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HotAir Daily Express 05/15/2015

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Politinerds: Congressman Bill Johnson (R – Ohio 6)
5/15/2015 10:01:07 AM  Jazz Shaw
This week on Politinerds, Doug and I sit down with Congressman Bill Johnson, representing Ohio’s 6th district. Bill sits on the Committees on Energy & Commerce and Science, Space and Technology. Energy is a big focus for the congressman, and

The GOP's schizophrenia on allowing illegal immigrants to serve in the military
5/15/2015 9:21:31 AM  Noah Rothman
The average citizen watching the Republicans work out an internal conflict over whether non-citizens should be provided with legal status if they serve in the U.S. military must be pretty confused by now. In April, over a dozen House Republicans

Stephanopoulos: I apologize for being so awesome, or something
5/15/2015 8:41:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
Feel the contrition! The day after getting ripped in the media after the Washington Free Beacon discovered that he had contributed $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and hadn’t disclosed that while defending the organization on air, George

Don't worry, Mr. Stephanopoulos, somebody will still talk to you
5/15/2015 8:01:05 AM  Jazz Shaw
MK Hammer covered the big “oops” news last night when we found that ABC News spokesmodel George Stephanopoulos first forgot donating $50K to the Clintons, and then forgot that it was actually $75K. (It’s amazing that somebody with these

Quotes of the day
5/14/2015 10:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
The scandals that derailed the career of NBC News anchor Brian Williams are of the pathetic and pathological kind. Obviously, Williams is not to be trusted. Nevertheless, other than the Katrina fairytales that were obviously meant to damage President

Video: McConnell troll game on point, compliments Obama for standing up to base, unions
5/14/2015 10:11:05 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sen. Mitch McConnell on the trade promotion authority bill: “'I want to compliment the president on the way he took on the base, took on Elizabeth Warren, took on the labor unions.” Throughout this interview, the always low-key McConnell

Stephanopoulos, ABC: Oops, it was $75K, not $50K to Clinton Foundation
5/14/2015 9:41:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, not the median annual income of Americans, 1.5 times the median annual income of Americans. But totally not a conflict of interest or worth disclosing. An “honest mistake.” Two honest mistakes just hours apart, it seems. A couple hours

Demanding appropriate dress at the prom is now "slut shaming"
5/14/2015 9:21:30 PM  Jazz Shaw
This probably looks like an unusual topic for Hot Air, but the rather frivolous nature of the subject speaks to some deeper societal questions which cross all sorts of boundaries. In Connecticut, one high school issued guidelines for proper attire at the

Important poll: Democrats more likely to have had sex in public than Republicans
5/14/2015 8:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Or rather, Democrats are more likely to say they’ve had sex in public than Republicans. And the gap between the two groups isn’t as wide as you might think. Second look at libertarianism? To cleanse the palate, this might be my favorite poll

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson draws top-tier 2016 challenger: Former Sen. Russ Feingold
5/14/2015 8:01:14 PM  Noah Rothman
In 2016, the successful members of the GOP's class of 2010 U.S. Senate recruits will again face their state's voters when they seek reelection to the upper chamber of Congress. There is some debate as to which Republican Senator might be the most

John McCain is now an official aide to Ukraine's president
5/14/2015 7:21:14 PM  Noah Rothman
President Barack Obama might not be prepared to commit the United States to providing lethal aid to Ukraine in its effort to beat back Russian aggression destabilizing the eastern portion of that country, but America is increasingly committed to that

Politico: Trey Gowdy 'likely' to reject Clinton's one-time Benghazi Committee appearance; Update: Clinton testimony delayed
5/14/2015 6:41:57 PM  Matt Vespa
UPDATE: Clinton testimony delayed until State Department turns over the rest of the documents on Libya (via National Journal): The GOP-led House panel probing the 2012 Benghazi attack has put off plans for a hearing with Hillary Clinton, telling

Grayson erupts after off-shore funds exposed by Florida newspaper
5/14/2015 6:01:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
There have been few progressives as angry about off-shore investment accounts as Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). In 2011, not coincidentally while Mitt Romney readied his presidential campaign, Grayson wrote at the Huffington Post that Barack Obama should

Poll: Millennials confused on privacy … and a whole lot more
5/14/2015 5:21:32 PM  Matt Vespa
The NSA's recent surveillance program has been ​ruled illegal, and millennials I guess are cheering with joy. They're the demographic more opposed to the collection of bulk call data, but a substantial proportion of them still think the businesses are

Russia: When sanctions on Iran are removed, they're not snapping back
5/14/2015 4:41:33 PM  Noah Rothman
The folly of the Obama administration's decision to rely on Russia as a key partner in the White House's effort to extricate the United States from messy overseas affairs grows more apparent by the day. The Russians were supposedly instrumental in

The dreadful fad of entry-level political opinion
5/14/2015 4:01:32 PM  Noah Rothman
When the legacy liberal opinion journal The New Republic imploded, Julia Ioffe was just one of the magazine's many capable authors to storm out the door in protest. " am excited to see if the new @tnr can write about anything other than identity

Fourth time's a charm: I would not have invaded Iraq knowing then what we know now, says Jeb Bush
5/14/2015 3:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Lefty Josh Marshall wrote this morning that you know the debate over the Iraq war is over when hawkish GOP candidates like Rubio and Cruz are giving thumbs down to invading in an “if we knew then” scenario. If there was any doubt that

Mike Lee's office: He won't appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 coverage; Update: Won't moderate debate
5/14/2015 2:41:29 PM  Allahpundit
That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even

Blue on blue: Is Obama the most sexist president evah?
5/14/2015 2:01:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
There are few sights more intriguing to political reporters than an internecine fight within a movement or political party. There are few of those more silly than Firstnamegate, the sideshow that threatens to overshadow the substantive split on the Left

Five Iranian ships fire on another cargo ship in the Persian Gulf
5/14/2015 1:21:10 PM  Noah Rothman
If the Obama administration believes that the Islamic Republic of Iran can eventually be compelled to evolve into a responsible regional actor and a force for stability in the Middle East, they have a lot of work ahead of them. In April, Iran sparked an

Stache-less: John Bolton says he's not running for president
5/14/2015 12:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Finally, the prospective field begins to shrink. We’re down to — what? 37, 38 candidates now? Five years ago he made some noise about running in 2012 because he was worried that the field wouldn’t be sufficiently hawkish — a silly

Bush to skip Iowa in 2016?
5/14/2015 12:01:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Call this the least surprising development of the 2016 race — so far, anyway. Jeb Bush has already built a formidable operation and has raised a lot of cash ahead of his announcement, but the one item he lacks is a credible path to victory in Iowa.

Depressing ad of the day: Text "Carafem" for an abortion
5/14/2015 11:21:24 AM  Allahpundit
Via Patrick Brennan, righties were passing this around on Twitter last night with a mix of horror and dark humor. Question, ladies: Even if you were thinking of aborting, this insta-reply from your husband/boyfriend isn’t the response you’d

Ohio GOP chair trashes fellow Republicans for endorsing Rubio
5/14/2015 10:41:52 AM  Jazz Shaw
We hear plenty of arguments about “establishment” Republicans vs conservatives and the grassroots, though it’s generally played out on a national scale. Sometimes the contrasts can be a bit overblown, but there’s certainly a

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