HotAir Daily Express 02/04/2013

Video: Chicago murders worse now than during Capone’s era
2/4/2013 10:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Instapundit, this really shouldn’t come as much of a shock.  That’s actually been true for decades. ABC’s Chicago affiliate runs the numbers and informs its viewers that the numbers today, as bad as they are, are still an

Obama: I think the Boy Scouts should admit gay members
2/4/2013 9:31:25 AM  Allahpundit
Not surprising but still newsworthy given that he is, after all, the BSA’s honorary president and because I’m not sure we’d have gotten as unequivocal a statement from him a year ago, before he “evolved” on gay marriage. No

Gibbs: Hagel “unimpressive and unprepared”
2/4/2013 9:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
How do you know a nominee is in trouble?  Well, when reliable White House apologists on Sunday morning talk shows call him “unimpressive and unprepared,” it’s not exactly a good sign.  Robert Gibbs dismissed the rough treatment John

Politico wonders: Can Menendez survive — in New Jersey?
2/4/2013 8:31:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s a good question, but the wrong venue.  The question regarding Menendez isn’t political at the moment, at least not in terms of electoral process.  Menendez has a political problem and a legal problem, and the voters of New Jersey

Video: And the Super Bowl winner was …
2/4/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Oh, not the football game, which went down as one of the strangest Super Bowls ever, and which the Baltimore Ravens barely hung on to win, 34-31.  No, we’re talking about the advertising game, as companies competed for the hearts and minds of

Quotes of the day
2/3/2013 8:31:03 PM  Allahpundit
Reid, who told me he has “lots of guns” that he keeps for “sentimental reasons,” said he wants to “get something done on guns” and expressed support for universal background checks. He said he’d consider other proposals such as limiting gun magazine

Is Mexico ready to join the oil-and-gas boom?
2/3/2013 7:01:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
Mexico nationalized their oil industry in the 1930s, essentially giving private foreign companies as well as their technology and capital the ol’ heave-ho, and state-owned Pemex has dominated the oil-and-gas ever since. The oil giant is

Hess to close last refinery in New Jersey
2/3/2013 5:01:17 PM  Jazz Shaw
This story went mostly under the radar, but it will have some implications for many people on the east coast and for the industry in general further down the line. Without much fanfare, Hess recently announced that they were selling off their last

Ecuadorian judge in Chevron suit admits to being bribed
2/3/2013 3:31:08 PM  Jazz Shaw
It was just last month that we learned more details of the years long lawsuit in Ecuador against Chevron, with the claims of the plaintiffs and their American, eco-warrior backers getting ripped into increasingly smaller pieces. Everyone dragged into

Another female veteran speaks on women in combat
2/3/2013 2:01:19 PM  Jazz Shaw
Previously, I offered some of my own admittedly last century feelings about sending American women into direct, front line combat roles. That sparked a fair bit of discussion, including the submission of a letter from a woman who has seen action in the

NFL Super Bowl open thread
2/3/2013 12:31:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
Are you ready forone last bit of football?  The 2012 season comes down to two teams, two brothers, one party town, and about a billion viewers.  Neither San Francisco nor Baltimore were favored to reach Super Bowl XLVII, but they scratched and clawed

Film review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2/3/2013 11:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Every week I plan to see a new movie and write a review, but some weeks — especially in January and February — it gets difficult to pick a film.  This week, I asked readers to choose between four films, and they chose the one that had