HotAir Daily Express 01/23/2013

Pentagon bracing for 30% reduction in Army base operations
1/23/2013 10:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
How bad will the cuts to defense spending affect the military readiness of the US? The Pentagon has begun to game out the impact of another round of steep cuts, and even fly-overs at public events will feel the slice of the axe.  More importantly, Army

Poll: On second thought, maybe support for abortion isn’t increasing
1/23/2013 9:31:46 AM  Allahpundit
Yesterday’s post kicked off a 400-comment thread so a follow-up with new data is obligatory. Remember how NBC/WSJ found 70 percent support for upholding Roe v. Wade, the highest number since they started polling that question? Gallup found

Reid issues ultimatum on filibuster reform
1/23/2013 9:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
If you thought Harry Reid had given up on filibuster reform, think again.  Reid issued an ultimatum yesterday to Mitch McConnell on reaching a compromise for a new set of rules that would make the filibuster more difficult to apply. If McConnell

WaPo/ABC poll shows Hillary Clinton popularity peaking …
1/23/2013 8:31:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Washington Post frames this as a contest between a wildly popular potential presidential candidate and a decidedly unpopular Congress, but that’s not the real showdown coming on Capitol Hill today.  It’s going to be the battle between the

NRA chief not exactly wowed by Obama inaugural speech
1/23/2013 8:01:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama’s mention of “absolutism” in his inaugural speech on Monday drew the ire of one of its intended targets.  Wayne LaPierre blasted Obama for equating absolutism on an explicit guaranteed right in the Constitution with

Quotes of the day
1/22/2013 10:31:09 PM  Allahpundit
On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family

Gen. John Allen cleared of wrongdoing in misconduct investigation
1/22/2013 9:31:32 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Because it will never get as much press as the original accusations against Gen. John Allen in the sordid speculation surrounding the Gen. David Petraeus affair, we’ll do our part by giving his exoneration its own post. If you’ll remember,

Yep: British PM Cameron will propose a referendum on an EU exit route
1/22/2013 8:31:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been angling after certain reforms for the UK from within the European Union’s collectivist rule system that would allow the Brits to gain back some regulatory sovereignty in certain policy arenas, including

It sure looks an awful lot like Biden is prepping for a 2016 run, doesn’t it?
1/22/2013 7:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
Leastways, he is very conspicuously keeping his options deliberately and decidedly open, doing all of the behind-the-scenes political maintenance undoubtedly prudent in terms of long-run presidential ambitions. I realize that 2016 is political eons away,

Just a reminder: Obama’s still lying about his position on gay marriage
1/22/2013 6:51:33 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, this is a reminder to me too. I meant to congratulate The One yesterday on having the sheer balls to lecture America on equality for gay couples after he lied and lied and lied for years, pretending that he opposed gay marriage for no grander

Revealed: Why Michelle Obama rolled her eyes at Boehner
1/22/2013 6:01:20 PM  Allahpundit
An understandable reaction in hindsight once you know what was said. Quote: “Another term for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, huh?” No, no, I kid. I’m sure the Obamas love Debbie. Which is why O just assigned Jim Messina to basically do her

Rand Paul: Let’s face it, the House GOP’s new debt-ceiling plan is a retreat
1/22/2013 5:11:32 PM  Allahpundit
He’s almost all alone among prominent Republicans in opposing the plan for a short-term hike, but I’m sure that’s just how he likes it. He’s building a brand for 2016 and the core of it is being the most uncompromising fiscal

Will Sarkozy be France’s latest tax refugee?
1/22/2013 4:31:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
The effort by François Hollande to get the wealthy to fund his Socialist agenda isn’t off to a propitious start, needless to say.  The announcement of Hollande’s 75% tax rate for high-income earners has panicked the business and investment

Video: Tiananmen Square activist speaks up for the Second Amendment
1/22/2013 3:51:05 PM  Allahpundit
If you missed this at Townhall, Weasel Zippers, Ace’s site, or the dozens of other conservative blogs that have posted it in the last few days, make time. (If you can’t spare seven minutes, Blog O’ Stuff has the transcript.) One

Paul Ryan: Obama was “shadowboxing a strawman” on entitlements
1/22/2013 3:11:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
While such occasions are reliably light on substance, the put-up-or-shut-up tone of President Obama’s second inaugural address yesterday was pretty unmistakable. With hardly a concerned mention of jobs, the struggling economy, or our monstrous

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
1/22/2013 2:46:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the departure of President Post-Partisan, EU Journo licenses, and all of the hot political

Goodbye to the “post-partisan” President?
1/22/2013 2:31:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
I guess I’d be more saddened by this had we had a chance to say “hello” at all. Isn’t this the same President who told Republicans “I won” on Day 3 his first term while locking them out of the process of writing his

House to raise debt ceiling on time rather than value
1/22/2013 1:51:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, Eric Cantor told CBS News that voters want Congress and the White House to start solving problems.  House Republicans will make an offer to open a window for that purpose. In a kind of side-step around the debt-ceiling issue, the GOP will pass

End of the line: Nebraska governor officially approves Keystone XL pipeline; Update: State Dept still not quite ready to decide
1/22/2013 1:11:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, now — President Obama’s several eminent statements about his revived commitment to really do something about climate change during his inaugural speech on Monday are about to be put to the immediate test. As expected, Nebraska Governor

Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs
1/22/2013 12:31:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It started out with such high hopes: “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” That

55 million reasons not to celebrate Roe v Wade anniversary
1/22/2013 12:01:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today is the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade which transformed abortion from a procedure regulated on a state-by-state basis into a Constitutional right, emanating from invisible penumbras. What has been the consequence

UN official: I’d say the world is finally ready for a global climate treaty
1/22/2013 11:31:22 AM  Erika Johnsen
Ugh. Yet another eco-globalist heading to a collectivist international conference and attempting to foist a one-size-fits-all environmentalist rulebook upon the masses: The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says his top hopes for 2013 are to reach a new

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety
1/22/2013 11:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Oh, it’s fun to pick on celebrities who don’t know much about the issues on which they’re asked to pontificate — and at least James Taylor has the honesty to preface his answer to The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy with an

Japanese minister: Let the elderly hurry up and die already
1/22/2013 10:31:45 AM  Allahpundit
Revealingly, he’s the country’s finance minister. A quick bit of googling reveals that people think he was talking about letting elderly patients who don’t want to linger in the hospital choose assisted suicide. Could be, but the