HotAir Daily Express 09/24/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

American malls raise alert level after Nairobi attack
9/24/2013 10:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
And for good reason, and not just because of copycats.  The Daily Beast’s Miranda Green writes that American retail centers have tightened security and begun reviewing their resources in the wake of a terrorist attack by Somalia terror group

Video: Student suspended, possibly expelled for playing with toy gun in his own yard
9/24/2013 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
When do schools assume legal responsibility for your children?  At the school, on the bus, or at the bus stop?  The latter is likely the best answer, but no one believes that it starts in your front yard, seventy feet away from the bus stop.  Nobody,

WaPo: Hillary interview whitewashed Benghazi
9/24/2013 9:21:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Over the weekend, New York Magazine posted a glossy and positive profile/interview with former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  “She’s learned from her mistakes,” read the teaser for

New NJ/UTT poll shows … pretty much what Pew and CNBC did
9/24/2013 8:41:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Allahpundit joked that he finally got a chance to be the cheerier optimist with the Pew poll on the fight over a possible government shutdown — only to find that the numbers were slightly worse for Republicans than in the earlier CNBC

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Video: Kenyan gov’t claims control of terror-attack mall
9/24/2013 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Kenyan government officials now claim that they have taken control of Westgate Mall in Nairobi after four days of terror. The security forces had been attempting to rescue the estimated ten remaining hostages held by cornered members of the Somali

Quotes of the day
9/23/2013 10:41:13 PM  Allahpundit
President Obama is “likely” to meet with congressional leaders this week about funding the government, the White House said Monday. “I think it’s likely that the president will meet with leaders,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I

Richmond Times-Dispatch: McAuliffe “deeply unserious” candidate
9/23/2013 10:01:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Yowza. There are plenty of reasons Terry McAuliffe—Clinton acolyte, failed businessman, crony capitalist, and policy know-nothing— is a “deeply unserious” candidate, but I didn’t imagine one of the biggest newspapers in the state would

Glorious socialist paradise stations troops at toilet-paper factory for some reason
9/23/2013 9:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Since the currency and price controls inherent in governmental central planning are widely acknowledged as the most righteously excellent system for the efficient and socially just allocation of resources, I’m simply at a loss as to why basic goods

National nightmare, over: FAA preparing to relax rules about electronics on airplanes
9/23/2013 8:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
I kid, of course; the entirely #FirstWorldProblem of having to turn off my iPod during takeoff and landing hardly qualifies as even a lite life scourge. If, however, you’ve ever flown and wondered about the very apparent pointlessness of the flight

Plan B for immigration reformers: Let’s “compromise” by legalizing millions of illegals without citizenship
9/23/2013 8:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
Since day one of this process, the big gripe of immigration hawks is that the border needs to be secured before any form of legalization takes place, not just citizenship. Realistically, once some sort of legal status has been granted, it’ll never

George W. Bush: Let Obama play golf
9/23/2013 7:21:02 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, via the Hill. You weren’t expecting anything different, were you? Offhand I can’t think of a single jab Dubya’s thrown at O in four years since leaving office. There must have been some temptation here, too, after

Oh, good: Energy Department ready to kick their green loan program back into high gear
9/23/2013 6:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Department of Energy managed to round up a couple more multimillion dollar renewable energy loan-guarantee failures for their already impressive running list just this month, but let that not deter the Obama administration’s most august

Oh my: McConnell, Cornyn won’t join Cruz and Lee in filibustering House’s CR to defund ObamaCare
9/23/2013 6:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
It’s a testament to how confusing the Cruz/Lee tactics in the Senate have become that when I tweeted out the McConnell news a few minutes ago, someone tweeted back that they couldn’t tell if that news was good or bad. If you’re with

Pew poll: Public would blame GOP, White House nearly equally for government shutdown
9/23/2013 5:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
For once, I get to break the good-ish news while Ed plays eeyore. A month before the 1995 shutdown, Pew notes, 46 percent of the public said they’d blame the GOP if it happened versus 27 percent who said they’d blame Clinton. Fast-forward to

Sad day for America: Loyal public servant Lois Lerner retires
9/23/2013 4:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
Thankfully, she’ll no longer be in a position to affect policy as a government employee. Unfortunately, she’ll likely soon be back in a position to affect policy as a government lobbyist, making several times the salary she made

Greece back in the middle of European fiscal drama with a third bailout
9/23/2013 4:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
The election is won for German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, which means that bailout-weary Germany — the country that happens to have financed the lion’s share of 240 billion euros in the aid pledged to Greece over the past several years

Possible ObamaCare compromise: Let’s force government employees to fend for themselves on the exchanges
9/23/2013 3:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
While Ted Cruz and Mike Lee consider their next steps procedurally in the Senate, here’s Rand Paul via Mediaite already preparing Plan B for if/when the “defund” strategy fizzles. Remember how, a few months ago, members of Congress were

Pelosi: Hillary is more prepared than Obama was
9/23/2013 2:41:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this a bit of a midday palate-cleanser, as CNN’s Candy Crowley manages to wrongfoot Nancy Pelosi during a weird pitch for Hillary Clinton.  It’s not often one will see a leading pol endorse a candidate before the candidate even

The Ed Morrissey Show: Lee Stranahan, John Elefante
9/23/2013 2:31:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we will have a memorable afternoon. We start off with Lee Stranahan, who is in the Middle East to report on the plight of Syrian Christians in the civil war. We will get some exclusive audio from Lee, talk with

AP: NSA review panel looks like “an arm of” DNI
9/23/2013 2:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
What did the Associated Press expect with the Obama administration’s latest “hey, we’ll investigate ourselves” project? The AP is shocked, shocked to find that the supposedly independent review of the NSA’s practices has

Revelation from the NYT: ObamaCare is going to mean fewer health care choices
9/23/2013 1:21:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
With plastered-on smiles, the Obama administration and the health care law’s supporters continue to insist that ObamaCare and its many wonderful benefits and competitive advantages are going to drive down insurance premiums for millions and

Video: Pakistani Christians protest bombings
9/23/2013 12:41:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
They’re angry, and they’re not content to merely pray for peace.  Angry Christians in Pakistan demonstrated across the country after two suicide bombers killed at least 85 people and perhaps as many as 150, eclipsing the massacre in Nairobi,

WaPo: Y’know, ObamaCare exchanges aren’t all that ready to go
9/23/2013 12:01:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
With just over a week to go before the individual mandate begins and Americans flood into ObamaCare exchanges to buy required health-insurance coverage, two of America’s biggest newspapers have suddenly discovered that the ACA is a disaster about

Revealed: Obama came up with ObamaCare because he needed a throwaway applause line in a campaign speech
9/23/2013 11:21:53 AM  Allahpundit
Dan McLaughlin’s right: This really is the most Obama thing ever. Knowing what you know about him, if you had to guess the genesis of his biggest domestic legislative initiative, which would you guess? That he spent years studying the issue,