HotAir Daily Express 01/16/2013

Is the White House freezing Fox out of pressers?
1/16/2013 10:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s no secret that Fox News is not Barack Obama’s favorite news channel.  In his first year, the White House more or less declared war on Fox, suspending its strategy only when other media outlets began to publicly criticize Obama for it,

Report: Obama to propose federal funding for armed guards in schools
1/16/2013 9:31:40 AM  Allahpundit
Knowing that any huge gun bill is doomed in Congress, and aware that he needs to show America how eager he is to Do Something, The One lurches towards plan B — i.e. including Wayne LaPierre’s proposal for more federally-funded security in

Video: Obama gun-control package not likely to get action in House … or Senate
1/16/2013 9:01:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
With Barack Obama scheduled to unveil his sweeping gun-control package today, he’ll be surrounded by children rather than lawmakers.  Why?  It seems that lawmakers don’t share Obama’s enthusiasm for gun control.  According to Politico,

Salazar latest Cabinet official to hit the exits
1/16/2013 8:31:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
It won’t be official for another two months, says the Denver Post, but Ken Salazar will leave Interior and return to Colorado.  The man who provided the obstruction to Gulf drilling and killed tens of thousands of jobs, even after a federal judge

New NRA ad: Let’s redistribute school security
1/16/2013 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
The NRA seems to have adopted a new strategy in their efforts to push back gun control: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.  Oh, they’re not falling in line with gun bans and magazine limits — they’re just adopting Barack

Quotes of the day
1/15/2013 10:51:57 PM  Allahpundit
The United States could lose its top credit rating for the second time from a leading credit agency if there’s a delay in raising the country’s debt ceiling, Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday… “The pressure on the U.S. rating, if

New York Gov. Cuomo signs major gun-control package into law
1/15/2013 10:11:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama is slated to announce his decisions on gun-control proposals for the nation tomorrow, but New York Gov. Andrew “confiscation could be an option” Cuomo has already charged forward with new laws for his state: New York on

EPA releases first tranche of Lisa Jackson’s alias e-mail correspondence
1/15/2013 9:31:31 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Last we heard of Lisa P. Jackson, she was exiting the administration for new challenges and time with family or something. Her resignation came just weeks before a court-imposed deadline for the EPA to release some 12,000 e-mails associated with her

Reid: Obama has accomplished even more than FDR, you know
1/15/2013 8:56:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
A sentiment with which I would actually agree — in the sense that creating and perpetuating unsustainable top-down entitlement programs that have no real hope of paying for themselves and make debtors out of future generations, can be called an

$50 billion Sandy relief bill somehow passes House with just 49 Republican votes
1/15/2013 8:16:41 PM  Allahpundit
I remember some consternation in the media a few weeks ago after Boehner split the original $60 billion relief package into two smaller bills that this meant the GOP was going to gut part of it. Absurd. Did anyone seriously believe Boehner et al. would

State Dep’t investigation: Assad used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels last month
1/15/2013 7:36:31 PM  Allahpundit
I blogged about this last month, remember? At the time, the only evidence was a few YouTube videos of people on gurneys, wheezing. Seemed hard to believe that Assad would shatter the taboo against using WMD for an attack so small-scale as to leave some

New GOP idea: How about offering to raise the debt ceiling for the rest of Obama’s term?
1/15/2013 6:45:03 PM  Allahpundit
What do you do when the opposition’s working night and day to convince voters that you’re an obstructionist, almost nihilistic group that’ll never compromise on anything? Raise the stakes and catch them off guard by proposing a much

Missouri bill would tax “violent video games”
1/15/2013 5:55:04 PM  Patrick Ishmael
When I was in high school, I played a game called “Counter-Strike,” a first-person shooter game that allowed you and your friends to play each other online. It was riotous fun, and years and millions of gamers later, the first-person shooter genre is

Good news from Jay Carney: Egypt’s Jew-hating president is committed to peace
1/15/2013 5:11:18 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon. Question: Why is the White House only now, on January 15, responding to Morsi’s 2010 comments about confronting the “bloodsuckers” and “warmongers” in Israel? The video of those comments

Mike Pence’s first move: A regulatory moratorium for Indiana
1/15/2013 4:31:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Congressional Republicans are constantly trying to point out, enacting all of the additional new sources of “revenue” in the world will never come even remotely close to solving our long term debt problems. The only real solution for

Piers Morgan to Ben Shapiro: How about participating in a townhall debate where my other guests and I can berate you?
1/15/2013 3:51:25 PM  Allahpundit
They need a gun-rights supporter for their ritual shaming ceremony and since Shapiro embarrassed Morgan the other night, he was naturally a top choice. Alternate headline: “Man declines to serve as prop.” [W]hen it came time to book the show,

Manchin on gun control: ‘Everything’s on the table.’
1/15/2013 3:11:30 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
This guy’s playing with fire, right? Republicans, somewhat counter-intuitively, still struggle in West Virginia statewide elections. But that’s partly because West Virginia Democrats are very good at looking and sounding like Republicans on

Atlantic: Sorry about that Scientology ad
1/15/2013 2:31:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
At least The Atlantic didn’t opt for the passive “Mistakes were made” in its mea culpa today. After taking a beating on Twitter and in the on-line community, the magazine pulled a controversial ad for the Church of Scientology and

The reason why natural-gas exports are still even a “question”
1/15/2013 1:51:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
The U.S. government is perfectly capable of recognizing the widespread wealth-generating benefits of free trade and allowing exports in certain areas of the economy (just take a closer look at the government’s involvement in the agricultural sector

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
1/15/2013 1:48:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss The Atlantic’s epic facepalm on Scientology, Barack Obama’s press conference, and

Gallup: Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans
1/15/2013 1:11:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Following up on a point made by Allahpundit from the WaPo/ABC poll on gun control, the latest survey from Gallup shows what an epic fail the media campaign for legislative and executive action has been.  The WaPo/ABC survey specifically focused on gun

Breaking: Obama to announce gun-control proposals tomorrow
1/15/2013 12:31:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
No big surprises, except perhaps the timing: President Obama will unveil a sweeping set of gun-control proposals at midday Wednesday, including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets magazines can hold,

Bad news in the euro zone: Germany’s economy contracts
1/15/2013 12:01:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Despite the euro zone’s various bureaucracies wheeling and dealing in bailouts, stimulus efforts, and “austerity” programs for years now, they haven’t really managed to move the collective needle on coming up with long-term

Gingrich: GOP can’t sustain threats on debt ceiling
1/15/2013 11:31:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Newt Gingrich thinks that the House Republican caucus is gearing up for the wrong fight. On CBS This Morning, the former Speaker noted the danger of fighting over US credit, which would prompt the business community to oppose the GOP and end up isolating

Journal News hiding behind PR firm after gun-map fiasco
1/15/2013 11:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Normally, one expects politicians and celebrities to go shopping for high-end public-relations firms to fend off journalists during and after a scandal.  It’s quite another thing when a media outlet has to spend big money to fend off other media