HotAir Daily Express 02/12/2013

Reid pushing away from normal order?
2/12/2013 10:01:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
The sequester will hit at the first of March, which means that any attempt to defuse this rather weak set of budget cuts has to take place in the next two weeks. If that sounds familiar, it should; it’s basically the same kind of set-up we’ve

Manchin: I oppose the assault-weapons ban
2/12/2013 9:21:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Joe Manchin shocked nearly no one in this declaration yesterday on MSNBC, except for maybe the few who watch the channel live.  Manchin is the epitome of the conflict that red-state Senate Democrats will have to manage when it comes to gun control

Gallup: Obama only gets positive marks on national defense
2/12/2013 8:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
Supposedly, Barack Obama is enjoying a second honeymoon after winning a new term in office, and that may be true in terms of personal ratings.  On the issues, though, Obama finds himself mostly in the doghouse.  In a poll of general-population adults by

North Korea conducts third nuclear test
2/12/2013 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
It started out, as they all do, as a seismic event in the northern end of the Korean Peninsula.  It didn’t take long for Pyongyang to confirm what everyone suspected — that North Korea had conducted a third nuclear-weapon test, apparently

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Quotes of the day
2/11/2013 10:41:55 PM  Allahpundit
A majority of voters believe President Obama has been no better than his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, when it comes to balancing national security with the protection of civil liberties, according to a new poll for The

Would the Obama administration really reject the Keystone XL pipeline?
2/11/2013 10:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
This entire time, I thought that there was hardly a real chance that the Obama administration would ultimately reject the Keystone XL pipeline when it really came down to it. Sure, they’ve been stalling out the wazoo — presumably hoping the

D.C. scholarship Dems tried to kill works, returns more than it costs
2/11/2013 9:56:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It is a beautiful thing, and all too rare, to find an education program that works for at-risk students, for those with low incomes, across all racial groups. That is what Washington, D.C. found in the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which gives

Endgame: Maker’s Mark to meet increasing demand by … reducing its alcohol content
2/11/2013 8:41:00 PM  Allahpundit
I’m trying to imagine any other company in any other industry handling a global clamor for its product this poorly. It’s like BMW advertising the fact that it can’t keep pace with demand and as a result will shift to slightly

Dr. Benjamin Carson on running for office: I’m retiring from surgery in June, you know
2/11/2013 8:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
His National Prayer Breakfast speech is now over a million views on YouTube — rare for any political address, I’d guess — and he’s had not one but two plum appearances on Fox News in the past week. National Journal has a new piece

Biden: We’re counting on the “legitimate news media” to cover our gun-control messaging
2/11/2013 7:21:44 PM  Allahpundit
Good lord, man. What more can they do for this policy push that they aren’t doing already? You’ve got major network news bureaus using the term “assault magazines,” for cripes sake. When you’ve had a horse pulling a cart for

German official: Yeah, don’t expect fracking in Germany any time soon
2/11/2013 6:41:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Germany, which often prides itself on being a world leader in promoting (i.e., subsidizing) renewable energies and ‘sustainability,’ has been debating over whether or not they should open up their underground shale oil-and-gas reserves for

Was Petraeus ousted in a CIA “palace coup”?
2/11/2013 6:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
This would help solve the lingering mystery of why Paula Broadwell sending snippy anonymous e-mails to Jill Kelley somehow warranted a sustained FBI investigation that led all the way back to the director of the CIA. What if, as the authors of the new

Good news from Jay Carney: You bet the president believes we have a spending problem… sort of
2/11/2013 5:21:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
Following up on some rather — er — clumsy remarks from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Fox News Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reassured us on Monday that, hey, of course President Obama thinks we have a spending

Meet the man who shot Bin Laden
2/11/2013 4:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
I want to call this the feelgood story of the day but it’s the opposite. There are feelgood moments — Bin Laden ends up with a few extra postmortem bullet holes, and don’t miss the conversation the SEALs have on their way to the first

Obama’s Small Business Administrator stepping down
2/11/2013 4:01:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
In the latest announcement of his Cabinet’s second-term reshuffle, President Obama’s Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills revealed that she will be stepping down from her post as soon as the administration can find a successor, via

Video: Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha receives the Medal of Honor
2/11/2013 3:21:18 PM  Allahpundit
No ordinary battle, no ordinary man: Avail yourself of the Army’s online “battlescape” feature, which takes you step by step through Romesha’s actions the day the Taliban attacked — and briefly entered — Combat Outpost

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kathryn Jean Lopez, Elizabeth Scalia
2/11/2013 2:46:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we’ll focus on the stunning news of the first papal resignation/retirement in almost 600 years. National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and Patheos editor Elizabeth Scalia join me in a roundtable to

Video: Morning Joe mulls the politics of pontifical resignations
2/11/2013 2:41:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via the Corner, I’m using Morning Joe as just a representative sample of what the media will discuss in the wake of Benedict XVI’s resignation — and how they will miss the point.  That’s not a sign of disrespect or intentional

White House weighing how many executive orders President Obama can reasonably get away with
2/11/2013 2:01:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
The White House, apparently miffed by the inaugural speech’s general reception as grossly out-of-touch and aggressively liberal, is all set to “pivot” back to jobs and the economy in the president’s State of the Union address on

Pelosi: The First Amendment protects your gun rights, or something
2/11/2013 1:21:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
First Joe Biden can’t identify the article in the Constitution that authorizes the executive branch during a debate with Sarah Palin, and now Nancy Pelosi can’t identify which amendment recognizes the right to bear arms.  It’s bad

WaPo wonders: Why won’t Obama give us an interview?
2/11/2013 12:41:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
Usually you see this kind of cri de coeur from blogs on the Left and Right over a lack of access to major political candidates and officeholders.  Among all newspapers, the Washington Post would be the least likely to complain about being ignored. 

Video: Say, where are those ObamaCare premium price cuts?
2/11/2013 12:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
Want to know how to tell you’re going to have a bad day in Washington?  A man walks up to you and says, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera, and I want to ask you a question.”  Actually, since Jason is a friend of mine, that would be a good

Video: Dolan “somber” over Benedict XVI resignation
2/11/2013 11:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
How did Cardinal Timothy Dolan first get word of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation announcement? In part, at least, from NBC’s Matt Lauer. Since more than a few commenters in the earlier thread thought that Cardinal Dolan would make a good

Confirmed: Divisive president to deliver “aggressive” SOTU speech
2/11/2013 10:41:32 AM  Allahpundit
This doesn’t mean it won’t be overlong, enervating, and instantly disposable like the last four were, just more peevish than usual. It’ll also be an occasion for O to “pivot to jobs” for the seventh or eighth time in his