HotAir Daily Express 03/13/2013


White House appeals to Supreme Court on recess-appointment ruling
3/13/2013 10:01:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
No surprise, since leaving the DC Court of Appeals ruling in place would mean setting the precedent that a President can’t use the recess-appointment power at all except during, y’know, recesses.  The only real eyebrow archer in this move is

Video: The obligatory Bushwhackin’ Boogie flash mob salute to Bush 41
3/13/2013 9:21:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
You know that we simply cannot let this one pass without a comment and a smile.  Via Twitchy, CBS happened to be on hand — and apparently in on the secret — when George H. W. Bush paid a visit to Texas A&M to see the school named after

Confirmed: Obama approval dropping
3/13/2013 8:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
We started seeing this with the Reason/Rupe poll almost two weeks ago, which Sean Trende insisted wasn’t really an outlier.  Barack Obama’s approval rating started sliding in Gallup, and last week Reuters had him at 43%. Today, the Washington

Too dumb to check. NAACP chief’s gaffe at Gridiron dinner
3/13/2013 8:01:58 AM  Jazz Shaw
Is it true? I have no idea. But it showed up in the pages of the Washington Post, so It must be … okay. Poor rationale, but still… Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, attended the annual Gridiron charity dinner this year and allegedly ran


Smoke watch: Day 2, morning; Update: Not yet
3/13/2013 5:31:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) Rome awoke to a cold, gray, and wet morning today as the cardinals began their first full day in the papal conclave.  The weather seems to have reduced the turnout, as a much smaller crowd than last night gathers for the signal from the

Quotes of the day
3/12/2013 10:26:18 PM  Allahpundit
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading an online poll being conducted by Contract From America as the conservative pick for president in 2016. With 190,000 votes cast as of Monday morning, Paul leads, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco

The USDA is probably going to “intervene” in the sugar market, for only the zillionth time
3/12/2013 9:31:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the Obama administration has been working overtime to push their sequestration-scaremongering campaign, all about how $85 billion in cuts means that we won’t be able to afford White House tours or as many border patrol agents, it is amazing

Obama: Nah, my budget won’t balance
3/12/2013 8:41:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
George Stephanopoulos got a rare sit-down with President Obama today: President Barack Obama will go one-on-one with George Stephanopoulos, anchor of “Good Morning America” and “This Week,” in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, March 12. The interview

Bloomberg on the soda ban: It’s our job in government to educate people on what they’re doing to themselves
3/12/2013 8:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
Worth posting for what Bloomy says at 1:03 about how this is all just a big information campaign and that, once people are armed with the facts, it’s up to them to make their own decisions. Really? Then how come New Yorkers can’t decide to

Democrats’ budget to include almost $1 trillion in new taxes
3/12/2013 7:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
A handy-dandy preview from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of what we’re in for with the Senate Democrats’ long-awaited — and let me just repeat that, long-awaited — budget; in a nutshell, more class-warmongering and still

NBC: NRA won’t block deal on background checks in Congress — as long as private sellers aren’t forced to keep records; Update: No way, says NRA
3/12/2013 6:41:54 PM  Allahpundit
The NRA’s not confirming it, but they’re not no-way-no-how-no-chance-ing it either. Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure

Flight of the French executives continues
3/12/2013 6:01:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
He’s been in office for less than a year, but the honeymoon phase is already over and Socialist French President Francois Hollande’s approval rating is on the strugglebus. Miraculously, his redistributive financial methods of governance have

Senate Dems preparing to ram immigration bill through after Easter recess?
3/12/2013 5:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
If it’s not instantly clear to you why they might want to do this, you weren’t following the news when they tried to pass comprehensive reform in 2006 and 2007. Mickey Kaus had a post on that very subject yesterday. The tangle of interest

AP: Applying for ObamaCare benefits could be as daunting as doing your taxes
3/12/2013 4:41:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
So, apparently, we had to “pass it to find out what’s in it,” but finding out what’s in it first requires hiring an “army of counselors” to help everyone figure it all out. Awesome. The Associated Press reports that,

Donald Trump: Let’s face it, Ashley Judd’s going to be a great candidate
3/12/2013 4:01:46 PM  Allahpundit
As with Trump himself, I think her most winning quality is how easy she is to relate to. Will he end up donating to her campaign? Maybe we’ll find out when he addresses CPAC on Friday. “All reports indicate Ashley Judd will be running for Sen.

Video: Paul Ryan reveals Path to Prosperity 3.0
3/12/2013 3:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
Guy Benson has a useful bullet-point summary. This budget is less realistic than Ryan’s last two budgets, but that’s because the purpose of introducing a budget this year is different than it was the past two years. Philip Klein explains the

Can Romney win Michigan?
3/12/2013 2:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
No, this isn’t a rerun of the Republican presidential primaries or the 2012 general election — and we’re not talking about Mitt.  Rather, it’s his brother Scott who may soon vie for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring

Bolling decides to skip an indie run in the Virginia gubernatorial race
3/12/2013 2:01:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
After, in his view, getting elbowed out of the Virginia Republican nomination last November with the switchover from a primary to a convention nomination process, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has been flirting with the idea of running as an independent. Last

Six months later, where are Benghazi’s survivors?
3/12/2013 1:21:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday marked six months from the date that four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the first American ambassador murdered in the line of duty in 33 years.  While the Obama

Piers Morgan on Bloomberg’s soda ban: “I think people need the nanny state occasionally”
3/12/2013 12:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, which not only cut the clip but snagged this ode to petty for-your-own-good authoritarianism from Morgan’s Twitter account: If a Mayor can’t do things to make his city’s populace healthier – what’s the point of his

Senior WH official: Obama’s GOP outreach is a big waste of time designed to impress the media
3/12/2013 12:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
Look surprised. “This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for

Video: Procession opens the papal conclave; Update: Embed fixed
3/12/2013 11:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) After weeks of discussion and debate, the papal conclave begins today with the procession of 115 cardinal electors of the Roman Catholic Church from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel, expected to last an hour until the declaration

Video: Falklands vote about as close as you’d expect
3/12/2013 10:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Falkland Islands held a plebescite yesterday to make a statement on self-determination, and a statement they delivered. When asked whether they chose to remain in the United Kingdom as a self-governing territory or opt for any other status, 1,514