HotAir Daily Express 01/25/2013

Pyonyang to Seoul: Sanctions mean war
1/25/2013 10:01:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
A day after explicitly threatening the US with its missile and nuke program, North Korea turned its rhetorical sights south.  Pyongyang warned South Korea that cooperation in the new round of sanctions after its previous missile test would prompt

Jindal: We need to stop being the stupid party
1/25/2013 9:31:48 AM  Allahpundit
Political media was chattering about this speech last night; Erika gave you a taste of it yesterday afternoon. It’s all about brand-building right now for the 2016 field: Rubio’s aiming to show he can solve the GOP’s demographic

Protester and former ambassador agree: US getting it wrong in Egypt
1/25/2013 9:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today is the second anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring protests in Cairo that brought down Hosni Mubarak, with the blessing and demand of the Obama administration.  Two years later, have the Egyptian people been liberated — or have they

An attack on Israel is an attack on the US, says … Rand Paul?
1/25/2013 8:31:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit wrote Wednesday that Rand Paul is working hard to differentiate from his father’s brand, but … wow. Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro asked Paul the Younger about aid to Israel, which Paul says he’d like to eliminate only after

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Menendez prostitution allegations get a little more strange
1/25/2013 8:01:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
The presumed new chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may have more explaining to do about his personal foreign relations.  Documents from the FBI obtained by the Daily Caller and published online indicate that the one or more of the

Quotes of the day
1/24/2013 10:31:04 PM  Allahpundit
Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all

Video: FEMA won’t let us rebuild our home
1/24/2013 9:31:53 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Meet the Taylor family. They bought a house, they paid their mortgage, they purchased proper home insurance. And, when their home burned down, they were ready to mourn and then rebuild. “It was just a fire. It can all be replaced,” said Brad

Video: How to subtly transform a classic song by changing the scale
1/24/2013 9:01:21 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, if this isn’t the next big thing in sampling, it should be. Instead of lifting a riff from a classic track to put in a new song, the mastermind behind this tweaked the classic until it is the new song by changing the scale

Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress’s approval, why is bombing Libya without approval okay?
1/24/2013 8:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Excellent, and not just the Libya stuff. Stick with it for Paul’s questions about how smart it is to be arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt when Morsi is already wheezing about Jews controlling the media in official diplomatic sessions with the

Good news from Jay Carney: Obama doesn’t want to annihilate the GOP
1/24/2013 7:37:48 PM  Allahpundit
Annihilation is something you’d pursue if you were a hyperpartisan liberal with grandiose aspirations of becoming the left-wing Reagan, not the sort of centrist “pragmatist” which the media long assured us that Obama was. Until this

Katie Couric to Manti Te’o: Is this a gay thing?
1/24/2013 6:51:10 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, she’s not coming at this out of the blue. TMZ posted a story this morning accusing alleged hoaxster Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of having, ahem, “intense feelings” for Te’o and of “channeling” those feelings

Dems to Obama: You should really exercise some executive action on climate change
1/24/2013 6:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s conspicuous mentions of his born-again climate-change priorities in his second inaugural on Monday seemed at least partially designed to reassure the environmental lobby that his neglect of their favorite climate and energy issues

Jindal: The GOP “might need to change just about everything”
1/24/2013 5:11:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
Since the failed presidential election, the GOP has been grappling with identifying exactly what it is the party needs to work on most — diversity, social issues, and Latino outreach, or election mechanics and a flawed Romney candidacy/campaign?

Biden on assault weapons: You’re more likely to hit someone with a shotgun, you know
1/24/2013 4:31:19 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, I … did not expect that the argument for gun control might come down to a comparative discussion of which gun you’re better off using to bring a man down. (Counterarguments for semiautomatic rifles: What if you fire the

Revealed: Why Reid will allow Murray to produce a budget
1/24/2013 3:51:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate headline: Second look at Kent Conrad?  We’ve given the retired chair of the Senate Budget Committee plenty of grief over the last three-plus years for not producing a budget, but perhaps we were a little hasty.  According to Roll

Video: Network newscasts pretty darned impressed with Hillary’s Benghazi testimony
1/24/2013 3:11:00 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Media Research Center, I hope we can all agree that the proper way to cover a high government official dodging questions about a catastrophic security failure on her watch that led to a U.S. ambassador being murdered is by focusing on her polling

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder, Katie Pavlich
1/24/2013 2:46:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. In bonus minutes, Townhall’s Katie Pavlich will give us

Ireland’s Roe moment approaches
1/24/2013 2:31:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
Imagine, if you will, that Roe v Wade had resulted in a punt by the Supreme Court, ruling that state laws apply to abortion laws and that the issue was best addressed in legislatures — as opposed to finding that the Constitution somehow protected

Allen West: “Now is not the time to play a social experiment with our ground combat forces”
1/24/2013 1:51:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
I don’t know if part of the rationale for yesterday’s kinda’-sorta’ out-of-left-field announcement that the Pentagon is lifting the ban on women serving in direct combat is supposed to be some kind of barrier-breaking,

McConnell, Reid agree on rules reform package
1/24/2013 1:11:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Get ready for plenty of liberal howling over this outcome, because Harry Reid made the mistake of overpromising and underdelivering.  Reid’s vow to use the nuclear option to get rid of the filibuster turned into only a limitation on how many

The great union shrinkage: Union membership lowest since 1930s
1/24/2013 12:31:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Both public and private sector unionization declined in 2012, according to newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics data: Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers

Balanced budget in 10 years: “Mission Impossible”?
1/24/2013 12:01:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the plan announced by John Boehner this week, as House Republicans broke huddle and the RNC went into another.  The previous House budget plans balanced the federal budget on a much longer time frame, at some point in the third decade out,

Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already
1/24/2013 11:31:17 AM  Erika Johnsen
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada’s revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having

Ryan: Full speed ahead on the sequester, unless Democrats agree to other cuts
1/24/2013 11:01:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
At the end of last year, Barack Obama had the advantage of time for his effort to get tax hikes.  If House Republicans refused to bend on tax increases on high-end earners, taxes would go up anyway on everyone.  That leverage allowed Obama to score a big

Chris Christie: That Obama inaugural speech wasn’t very helpful, was it?
1/24/2013 10:31:06 AM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon. Alternate headline: “Christie still capable of occasionally criticizing Democrats — barely.” You’d think that a guy whom nearly 70 percent of local voters say deserves a second term might be bolder