HotAir Daily Express 03/12/2013

Poll shows Nightmare on Sequester Street a flop
3/12/2013 10:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
It goes by many names — crying wolf, Chicken Little, or just plain hyperbole.  What happens to a politician who insists that the world will end unless his policies are implemented, only to have the globe keep on turning as usual with little

Obama drops 10% in one month. In… New York?
3/12/2013 9:21:08 AM  Jazz Shaw
What with the recent changes to various regulatory aspects regarding the lives of American citizens I was expecting a bit of backlash against President Obama, but I certainly didn’t see this coming. President Barack Obama’s approval rating in New

A GOProud challenge to Lindsey Graham next year?
3/12/2013 8:41:52 AM  Jazz Shaw
Lindsey Graham has been busy ticking off quite a few of the conservative faithful lately, whether it’s attacking Rand Paul or dining with the President. Thus, it’s no surprise if there are rumblings about a primary challenge for his seat next

Woman to Rep. Moran: “Why aren’t you pro-choice [on] self-defense for women?”
3/12/2013 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Good question — which is why Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) evaded it by complaining about the length of the questions.  Bear in mind that Moran held this townhall meeting specifically to discuss legislative responses to the Newtown shootings; it was titled

It already happened in Britain – and now America!
Few Americans know about this dark period of British history, which occurred nearly 50 years ago.
But now, the exact same thing is happening to the United States –and most Americans are in for a shocking surprise.
See the full analysis, free of charge, here…

Quotes of the day
3/11/2013 10:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
Voters are divided on whom they like in the great debates over the budget and spending cuts. By 45-37 percent, they blame congressional Republicans more than Obama for the recent failure to find a better alternative to reducing deficits than the $85

Video: How to break 15 laws in 33 seconds
3/11/2013 10:01:56 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A brief lesson in overcriminalization from, of all places, Buzzfeed. Cute, pithy, and perfect for pop culture. It does sound better than a lecture on overcriminalization, huh? Maybe someone should do one on gun laws. It’d have to be David

Oh, good: Americans enrolled in the federal food-stamp program hits a new record
3/11/2013 9:21:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
After last week’s big February-unemployment reveal, we were treated to a whole heap of ostensible reasons about why the ever-so-slightly eased official unemployment rate of 7.7 percent means the economy is really getting on the right track, and

Video: “Walking Dead” getting closer to having something interesting happen
3/11/2013 8:41:52 PM  Allahpundit
Look on the bright side. Even though nothing interesting happened last night, the ethical dilemma for Rick over whether to hand Michonne over to the Governor is potentially interesting. And now that we know the two sides are going to war, we’re all

Ohio considers bill to ban traffic cameras after judge calls them a scam
3/11/2013 8:00:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, the bellwether burned us in November, but it could make it up to us now! Ohio legislators proposed a ban on traffic enforcement cameras to eliminate what they see as violations of drivers’ rights. The recently introduced bill would eliminate the use

Democrats reconsidering Ashley Judd for Senate?
3/11/2013 7:06:16 PM  Allahpundit
I said on Friday that she’s low risk and high reward, which is true — if all you’re looking at it is beating Mitch McConnell. That’s unlikely to happen even with a strong nominee so why not roll the dice on a celebrity? The

Santelli: Where the heck was Immelt on regulatory uncertainty two, three, four years ago?
3/11/2013 6:26:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
In a letter to his shareholders on Monday, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt warned that the many incoming federal regulations and the accompanying “unprecedented” uncertainty could have an unfortunate impact on capital investment and the

Report: Bipartisan Senate group close to a deal on path to legal status for illegals
3/11/2013 5:46:32 PM  Allahpundit
I’m … not sure this is news. The chief objection from border hawks to the bipartisan plan announced in January was that it would grant probationary legal status to illegals on the first day, immediately upon passage. A path to citizenship

Open thread: Man in charge of America’s biggest city to discuss importance of regulating soda-pop portions at 5:30 ET; Update: Video added
3/11/2013 5:06:47 PM  Allahpundit
The news is slow enough today that I’m guessing one or more of the cable news nets will carry his press conference/tantrum live at 5:30. Here’s your thread for commenting if you’re in front of a TV. He’s already vowed to appeal

Sequester, schmequester: Party at the White House!
3/11/2013 4:26:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, I wondered if perhaps the Obama administration would consider factor the optics of the decision to cancel White House tours for the public into their upcoming decisions about the executives’ leisure activities, and whether they’d

Soda jerks: NYC health inspectors to deploy with 17-ounce measuring cups tomorrow; Update: NY judge invalidates soda ban
3/11/2013 3:46:55 PM  Allahpundit
In a sane world, the moment Bloomberg found himself special-ordering custom-sized government-issued drinking glasses for city bureaucrats would have been the moment the fever broke and he realized that his stunningly successful career in finance and

Chaffetz: We fundamentally do not believe we’re just one good tax increase away from prosperity
3/11/2013 3:06:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
The House GOP is set to unveil their budget proposal this week, which, as Rep. Paul Ryan indicated on Fox News Sunday, plans to balance the budget in ten years. On CNN Monday morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz was also looking to get out in front of some of

Dem Rep. Jan Schakowsky: I’m not so sure we can’t ban handguns entirely
3/11/2013 2:26:28 PM  Allahpundit
In which Jason Mattera discovers Schakowsky’s Nixonian side. Watching this reminded me of the videos that circulated during the ObamaCare debate of high-profile liberals confessing publicly that single-payer is the ultimate goal of universal health

Video: Vatican Dispatch from St. Peter’s Square
3/11/2013 1:46:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s been a busy day here at the Vatican.  The press briefing for today ran longer than usual, as there won’t be time for a press briefing tomorrow, and Fr. Lombardi and his team wanted to give as much detail as possible.  I review that and

Trending: Sin tax proposals on guns and ammunition
3/11/2013 1:06:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
The idea behind sin taxes is nothing new; they have long been a favored method for lawmakers looking to raise revenue on the backs of behaviors that they oh-so-munificently deem to be vices — alcohol, tobacco, and gambling have been longtime

Video: Two years after Fukushima accident, Japan starts turning back to nuclear power
3/11/2013 12:26:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Two years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan, killing almost 16,000 people with another 2600 still listed as missing. Estimates of the cost of the destruction go as high as $235 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster

Senior administration official: Holder’s letter to Rand Paul implies no change to our drone policy
3/11/2013 11:21:50 AM  Allahpundit
An important footnote to the filibuster heard ’round the world. At first blush, this seems mundane: Paul’s interest was in limiting drone strikes on U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, not overseas where all of the actual drone warfare (so far) is

Politico: Say, remember when Obama was popular?
3/11/2013 10:41:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, it didn’t seem all that long ago.  After the election gave him a second term, the media talked about Barack Obama’s mandate for a progressive second-term agenda.  When he got tax hikes in the New Year’s Day budget showdown,