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HotAir Daily Express 01/07/2013

NBC: Hagel might lose 10 Democrats in the Senate
1/7/2013 10:01:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says Chuck Todd, underscoring the oddly pugnacious move today to nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.  Republicans clearly oppose the move, and that eliminates any benefit of bipartisanship.  If Democrats don’t line up foursquare behind

Health insurance rates going up by double digits: NYT
1/7/2013 9:21:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember that Nancy Pelosi told us that we needed to pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it.  Barack Obama promised to “bend the cost curve,” too.  Looks like both of them were right, at least according to the Paper of Record, which

WH to announce Brennan to CIA, Hagel to Defense today
1/7/2013 8:41:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today may have been the day for which John Brennan had hoped since first joining Barack Obama’s team four years ago, but it’s not likely to be much remembered for him.  First considered to run the CIA but dropped because of protests on

Pelosi: Obama should just use the 14th Amendment to set his own debt ceiling
1/7/2013 8:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s always good to see Congressional leaders defending the separation of powers, isn’t it? For someone who told reporters in November that she’s “always with the Constitution,” Nancy Pelosi seems eager to flush the

We’re Trusting You With This (Confidential)
Our lawmakers just cozied up to Wall Street again. But if you look beyond your absolute disdain for our elected (mis)representatives, the following report holds an incredible SILVER LINING for investors. It’s an ingenious "loophole." We just ask that you don’t forward the report. Gain access here.

Quotes of the day
1/6/2013 8:01:07 PM  Allahpundit
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the

Did EPA chief Jackson resign in protest over the Keystone pipeline?
1/6/2013 6:31:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
The eventual completion of the full-length Keystone XL pipeline seems more and more like an inevitability for the Obama administration, as it continues to clear bureaucratic hurdles and TransCanada proposes new routes to work with and not against the

A ceasefire in the war on drugs
1/6/2013 5:01:58 PM  Jazz Shaw
It’s a conversation which seem to keep coming up year after year. Has the “war on drugs” been a complete bust? (If you’ll pardon the pun.) After more than forty years it seems like an increasing chorus of voices are calling for a

Confirming Chuck Hagel
1/6/2013 3:31:38 PM  Jazz Shaw
It’s still not official official but it’s looking more and more like it’s sort of kind of official at this point. Having backed down on Susan Rice, the President isn’t in the mood to be kicked around anymore and he’s going

Mom shoots intruder, saves kids
1/6/2013 2:01:00 PM  Jazz Shaw
How many times during the recent gun grabbing debate have you heard these arguments? Self defense is a bogus argument. Having a gun in your home, you’re more likely to shoot yourself or your spouse than to ever fend off a bad guy. Only trained law

Assad speaks while Russia acts
1/6/2013 12:31:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
A defiant Bashar Assad addressed his turbulent nation in public for the first time in almost two years, defying the Western powers he claims is fueling the civil war against the Assad regime that has gripped Syria for more than 40 years.  However, the

NFL Wildcard Sunday open thread
1/6/2013 11:01:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Home field ruled yesterday, as the Houston Texans returned to their winning ways yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Houston dominated but let the Bengals stay in the game, eventually outlasting them 19-13.  The Minnesota Vikings didn’t do

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