HotAir Daily Express 01/30/2013


Deal near between Holder, House on Fast & Furious contempt charges?
1/30/2013 10:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration’s intransigence on recess appointments gave the judiciary an opportunity to finally rule on the practice — and the White House lost a huge legal battle that would effectively handcuff Barack Obama to the Senate for

Video: Lawrence O’Donnell holding on tight to the “Sandy Hook father was heckled” meme
1/30/2013 9:31:35 AM  Allahpundit
Tough spot for MSNBC. Having been caught bowdlerizing the video of Neil Heslin’s testimony to push the “gun-rights supporters are monsters” narrative, they had a decision to make. Retract, as Slate and Anderson Cooper did, or double

Has Twitter become the Fail Whale?
1/30/2013 9:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
When I saw Matt Lewis’ column, “Why I Hate Twitter,” in my e-mail, it gave me the first good reason to watch Twitter reaction to anything since the election.  Matt issues a cri de coeur over the ubiquity of the social-media channel, and

Breaking: Q4 GDP drops to -0.1%
1/30/2013 8:31:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yikes: Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to


FBI raids offices of doctor linked to Menendez travel, prostitution allegations
1/30/2013 8:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
It seems the FBI still has some interest in the allegations surrounding Senator Bob Menendez and his travel to the Dominican Republic.  Late last night, the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo reported that the FBI conducted a raid on the offices of Dr.

Quotes of the day
1/29/2013 9:49:23 PM  Allahpundit
Rubio doesn’t back down. This is his moment. As the charismatic and articulate son of Cuban immigrants who rose to prominence as a tea-party ally, Rubio has a singular place in the conservative firmament, and he could likely hold onto that status for

Kurtz: Say, did Obama dupe the Washington Post?
1/29/2013 8:31:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that Barack Obama would try to bigfoot the Senate’s Gang of Eight and put forward his own, more liberal plan for comprehensive immigration reform — which Allahpundit couldn’t quite believe. 

Cruz to Illinois banks, gun companies: Come on down to Texas!
1/29/2013 7:41:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Our new Sen. Ted Cruz, of the great state of Texas, has a knack for making himself heard, and I look forward to a tenure filled with such press statements. Dear Rahm, this is what a little state-to-state competition looks like. Companies bullied by Mayor

Officially confirmed: John Kerry, Secretary of State
1/29/2013 6:51:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
No surprises there, via ABC: By an overwhelming vote of 94-3, the Senate has confirmed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be the next Secretary of State. The vote was met with a long round of applause from those in the Senate chamber for the 28-year Senate

Bipartisan effort to expand background checks quietly gains steam
1/29/2013 6:01:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Dianne Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban may be DOA on Capitol Hill, but that doesn’t mean that Congress is dormant on the issue of guns.  A bipartisan group in the Senate have quietly begun working with both gun-rights and gun-control

Obama: “Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform”
1/29/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Speaking about the opportune moment for “common sense, comprehensive immigration reform” in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, President Obama urged Congress to “move forward in a timely fashion” on their bipartisan effort at

Video: No, the father of a Sandy Hook victim wasn’t “heckled” by gun-rights supporters
1/29/2013 4:31:48 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s an example of a story not only being too good to check but being so good — potentially — that it warranted a little “help” from the media to reach that full potential. It has everything a fair-and-balanced gun-control

Perry: Texas should be able to return unspent revenue to citizens
1/29/2013 3:51:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
On the (all-too-rare, harumph) occasion that a particular state ends up with a budget surplus, that state might use the leftover money to pay down debt, add cushion to a rainy day fund, put down payments on infrastructure projects, and etcetera. Several

Audio: Rush Limbaugh and Marco Rubio on immigration reform
1/29/2013 3:12:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, here’s the acid test of Rubio’s conservative-media charm offensive on immigration. Are his retail political skills so formidable that he can sell Rush and his enormous grassroots audience on a bill which, by McCain’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
1/29/2013 2:46:45 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 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss Al Gore’s super-serial claim that he’s not a hypocrite for selling out to oil

WaPo: Assault-weapons ban is probably DOA
1/29/2013 2:31:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate headline: Math isn’t hard after all.  The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake offers multiple reasons why Dianne Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban won’t be going anywhere in the Senate, and the first reason isn’t even the

LaHood next to hit the exits
1/29/2013 1:51:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
The turnover in Barack Obama’s first-term Cabinet continued today with the departure of Ray LaHood as Transportation Secretary.  While the decision was announced today, LaHood told the Associated Press that he made the decision immediately after

Krauthammer: FOX News should be proud that we annoy Obama so much
1/29/2013 1:11:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
As we heard in President Obama’s recent interview with TNR, the White House’s irritation with FOX News and rightward-leaning media outlets continues unabated — but as Charles Krauthammer pointed out last night, that should be more of a

France drives Islamist terrorists out of Timbuktu, signal slowdown of operations
1/29/2013 12:31:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Residents of Timbuktu celebrated today as French troops liberated the fabled city from the grip of Islamist terrorists and Touareg rebels, ending ten months of control by the uprising. With this victory in hand, France is now signaling that they will

Al Gore: Why no, I’m not a hypocrite for selling Current TV to oil emirs
1/29/2013 12:01:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Three minutes of hilarity come to us today from a rather unlikely pair — Matt Lauer and Al Gore. Give Lauer credit for pressing Gore on the implications of selling Current TV to Al-Jazeera, a global news organization that isn’t sponsored by

Rep. Blackburn: I’d love to go skeet shooting with the president — I bet I’d beat him
1/29/2013 11:31:30 AM  Erika Johnsen
I hope President Obama didn’t think he’d be able to make such a shameless pander and get away with it completely unchallenged. President Eisenhower originally installed the skeet shooting range at Camp David, and of the time he does spend at

Rubio: The only way to incentivize border enforcement is to hold up the green-card process
1/29/2013 11:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
While confusion continues to reign over the border-enforcement mechanisms in the Gang of Eight immigration-reform proposal, its most critical proponent continued to insist yesterday that a lack of a robust trigger on border security was a deal killer. 

Obama to oppose Senate bill’s border enforcement requirements in immigration speech today
1/29/2013 10:31:58 AM  Allahpundit
I use the term “border enforcement requirements” loosely, of course. I’m sticking with what I wrote yesterday, that Obama’s insistence on giving a big left-wing speech about immigration is really just a way to make the Senate bill