HotAir Daily Express 01/21/2013

Change or stasis? Reason’s look at first Obama inaugural speech
1/21/2013 10:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Later this morning, Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term, which he actually did officially yesterday, and will do ceremonially today.  Following the ceremony, a large crowd will hear Obama give his second inaugural speech, but did he

Video: Rapper kicked offstage at private preinaugural concert for criticizing Obama?
1/21/2013 9:31:05 AM  Allahpundit
The organizers insist he wasn’t kicked offstage for criticizing Obama, just for playing the same song over and over, but then they also said afterward that the concert was an “event celebrating innovation/startups” and that appears to

Cuomo abortion bill outrageous, says … Democrats for Life
1/21/2013 9:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Are there such people as pro-life Democrats? We had a few in Congress a few years back, as I recall, but then they voted for the ObamaCare bill without language that permanently protected taxpayers from funding abortions.  Nevertheless, there still seem

Video: Failed assassination attempt in Bulgaria
1/21/2013 8:31:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Lots of buzz about this video last night, but I didn’t actually see it until today — and it’s definitely noteworthy, if a bit puzzling.  The gun misfired, but it was a gas pistol, used to fire teargas cartridges only; it’s a

Plouffe: Yeah, Obama wants more of your money in the second term
1/21/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Everything old is new again, as Peter Allen once sang. Barack Obama takes a ceremonial oath of office today to start his second term, but it looks like his team is still singing from the first-term hymnal.  Senior political adviser David Plouffe appeared

Quotes of the day
1/20/2013 8:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Immigration, [Condoleezza] Rice added, was the “big issue.” “Frankly, we sent some pretty bad signals around immigration. George W. Bush, John McCain, Jon Kyl, and Ted Kennedy had an immigration bill in 2007 and it failed. And I felt at that moment that

Palate Cleanser: Nation’s oldest MoH recipient turns 96
1/20/2013 6:31:23 PM  Jazz Shaw
This is a season when we cover far, far too many depressing tales of politics and Washington power. As we roll through the end of the NFL playoffs, what say we take a moment to lend our thoughts to something nicer? There was a birthday party this weekend

Axelrod: Obama’s second-term priorities include more than just fiscal crises, you know
1/20/2013 5:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, we know. Presidential adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s priorities for his second term shouldn’t deal with just the fiscal crisis. “There’s a larger priority … which is how do you create an economy — rebuild an economy

Too good to check – Lady Gaga for Inaugural Ball gig
1/20/2013 3:31:22 PM  Jazz Shaw
There was a time when I’d have looked at an anonymously sourced story such as this with a fairly jaundiced eye, but by now it’s probably just par for the course. According to at least one nameless source, the special, private inaugural party

About those gun show shootings…
1/20/2013 2:01:59 PM  Jazz Shaw
Following the events of Gun Appreciation Day, there was a cynical, yet almost gleeful tone being taken by certain gun rights opponents at the expense of several people who were injured. The headlines speak volumes without even digging into the nasty

Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water
1/20/2013 12:31:29 PM  Jazz Shaw
These days, when you see a story about a big city mayor and a hurricane, you’re expecting to see more jaw flapping from Michael Bloomberg of the Big Apple talking about Sandy. But this weekend we get to bring you a blast from the past. Anybody

NFL Conference Championships open thread
1/20/2013 11:01:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
Say what you will about a playoff series that doesn’t include the Pittsburgh Steelers (sob!), but this has already been a near-legendary post-season.  Baltimore’s comeback in a two-overtime victory on the road against the Denver Broncos.