HotAir Daily Express 02/26/2013


WaPo/Pew sequestration poll question oddly missing an option
2/26/2013 10:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s see if you can figure out what Pew and the Washington Post left out of this poll question about blame for the sequester.  I won’t even give you a hint, even if Rovin had to tip me to this by e-mail: Say, where is the option for Senate

Video: The road to a deal begins with … one million steps?
2/26/2013 9:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just how far has Barack Obama traveled to avoid reaching a deal on the sequester?  The House Republican Conference put together this clever video illustration of the President’s travels over the last two weeks, showing an itinerary of over 5,200

Chicago special-election primary today
2/26/2013 8:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today, lucky Chicago voters in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District get to go to the polls and select their next Representative.  Actually, I need to clarify two points.  First, today is the Democratic primary, which in IL-02 is functionally the

Walker: I support a path to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform
2/26/2013 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Scott Walker is thinking about seizing the momentum of his groundbreaking conservative reforms in Wisconsin to set himself up as a presidential candidate in 2016, you’d never guess it from his interview yesterday in a Politico conference.


EXPOSED: Mainstream Medicine’ s Deadliest Conspiracy?
Can you believe this video? It’s a phenomenon. In fact, it was sent to more than 289,000 people in just 24 hours! For the first time, mainstream medicine’s deadliest conspiracy has been EXPOSED. Finally, this video is the ‘shot heard around the world’ the establishment prayed would never come. There are powerful interests hell-bent on minimizing the damage it is doing to corporate medicine's profit machine. Before it's banned, watch it here.

Quotes of the day
2/25/2013 10:41:46 PM  Allahpundit
The White House plan so far is pretty much according to the Fireman First principle, the idea first promulgated by Washington Monthly founder Charles Peters: that a bureaucracy when faced with cuts will tout its most popular program. Hence a mayor faced

Woah: Chinese communist party official goes berserk after he misses his flight
2/25/2013 10:01:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
With all of the wildly cautious oversight the plutocratic upper-crust of China’s communist regime employs to keep the news cycle specifically tailored to the party’s interests, and with all of the other careful crafting they do to protect

DHS steals TechCrunch founder’s boat over paperwork error
2/25/2013 9:37:44 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Michael Arrington is a prominent tech blogger, who sold his site Tech Crunch to AOL in 2010. As such, this particular story of government overreach, starring a gleeful bureaucrat taking the property of a citizen operating in good faith, may get a wider

Louis Farrakhan: You know, when he talks about the Jewish lobby, Chuck Hagel sounds a little like me
2/25/2013 8:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
The cloture vote’s tomorrow. Confirmation seems a fait accompli. Is there no man in all the land who, through his sheer odiousness, can stop this train with an anti-endorsement — a sort of demonus ex machina? Perhaps there is, my friends.

Loathsome nanny-state mayor: The entire state should probably get on board with my soda ban
2/25/2013 8:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Because curtailing people’s freedom of choice within your own jurisdiction doesn’t amount to nearly enough government overreach for humanity’s self-anointed paternalists, obviously. Bloomberg’s big-soda ban is set to go into

CPAC: Chris Christie’s not invited this year
2/25/2013 7:21:13 PM  Allahpundit
I have my issues with him just like you do, but c’mon. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are conservative enough to speak at CPAC but not Christie? He’s the current vice chair of the RGA and will be chairman next year for the midterms. He’s

Not everybody is as pleased as McDonnell about his transportation bill…
2/25/2013 6:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
I find myself torn. On the one hand, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has generally managed to keep Virginia’s head on straight in most matters fiscal and economic since he was elected in 2010, but on the other, this whole thing seems mighty

Onion apologizes for crass joke about nine-year-old Oscar nominee
2/25/2013 6:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Blogger struggles to cope with slow news day.” As does the AP, which, believe it or not, now has a story on the wires about this. You can read the offending joke, since deleted, at Twitchy. The surest way to bomb in

Top Romney strategist: No, I wouldn’t say the media’s “in the tank” for Obama
2/25/2013 5:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I’m going to cut this guy a bit of a break, for two reasons. One: He’s not denying that the media’s on Obama’s side. He’s quibbling with the phrase “in the tank,” which he seems to define, roughly,

Napolitano: These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism, just FYI
2/25/2013 4:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
And there it is: The ultimate panic-inducing cherry on top of the sequester-scaremongering sundae. Apart from the devastating, eviscerating, meat-cleaving threats of flight delays, park closures, and whooping cough, the existential threat that is the

WaPo: Beretta starting to look at moving out of Maryland after gun-control push
2/25/2013 4:01:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I linked to a Christian Science Monitor report that the firearms industry had begun to organize in opposition to the recent push for increased gun control, but that the major manufacturers had not yet committed themselves.  That situation

Tom Coburn: No deal on background checks if Democrats demand record-keeping of gun sales
2/25/2013 3:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s the first hard evidence we’ve seen that the big meeting of the minds on guns that the media’s been touting might be overhyped. Plain and simple, says Coburn, if Democrats demand that records of private gun sales be kept, the

Obama to state governors: I’ll take your questions, but first let’s kick out the media
2/25/2013 2:41:52 PM  Allahpundit
What makes this moment extra precious, of course, is that the audience is a roomful of fellow elected officials. Literally everyone there is accountable to voters. So naturally the voters’ window on the proceedings needs to be shut. WaPo’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Derek Khanna, Kevin McCullough
2/25/2013 2:36:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we start off today by welcoming Derek Khanna of Forbes and The Atlantic, whose efforts to defend cell-phone consumers cost him his job at the Republican Study Committee.  We’ll discuss the new law that

Part of Obama’s second-term climate strategy: Going regional?
2/25/2013 2:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Both political realities and economic opportunities are preventing President Obama from playing the full-fledged climate-change champion he would no doubt like to embody; a “comprehensive” climate-change bill, like the one Sen. Barbara Boxer

LaHood: Sequester will disrupt air travel even though we get more money for fewer flights now
2/25/2013 1:21:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
We picked on CNN’s Candy Crowley last week, so it’s only fair to highlight her effort here in demolishing Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, FAA edition. Air travel will go haywire if the sequester

ISAF: No evidence to support Afghan torture allegations
2/25/2013 12:41:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Not that we expected to find any, and it’s not just the Americans who are nonplussed at the allegations.  The ISAF has yet to figure out what Hamid Karzai was talking about when he ordered Americans out of Wardak province, although the German

Video: OFA selling WH access to donors?
2/25/2013 12:01:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
“This just looks bad,” says MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and that’s an understatement.  Todd worries that the White House is “ceding the moral high ground” by having Barack Obama’s

Video: Supreme Court to consider key provision in Voting Rights Act this week
2/25/2013 11:21:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
A little over a year ago, I wrote that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice may have gambled away Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act by blocking a South Carolina voter-ID law on its basis.  Holder blocked a law that matches another

Video: FLOTUS presents Best Picture award at the Oscars for some reason
2/25/2013 10:41:52 AM  Allahpundit
Reagan taped a video message for the Oscars in 1981, but of course Reagan had a Hollywood pedigree — actor in more than 75 films/TV shows, SAG president for eight terms, governor of California for two terms. The ’81 Oscars were held just two