HotAir Daily Express 01/17/2013


Senate Republicans offer budget schedule for March ahead of CR showdown
1/17/2013 10:11:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Have Republicans on Capitol Hill finally begun to craft a strategy for a budget showdown? Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee floated a schedule for producing the first budget since April 2009 on an expedited schedule for the FY2014 deadlines,

China’s one-child policy isn’t going anywhere
1/17/2013 9:41:46 AM  Erika Johnsen
Ah, communist China — where forced abortions, extralegal detention and torture, religious persecution, rampant censorship, and other such egregious human-rights abuses are just the non-newsworthy stuff of the normal and everyday. There’s been

Franken: I’m not so sure about the assault-weapons ban
1/17/2013 9:11:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Instapundit writes, “If Al Franken is undecided …” Senator Al Franken spoke in Rochester in support of universal background checks and magazine-capacity limits, but refused to endorse the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s

CBS: Algeria hostage situation “deteriorating”; Update: Terrorists claim helicopter strafing killed 34 hostages
1/17/2013 8:37:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS reports that the hostage situation at an Algerian natural-gas facility may be deteriorating — but for whom? Twenty hostages have escaped, according to the AP, including some of the Americans, but the Algerian military wounded two Japanese


U.S. Government Officially Guaranteed to Collapse
History shows, without exception, the collapse of every great empire started with same BIG mistake — the government keeping far too many secrets. Is the USA next? Data says “YES.” Our once-proud nation presently holds over 2.3 million national secrets (and counting). Do you believe the government hoards too many secrets? Cast Your Vote Now.

Rick Perry: Say, I’m not too happy about Obama’s gun control
1/17/2013 8:02:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
OK, raise your hands — how many of you are surprised by this? Governor Rick Perry gave Barack Obama a Texas-sized pushback on the new gun-control agenda at the White House: “The Vice President’s committee was appointed in response to

Quotes of the day
1/16/2013 10:51:03 PM  Allahpundit
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasted no time in attacking President Obama’s new gun control proposals. “President Obama’s series of gun control measures amount to an executive power grab that may please his

Take heart, people suing the administration for religious freedom: It’s Religious Freedom Day!
1/16/2013 10:11:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It is proclaimed: Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas

McCain: I strongly disapprove of Morsi’s Jew-hating rhetoric but let’s give Egypt billions in aid anyway
1/16/2013 9:31:01 PM  Allahpundit
To repeat a point made previously, U.S./Egyptian codependency is such that this guy could start wearing an S.S. uniform around Cairo and American diplomats would find a way to downplay it. “He’s just pandering,” “he’ll

Report: Rand Paul to introduce bill nullifying Obama’s executive orders on guns
1/16/2013 8:51:25 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller, a teaser for his appearance on “Hannity” later tonight. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that a guy who just visited Israel and is now talking about blocking executive overreach on gun-grabbing just might be

Virginia proposes repealing some state renewable-energy incentives
1/16/2013 8:11:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Like many states, Virginia has implemented certain tax breaks, quotas, and/or incentives on behalf of particular green technologies over the years, not because it was a legitimately excellent idea (read: California), but because it was just the vogue

U.S. officials: No, Assad didn’t use chemical weapons
1/16/2013 7:31:40 PM  Allahpundit
It’s Hoax Exposure Day on the Internet, I guess. Or is this just a way of stamping out some incendiary news that might force the White House to enforce its “red lines” in Syria? The gas was determined to be a “riot control

How many House Republicans voted yes on both the fiscal-cliff deal and the Sandy relief bill?
1/16/2013 6:51:55 PM  Allahpundit
I’m kicking myself for not thinking to count them up last night after the vote on the big Sandy pork package. Boehner’s taking all the heat for violating the Hastert Rule by bringing two high-profile bills to the floor that were opposed by a

Netanyahu jabs at WH: Israelis know what’s best for Israel, thanks
1/16/2013 6:01:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Israelis are set to hit the polls for parliamentary elections on January 22nd, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a third term in office, and his prospects for reelection are looking fairly solid. His campaign is touting the rise of a

Bonkers: Tragic story of Notre Dame linebacker’s dead girlfriend appears to be … a giant hoax; Update: Te’o issues statement
1/16/2013 5:10:55 PM  Allahpundit
Normally I’d stick a non-political link in Headlines or the Greenroom but odds are good that this is the most gripping, mind-bending post you’ll read on the Internet this year. You don’t have to know or like college football to follow

Oprah: “I don’t think ‘emotional’ begins to describe” my interview with Armstrong
1/16/2013 4:31:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Lance Armstrong has had a few months now to mull over the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s “reasoned decision” denouncing him for doping throughout his high-profile cycling career, and with his brand, his sponsorship contracts, and reputation

Video: Parents furious over suspensions for finger “guns”
1/16/2013 3:51:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m not sure that this has all that much to do with the current gun hysteria that’s sweeping the media, but it’s a pretty good demonstration of gun hysteria in general, and the vapidity of “zero tolerance” policies, too. For

Report: Multiple Americans among hostages held by jihadis after BP plant is seized over France’s Mali intervention; Update: Malian government asked U.S. to intervene last week
1/16/2013 3:13:45 PM  Allahpundit
The number of Americans could be as high as seven but the State Department hasn’t specified yet. Two workers, one British and one French, are reportedly already dead. Algeria’s a clever choice of targets, not only because France is using the

Whole Foods CEO: ObamaCare “more like fascism”
1/16/2013 2:31:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Three years ago, John Mackey angered many of his Whole Foods consumer base by equating ObamaCare with socialism and arguing that health-care reform should use capitalism as a lever for real improvement.  Now, however, the CEO and co-founder of the

WaPo/ABC poll shows wide majority want debt limit, spending treated separately
1/16/2013 1:51:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
The new WaPo/ABC poll result doesn’t exactly contain any surprises, but it does corroborate Barack Obama’s winning streak on messaging.  With House Republicans on a retreat this week to consider strategies for dealing with the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
1/16/2013 1:46:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss Obama’s new gun proposal, the strategy over the debt limit and spending cuts, and much much more.

Obama unveils 23 executive actions on guns
1/16/2013 1:11:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
In full, the White House’s fact sheet and executive summary of the gun-control proposals Obama announced in his presser Wednesday afternoon, with a reinstatement of an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks, and 10-bullet limits on

White House quadruples number of signatures needed to respond to a petition
1/16/2013 12:31:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sure, they want to listen to “We the People,” but maybe not so often. The site doesn’t amount to much more than an occasional earned-media tool that occasionally earns a non-answer from the White House, but earned media and public

AP: “Washington” ordered delay in immigration arrest of Menendez intern
1/16/2013 12:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Last month, the Associated Press broke the story of a deliberate delay in arresting a sex offender who illegally overstayed his visa and neglected to update his offender registry — and who happened to be a volunteer in Senator Robert

Heineman proposes an end to all corporate and income taxes in Nebraska
1/16/2013 11:31:52 AM  Erika Johnsen
The metastasizing federal government may be in the process of doing anything and everything it can to stamp out the competitive virtues of federalism, but many states currently have Republican governors at the helm, even if they are conservatives of

Has Obama really cut deficit spending?
1/16/2013 11:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
He certainly claimed to have done so in his press conference on Monday, which even a simple look at federal spending over the last several years belies.  In my column for The Week on Tuesday, I ran through the math: “Over the years,” Obama