HotAir Daily Express 02/05/2013


Democrats selling voter data to retailers?
2/5/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
The success of the Democratic effort in 2012 was credited in large part to a massive data-mining effort and hyperaccurate microtargeting.  Data collection efforts by Democrats from the ground up allowed the party to fine-tune GOTV efforts and turn out

Krauthammer: Updated HHS contraception mandate is a “farce”
2/5/2013 9:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
If you missed last week’s Friday afternoon document dump, the Department of Health and Human Services updated its controversial contraception mandate, in part due to a demand in federal court.  The new rules supposedly expand the religious

Obama admin: Drones can target Americans abroad based on one official’s opinion
2/5/2013 8:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki generated a surprising amount of controversy.  The US had used drones to kill scores of AQ leaders and followers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen before Awlaki and afterward.  However, Awlaki was a US

DoJ to S&P: How dare you rate our mandated securities so highly, or something
2/5/2013 8:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
In other words, no good deed goes unpunished.  The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against credit rater Standard & Poor’s yesterday almost five years after the collapse of the housing bubble nearly destroyed the financial sector.  The DoJ


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
2/4/2013 10:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
*** With his gun proposals dividing Congress, President Barack Obama took his case for universal background checks and for banning some military-style weapons to the upper Midwest on Monday, looking to build public support for his measures and to apply

Super Bowl Ads: The power of sweetness
2/4/2013 9:41:54 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
There are four kinds of Super Bowl ads. Shock ads (encompassing both sexy and gross-out shock), Joke ads, Stunt casting ads, and Sweet ads. They sometimes overlap– gross-out Shock + Joke (the Doritos oeuvre) or Joke + Stunt casting, etc. It’s

Bad news: That payroll tax cut expiration might not do much for the economy
2/4/2013 9:11:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
As many of you likely experienced when your first paycheck of January came in, the payroll tax cut officially expired — i.e. your payroll tax was increased from 4.2 percent of your wages to 6.2 percent. As it turns out, eliminating a tax cut meant

California: Sitting atop black gold, forgoing for the green?
2/4/2013 7:51:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
While touting his ostensible “all of the above” energy plan and working the campaign trail not so very long ago, President Obama would justify his many expensive green-energy plans by repeatedly saying something along the lines of,

Report: Secretary Napolitano mulling a 2016 run?
2/4/2013 6:21:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Hillary Clinton’s answers on her future plans and potential presidential ambitions may be evolving, but even if she decides not to run, the Democrats may be looking for a lady to possibly lead the party, the better to keep the dynamism rolling and

Obama administration getting strangely less specific about their electric-vehicle goals
2/4/2013 5:21:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
The day before he announced that he will be departing his post at the Department of Energy last week, Secretary Chu was talking a big game about the Obama administration’s ongoing plans for electric vehicles — but was somewhat less specific

Arizona sues EPA over “absurd” coal emission rules
2/4/2013 4:31:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
To paraphrase Herman’s Hermits: Second term, same as the first?  The latest front in the war on coal has shifted far from the mines which produce the raw materials for energy production, and to a state known for its contentious relationship with

New AFP ad: Say, remember when Obama demonized groups like us?
2/4/2013 3:41:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this a blast from the past, with a twist.  It wasn’t that long ago that Barack Obama and his supporters attacked Americans for Prosperity as a corporate front group, just a façade for the One Percenters that might not even be

Video: Did the Super Bowl hold back recovery in the Lower Ninth Ward?
2/4/2013 2:51:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
CBS’ James Brown takes a critical look at the impact of the Super Bowl on the progress of recovery in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, both the poorest part of the city and the hardest hit by the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. More than

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
2/4/2013 2:46:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough won’t be able to make it. Instead, we’ll have a Face the Chat, where our Chatizens ask me questions in our chat room, and I provide less-than-pithy answers. All you need to do to

Reid going modular on gun control
2/4/2013 2:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
Harry Reid finds himself stuck between his gun-rights voters and the NRA on one side of the current gun-control debate, and the White House and Dianne Feinstein on the other.  How can he proceed without angering either?  The Wall Street Journal reports

Shocker: The White House misses their budget deadline, again
2/4/2013 1:11:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
The White House is legally required to submit a budget to Congress on the first Monday in February of every year — which evidently means little-to-nothing to the auspicious Obama administration. The White House already warned the House Budget

Why boys are falling behind and why we have to fix it
2/4/2013 12:31:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand

Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA? Update: “The timing is not right for me…”
2/4/2013 12:01:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
With Scott Brown backing out of the special election to the Senate in Massachusetts, some wondered whether former Governor and erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney might take a shot at filling the rest of John Kerry’s term in office. 

Major cyber breach at the Department of Energy?
2/4/2013 11:31:40 AM  Erika Johnsen
When outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta defended the Pentagon’s newly-approved plan to drastically expand their cyber security force, he was not messing around. “Unidentified” foreign entities certainly have been ramping up the

McConnell: Opposition to Hagel “intensifying”
2/4/2013 11:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Certainly support for Chuck Hagel isn’t intensifying, not after the weak defense offered for the Defense nominee over the weekend.  Republicans had mostly decided to oppose Chuck Hagel’s confirmation even before Thursday’s confirmation

Karl Rove’s Super PAC creating new group aimed at helping establishment candidates in GOP primaries
2/4/2013 10:31:17 AM  Allahpundit
We knew this was coming, no? A month ago, Politico reported that Senate Republicans were planning to intervene more aggressively in GOP primaries in hopes of clearing the field for their preferred candidates. A few days later, Steve LaTourette announced