HotAir Daily Express 09/17/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: Piers Morgan and the scourge of the AR-15 shotgun, or something; Update: FBI confirms no AR-15 used in Navy Yard shooting
9/17/2013 10:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Presented mostly as a public service, since nothing in this segment will change minds, nor was it designed to do so.  CNN’s Piers Morgan wanted to gather a panel for a public beating over the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and the AR-15

WaPo/ABC poll: 53% disapprove of Obama handling of Syria
9/17/2013 9:21:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did Barack Obama make his case a week ago on military intervention in Syria? A new Washington Post/ABC poll answers that question with an adamant no. More than six out of ten oppose military intervention in Syria, and respondents disapprove of

Israel: Assad must go
9/17/2013 8:41:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
A significant change from Israel’s earlier diplomatic diffidence on the fate of the Bashar al-Assad regime — and perhaps about three weeks late.  Israel’s US Ambassador Michael Oren tells the Jerusalem Post that the Assad regime and its

Videos: Costa Concordia righted 20 months after shipwrecked
9/17/2013 8:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Twenty months ago, the luxury liner Costa Concordia slammed into a reef on Isola del Giglio near Italy, capsized and sank, killing 32 people and shocking the world with tales of cowardice by its captain and heroism from other crew members and locals who

Quotes of the day
9/16/2013 10:41:42 PM  Allahpundit
A weakened President Obama will back down if there is a standoff over funding ObamaCare and preventing a government shutdown, House conservatives say… At least 43 conservatives want the GOP leadership to go for broke, asserting that Obama has been

McAuliffe to biz PAC: I’ll bring jobs by being super-good at drinking with people
9/16/2013 10:01:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I had no idea how thoroughly my University of Georgia education prepared me for public office. More drama in the Virginia governor’s race, this time almost entirely of Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe’s making. A PAC made up of Northern

More bad news for the green lobby: No, fracking does not release outrageous amounts of methane, says new study
9/16/2013 9:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
One of the many arguments that the rabidly anti-fracking, eco-radical crowd have been using to try and discredit hydraulic fracturing as a welcome boon to both our environment and our economy is the claim that the process itself leaks an unacceptable

GOP moving forward with food-stamps cuts, and Democrats aren’t going to like it
9/16/2013 8:41:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
The House finally filed the food-stamps portion of their bifurcated farm bill on Monday, complete with the utterly, contemptibly “draconian” 5 percent cut to current spending levels that the opposition feared, and the ensuing level of drama

Report: Navy Yard shooter had a “pattern of misconduct” while enlisted
9/16/2013 8:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
No details yet from the LA Times on what the “misconduct’ was, but per their Navy source, it was enough to get him discharged. Hmmmm. An all-around bad guy or a guy with a strange, violent dark streak to him? Here’s a curious report

Carney: It was entirely appropriate for Obama to knock the GOP over the financial crisis while the Navy Yard was in lockdown
9/16/2013 7:21:49 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Who needs false piety from the White House at this point? One of the hallmarks of O’s approach to policy is sticking to his agenda even when major events try to intrude. That’s why

Obama to Iran: Just because my “red line” for Syria was unserious doesn’t mean my “red line” for you is
9/16/2013 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Iran must know: We will not tolerate a rogue regime obtaining weapons of mass destruction. Or, maybe we’ll tolerate it, but we won’t tolerate those weapons actually being used. More than once. Or a few times, as long as they’re

The freaky quadruple deaky “Northampton clown” post
9/16/2013 6:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
Nightmare fuel to cleanse the palate. There are pranks, there are good pranks, and then there are pranks so ingenious that they qualify as international news. A spooky clown, dressed in white face paint with huge drawn-on eyebrows, a curly red wig and a

Rep. Justin Amash: Let’s be real, we’re doing the president a favor by trying to delay ObamaCare for one year
9/16/2013 5:21:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
The man’s got a point. Starting at around the 9:10 mark: Well, we have to have compromise. The president himself is arguing that we’re not willing to compromise. We’re willing to compromise. And part of that compromise means when you

Dems hand Obama big loss on Fed appointment
9/16/2013 4:41:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, I noted that Republicans took great care in staying out of the skirmish among Senate Democrats over the soon-to-be-open chair of the Federal Reserve.  The White House let it be known that Barack Obama favored Larry Summers for the slot, but

Navy Yard killer identified?
9/16/2013 4:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
I’m going to trust Pete Williams on this, partly because he was the most reliable reporter during the Boston bombings and partly because other outlets like Fox News are confident enough that they’re reporting the same name. SWAT officers

Biden: John Kerry has been “one of the best secretaries of state so far in the history of the United States”
9/16/2013 3:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Huh. That’s mighty generous praise, considering that John Kerry has been on the job for barely half of a year, that the administration is in the midst of a major foreign-policy identity crisis after getting trounced by the Russians on Syria, and

The Ed Morrissey Show: Face the Chat
9/16/2013 2:56:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we’ll do a 30-minute version of Face the Chat today on the top stories today — the Navy Yard shooting, ObamaCare polling numbers, the salvage of the Costa Concordia, and much more! Be sure to join

New IPCC report to retreat on global-warming claims
9/16/2013 2:41:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
At least according to the Daily Mail, which heralds the final draft report as a major step back for global-warming advocates. The soon-to-be-released paper from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will admit that the warming rate

Big media identifies wrong man as the killer in mass shooting — again
9/16/2013 2:03:12 PM  Allahpundit
Ed mentioned it already in the Greenroom but I want to chip in a post of my own to emphasize how commonplace this is now when mass killings occur. Big media’s not always the chief culprit — the theories about Sunil Tripathi being one of the

OFA ad: “Enough already” with the ObamaCare opposition, silly Republicans
9/16/2013 1:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s campaign-turned-”advocacy” arm Organizing for Action has apparently been busying itself this summer with organizing poorly attended rallies concerning such political duds as climate change and gun control, but their

CNN anchor: Who ever heard of a gunman rampaging across a U.S. military facility?
9/16/2013 12:41:13 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters. As Santayana said, those who do not learn from history are condemned to broadcast their ignorance about it on national cable news. Probably 80 percent of the public, I’d guess, thought of Nidal Hasan when they heard the news this

House Oversight: State Dept obstructed Benghazi probe
9/16/2013 12:01:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just five days after the one-year anniversary of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the murder of a US ambassador and three other Americans, the House Oversight Committee has raised the stakes on the public debate over accountability for the

Russian diplomat on Navy Yard shooting: “A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism”
9/16/2013 11:21:06 AM  Allahpundit
Awkward, but imagine how much more awkward it’ll be if the shooter — or shooters — turns out to be a pro-Assad fanatic angry at American threats against the regime. (It’s naval assets, after all, that are expected to lead a

McCain: We’ve given a green light to Assad to escalate the war
9/16/2013 10:41:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
“I don’t think there’s any credibility left in the Middle East,” Sen. John McCain told Chris Cuomo this morning on CNN’s New Day after the retreat on Syria.  That was in response to a question Cuomo asked about Barack