013 12:41:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Lord forgive them, for the leadership at Memphis’ Lucy Elementary clearly knows not what it does. A 10-year-old girl wrote what her mother describes as a “cute” presentation for a class assignment to discuss who she sees as her idol.

CNN poll: ObamaCare support collapsing with women, working class
9/12/2013 12:01:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Now that Congress can take a pass on authorizing military strikes on Syria, they can get down to the expected business of the fall session — passing a budget.  Republicans plan to make ObamaCare a big issue in the three-phase process of writing a

WH ally Bob Corker: Let’s face it, Obama seems uncomfortable being commander-in-chief
9/12/2013 11:21:21 AM  Allahpundit
Palpable frustration from a guy who’s worked with them on immigration and is trying to work with them on Syria amid the endless, endless bumbling. Money line: “He’s a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill, I can assure you that.”

Kerry arrives in Geneva to “test” the Russians
9/12/2013 10:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS News’ report misses one crucial question: Did John Kerry bring another reset button? Nothing says seriousness to Sergei Lavrov like an American Secretary of State handing him a big red button labeled “Reset” — er,