HotAir Daily Express 02/13/2013

Investigators remove body from Big Bear house after firefight; Update: AP: Driver’s license found at scene
2/13/2013 10:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
After a couple of false alarms, San Bernardino County law enforcement believed they found the most-wanted man in America — the cop-turned-serial-killer Christopher Dorner.  After a traffic stop turned into a gunfight, the suspect retreated into a

Video: Rand Paul gives the Tea Party SOTU response
2/13/2013 9:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
As I didn’t watch the State of the Union speech live, I also missed the two responses to it from Barack Obama’s opposition.  The networks carried Marco Rubio’s speech live, but most viewers had to go to the Tea Party Express website to

Rubio offers philosophical rebuttal
2/13/2013 8:41:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
As I wrote earlier, I’m no fan of State of the Union speeches. I’m usually no fan of the opposition-party responses, either, for a variety of reasons. First, they suffer in comparison to the pomp offered the President and can’t avoid

The laundry list event
2/13/2013 8:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, I had to attend a board meeting, a commitment that one would normally try to avoid.  Instead, I celebrated the fact, because it allowed me to miss the live presentation of the State of the Union speech.  Rather than watch it live or even on


U.S. Government Officially Guaranteed to Collapse
History shows, without exception, the collapse of every great empire started with same BIG mistake — the government keeping far too many secrets. Is the USA next? Data says “YES.” Our once-proud nation presently holds over 2.3 million national secrets (and counting). Do you believe the government hoards too many secrets? Cast Your Vote Now.

Open thread: Time for another instantly forgettable Obama SOTU
2/12/2013 8:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
9 p.m. ET all across the dial. I shouldn’t say “instantly forgettable”: His aides say he’ll “throw down the gauntlet” to the GOP, and there’s always a chance that he’ll misrepresent a Supreme Court ruling

Sebelius: Healthcare is “getting stronger” under ObamaCare
2/12/2013 7:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ensuring us that “the state of American healthcare is getting stronger,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius once more extolled the many inherent virtues of ObamaCare and the recent innovations in its administration at a conference in DC on

Fun: Let’s ask a Democratic leader if we have a spending problem
2/12/2013 7:01:08 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A fitting amuse bouche for tonight’s meal, which is officially so desperate for a sense of mystery and import, the president briefly appeared today to announce that there would be no announcements about the content thereof. You big tease. Expect to

Video: Who will be the next Pope?
2/12/2013 6:21:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’d say the question misses the point, but I’m highlighting this interview for a couple of reasons. First, Matt Lauer has done what many in the media won’t do, which is to get someone who knows what he’s talking about to discuss

WH: Why no, the North Korean nuke test won’t change the State of the Union speech
2/12/2013 5:41:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Most people expected Barack Obama to make a big pitch for nuclear drawdowns as well as drawdowns in troop strength in Afghanistan in tonight’s State of the Union speech, part of his ongoing effort to reduce and eliminate nuclear stockpiles and

Breaking: Fugitive Chris Dorner “pinned down” by California police
2/12/2013 5:01:42 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace, two cops have already been shot but Dorner’s reportedly “pinned down” so the end, hopefully, is near. Details are sketchy right now: The word on cable news is that Dorner broke into someone’s cabin, tied up the couple

Poll: Republicans support path to citizenship for illegals — until they find out Obama supports it too
2/12/2013 4:41:13 PM  Allahpundit
Worth posting for two reasons. One, obviously: It’s newsworthy that a big majority of GOPers are open to a path to citizenship in the abstract. Don’t put it past The One to screw that up by turning the Senate immigration debate into a

Boehner: President Obama’s problem? He’s got no “guts”
2/12/2013 4:01:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sitting down with reporters this morning, House Speaker John Boehner offered his pre-State of the Union thoughts on President Obama’s recent political maneuvers — and how. Via CNN: “To do the kind of heavy lifting that needs to be done,

Endgame: Susan Collins to vote yes on Hagel? Update: Committee approves Hagel
2/12/2013 3:21:41 PM  Allahpundit
Major news from Major “Shirty Business” Garrett: I am reliably informed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will soon announce backing Chuck Hage. WH and Hagel backers believe they have 60 votes. — Major Garrett(@MajorCBS) February 12,

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
2/12/2013 2:46:10 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 the State of the Union speech, WaPo’s big “scoop” on Sarah Palin, and all

On second thought, the man who shot Bin Laden does have free health care, sort of
2/12/2013 2:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Turns out, contra Esquire, he gets five years of military coverage gratis after leaving the service. It’s just for him, not for his wife or kids, and he gets no pension because he didn’t serve 20 years — no exceptions made for elite

BuzzFeed notices that ObamaCare sticks it to the young and healthy
2/12/2013 2:01:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Almost three years after the passage of ObamaCare, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith reports that ObamaCare is actually a wealth-redistribution system in the most regressive manner possible.  Young workers, who find it increasingly more difficult to find jobs,

Oops: WaPo retracts report Sarah Palin is going to Al Jazeera Update: Sarah snarks back
2/12/2013 1:21:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
What started as a condescending “cautionary tale” about Sarah Palin’s mixing of celebrity and politics quickly became a cautionary tale about mixing contempt for Sarah Palin with desperation for the traffic her name will generate. Suzi

WSJ: Millions fraudulently claimed eligibility for federal phone subsidies
2/12/2013 12:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
Steel yourselves, because this egregious revelation may very well shock you: A well-meaning but perhaps overly ambitious federal assistance program that offers a taxpayer-subsidized benefit and does not have rigorous eligibility requirements, was

Ready for the SOTU jobs pivot?
2/12/2013 12:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Tonight, one of the grandest and emptiest of presidential traditions returns — the State of the Union address to the joint session of Congress.  The annual report is required by the Constitution, but not in person; until 1913, Presidents usually

Video: Obama to announce halving of Afghan troop strength over next year
2/12/2013 11:21:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that Barack Obama will announce a dramatic drawdown of troop strength in Afghanistan in tonight’s State of the Union speech, a signal that he’s accelerating the end game of the US combat mission. Troop strength

Pew poll: 58% of Democrats agree with Dick Cheney on Obama’s drone strikes
2/12/2013 10:49:39 AM  Allahpundit
I’m trying to be charitable and assume that a lot of this is explainable on the merits, that Democrats have looked at O’s admittedly stellar record of taking out AQ operatives with drones and concluded that it’s the least bad option