HotAir Daily Express 09/20/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


DoJ ignored FISA court concerns over deceptive NSA description of surveillance
9/20/2013 10:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Department of Justice likes to exaggerate its record on investigations and prosecutions, but in one area they’ve been oddly quiet.  As information has been exposed on the NSA surveillance program and the FISA court’s frustration with

Will Obama and Rouhani meet at the UN next week?
9/20/2013 9:21:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Iran’s new president has gotten off to an impressive start — or at least Hasan Rouhani has impressed the media.  He tweeted out Yom Kippur greetings, and managed to avoid Ann Curry’s invitation to engage in a little explicit Holocaust

Background check firm that OK’d Snowden cleared Navy Yard shooter
9/20/2013 8:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
While the debate on guns has fizzled after the Navy Yard shooting with the emergence of the actual facts about the weapons used in the crime, another question has remained.  How did a man who had admitted to police that he was hearing voices and who had

Syria: This war is a stalemate
9/20/2013 8:01:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
After more than two years of civil war and atrocities committed on both sides, can anyone win in Syria? The regime of Bashar al-Assad says no – at least publicly.  Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil told the Guardian yesterday that the war had


Is Fort Knox Empty?
The U.S. government has NOT done a public audit of the gold in Fort Knox since 1974. Worse yet, news just broke that $982 million worth of gold just flew from JFK International Airport in New York to somewhere in South Africa. Scary, isn’t it? Do you think Fort Knox is empty? Click here to cast your vote.

Quotes of the day
9/19/2013 10:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
House insiders say a handful of House Republicans cursed Cruz in the cloakroom on Wednesday, and a leadership source says angry e-mails were exchanged among GOP staffers who consider Cruz to be a charlatan. “Cruz keeps raising conservatives’ hopes, and

Bold German energy plan to lower emissions neither creates energy nor lowers emissions
9/19/2013 10:01:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
“Germany’s Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex,” reads the New York Times headline. Indeed, Germany is suffering the utterly predictable consequences of its post-Fukushima “energy transformation” in which Chancellor Angela

EU, IMF to Cyprus: So, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but…
9/19/2013 9:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Larch March, there was an almighty uproar in Europe and around the world when the small island nation of Cyprus suddenly found themselves on the brink of exiting the eurozone and floated a teeny, tiny, involuntarily “deposit haircut” off of

Putin: I can’t be 100% sure that Syria will comply in getting rid of its chemical WMD; Update: Assad still moving weapons
9/19/2013 8:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
A little companion piece to the news yesterday that Assad might miss the very first deadline in the disarmament process. The Kremlin must be such a fun place to work lately: Speaking at a forum of journalists and political scientists, Russian president

Are you ready for Atheist PAC?
9/19/2013 8:01:09 PM  Allahpundit
A momentous day, my friends. Not until we atheists are as free as every other interest group to buy and sell our elected leaders can America truly call itself “free.” A toast — to freedom: The Freethought Equality Fund said in a press

Obama: My policies are totally the cause behind the slowdown in health care costs
9/19/2013 7:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
And in a way, he’s pretty much right — just not in the way he thinks he is (or, rather, not in the way that he’s presenting himself to be, ahem). I’ve covered this particular misrepresentation before, but since the president has

Democrats leave committee hearing on Benghazi before victims’ families testify
9/19/2013 6:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
Via Katie Pavlich, I guess we’ve reached the point in the “phony scandal” messaging where they felt a bold signal needed to be sent. Even with Sean Smith’s grieving mother sitting right there at the witness table. PHOTO:

Todd: It’s not the job of the media to carry WH messaging
9/19/2013 6:01:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
What role should media outlets play in dealing with political messaging from the government?  A couple of stories over the last 24 hours raise that question, which NBC’s Chuck Todd attempted to answer in regard to ObamaCare. [Note: The video is not

By the way, McCain may have submitted his anti-Putin op-ed to the wrong “Pravda”
9/19/2013 5:21:30 PM  Allahpundit
I need to follow-up on Ed’s post, partly because the demand among righties for news that embarrasses Maverick is inexhaustible, partly because people who are snickering about this are snickering for the wrong reason, and partly because I’m

Video: al-Qaeda working on chemical weapons?
9/19/2013 4:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
According to documents filed in federal court by the US Attorney’s office in New York, al-Qaeda may soon acquire WMD through its own development rather than seizing them on the battlefield — although the battlefield in this case is Somalia,

Coming soon to the Senate: A Rand-Paul-style talking filibuster by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee?
9/19/2013 4:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
No one’s making any promises but this is inevitable, right? Of course Reid, with 54 Democrats in the Senate, does indeed have the votes to defeat the defunding measure. That’s been known all along. So what do House Republicans want Cruz to

Terry McAuliffe not proving to be much of a “details” guy, huh?
9/19/2013 3:21:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll took a pretty significant bite out of McAuliffe’s presumed lead in the Virginia gubernatorial race, definitely putting a damper on the narrative that Cuccinelli has fallen into too deep of a hole out of which he

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, James Lileks, John Lott
9/19/2013 2:51:15 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. James Lileks joins us for the first time in a while to discuss this week’s top stories. In bonus minutes, John Lott

Video: Rick Perry and Martin O’Malley throw down on Texas v. Maryland
9/19/2013 2:01:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a running campaign going to attract companies and jobs to his state’s low-tax, pro-growth business environment, and he turned his attention to Maryland last week with radio and television ads suggesting to Maryland

White House: Obama will veto any House bill that attempts to defund ObamaCare
9/19/2013 1:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
Ted Cruz seizes the obvious talking-point opportunity: Why is President Obama threatening to shut down govt to shove Obamacare down Americans' throats? #DefundObamacare — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 19,

WaPo: 4 Pinocchios for Obama claim on debt-ceiling negotiations
9/19/2013 12:41:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
For those who objected to a recent decision by Glenn Kessler to forgo assignment of Pinocchios to President Obama for his “I didn’t set the red line” statement on Syria, perhaps the latest fact check from the Washington Post will

Appeals court overturns DeLay conviction, acquits him
9/19/2013 12:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
For the second time in the last few years, a high-profile corruption prosecution against a Republican member of Congress has collapsed.  This time, it’s Tom DeLay that gets to celebrate, as an appeals court not only overturned his conviction but

Video: The freaky deaky Generation Opportunity anti-ObamaCare ads
9/19/2013 11:21:24 AM  Allahpundit
Via Yahoo News, the hardest trick in making your case on health-care policy is first getting the public to pay attention. Mission accomplished. I laughed, but that’s because Uncle Sam here reminds me of the Burger King and the thought of the King

Issa’s new effort on Benghazi probe: a subpoena for Hillary Clinton?
9/19/2013 10:41:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Politico headlines their piece on Rep. Darrell Issa’s probe into the sacking of the consulate in Benghazi as his “crusade,” a term which Issa might not entirely dislike.  Refusing to take stonewalling as a final answer and armed with