HotAir Daily Express 01/24/2013


Open thread: Feinstein assault-weapons ban stage show
1/24/2013 10:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
It begins at 11 am ET, and it should be a big event.  Senator Dianne Feinstein will surround herself with dozens of weapons that her new bill, being introduced today in the Senate, will ban.  According to Dana Bash at CNN, she’s learned something

Thought for the day: Why does Prince Harry need to antagonize the Taliban?
1/24/2013 9:31:13 AM  Allahpundit
A minor classic via Newsbusters. This is stupid, yes, but not for the reason it seems at first blush. I don’t think Jones is saying that NATO troops, who’ve spent more than 11 years killing the Taliban, should fret about hurting their

Video: Are liberals less tolerant than conservatives on line?
1/24/2013 9:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Let me preface this segment by expressing my skepticism about “studies” showing cognitive or behavioral differences based on descriptions like “liberal” and “conservative.” I’m skeptical when they attack

Manchin backpedals on gun control after constitutents confront him
1/24/2013 8:31:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember the summer of 2009?  Members of Congress came home to hold town-hall meetings as usual in August, part of their annual listening-tour strategy to keep incumbents in favor back in home states and districts.  When voters started showing up in


North Korea threatens new nuclear test after increased sanctions
1/24/2013 8:01:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
A month after an apparently successful test of their long-range rocket capability and the imposition of sanctions for it, North Korea has resumed its saber-rattling.  Today the Kim regime threatened to conduct another test of its nuclear weapons, and

Quotes of the day
1/23/2013 10:31:29 PM  Allahpundit
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assertion that the administration’s initial claims the Benghazi attack was the result of a violent protest — rather than terrorism — made no

Salon: Yeah, abortion takes a life. So what?
1/23/2013 9:31:14 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I had an odd moment today reading this Salon piece because within it is a paragraph or two I could have written and probably have said a dozen times: I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then

Stranger than fiction: The Italian mafia hearts green energy
1/23/2013 8:51:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
The United States might not have a strong organized-crime culture comparable to Italy’s (that I know of…?), but it most certainly does have a robustly organized rent-seeking culture which, in terms of opportunities foregone, has plenty of the

Chris Matthews: Ron Johnson certainly did give a “pissant performance” in questioning Hillary today
1/23/2013 8:11:07 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters, here’s the media bookend to Terry Moran’s snotty tweet this morning questioning Rand Paul’s foreign-policy credentials after he had the audacity to criticize Her Majesty. It’s one thing for Matthews to coo over

Correlation: Inequality and the Internet in China
1/23/2013 7:31:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Whatever its many extravagant promises to the contrary in principle, ain’t no inequality like communist inequality in practice. For the first time since 2000, the Chinese regime has finally

Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP
1/23/2013 6:51:13 PM  Allahpundit
Via WaPo, skip to 9:50 or so for the key bit. I’m mighty curious to see if our fair and impartial media, who assured us for years that Obama was a soft-partisan “pragmatist,” will dismiss this as hysterical wingnuttery when commentators

Egyptian president to U.S. senators: Watch out for those Jews who control your media
1/23/2013 6:01:56 PM  Allahpundit
The only silver lining in having the Muslim Brotherhood run Egypt is the grim amusement we’ll get from watching American diplomats forced to continuously polish this guy’s rhetorical turds. This latest one was dropped at the same meeting

Panetta lifts Pentagon ban on women serving in direct combat
1/23/2013 5:11:04 PM  Allahpundit
Dan Foster has the right idea. No more excuses, ladies. It’s time. Just this morning I was thinking that abortion and gay marriage had gotten a bit stale as fodder for really nasty, bitter culture-war bloodsport. Luckily, Obama and Leon Panetta are

California: Nah, we don’t need more federal cash for our rail project — yet
1/23/2013 4:31:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Because “financial feasibility” apparently ain’t no thing in the Golden State, California is getting ready to break ground on their much-vaunted, “historic,” “multi-generational” high-speed rail project, which is

Video: US Air Force airlifting French military into northern Mali
1/23/2013 3:51:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Most of the attention today will focus on Hillary Clinton’s testimony on the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, and it should — but some of it should also focus on the impact of Barack Obama’s war on Libya has had in a

Crisis, averted: Senate to take up House debt ceiling bill, says Reid
1/23/2013 3:11:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
And when I say “crisis, averted,” …just know that I don’t actually mean that. The major players are now more or less on board with the House GOP’s plan for a temporary debt ceiling extension, which suspends the political

The Ed Morrissey Show: Harman Kaslow, Mary Katharine Ham
1/23/2013 2:46:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we’ll be joined by film director/producer Harman Kaslow to discuss the latest from his planned trilogy of Atlas Shrugged, and the release of the DVD for Atlas Shrugged Part II. Mary Katharine Ham joins me

Quinnipiac: Voters want Booker to spank Lautenberg rather than other way around
1/23/2013 2:31:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Gee, and I thought spanking had gone out of style.  Senator Frank Lautenberg attempted to go Old School on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, brushing off Booker’s public statements on running for his seat with a heavy dose of condescension.  Lautenberg

Gallup: Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets
1/23/2013 1:51:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
On Monday, I wrote that inaugurations are optimistic events, where Americans can take pride in our functioning democratic republic.  Perhaps optimism is a relative point, or at least it seems so from a Gallup poll gauging interest in inaugurations.  Not

Surprise: FOIA lawsuits up 28 percent over Bush years in Obama’s first term
1/23/2013 1:11:15 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Transparency: The number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed against the federal government has increased dramatically under the Obama administration, according to a December study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

Rand Paul to Hillary: Let’s face it, you should have been fired over Benghazi
1/23/2013 12:41:21 PM  Allahpundit
Via Gateway Pundit, I figured he might be the boldest Republican questioner but I had no idea how bold. The key line: “I think it’s good that you’re accepting responsibility because no one else is.” He’s taking dead aim at the insulting charade of

Hillary: What difference does it make if there were no protests in Benghazi?
1/23/2013 12:01:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit included this in his earlier post as an update, but I have a few thoughts on why this line of questioning matters. Senator Ron Johnson pressed the outgoing Secretary of State for an answer as to how her department and the White House came to

Groupon indefinitely suspends all gun-related deals
1/23/2013 11:31:54 AM  Erika Johnsen
Obviously, Groupon is perfectly within their rights to sell whatever type of deals they so choose, but I gotta’ say — I am genuinely surprised by this decision. The firearms industry is going gangbusters, applications for concealed carry

Murray: Hey, let’s try something different and produce a budget
1/23/2013 11:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least this has the distinction of novelty. After a few weeks of waffling, the incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee has now declared that she might just actually produce a budget — something her predecessor avoided doing for nearly four

Hillary’s opening statement on Benghazi: “I take responsibility”
1/23/2013 10:31:24 AM  Allahpundit
As was true the first time she issued a mea culpa over Benghazi, in no way will she accept actual responsibility for what happened replete with specifics about her own failings. That could damage her presidential prospects. A vacant buck-stops-here