HotAir Daily Express 03/01/2013


Was Kerry winging it on Syria?
3/1/2013 10:00:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
One reason that Senate alums get easy rides in confirmation hearings is the presumption that as members of the club, they represent a close tie to a presidential administration and their activities.  It supposedly eases the communication gap between the

Video: How to win the Sequestrocalypse
3/1/2013 9:21:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
Check the window.  Did the sun rise in the east this morning?  The big blue marble still spinning on its axis? Via The Corner, Charles Krauthammer explains how Republicans now have the upper hand in the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, thanks to

Video: The start of sede vacante and the world’s most-watched job search
3/1/2013 8:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s the most-watched job search this year, at least. Last year, it would have been the American presidential election, in which the incumbent hadn’t decided to retire, and voters ended up giving him another four years. The cardinals of the

The Bradley Manning “plea deal”
3/1/2013 8:01:01 AM  Jazz Shaw
I’ll confess to being a bit surprised yesterday when I noticed a blog post which implied that alleged (okay… at this point I think we can do away with the “alleged”) traitor Bradley Manning had struck some sort of a plea deal in


Quotes of the day
2/28/2013 10:51:25 PM  Allahpundit
Woodward said he stands by the idea that Sperling’s language was over the line but stops short of suggesting outright intimidation. “I never characterized it as a ‘threat,’” he said. “I think that was Politico’s word. I said I think that language is

Another — yes, another — Obama-funded solar firm making layoffs
2/28/2013 10:01:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
I really just hate to gloat, but… I kinda’ called this one. Late last summer, at about the same time as the failed federally-backed solar company Solyndra was in its death throes, the Obama administration decided to go full steam ahead with

Every single bit of gun advice Biden gives will get you arrested
2/28/2013 9:11:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
These are the people who think they know better than you and should dictate your firearms choices. Erika highlighted Vice President Joe Biden’s most recent gun non-safety advice today: I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than

Report: DOJ to ask Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage in California — and beyond?
2/28/2013 8:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
The news here isn’t that O’s weighing in on the side of Ted Olson and David Boies. Technically he doesn’t need to get involved, but good luck explaining that to his base if he sits this one out and the decision comes back 5-4 in favor

White House: Oh yeah, about Obama’s budget — sequestration is exacerbating the holdup
2/28/2013 7:31:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
So the White House simply hasn’t had the time to finish up a major project that was due a month ago, yet somehow, they’ve managed to come up with and fudge overly-alarmist numbers for specific Cabinet officials and sent them all out on a

Dennis Rodman, companions have awesome time with leader of starving totalitarian gulag-state
2/28/2013 6:41:14 PM  Allahpundit
For once, the term “useful idiot” seems unequal to the task. Nothing I can say here can outdo the AP’s account of the trip, so hug your children, take a deep breath, and step forward into the void. Quote: “The crowd was really

Videos: The final day of a retiring Pope
2/28/2013 5:51:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Pontiffs don’t have exit interviews, since most of them don’t retire or resign. Today, though, the cardinals gathered for one last audience with Pope Benedict XVI, his last official meeting as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The affection

Study: The natural gas boom isn’t going anywhere for awhile
2/28/2013 5:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
While naysayers have been claiming that the natural-gas revolution is more of a flash in the pan riddled with problems than an economic boon built to last, a comprehensive new study from the University of Texas concludes that the rate of natural gas

Here comes the sequester: Democratic, Republican bills to avert cuts defeated in Senate
2/28/2013 4:11:34 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, the GOP bill wasn’t designed to avert cuts, it was designed to avert these cuts by giving Obama the power to replace them with equivalent cuts of his choosing. He’s been screaming for weeks that the sequester will chop crucial

National Journal chief: A senior WH official got so belligerent with me, I had to drop him as a source
2/28/2013 3:21:03 PM  Allahpundit
Woodward, Lanny Davis, and now Ron Fournier. How come it’s the older, more established D.C. hands who are piping up about being strongarmed by the White House and not the younger, less established ones? Is it because the young’uns have

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder, John Horvat
2/28/2013 2:36:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. In bonus minutes, we’ll talk with author and Catholic

N.C. Democratic Party chair owes $286K in back taxes
2/28/2013 2:31:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The left is ramping up its efforts to turn North Carolina blue again, and this is the man who shall lead them: Court records show the new head of the North Carolina Democratic Party owes nearly $286,000 in back taxes and penalties. Pittsboro Mayor Randy

Hastert Rule, strike three: House passes Senate’s Violence Against Women Act bill with majority of Republicans opposed
2/28/2013 1:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
286-138, with all 199 Democrats voting yes and all 138 no votes coming from the GOP. That makes three times, the first being the fiscal cliff and the second being the Sandy relief bill, that Boehner’s pushed something through the House with most of

AG Holder: That contempt vote? Nah, doesn’t bother me
2/28/2013 12:51:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
And why should it, really? Executive-privilege pulling President Obama and his dutiful administration managed to escape pretty well unscathed from Oversight’s investigation into their deadly gunwalking operation, which resulted in the deaths of at

What if it’s not really about the sequester?
2/28/2013 12:01:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
Investors Business Daily asks the question, “Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?” Only those that are paying attention. After a steady weeks-long diet of hysteria, hyperbole, and half-truths, Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Former Clinton aide: Obama WH threatened my paper, too
2/28/2013 11:11:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Bob Woodward’s experience wasn’t quite as harrowing as he first let on, Lanny Davis’ anecdote sounds more like the real deal.  Bill Clinton’s former special counsel told Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson on WMAL that his