HotAir Daily Express 01/10/2013

Video: 5 facts about guns, schools, and violence
1/10/2013 10:01:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
Say, anyone interested in actual facts about guns, violence, and schools?  If so, Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler have five key points about the actual status of school safety and the impact of guns on American society.  The truth is

Cornyn: Count me as a “no” on Hagel
1/10/2013 9:21:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
Senator John Cornyn’s CNN column this morning doesn’t exactly come as a shock.  He’s been vocal about his opposition to former colleague Chuck Hagel’s nomination to Secretary of Defense ever since Barack Obama made it public. 

New federal restrictions on mortgages not exactly CRA-friendly
1/10/2013 8:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Of all the provisions of Dodd-Frank conservatives disliked, the Consumer Financial Protection Board may have been the one least liked of all.  Its proponent, Elizabeth Warren, ended up in the US Senate when Republicans refused to support her nomination

Great news: Bailout recipient will continue to not sue US
1/10/2013 8:01:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate subheadline: Comedians, bloggers hardest hit.  Come on, you know this would have been a cynic’s goldmine, right?  Alas, AIG has come to its senses: The board of AIG decided Wednesday not to join a shareholder lawsuit against taxpayers

Quotes of the day
1/9/2013 10:25:40 PM  Allahpundit
Christie, who already had one of the most prominent public profiles in the country, has stepped squarely into the spotlight in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the Congressional debate over passing a relief package for residents of the affected

Gun control: Piers Morgan vs. Marine who wrote that open letter to Dianne Feinstein
1/9/2013 9:34:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, even a grandstander as pompous as Morgan knows better than to sneer at a vet the way he routinely does at other gun-rights activists. Boston, the author of the letter read ’round the blogosphere, does well for himself but I always

National Cathedral to begin performing gay weddings
1/9/2013 8:14:46 PM  Allahpundit
It’s nominally Episcopal but I’ve always thought of it as the beating heart of ceremonial deism, so no surprise that it would shift as the wider public does. Say this for the dean, too: He makes no bones about his political intentions.

Keep hope alive: Jay Carney refuses to rule out insane trillion-dollar coin idea
1/9/2013 7:31:46 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite. In fairness, he’s almost ruling it out: The clip begins with a giggle when Chuck Todd asks him about it and then he spends three minutes insisting that there’s no alternative to raising the debt ceiling. Realistically, the White

A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend: Leave Musburger alone
1/9/2013 6:51:36 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Beauty queen accepts compliment.” I feel obliged to follow up on yesterday’s post, partly due to public demand (she’s now over two million Google searches since Monday) and partly because there’s nothing

Obama’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns
1/9/2013 6:11:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
In something of a surprise move, the White House announced earlier today that Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning from her post: In a statement, President Obama thanked the former Southern California congresswoman for her long career

Chicago teachers union president on the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’
1/9/2013 5:31:18 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
>From the leader of the unfailing public servants who brought you 350,000 Chicago students abandoned for two weeks, comes this gem. Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union: In the clip, recorded Dec. 2 during her keynote address of the

Clinton: I wouldn’t say that I’m “retiring,” per se
1/9/2013 4:41:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
Because why not fan the flames of 2016 speculation on a slow-ish news day? Ed already noted that Hillary Clinton, Private Citizen is now meant to testify on the security failings in Benghazi on January 22nd, but there was another minor but noteworthy

Drama in Venezuela: This “constitutional crisis” is looking pretty serious
1/9/2013 4:01:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s official: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will supposedly not be sufficiently recovered from his December cancer surgery to attend his pre-scheduled January 10th presidential inauguration, but completely predictably, the Venezuelan high court

Biden: “Executive action can be taken” on gun control
1/9/2013 3:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
We already knew this was coming, but that doesn’t make it any more welcome. Speaking at his meeting with “gun safety” advocates (talk about re-branding!) on Wednesday, Vice President Biden reiterated that the president can and will take

New White House petition: Hey, let’s make the Senate pass a budget, as law requires
1/9/2013 2:41:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, here’s a petition I could get behind. A citizen named Daniel H presents this novel idea to the Obama administration: WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: require the U. S. Senate to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year as required

State Dept to keep PLO office in DC open despite UN stunt
1/9/2013 2:01:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
Are there any consequences for defying the US at the UN for the Palestinian Authority, which recently relaunched itself as “the State of Palestine” after non-voting recognition by the UN General Assembly?  Apparently not, as the State

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham, Ben Shapiro
1/9/2013 1:36:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the latest in politics, including the strangely inept Internet team at the White House. In the second half, author Ben Shapiro checks in to discuss his new book,

So Chris Christie is really going big on this bipartisanship thing, huh?
1/9/2013 1:21:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
And it’s apparently working like a charm. New Jersey is really loving the “I’m so moderate and above-the-fray, I’m perfectly willing to excoriate my own party and I simply adore compromise” tack, with the added bonus that

US to pull all troops from Afghanistan in 2014?
1/9/2013 12:41:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Originally, the plan was to leave somewhere around 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan to continue training native security forces and provide support for operations.  A few days ago, that number started drifting downward to 2,500, based on leaks from

Corker: Hillary will testify on January 22nd
1/9/2013 12:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
The big news in this clip from yesterday, as both MSNBC and Politico note, is that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) announced that Hillary Clinton would finally testify about the deadly terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, with the retiring Secretary

DC AG now has Gregory case
1/9/2013 11:21:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Does the rule of law apply equally to all citizens, even when “the law is a ass,” to quote Charles Dickens?  Or do celebrities get one form of justice for mindless laws they endorse while breaking them, while everyone else gets the tougher

Breaking: Bloomberg reports Lew to get Treasury job
1/9/2013 10:43:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
This doesn’t exactly come as a big surprise, but it does send a signal about the direction of the White House — and it’s not toward private-sector experience: President Barack Obama plans to name White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew