HotAir Daily Express 12/19/2012

WaPo editors, Senate Dems not terribly keen on Hagel for SecDef, either
12/19/2012 9:41:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
So far, the trial balloon coming out of the White House to replace Leon Panetta with Chuck Hagel seems to be losing steam.  It came under immediate criticism not from Barack Obama’s Republican opponents but from prominent Jewish Democrats at a

The new horizon of gun control, Part 2. The black hole of mental health.
12/19/2012 8:51:40 AM  Jazz Shaw
Yesterday, we looked at A Violent Society as one element of the new gun control push under the banner of eliminating mass shootings. Today we’ll consider the second element of the three prong argument being used to define this wider action

Independent report: “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at State led to Benghazi deaths
12/19/2012 8:01:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Congress now has the Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including the first US Ambassador murdered in 33 years, and it’s easy to see why the State Department contemplated keeping it under

Quotes of the day
12/18/2012 10:11:36 PM  Allahpundit
Republican members of the House of Representatives, where the party holds a majority of seats, discussed the killings in their weekly closed-door conference meeting and said afterward there was more willingness now to talk about regulating

Cool: NYT discovers women can take individual action to improve their own pay
12/18/2012 9:21:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
First, let’s put aside my feelings about the “Pay Gap” as a political discussion, in general. It probably goes without saying to you guys that I view the 77-cents stat with skepticism, think there are plenty of things other than sex

DOJ still sitting on Zero Dark Thirty leak case
12/18/2012 8:31:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
I have to say, I am thoroughly pumped about seeing the OBL-takedown flick Zero Dark Thirty; judging from the trailers and early reviews, it sounds like it’s a fair representation of the military and the goals of the entire operation. It’s not

Oh well: Boehner’s “Plan B” likely already DOA in the Senate
12/18/2012 7:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
The word this afternoon was that Democrats would block it. According to Robert Costa’s GOP sources, they’re not bluffing. “Harry Reid will happily blow this up, and the president won’t accept Boehner’s terms,” predicts a GOP senator. “If this

Michigan’s Republican governor vetoes bill that would allow concealed carry in schools
12/18/2012 6:51:33 PM  Allahpundit
Disappointing but understandable. If even the NRA was sufficiently cowed by public reaction to Sandy Hook to keep silent until today, how much political leeway did the Republican governor of a blue state have to expand gun rights — in schools? Gov.

Carney: Obama will “actively support” Dems’ push for new assault weapons ban
12/18/2012 6:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
A bit more specific than he was yesterday, huh? Sounds like those cabinet chats on new gun-control measures concentrated a few minds. “He is actively supportive of, for example, Senator Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that

Classic: Democrats come out swinging against Boehner’s “Plan B”
12/18/2012 5:11:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ostensibly, what we’re all meant to be working toward in preparation for the fiscal cliff is a “balanced approach” (which also happens to be fundamentally trivial, but I digress) at which emphatic Democrats keep telling us we’ll

Instagram wants to sell your pics without telling you. Do you care? Update: Instagram says you own your pics, promises to clarify terms
12/18/2012 4:21:05 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, I’m all for Instagram (bought by Facebook for $1 billion in April) monetizing its product, since monetizing is just a fancy way of saying “do exactly what the heck a business exists to do— make a profit.” I think it’s silly

California solar power imposing its costs on non-consumers
12/18/2012 3:31:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
California seems almost singularly determined to become the most true-blue and subsequently expensive state in the union, and the results of their liberal governance are continuing to bear fruit — and I somehow doubt that California’s

Feds playing favorites: Wind industry keeps getting a free pass on bird deaths
12/18/2012 2:41:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
The environmental lobby has used the Endangered Species Act and its many wildlife-related legal brethren to accomplish any number of their radical goals, including designating lands as untouchable wilderness and bringing the pain on oil and gas companies

Video: New North Korean nuclear test coming?
12/18/2012 1:51:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
Now that North Korea has successfully tested their long-range missile capabilities, what comes next? After two previous launches, what followed was a nuclear-weapon test — and that may be what’s coming now, too. With South Korea about to hold

The Ed Morrissey Show: Timothy Dalrymple, Matt Lewis
12/18/2012 1:46:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm has a schedule conflict and will appear Thursday instead. Today, we’ll welcome back Timothy Dalrymple of Patheos, and discuss his new essay on “The Revolt Against

Booker shifting focus to Senate?
12/18/2012 1:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
A little over a week ago, Cory Booker told CBS’ Face the Nation that he was considering a run against Chris Christie in next year’s New Jersey gubernatorial election, while offering a few qualifications on commitment to it.  “I’ve got

Could true spending cuts stimulate the economy?
12/18/2012 12:11:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
When conservatives insist that spending cuts — actual spending cuts, and not reductions in the rate of federal expansion — the common rebuttal is that reductions in federal outlays would touch off a massive recession.  But would that actually

An Advent lesson for the political class … and the rest of us
12/18/2012 11:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, I guest hosted the Hugh Hewitt show, where the topic for most of the three hours was the horrific Newtown massacre of 20 children and seven adults.  I went into that gig prepared for the worst — a lot of yelling and anger, and

Video: Boehner still working on Plan B; Update: Presser video added
12/18/2012 10:31:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
There’s lots of chatter about a deal forming between John Boehner and Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff, but it’s no sure thing yet, either.  Carl Cameron reports that the Speaker is still working on a Plan B to bail Republicans out of the