HotAir Daily Express 02/20/2013


Presidential debate commissioner: We only made one mistake in 2012
2/20/2013 10:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, perhaps two, if one counts 2013 in the mix.  The first, according to Presidential Debate Commission chair Frank Fahrenkopf, was selecting Candy Crowley to moderate a debate in which she obviously wanted to participate instead.  The second is

WaPo: What’s going on with gas prices?
2/20/2013 9:21:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’re in the middle of a colder-than-usual winter, with record snow storms in the Northeast and average-or-better snowfall in the Midwest.  After last year’s mild winter, temperatures have gotten much frostier in 2013.  Normally, this would

Universal Studios resort to cancel health insurance for part-time employees
2/20/2013 8:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just another sign of progress for the underemployed!  Thanks to the beneficence of ObamaCare, thousands of part-time workers in Florida will become free … free of their employer-provided health care, that is. Universal Studios Orlando had offered

CBS: Sequestration not as bad as you think
2/20/2013 8:03:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
In fact, they’re nowhere near as bad as people think, thanks to the fact that (a) we’re talking about a cut of less than ten percent of just this year’s deficit spending and only 2.2% of the overall federal budget in FY2013, and (b)


Quotes of the day
2/19/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
The leading Republican on the issue is Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his office told reporters today that they’ve had no consultation with the White House on the issue of immigration. “President Obama and the White House staff are not

SCOTUS to take first campaign finance case since Citizens United
2/19/2013 9:31:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Get ready for the caterwauling over the terrible dangers of not letting the federal government regulate free political speech if the Supreme Court sides with the plaintiff on this case: Three years since the landmark Citizens United decision that

WaPo: Does anybody else think these agriculture subsidies are getting out-of-control?
2/19/2013 8:41:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
There is no sector of the American economy that has been so systematically and unnecessarily coddled for so long as agriculture. Stretching back to the 1800s, the federal government has been steadily piling on a hugely complex network of subsidies,

France to the eurozone: But we don’t want to implement more austerity measures
2/19/2013 8:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last year, self-proclaimed Socialist Francois Hollande and his fellow Socialist lawmakers were elected to the presidency and parliament in a glorious wave of anti-austerity enthusiasm, as he promised to raise taxes on the wealthy, grow the economy, and

Important PSA from Joe Biden: “Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”
2/19/2013 7:21:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Weekly Standard, I bet the Onion wishes it had waited an extra month to release that e-book. This would have warranted its own chapter. Not the first time he’s touted the benefits of shotgun ownership lately either. As goofy as it is, I

Video: Rise of the “bugbots”
2/19/2013 6:41:21 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, it’s old, old, old news that the U.S. and Israeli militaries are working on micro drones and, potentially, nano drones. Even the existence of the “micro-aviary” at Wright-Patterson is no secret. But this subject has new

California govt: So, that budget surplus we mentioned? That may have been a fluke
2/19/2013 6:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
California’s currently super-liberal state government has been eight different kinds of excited about what they projected was going to come in as a budget surplus, exclaiming about how they’ve managed to buck the longtime trend of

Chris Christie: I agree with Andrew Cuomo on probably 98% of the issues
2/19/2013 5:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
Allegedly. [Bulman] said when he told Mr. Christie he is from upstate New York, “he said, ‘I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.’ ” Mr. Bulman said Gov. Christie “sees value in the building trades,

Of course: Former EPA chief “Richard Windsor” had some buddies
2/19/2013 4:41:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
I suppose it stands to reason that, if erstwhile EPA chief Lisa Jackson spent part of her tenure using an — er — shall we say, extracurricular e-mail account to quietly conduct EPA business and eclipse transparency laws in order to cloak the

Video: How 3-D printers will make magazine-capacity limits obsolete
2/19/2013 4:01:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’ll admit to being a rube about 3-D printing technology, and its implications for issues like gun control and other kinds of restrictive laws on devices, so this video from the Washington Post is an eye-opener for me.  Travis Lerol builds a

Report: Hagel called Netanyahu a radical, said Israel was at risk of becoming an apartheid state
2/19/2013 3:21:52 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Liberals remember why they like Chuck Hagel.” Two problems here. Problem one: Like the earlier report when he allegedly said that the State Department is controlled by Israel’s foreign ministry, there’s no

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
2/19/2013 2:46:35 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 Barack Obama’s media strategy and whether it has made the executive more powerful, and

Obama: We must avoid these dangerous spending cuts that I signed into law
2/19/2013 2:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
Via Charlie Spiering and Guy Benson, whose headline is better than mine. WaPo’s right that this is all about preparing the ground spin-wise for the coming budget standoff with the GOP. The more alarmist O is now, the more pressure in theory

NBC News’s newest contributor: David Axelrod, of course
2/19/2013 2:01:58 PM  Allahpundit
Look on the bright side. If anything, he’ll drag MSNBC to the right. Seriously, though, in the modern media age no self-respecting cable news network is complete without a left-wing former presidential advisor. MSNBC has Ax and Gibbs, CNN had

Krauthammer: The Keystone pipeline is the “most open and shut case I’ve ever seen”
2/19/2013 1:21:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Like Ed noted after Sunday’s rather underwhelming anti-Keystone XL pipeline protest in DC, the project really is a no-brainer across all imaginable fronts — and the Obama administration’s continue stalling is getting politically

Supreme Court to take hard look at federal campaign donation limits
2/19/2013 12:41:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
If you loved or hated the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, you’ll want to gear up for next session’s review of McCutcheon v FEC.  The case will determine whether the little-known federal cap on aggregate contributions to

Security firm accuses China’s army of hacking the US
2/19/2013 12:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Their lips say no no no, but apparently their IPs say yes. A five-year investigation by Mendiant concluded that the Chinese military has conducted an active cyberwar on American firms and on our government’s computer systems, perhaps the most

Politico wonders: Has Obama’s media strategy made government more powerful?
2/19/2013 11:21:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
File this under the heading Things That Would Have Been Helpful in 2012.  Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen discuss the media strategy of Barack Obama in sidelining the hard-news political reporters in favor of softball venues such as Entertainment Tonight and

Shimon Peres to present Obama with Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction for some reason
2/19/2013 10:41:56 AM  Allahpundit
If he was qualified for the Nobel Peace Prize despite having accomplished nothing, I suppose he’s “qualified” for this. Next year’s honoree, presumably: Chuck Hagel? >From the Times of Israel: “Barack Obama is a true friend of the