HotAir Daily Express 03/14/2013


Video: Passerby with concealed carry in Wisconsin saves woman’s life
3/14/2013 10:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
We hear plenty from gun-control advocates that firearms don’t prevent or stop attacks, and how they’re more likely to end up being used against victims instead. Tell that to Charlie Blackmore, who recently acquired a concealed-carry permit

Biden to lead US delegation to papal inauguration Mass
3/14/2013 9:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) Last night, after unexpectedly working a 14-hour day at the Vatican media center, I trudged back to my hotel exhausted, ate a quick dinner, and went to bed.  For most of my trip back, I wondered what more there might be to report on the

Netanyahu reaches deal to form new government
3/14/2013 8:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
Talk about timing.  With the first-ever visit to Israel by Barack Obama coming in just days, the Israelis have finally formed a government behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Likud Party didn’t win enough Knesset seats to easily create

Democratic “balanced approach”: $1.5 trillion in tax hikes
3/14/2013 8:01:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
This came out late last night — at least here in Rome — and so I missed a couple of e-mails on this rather momentous occasion when Senate Democrats finally produce a budget.  It’s the first time in four years, and now it’s easy to


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Quotes of the day
3/13/2013 10:01:21 PM  Allahpundit
Bergoglio, 76, reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope. In a lifetime of teaching and leading

Video: George H.W. Bush’s first flash mob
3/13/2013 9:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Aw heck, it’s been a slow day and it’s kinda’ fun, so why not? Stopping in for what the Bush family no doubt thought would just be a routine photo op at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service on March 1st (the

Bobby Jindal slayed ‘em at the Gridiron Club Dinner
3/13/2013 8:41:32 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m a couple days late on this, but I was hoping some tape might by chance turn up. The Gridiron dinner is off-the-record and closed to most reporters, but we generally see clips of the president and presidential candidates doing their routines.

Ruth Marcus: OFA is taking porous campaign finance laws and exploiting them to the max
3/13/2013 8:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
It isn’t merely conservatives griping about the dubious nature of the Obama campaign outfit’s metamorphosis from election machinery to advocacy group. The president’s lieutenants have been busily fielding a defense of the group’s

Jay Carney “contradicts” Obama: No, actually, it was the White House who canceled public tours
3/13/2013 7:21:05 PM  Allahpundit
The GOP cut this clip earlier, now I’m seeing people tweet it as proof that Carney and Obama can’t get their story straight on who’s to blame for the cynical “Fireman First” decision that canceled White House tours over

Good news: GSA exec fired in Vegas scandal getting his job back
3/13/2013 6:41:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
With 11 months of back pay, y’all! Nice gig if you can get it. The General Services Administration was ordered this week to reinstate a senior executive who lost his job last year amid revelations of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference. GSA

Bad news: Most Transparent Administration, Evah gets a pretty poor grade on FOIA requests
3/13/2013 6:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
And I quote: My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will

Why would a gun-control advocate want to buy an AR-15?
3/13/2013 5:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
We haven’t blogged this yet but many of you know about it, I assume, from reading, which has been all over it. In a nutshell: Mark Kelly walked into a gun store a few weeks ago and bought two weapons, one a Sig Sauer 45 pistol and the

Scarborough: Obama really trying to move beyond his extreme base and get some stuff done
3/13/2013 4:01:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Obama’s very recent “charm offensive” and the ostensible desire for a “grand bargain”: Sincere effort, or a total joke? Joe Scarborough, at least, is convinced that our infamously aloof president is in earnest: Is the

Video: North Korean propaganda exposes hellish Orwellian experience of American life
3/13/2013 3:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via Danger Room, a reminder that NorK propaganda is so over the top that it’s difficult to tell the real thing from a heavy-handed fake. Is this real or just someone’s idea of a goof? On the one hand, it makes sense as a crude way to keep up

Live Video: The new Pope is … Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis I
3/13/2013 2:45:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
… someone, that much is certain.  NBC News is carrying it live, and here’s the embed.  I’ll update as we find the answer.  I happened to be on a local Salem affiliate doing a taped radio hit when the smoke appeared; I have the audio and

Joe Biden on domestic violence: Watch out for stuff that goes beyond your “garden-variety slap across the face”; Update: Full context added
3/13/2013 2:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Free Beacon, don’t bother complaining. Skip the Ted Kennedy mentions and “what if a Republican…” hypotheticals in the comments. It’s pointless. Just pause a moment to absorb the double standard and go about your day.

OFA e-mail: The sequester is not a list of numbers made up to scare you, but…
3/13/2013 2:01:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
…but while we’re on the subject, we just wanted to send our Organizing for Action supporters this quick update about how your child is probably going to be less safe and not as well cared for at his or her public school now that the cuts are

Smoke watch: Day 2 afternoon; Update: White Smoke!
3/13/2013 1:31:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) The cardinals have returned to the Sistine Chapel for two more votes after lunch, and after an unusual press briefing from La Sala Stampa.  The Vatican moved the briefing for the first time to the center in which I’ve been working

Rand Paul: Let’s get marriage out of the tax code
3/13/2013 1:21:16 PM  Allahpundit
This isn’t news because it’s novel for a Paul to be saying such things — his dad once called for getting the government out of marriage on a GOP presidential primary debate stage — but because of Paul’s growing prominence in

Faith, governance, and relevancy
3/13/2013 12:01:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) I’ve been in Rome since Friday, reporting from the Vatican and one of its media centers.  I didn’t find out until yesterday that there are actually two media centers, packed with credentialed journalists, reporting on the papal

FDA: Calorie-count mandate of ObamaCare “extremely thorny”
3/13/2013 11:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Who could have seen this coming?  Well, besides anyone who actually paid attention when it first became known that the ObamaCare law contained a hidden mandate that forced food-selling chains of 20 or more locations to post calorie counts of every item

Obama: Hey, don’t blame me for those canceled White House tours
3/13/2013 10:41:22 AM  Allahpundit
Via Byron York, skip to 2:33 for the key bit. And remember, not only did the GOP offer to give him extra flexibility on what to cut as part of the sequester — which he refused, naturally — but federal agencies already enjoy some inherent