HotAir Daily Express 02/28/2013


Great news: Q4 GDP rises to +0.1%
2/28/2013 9:31:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
It beats contraction, which was the result of the initial estimate a month ago, but not by much.  The Commerce Department’s estimate of fourth-quarter economic growth improved to 0.1%, a rise of only two-tenths of a point, in the routine second

USA Today reporter: I know more than a few reporters who’ve gotten White House e-mails like the one Woodward got
2/28/2013 9:02:13 AM  Allahpundit
Noteworthy, although I’m not sure which way it cuts. Younger reporters were tweeting last night that they get angry e-mails from political flacks all the time and that it’s no big deal, which is a nifty way to humblebrag about how

And the WH hatchet man was …
2/28/2013 8:01:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
… Gene Sperling, at least according to BuzzFeed’s source with access to the e-mail conversation between Bob Woodward and whoever “threatened” him.  As hatchet men go, a director of the White House Economic Council is an odd

Quotes of the day
2/27/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
Gov. Chris Christie today brushed off a snub from an influential conservative group that did not invite him to speak at its conference next month, calling the controversy “small stuff.” “I didn’t know that I hadn’t been


Is the Government Hiding too Many Secrets?
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Oops: Arne Duncan may’ve been a bit overenthusiastic in his dire sequester warnings
2/27/2013 10:01:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
This morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was the latest Cabinet member to hit the briefing room and lament the many ghastly ways in which sequestration would man-handle his department’s many absolutely essential functions. Via

Good news: There’s hope for civilization
2/27/2013 9:21:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You have to look outside the Beltway, of course, but occasionally there’s a glimmer. Pat Wesner is a mother of four, with one grown, disabled son in her care and another serving in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, she stumbled on the perfect crime when

More self-defense advice from Joe Biden: “Just fire the shotgun through the door”
2/27/2013 8:41:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Because the advice he offered last week to simply “fire two blasts” outside the house wasn’t recklessly bogus enough, here’s the vice president expounding even further on his recommendations for in-home self-defense in an in-depth

Bob Woodward: The White House told me I’d regret challenging them
2/27/2013 8:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
Via John Sexton of, I’d sure like to know which ray of Hopeychangey sunshine shared this bit of bright good cheer with Woodward. To be clear, he doesn’t specifically say it was someone inside the White House; I’m assuming

DWS: GOP is trying to “abdicate their responsibility” to faceless bureaucrats
2/27/2013 7:21:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Do you think maybe the White House is regretting that “we have no flexibility with which to implement these across-the-board cuts” talking point a little bit? (‘Er, no, we didn’t mean that we actually wanted more flexibility, we

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected
2/27/2013 6:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
No, no, no. Listen: If, in the name of exhausting all non-military options, we need to keep up the farce a bit longer of pretending that Iran might be convinced to abandon its bomb project, fine. Keep talking. Plenty of military experts think even an

Durable-goods orders drop 5.2% in January
2/27/2013 6:01:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
I have to admit, I was briefly taken aback when I first read the headline at CBS News about the durable-goods report released this morning.  “Orders jump for most long-lasting factory goods,”it read, and CNBC’s sounded similarly cheery

Sad news: Sequestration might hamper more renewables projects and “investments”
2/27/2013 5:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
I am mystified as to why I am supposed to interpret this as a bad thing. Gains made in the last four years to build dozens of renewable energy projects on public lands and create a regulatory framework for offshore wind production in the United States

CPAC’s newest speaker: Dr. Ben Carson
2/27/2013 4:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
Will any speaker there receive a warmer reception from the audience than him? Besides Mitt Romney, I mean. Ace thinks this is proof positive that he’s at least considering a run for office. I don’t know. I’ve hashed that out before;

Under the bus: Homeland Security official resigns over release of illegals from detention centers; Update: Retiring, not “resigning”
2/27/2013 4:03:14 PM  Allahpundit
You’ve got to be kidding. The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released

Europe at a crossroads: Deeper union or disintegration?
2/27/2013 3:21:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Eight days ago, Der Spiegel reported that Eurozone supporters wanted to learn a lesson from Alexander Hamilton on how to use national debt to unify and strengthen a monetary union.  I argued at the time that if they look to Hamilton, they would miss one

Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?
2/27/2013 2:41:44 PM  Allahpundit
Promoted from the Greenroom by popular demand: What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer! — Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013 Hard

The Ed Morrissey Show: Niamh Ui Bhriain, Mary Katharine Ham
2/27/2013 2:36:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Guy Benson will be prepping for a guest-hosting gig on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Mary Katharine Ham join me in bonus minutes today to discuss the hot political topics of the day. We’ll start off with some Face

Reason TV: 5 facts that will keep you from committing sequestration seppuku
2/27/2013 2:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
On the verge of panic over the Sequestration That Ate The Beltway? Afraid the world will come to an end on Friday because the federal government might not get every dollar it wants to spend?  Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg ride to

Huge win for Bloomberg as Chicago district nominates, er, anti-gun Democrat
2/27/2013 1:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
The good news? If this guy’s going to start throwing his money around, making sure gun-grabbing Democratic districts stay represented by Democratic gun-grabbers is the least damage he can do. The better news? The more time he spends trying to buy

Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?
2/27/2013 12:41:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Among the complaints about sequestration coming from the White House in recent weeks has been that the sequestration is much too indiscriminate, and that its rules pretty much legally require them to implement the cuts via budgetary hack job. Well, be

Obama will finally meet with Congressional leaders on sequester
2/27/2013 12:01:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
After traveling for more than two weeks and 5200 miles to gripe about the sequester and the supposedly “massive” cuts they impose on federal discretionary spending, Barack Obama will finally talk with people who can do something about it. 

Video: US considering direct aid to Syrian rebels?
2/27/2013 11:21:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
Has the Obama administration decided to intervene in Syria? CBS News reports that the White House is now floating trial balloons about providing direct aid to the rebels fighting the Bashar Assad regime — “non-lethal” aid, but aid

Krauthammer: C’mon, let Christie speak at CPAC
2/27/2013 10:41:38 AM  Allahpundit
Just putting a bow here on all the Christie/CPAC coverage lately until the man himself finally chimes in, which should be soon. Over at the Times, Nate Silver argues that the conservative romance was Christie is ending essentially because it was always