HotAir Daily Express 02/22/2013


Great news: Senate Dems protecting corporate-jet owners
2/22/2013 10:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Over the last few weeks, Barack Obama and his White House has pushed the curious notion that the entire problem with the federal budget could be solved if we just stopped protecting the filthy rich and their tax breaks for corporate jets.  “What we

Limbaugh: This sequester hysteria makes me ashamed of my country
2/22/2013 9:21:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
We missed this yesterday, but this epic rant is worth a listen today, especially since even Politico started off the day wondering if Barack Obama’s hysteria on the sequester cuts he proposed was really sustainable.  Rush Limbaugh told his audience

USA Today asks, “Why not fix the family instead?”
2/22/2013 8:41:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama promised to expand government spending on pre-kindergarten education to make it “universal,” a proposal certain to warm the hearts of middle Americans.  After all, who doesn’t want to help our children get ahead?  However,

Has Obama overdone Nightmare on Sequester Street?
2/22/2013 8:01:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s the question Politico asks, but it’s really only half of Barack Obama’s problem in this standoff: President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his


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Quotes of the day
2/21/2013 10:41:57 PM  Allahpundit
Immigration reform’s chances in the House are looking bleaker after one of the top Republicans tasked with shepherding a bill to passage ruled out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the Judiciary

Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!
2/21/2013 10:01:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with this online video, which is one dash news report but

Video: MSNBC hosts really “sad” about Jesse Jackson Jr
2/21/2013 9:21:08 PM  Jazz Shaw
This morning, over a plate of coddled eggs and scrapple, I flipped on the television and watched some of Morning Joe. (There goes the quote for the first twenty comments…) At around the 6:30 mark, they broke into a short bit of coverage of Jesse

McCain to mother of Aurora shooting victim: The assault-weapons ban isn’t going to pass Congress
2/21/2013 8:41:59 PM  Allahpundit
Via TPM, skip to around 0:45 below for what’s likely to be tomorrow’s manufactured outrage du jour. The thought process on this for gun-control fans will run this way, I think: By refusing to accede to the wishes of a sympathetic victim of

Ag Secretary Vilsack: You know what we really need? More advanced biofuels!
2/21/2013 8:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
Spare us, can’t you? Because it would be really great if we could all just stop pretending that the federal government’s protestations of love for biofuels is about anything other than keeping their BFFs, Big Ethanol, happy. Looking at you,

Chris Wallace hints: You’ll know Mitt Romney’s next career move a week from now
2/21/2013 7:21:03 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, let’s approach this subject this way: Could Wallace be referring to anything other than Romney becoming a Fox News contributor? The guy’s obviously not going to run for office again; granted, there’s a Senate vacancy in

USDA gets around to really cracking down on food-stamp fraud
2/21/2013 6:41:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
During President Obama’s first term in office, participation in the federal food stamp program increased from about 32 million Americans in 2009 to approximately 48 million by October of 2012 — an average growth rate of just over 11,000

House Dems’ 2014 battle plan: Whole lotta gun control and minimum wage
2/21/2013 6:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
I’d love to tell you that this strategy is nutty but after the last election I assume it’s already been vetted and deemed foolproof by an elite team of liberal Nobel-prize-winning behavioral scientists and supercomputer-enabled statistical

Obama: I’d really like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible
2/21/2013 5:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, we don’t doubt that. “I’d like to get as much stuff done as quickly as possible,” he said in an interview with San Francisco’s ABC7. “Even though I’m just starting my second term, I know that, you know, once

Reuters poll: Majority of Americans want most illegal immigrants deported
2/21/2013 4:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
Interesting. But dubious. Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported. Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants

New GOP sequester plan: Let Obama decide what to cut
2/21/2013 4:01:58 PM  Allahpundit
It’s headed straight down the toilet in the Senate but not half-bad as a PR ploy designed to show the party’s reasonableness on cuts. GOP problem: Obama keeps complaining that the sequester is a blunt instrument that’ll impose all sorts

Rand Paul cuts the feds a giant check, literally
2/21/2013 3:21:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
He did this last year too, actually, and so what if it’s a politically expedient and less-than-a-drop-in-the-bucket gesture? It’s about leaving no stone unturned in the quest for a more fiscally prudent bureaucracy, and I am one hundred

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
2/21/2013 2:46:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. Steven writes to me to warn us that “I look full on

US News: Biden’s legal advice will get you arrested
2/21/2013 2:41:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
When I first heard about Joe Biden’s response to a question about home defense, I said, “What?” As it turns out, I wasn’t alone in my shock over the extremely dangerous advice given by Biden as an alternative to owning an AR-15 or

The 60th vote: Republican Richard Shelby to vote for cloture on Hagel; Update: Deb Fischer too?
2/21/2013 2:01:29 PM  Allahpundit
And so, after days of accusations about what Hagel did or didn’t say at Rutgers Israeli control of the State Department, and despite the nominee’s refusal to let reporters pick through his archives, this guy’s actually gaining votes in

Rove: Will someone tell Woodward that I’m not in Washington?
2/21/2013 1:21:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s been a tough week in public relations for Karl Rove. First, the Tea Party Patriots objected to Rove’s criticism of extreme rhetoric from grassroots organizations by, er, putting him in a Nazi uniform in an e-mail — for which they

Video: Conan O’Brien to host WHCA “nerd prom”
2/21/2013 12:41:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Not so long ago, the White House Correspondents Dinner actually served a good purpose. It allowed for a more human connection between a President and the tough media professionals clamoring to hold him accountable for his exercise of power. The last time

Yet another “safe harbor” e-mail account from ex-EPA chief? Really?
2/21/2013 12:01:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
The plot thickens: The latest batch of (significantly redacted!) emails released last week revealed that, not only did former EPA chief Lisa Jackson make frequent use of an alias “Richard Windsor” email account to conduct government business,

Breaking: Multiple explosions in India; at least 10 dead
2/21/2013 11:06:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Multiple explosions hit the Indian city of Hyderabad, in a “densely populated” area of the city, according to several news reports coming in now.  Three explosions appear to be coordinated, and targeted on a bus transport area.  If that

Report: Obama, DOJ considering siding with gay-marriage supporters in Supreme Court’s Prop 8 case
2/21/2013 10:41:14 AM  Allahpundit
At this point, after that ringing endorsement of gay equality in his inaugural, it’d be news if he wasn’t considering it. Still worth noting, though, partly because he has just one more week to make a decision and partly because, if he does