HotAir Daily Express 09/25/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Syrian Archbishop Darwish: Why did the West intervene in this conflict?
9/25/2013 10:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Lee Stranahan is in Lebanon reporting on the plight of Syrian Christians, and interviewed Archbishop Issam Darwish of the Melkite Greek community of Zahleh e Furzol, which is part of the Catholic Church.  Archbishop Darwish spoke to Lee about the nature

Lerner negotiating with Oversight for immunity?
9/25/2013 9:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just when we thought Lois Lerner might be safely out of the public spotlight, the House Oversight Committee might reel her back in.  The Daily Caller reports that Lerner’s attorneys are negotiating with the House panel to strike an immunity deal

Little Sisters of the Poor file lawsuit to stop HHS from forcing them to fund contraception coverage
9/25/2013 8:41:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
In any other context, this would be political satire.  Instead, it’s a tragedy for religious liberty and just plain old common sense.  A group of Catholic nuns dedicated to social service — and, needless to say, chastity — had to file a

Live video: Still going
9/25/2013 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Right now as I post this, Senator Pat Roberts is giving Sen. Ted Cruz a break, allowing him to rest during a 17-hour stretch of holding the floor of the US Senate.  Roberts is scolding Harry Reid for blocking amendments in defiance of Senate traditions,

Quotes of the day
9/24/2013 10:41:41 PM  Allahpundit
In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted Cruz any day. Today, Senator Cruz has taken the fight to defund ObamaCare to the Senate floor. I hope you will join me in standing with him in solidarity. As Republicans, we must remain

Charlie Rangel: We all know Jesus said you’re going to Hell if you don’t support big gov’t
9/24/2013 10:01:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Let’s call him the Left’s Pat Robertson, though the comparison might not be entirely fair to Robertson because he’s probably paid more of his taxes than Rangel. If a Republican uttered anything near this level of nasty, particularly

Paris cosmetics store forced to close early due to labor laws despite employees lining up to work
9/24/2013 9:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Despite its almost 11 percent unemployment rate and only freshly barely-there economic growth rate, Socialist President Francois Hollande insists that “growth is starting to take off again” and that “we are almost there” on

Endgame: 61% of Americans, including near-majority of Democrats, don’t think Redskins should change their name
9/24/2013 8:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
Via Paul Bedard. I’m using “endgame” ironically, of course. The liberal intelligentsia is patient, my friends. They know what’s right for America. If they need to wait awhile until America realizes it too, well, that’s the

Bill Clinton on ObamaCare: “This only works if young people show up”
9/24/2013 8:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
Why yes, President Clinton, that’s absolutely true — thank you for fulfilling your role as “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” so thoroughly and describing the matter so clearly and in a way that even young people can surely

Report: British former Marine armed with handgun saved as many as 100 people during Kenyan mall attack
9/24/2013 7:21:09 PM  Allahpundit
Details are thin, but I figure that if the Daily Mail gets enough traffic from various sites for this story, they’ll have to flesh it out in a follow-up. If they’re willing to run shameless click bait like this, they’ve got to be

Fun new issue in NYC mayoral race: Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?
9/24/2013 6:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
Granted, the fact that he became an “ardent supporter” of the Sandinistas while working as an activist in Nicaragua in the late 80s and chose Cuba as his honeymoon spot after he got married is troubling but doesn’t necessarily mean

The Senate won’t ratify the UN’s arms control treaty, but John Kerry is going to sign it anyway
9/24/2013 6:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
Obama administration officials already signaled that they have every intention of ignoring the wishes and demands of the legislature on this one earlier this year, but the now infamous United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty is finally just about

Plan B: House may vote to end ObamaCare subsidies for members of Congress and staff
9/24/2013 5:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
David Vitter’s been pushing that idea for weeks, Rand Paul started pushing something similar himself in the past few days, and now, per NRO, Boehner may be inching towards it as a fallback option if/when the House’s ObamaCare defunding bill

Report: Obama offered to meet with Iranian president at UN — and was rejected
9/24/2013 4:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
As soon as I saw the first news about it on Twitter, I guessed it was Iran that torpedoed the meeting, not O. Plain and simple: Which side can less afford to blow off the other at this point? Obama just backed down from a strike on Iran’s chief

Terry McAuliffe totally on board with more gun control for Virginia
9/24/2013 4:01:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
A pair of new polls released this morning on the state of the Virginia gubernatorial race had rather less uplifting news for the Cuccinelli camp than some of the numbers from last week, with McAuliffe again opening up some statistically significant gaps.

Video: Pelosi confuses Constitution, Declaration of Independence
9/24/2013 3:21:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
We may have our disagreements on strategy and tactics, but I think we can all agree on a mid-afternoon Pelosi palate cleanser, right?  (Or perhaps more than one.) This one comes to us from The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier, who waded through a

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/24/2013 2:51:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss media coverage of the Nairobi attack, ObamaCare, and all of the hot political stories of the

Media can’t seem to get enough of Pope it can’t understand
9/24/2013 2:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
The media narrative of Pope Francis as a rules-free Pontiff who wants to change the doctrine and dogma in the Catholic Church took a bit of a hit this week in Australia.  A priest who defied the Vatican on gay marriage and ordination of women into the

Mitch McConnell: Ted Cruz’s filibuster would shut down the government and keep ObamaCare funded; Update: Cruz to launch “talking filibuster” at 2:30
9/24/2013 2:01:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via Roll Call, if the House defunding bill can’t pass the Senate then obviously the money appropriated for ObamaCare will continue to flow. And a filibuster would, of course, prevent it from passing the Senate. Alternate headline:

Green groups to Obama: “Let’s make a deal” on Keystone? Don’t even think about it.
9/24/2013 1:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s now been just over five years since TransCanada first filed an application for a presidential permit to build a cross-border pipeline, but that hasn’t done anything to temper the radical eco-lobbies’ relentlessly combative campaign

Sowell: Defunding strategy “futile and foredoomed”
9/24/2013 12:41:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s no secret that Republicans and conservatives have split on the strategy to stop ObamaCare, and that the fight has gotten personal on the Right.  Instead of arguing tactics and strategy, it’s been replaced in many cases by name-calling

Obama at UN: We’re going to talk with Iran
9/24/2013 12:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
So far, we still haven’t heard whether or not Barack Obama met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani backstage at the United Nations General Assembly today, but Obama seemed to symbolically meet him on the podium.  Extolling a fatwa issues by

Gallup: Number of Americans who think federal government has too much power reaches record level
9/24/2013 11:21:25 AM  Allahpundit
As someone on Twitter said yesterday: If only there was a political party of some kind that could capitalize on this increasingly popular sentiment. Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above

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