HotAir Daily Express 02/19/2013


Is the savior of the EU’s debt crisis a long-dead American?
2/19/2013 10:01:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Can the Euro zone learn any lessons from the days of early capitalism?”asks Der Spiegel in report on the latest from the EU’s search for an escape from their debt crisis.  It depends on the teacher, and the lesson drawn.  In this case,

Violent video games back in Newtown focus
2/19/2013 9:21:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
News reports yesterday about the Newtown shooting in December brought video games back into the spotlight.  The shooter, Adam Lanza, had collected “a trove” of violent video games, mainly first-person shooters that required kill shots in

WA gun bill includes police searches without warrants
2/19/2013 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Oh, let’s not call them searches.  Let’s call them inspections, just a small price for gun owners to pay for exercising a right explicitly protected in the Constitution, and without any probable cause apparent for a crime being committed. 

Johanns retiring in 2014
2/19/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Senator Mike Johanns will hit the exits after a single term in the upper chamber, his office announced yesterday.  The Nebraska Republican will bow out of a re-election bid despite having done well by all accounts in a first term.  Johanns reportedly has


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Quotes of the day
2/18/2013 10:31:15 PM  Allahpundit
Sens. Marco Rubio’s and Rand Paul’s delivery of back-to-back rebuttals of President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress — Rubio as the Republican response, Paul as the tea party rejoinder — raises some tantalizing questions: With Rubio being stamped as the

CO Democrat: Even if you feel like you might get raped, you may not, so no guns for you
2/18/2013 9:31:30 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Downplaying the threat of rape? Check. Questioning the ability of grown, sentient women to perceive that threat? Check. A man in a position of power presuming to know what’s best for women he knows nothing about? Check. Limiting women’s

Another blow to ObamaCare: The increasing appeal of self-insurance
2/18/2013 8:31:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
As much as President Obama may have been hoping that the magically redistributive powers meant to be deployed via ObamaCare would go off without a hitch, it’s a pretty predictable phenomenon of human nature that people are going to act in

Pelosi: You know, I’m not sure if Obama should tell the public when he’s targeted an American citizen
2/18/2013 7:31:20 PM  Allahpundit
Good lord. How did I miss this last week? If all you had here was the quotes, you might guess that they came from Dick Cheney or Condi Rice. Actually, scratch that — Condi sounds a bit more dovish about drones than Nancy does. Three words, my

New Mark Sanford ad for Congress: God believes in second chances, you know
2/18/2013 6:31:50 PM  Allahpundit
There’s shameless, there’s really shameless, and then there’s a guy touting his credentials on government accountability after he went AWOL as governor to visit his mistress on another continent and initially stuck taxpayers with the

McCain on gun control: Most of the Senate will support universal background checks
2/18/2013 5:31:30 PM  Allahpundit
No surprise but newsworthy insofar as I think this is the first time a Republican as prominent as McCain has talked openly about some new form of gun control passing Congress. If you’re not sure what he means when he refers to the plan Coburn and

Why is Obama threatening to release his own immigration plan?
2/18/2013 4:31:37 PM  Allahpundit
Kabuki? Or double kabuki? Mickey Kaus says we’re being played by both sides here: Ah, but Obama has his own bill, waiting in the wings! As a “backup.” If negotiations fail, he just might introduce it! How does that work again? The already

Colorado legislature makes moves on more gun control — with a little extra push from Biden
2/18/2013 3:31:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
After a marathon session of debate on Friday, Colorado lawmakers got two steps closer to passing a couple of new state-wide gun restrictions, including background checks on private gun sales and placing capacity limits on ammunition magazines. The NYT

An opening for Israeli-Palestinian peace?
2/18/2013 2:31:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Daniel Freedman thinks so, and even credits the Arab Spring — in a kind of backhand manner.  In yesterday’s New York Daily News, Freedman notes that incoming Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged to make Israeli-Palestinian peace talks a

Rove: The GOP needs more Rand Pauls and fewer Christine O’Donnells
2/18/2013 1:31:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
Karl Rove has been taking a lot of heat over the past few weeks for his new I-swear-this-isn’t-about-smothering-the-Tea-Party PAC-extension, whose mission is to help nominate what they deem to be the most ‘electable’ candidates ahead of

Hagel’s host for 2007 Rutgers speech linked to Iranian front group
2/18/2013 12:31:45 PM  Allahpundit
Hard for me to believe that this will pull the Senate back from the brink of confirming him if Hagel’s own mumblings about the “Jewish lobby” and prior opposition to Iran sanctions haven’t done so already. There’s no claim

Keystone opponents tee off on White House while President tees off with Tiger
2/18/2013 11:31:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
As protests go, the anti-Keystone XL Pipeline march doesn’t seem terribly effective.  First, organizers scheduled it during a vacation weekend for Barack Obama, when the President hit the links with Tiger Woods and left the White House press corps

Video: Meet the fastest-growing demographic among gun owners
2/18/2013 10:31:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
This weekend, NBC News took an extended look at the fastest-growing demographic in gun ownership: women.  Between 2005 and 2013, the percentage of women in America owning a firearm jumped from 13% to 23%, and women continue to demand more personal