HotAir Daily Express 09/19/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Fed rejects taper, retreats on growth projections
9/19/2013 10:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Federal Reserve surprised most observers yesterday by continuing its extraordinary stimulus through monetary policy in place — and at the same time undercut the White House messaging on the economy.  The New York Times reports that Ben

McCain slams Putin in Russian online media
9/19/2013 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, someone has to answer for Vladimir Putin’s remarkably undiplomatic essay in the New York Times.  One good trolling deserves another, and do we think that Barack Obama would deliver the goods?  Instead, Senator John McCain blasts Putin in

AQ seizes town on Syria-Turkey border … from other rebels
9/19/2013 8:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
A strategic crossing into Turkey from Syria may soon be in the hands of al-Qaeda after infighting among Syrian rebels broke out into open warfare. The assault on Azaz did not come from rebels against the Bashar al-Assad regime, but from al-Qaeda in Iraq

Split between House, Senate GOP caucuses erupts
9/19/2013 8:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Tensions erupted yesterday evening between House and Senate Republicans over the strategy to attack ObamaCare during the budgetary process over the next few days in Congress.  After John Boehner announced that the House would deliver a defunding CR to

Quotes of the day
9/18/2013 10:01:42 PM  Allahpundit
The president has had an almost uniformly bad start to his second term. Scandals, the woe-begotten implementation of his health law, a chaotic unraveling of the once-vaunted “Arab Spring,” the ascendancy of rival nations on the world stage and the

Iranian president: Who, us? Develop nuclear weapons? Never.
9/18/2013 9:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
There much ado lately about exactly how President Obama’s foreign-policy strategy in Syria — or total absence of one, ahem — is playing with dictators and nefarious regimes around the world about exactly how far Obama is willing to go

AP: For all of Obama’s “recovery” blather, the poverty rate isn’t budging
9/18/2013 8:41:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
After his bizarre and widely panned decision to go forward with it just hours after the Navy Yard shooting on Monday, President Obama gave yet another speech about how much the economy has ostensibly recovered since the financial crisis five years ago.

New Hampshire poll: Rubio drops from 25% of GOP primary voters in April to … 7% now
9/18/2013 8:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
I wonder why. PPP’s newest look ahead to the 2016 Presidential race in New Hampshire finds no clear leader. Rand Paul’s at 20% to 19% for Chris Christie, 14% for Jeb Bush, 12% for Kelly Ayotte, 10% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Marco Rubio and Paul

UN Syria shenanigans already breaking down as Russians dispute that Assad was to blame for Damascus gas attack
9/18/2013 7:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
Curious that they’d agree that he should disarm in the wake of the Damascus attack if they sincerely believe he’s innocent of it, no? Just like it’s curious that they’d agree the UN is the proper forum for resolving Assad’s

HHS study: Millions of people will spend less than $100/month on ObamaCare — you can thank us later
9/18/2013 6:41:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
In yet another deliberately misleading report that reeks of desperation for positive news about the law’s implementation, the Department of Health and Human Services has some seemingly stellar news about the super low prices of insurance premiums

Report: Superiors told Capitol Police SWAT team to stand down during Navy Yard massacre?
9/18/2013 6:01:34 PM  Allahpundit
I thought the biggest scandal to come from the shooting today would be the fact that the Pentagon didn’t run a full background check on this guy when he was re-hired as a contractor in July. All they did, which is apparently standard practice, was

Video: Are you ready for eagle cam?
9/18/2013 5:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, today’s viral sensation via Mashable. Jake Tapper suggests, and I agree, that fullscreen viewing is the only way to go. Good lord, I haven’t felt this free and unburdened since the polls came out after the first

Are any Senate Republicans voting with Reid to block the defunding of ObamaCare?
9/18/2013 4:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
Just thinking out loud about what’s next now that Boehner and Cantor have punted to McConnell and Cruz in the Senate. Procedure wonks are invited to correct me, but unless I’m mistaken, there are two next steps once the House gets done

Obama: It’s “not an option” for me to take broader action on amnesty via executive order if Congress doesn’t act
9/18/2013 4:01:41 PM  Allahpundit
He’s being asked here specifically about halting deportations for the parents of DREAMers, not about a wider legalization of all illegals of the sort that immigration reform fans keep pestering him about. And yes, I realize that he’s

McConnell looking to thwart the EPA’s incoming coal plant restrictions?
9/18/2013 3:21:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
There’s no question that the coal industry has been dealing with some very stiff competition from natural gas, which is now just about tied with coal for the country’s biggest electricity source when coal used to be the top dog just a few

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham, Katie Pavlich
9/18/2013 2:51:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars — with a twist! Mary Katharine Ham and Katie Pavlich join me today to discuss the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the media coverage of it, and all of the top

Pentagon IG: 52 felons got access to military installations
9/18/2013 2:41:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
How did a man with a history of run-ins with military and civilian police, including admitting to “hearing voices,” get clearance to access a military facility? A new report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General — based on an

Video: “This time”
9/18/2013 2:01:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
How often do we see the entertainment culture take a stand against abortion — especially one as powerful as John Elefante’s “This Time”?  The former lead singer of Kansas offers an incredibly personal missive based on the story of

Starbucks CEO: Leave your guns at home from now on, please
9/18/2013 1:21:04 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s his letter about it to the company. It’s just a request, not a ban. If he made it a ban, then employees would have to enforce it. And he’s quite candid about his misgivings over putting an unarmed worker in the position of

Video: Stewart rips CNN for Navy Yard coverage
9/18/2013 12:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just as it is with most breaking-crisis stories, the media had its fumbles on Monday during the Navy Yard crisis, some of which is just to be expected when we demand the latest breaking updates as they occur — as opposed to the days when we just

Obama puts out SOS to first-term political team: The Hill
9/18/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
The start of Barack Obama’s second term has not exactly built confidence in his leadership for the next three years.  The President has fumbled away American leadership on global security with his bizarre flip-flop on Syria over the last month,

Boehner: Okay, okay, we’ll vote on a continuing resolution that defunds ObamaCare
9/18/2013 11:21:48 AM  Allahpundit
Cantor’s lame attempt to appease the “defund” crowd having failed, the House leadership’s apparently decided to punt the whole thing to Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz in the Senate: “On the CR, we know what the position of this

Audit: More DoJ prosecution claims exaggerated
9/18/2013 10:41:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
For the second straight month, the Department of Justice has been caught exaggerating its record on prosecutions and convictions.  The Inspector General conducted an audit of the DoJ’s claims on terror-related convictions and found that claims made