HotAir Daily Express 12/21/2012

The new horizon of gun control, Part 4. “Wolves at the door”
12/21/2012 9:46:56 AM  Jazz Shaw
Today, in the final installment of this series, we will eschew a review of the “nuanced” strategy currently being employed by the wolves in sheep’s clothing working toward new gun suppression legislation and their willing media allies.

Inside the Plan B meltdown
12/21/2012 9:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
NRO’s Robert Costa was on the Hill last night, watching as disaster unfolded for John Boehner on the House floor.  All day long, House GOP leadership predicted a close but successful vote in forcing the Senate to reject a plan that raised taxes on

Sanford vs Sanford in SC-01?
12/21/2012 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s tough for a disgraced politician to successfully come back from scandal.  Most don’t even try.  However, according to CNN and other sources, Mark Sanford might try one of the most difficult comebacks in political history.  Not only is he

Quotes of the day
12/20/2012 10:24:24 PM  Allahpundit
What will Democrats do to craft an assault weapons ban that has a better chance of success this time? A person familiar with the drafting of the bill assures me that it will be more sweeping, in an effort to plug many of the holes that bedeviled the

DeMint: “I’m not leaving here to be an advocate for the Republican party”
12/20/2012 9:34:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sen. Jim DeMint, who by now you know is 1) departing the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, and 2) being replaced by Rep. Tim Scott, took to the Senate floor this afternoon to give the traditional farewell address. Economic freedom, federalism,

Jake Tapper leaves ABC, jumps to CNN
12/20/2012 8:44:43 PM  Allahpundit
Media deck-shuffling isn’t our usual beat but he’s built enough respect among conservatives as an atypically fair reporter that this is worth a post. Alternate headline: “CNN watchable again.” Tapper will anchor a weekday program

California eliminates scary public threat: Small-business burger stand
12/20/2012 7:54:44 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Git ‘er done, Golden State. It’s already working so well. From the guys at Reason TV, learn in five minutes why people are leaving California: Tam’s Burger Stand will close in January of 2013 after its owner lost an appeal to the

Open thread: The Plan B vote; Update: Boehner calls conference meeting for 7:45; Update: Vote canceled; Update: No more action until after Christmas
12/20/2012 7:04:16 PM  Allahpundit
We all know the stakes — or do we? Plan B is, at base, a messaging ploy designed to convince the public that, if we go over the cliff, it’s because Obama and the damned Democrats wouldn’t take yes for an answer on taxing millionaires.

Video: Taliban kills 9 aid workers vaccinating children against polio
12/20/2012 6:41:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Polio, which once ravaged the world, now only routinely occurs in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  The UN has launched a campaign to vaccinate children in these areas to wipe the disease out once and for all.  However, the

Rubio: The fiscal cliff exposes “the great hypocrisy of the Left”
12/20/2012 6:01:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sen. Rubio’s outlook for a 2016 bid is looking pretty darn spiffy, and for a lot more than just the obvious reasons. Even in unscripted and off-the-cuff moments, I think that few of our current pols can talk as great a game on the economy as this

Uh oh: Maybe Boehner doesn’t have the votes for Plan B after all
12/20/2012 5:11:13 PM  Allahpundit
I know you guys are bored to tears with fiscal cliff stuff by now, but after weeks of wandering in the news desert, we’ll finally have some suspense tonight. Cantor was talking tough this morning about how they supposedly have the votes. According

Is this Hagel nomination still happening or not?
12/20/2012 4:21:52 PM  Allahpundit
The Free Beacon, which has been leading the charge online against his appointment, heard from a source on the Hill yesterday that Hagel might no longer be a frontrunner. Now this, from the AP: [O]pposition was growing among Senate Republicans who held

Cantor: We have the votes for Plan B
12/20/2012 3:31:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
It sounds like Speaker Boehner is angling to push the fiscal-cliff onus back onto Senate Democrats and the president before the holidays hit with his Plan-B gambit, especially now in the light that the Senate is taking off until the Thursday after

Report: Cory Booker will run for Senate in 2014, pass on Christie challenge
12/20/2012 2:41:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Scared of the big man, eh? Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in next year’s gubernatorial race and will instead run for U.S. Senate in 2014, political sources familiar with his decision tell NBC 4 New

IRS warns that fiscal-cliff plunge could delay up to 100 million tax filings
12/20/2012 1:51:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
The expiration of the annual AMT patch hasn’t exactly been ignored in the fiscal cliff debate, but it gets a lot less attention than due from its potential impact.  Currently, under the annual “patch” that gets applied to the precursor

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Katie Pavlich
12/20/2012 1:46:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the intersection of media and politics, and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last

Clinton’s State deputies testify: “We have to do better”
12/20/2012 1:01:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not make it in to testify in front of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday morning, sending a couple of her deputies in to do so instead. The State officials assured the committee that the

Video: Full, unedited Crowder video of Lansing union protest
12/20/2012 12:11:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve already written about the assault on an AFP tent that took place in Lansing two weeks ago over the right-to-work legislation that has now become law in Michigan, and the attack on my friend Steven Crowder.  After the video of the attack first

Putin: Change is needed in Syria
12/20/2012 11:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
Change in direction, or political cover?  Either way, the Assad regime won’t be happy to hear Vladimir Putin talk about how the impulse for change after 40 years of single-family rule is understandable. At the same time, Putin’s statement

Scott Brown looking strong in initial special-election polling
12/20/2012 10:31:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe Scott Brown will become the Manny Mota of politics — the guy who excels at pinch-hitting. After having just lost a statewide election to hold onto the seat he won in a January 2010 special election, Republicans want him back as their nominee