HotAir Daily Express 02/07/2013


Video: Catholic deacon files suit against HHS mandate
2/7/2013 10:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Deacon Greg, this puts a new spin on the question of religious exemptions to the HHS contraception mandate.  The Obama administration claims it has solved the problem by extending religious exemptions to churches, and now religious-affiliated

Obama releases secret drone memo to Senate Intel Committee
2/7/2013 9:21:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Stung by the outcry across the political spectrum from a leaked memo on drone-targeting decisions, Barack Obama has begun to play defense where it counts.  Late last night, the White House agreed to release the memo governing the use of drones to kill

Jackson Jr plea deal will include “significant jail time”
2/7/2013 8:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Isn’t this becoming a tradition in Illinois politics? A couple of the state’s recent governors went from the big mansion to the Big House, too, and so did Jesse Jackson Jr’s predecessor in his House seat, Mel Reynolds.  Jackson will

Menendez intervened for Melgen on $8.9 million overbilling dispute
2/7/2013 8:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Members of Congress often argue that all of the problems in Medicare and Medicaid can be solved by working on “waste, fraud, and abuse.”  The good news is that Senator Robert Menendez has been hard at work on the problem.  The bad news is


Quotes of the day
2/6/2013 10:36:56 PM  Allahpundit
Amid new controversy over his administration’s targeted killing of American citizens overseas by drones, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands that he turn over to Congress classified Justice Department legal advice seeking to justify the

Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech: No to isolationism, no to neoconservatism, yes to containment
2/6/2013 9:51:35 PM  Allahpundit
Carve out time for the video or the transcript, as he’s already the GOP’s leading advocate after two short years in the Senate for less intervention abroad. If you’re not interested in it on the merits, watch it anyway as a sneak

Shooter chose conservative group to target from list of “hate groups” posted on SPLC website
2/6/2013 9:06:36 PM  Allahpundit
I have little to add to what you’ve read from Ace, John Sexton, R.S. McCain, Erick Erickson and others. We’re all thinking the same thing — see Twitchy for proof — and we’re all correct: Why yes, this is eerily similar to

Bad news from Gov. Quinn: Illinois’ pension systems are kind of a trainwreck
2/6/2013 8:21:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Republicans search for ways in which the party can more effectively make its case for free-markets and slimmer tax codes as the best and most efficient means to create the healthiest, most prosperous societies, many of the country’s 30 GOP

Hagel vote postponed as committee pushes for financial disclosure
2/6/2013 7:31:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy reported on calls for delay by GOP senators Tuesday, and confirms a delay today: Levin confirms no Hagel committee vote this week. — Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 6, 2013 At Hagel’s Jan. 31 confirmation

LaHood: America is really just “one big pothole,” you know
2/6/2013 6:41:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
In the spirit of all good big-government bureaucrats, he really regrets that he just didn’t get the chance to spend enough of our money for us. Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was

Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response, of course
2/6/2013 5:51:47 PM  Allahpundit
Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about

Jerry Brown to Rick Perry: That come-on-down-to-Texas ad is “barely a fart”
2/6/2013 5:01:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
I love federalism. Which is to say, really, that I love competition. When states, like businesses, compete for their desired goals in a free-market scenario, everybody wins in the long run, because the policies that really work and appeal to the most

AP: Bruce Willis a die-hard on Second Amendment
2/6/2013 4:11:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yes, I’ve been waiting all day to write that headline. So sue me.  While many Hollywood celebrities have begun lecturing us on gun control and gun violence — some while making movies that mindlessly celebrate the latter — a few have

The Ed Morrissey Show: David Freddoso, Mary Katharine Ham
2/6/2013 3:21:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), David Freddoso kicks the show off by talking about his new book, Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama. Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss today’s latest

Massachusetts wants to hike taxes on heels of $30 million welfare fraud, finds citizens unenthusiastic
2/6/2013 3:21:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Every time government leaders come back to taxpayers for more money, they are saying to you, “As we see it, this government is running like a perfectly well-oiled machine, and there is nowhere possible we could imagine extracting this money except

Video: The ad Ashley Judd should run in Tennessee Kentucky
2/6/2013 2:41:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Is the Ashley Judd for Senate juggernaut really under way?  It seems so; even the Washington Post is handicapping her divorce as a potential signal that she wants to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: This week’s announcement that Ashley

Sweet: ObamaCare is going to cost us 127 million+ hours a year
2/6/2013 2:01:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just a little midweek, midday roundup of a few of the most recent ways in which the Affordable Care Act is just not going according to plan. “Unexpectedly,” of course. The House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce, and Energy and Commerce

Panetta: “We are literally the target of thousands of cyber attacks every day”
2/6/2013 1:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Via the WFB, Panetta is really sounding the alarm on this recently; at a speech on Wednesday, he warned not only of the degrading effect of the pending spending cuts on military readiness, but also spoke about cyberspace as the new frontier on which the

Krauthammer to GOP: Let the sequester roll
2/6/2013 12:41:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
Good advice from Charles Krauthammer — and not just because I’ve been making the same argument for weeks.  Barack Obama demanded more tax hikes along with a delay in the sequester cuts yesterday, which Krauthammer could hardly believe. Why

NYT: Did you know that the US has a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia?
2/6/2013 12:01:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
You do now, thanks to the Gray Lady’s predilection for disclosing national-security secrets across its pages.  The NYT opens a discussion on John Brennan’s work in the drone program, pushed to the forefront because of his pending confirmation

CBO: US to add $7 trillion more in debt in next decade
2/6/2013 11:21:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
The good news from yesterday’s CBO report is that we may actually end up with a sub-trillion-dollar deficit this year.  The annual deficit for FY2013 will come in at $845 billion, the first time in five years that it’s been less than the

Karl Rove: My new group isn’t out to get the tea party, I swear
2/6/2013 10:41:12 AM  Allahpundit
>From last night’s “Hannity,” here’s the man himself responding to that NYT piece that set conservative media (and grassroots fundraisers) on fire. He’s eager to note how many tea-party candidates he’s supported in the