HotAir Daily Express 02/14/2013

Former Olympian arrested in murder of girlfriend
2/14/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Tragic and newsworthy, as reports from social media site show — and not just for its celebrity quality.  Oscar Pistorius made headlines a few years back when the double-amputee demanded and received the permission of the International Olympic

Video: Senate Dems to announce sequester-replacement plan today
2/14/2013 9:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
So what will this new plan for deficit reduction look like?  Ten years of cuts get turned into ten months of tax hikes and cuts in equal measure. The tax hikes in the plan equal that gained by Barack Obama in the January standoff for the rest of this

Senate delays Brennan confirmation at least two weeks
2/14/2013 8:41:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
This time, the delay didn’t come from Republicans, and not even Democratic back-benchers.  The White House took a body blow today when Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein pushed off the confirmation vote of John Brennan for CIA

Krauthammer: SOTU “a throwback to mid-20th-century liberalism”
2/14/2013 8:01:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, this could be the consensus.  David Corn wrote Tuesday night that Barack Obama’s speech “present[ed] a powerful progressive agenda.”  It’s been a long time since Ronald Reagan made the idea of big government solutions toxic


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Quotes of the day
2/13/2013 10:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
Former Vice President Dick Cheney pronounced himself a “big fan” of Sen. Marco Rubio in a radio interview Wednesday, calling the Florida senator a “first-rate asset.” “Marco’s great,” Cheney said on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “I’m a big fan of

Dorner sympathy goes mainstream: “Like watching ‘Django Unchained.’ It’s kind of exciting!”
2/13/2013 9:36:00 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A liberal critic of my comments on “The O’Reilly Factor” this week tweeted his displeasure with my assertion that factions of the “Left” and “some liberals” sympathized with Chris Dorner and even made him into a

Less red tape, improved speed on oil-and-gas permits? Ok, let’s see it
2/13/2013 9:21:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sorry to barrage you with the tiresome train wreck of platitudes that was President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, but this little fact-check nugget just caught my attention and you know I can’t let it go without

Nielsen: Obama’s speech drew second-smallest SOTU audience of past 20 years?
2/13/2013 8:41:29 PM  Allahpundit
That’s what the numbers say, but I’ve been burned before by trusting preliminary ratings for political speeches so the headline gets a question mark. At first blush, Clinton’s DNC speech looked like it had underperformed. It

Jack Lew: I had no idea my money was even in the Cayman Islands
2/13/2013 8:01:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
I point this out, not because I think that Lew’s erstwhile Cayman Island holdings in and of themselves should be a discrediting factor in his nomination to replace Tim Geithner as head of the Treasury Department; again, if politicians are looking

CNN: Could Rubio sipping that water be a career-ender?
2/13/2013 7:21:43 PM  Allahpundit
And so, at long last, American media reaches peak moron. I’m just thankful that Newsbusters was there to capture it. They’ve waited years for this moment and now, finally, it’s here. Cherish it, guys. CNN’s excuse? Satire, of

Video: Medal of Honor recipient’s son steals the show
2/13/2013 6:41:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
After a day of dissecting a series of dreary moments from a spectacle that matters very little, have your palate cleansed by this delightful moment from a ceremony that means so much. This video is from Tuesday, but I felt like we needed a pick-me-up

On second thought, Susan Collins to vote no on Hagel — but yes on cloture
2/13/2013 6:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
Remember when Major Garrett said yesterday that he had it on good authority Collins was a yes on Hagel? That would have put Democrats at 57 votes, assuming their caucus holds together, which means the chance of a filibuster was hanging by a thread. Then

The Pentagon’s newest medal: Recognition for achievements in cyber-combat
2/13/2013 5:21:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order meant to enhance our country’s cyber-defenses by directing government officials to improve the channels of cybersecurity information-sharing between the federal entities and companies that

Rand Paul: I might block Brennan’s nomination until he says whether a U.S. citizen can be targeted on U.S. soil
2/13/2013 4:41:47 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s his official statement, the basics of which he reiterated to USA Today in an interview. It’s interesting that killing Americans on American soil is where Paul draws the line, as he could have drawn it more restrictively. E.g., no drone

Video: 58 trillion dimes and the parade of cliches
2/13/2013 4:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
State of the Union speeches are known for their reliance on empty promises and well-worn clichés, but last night’s SOTU has one that’s even emptier and well-worn than most.  The RNC produced this video at practically the same time Barack

GOP: It’s probably about time to look into this dodgy wind-credit business
2/13/2013 3:21:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
To follow on the heels of Ed’s SOTU fact-check, President Obama pedaled yet another deliberately misleading fact last night that happens to be a mega-pet peeve of mine (emphasis added): We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham, Ken Cuccinelli
2/13/2013 2:46:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss last night’s SOTU speech, the Rubio and Paul responses, and the 58 trillion dimes. Don’t miss

Rubio: Let’s not rush to judgment on Rove’s new “Conservative Victory Project”
2/13/2013 2:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
Some people are grumbling about this in Headlines but I don’t know what you want the guy to say. He’s not going to tell Rove and his giant donor base to kiss his ass, no matter how much you wish he would; if he ends up running in 2016,

Ryan: Yeah, the sequester’s probably going to happen
2/13/2013 2:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this morning, I was asked by Jim Vicevich on his radio show whether I thought the sequester would go through.  I said yes, especially since there wasn’t any alternatives being offered by the Senate yet, and because the lack of

IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops
2/13/2013 1:21:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall.  After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of

Obamanomics on parade: Hey, how about a minimum-wage hike to help the middle class?
2/13/2013 12:41:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama threw around quite a few deliberately misleading ‘statistics’ and ‘facts’ last night during his State of the Union, but among the most stupidly egregious was his claim (nay, his refrain) that the corporate world is

Blunt: We have the votes to delay Hagel confirmation; Update: McCain won’t commit to opposing filibuster?
2/13/2013 12:01:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Can Republicans delay the confirmation of Chuck Hagel — at least long enough to force the White House to provide more information on Barack Obama’s actions on the night of the Benghazi attack, along with more transparency on Hagel’s

Snow jobs and fantasy debt relief: Fact-checking the SOTU
2/13/2013 11:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
After Barack Obama’s inaugural speech only mentioned the economy once and jobs just three times in a 2100-word address, the White House pronounced themselves shocked, shocked that anyone would have assumed that neither was a priority for Obama in

Rubio on the water: “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human”
2/13/2013 10:42:08 AM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, I’d call this a case study in effective damage control but that presupposes that an unscripted sip of water during a speech constitutes “damage,” and I can’t bring myself to believe that our frivolous political