HotAir Daily Express 03/19/2013


Bombs rip through Iraq on 10th anniversary of US invasion
3/19/2013 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today is the 10th anniversary of the second US invasion of Iraq, which deposed Saddam Hussein and created years of division and controversy in the US.  Terrorists marked the occasion with a series of bombings that killed at least 56 Iraqis in Baghdad,

Feinstein: Reid excluded the assault-weapons ban from Senate gun bill
3/19/2013 9:21:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
No one expected the assault-weapons ban proposed by Dianne Feinstein to pass as part of the Senate’s gun-control package.  Now it won’t even be a part of it.  Last night, Feinstein told reporters that Harry Reid had excluded it from the final

Reince Priebus’s not so crazy plans
3/19/2013 8:41:31 AM  Jazz Shaw
Yesterday, both Ed and AP provided some coverage and commentary on the “autopsy” of the GOP following the 2012 election by the RNC and Chairman Priebus’s plans to try to set the situation to rights. Obviously, this caused quite a stir

Installation Mass of Pope Francis: Scenes from the jailbreak; Update: 200K attended
3/19/2013 8:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) It’s 2013, and it’s 6:15 in the morning in Rome, but the scene puts me right back to the 2011 beatification of John Paul II.  Transportation services stop well short of their destinations, unable to compete with the foot


Quotes of the day
3/18/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
A blunt self-critique by the national Republican Party concludes that while the GOP is flourishing in many state capitals, it is “increasingly marginalized” and out of touch at the federal level. In focus groups, voters who had left the

Pew study: Fox News reports three times more news than MSNBC
3/18/2013 10:01:56 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Editor’s Note: My apologies that this piece showed up in draft form on the blog earlier tonight. I typoed in the worst place possible while scheduling it, making it appear in the 7 p.m. hour instead of the 10 p.m. In all the hand-wringing over

Good news: “Walking Dead” devotes full hour of screen time to its two most unlikable characters
3/18/2013 9:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Time for the weekly grumble thread. Just the other day I was thinking, “You know what would really perk this show up? An entire episode devoted to its most annoying, chronically boring character, who hasn’t done a single interesting thing

Report: 336 million abortions under China’s one-child policy
3/18/2013 8:41:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s difficult to know exactly how many abortions — voluntary or otherwise — have been performed in China to get everyone to comply with their notorious one-child policy, because a lot of this stuff occurs off the grid and under the

Reince Priebus: Rob Portman’s gay marriage position won’t limit the RNC’s support for him at all
3/18/2013 8:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, he’s careful not to endorse gay marriage himself but he sure does seem chipper at the beginning about the “inroads” Portman’s allegedly made with gay voters. Meanwhile, back in Ohio… “I think [the RNC] should pretty

Hmm: Obama nominates Justice official to lead the Labor Department
3/18/2013 6:41:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Monday morning, President Obama announced his pick to replace outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis at the Labor Department: Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. National Journal

Rand Paul advisor warns RNC: Getting rid of caucuses in 2016 means “nuclear war” with the base
3/18/2013 6:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
Gonna be a lot of blood on the floor when the next nominee is crowned. Tucked in near the end of the 97-page report, formally known as The Growth and Opportunity Project, are less than four pages that amount to a political bombshell: the five-member

Video: Kathryn Jean Lopez and the Vatican Dispatch
3/18/2013 5:21:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) It’s a cold, wet, and windy day here at the Vatican, but that hasn’t kept tourists from filling St. Peter’s Square to tour the Basilica or the Vatican Museums.  It also didn’t keep me from interviewing Kathryn Jean

Colorado sheriffs: Sorry, but these new gun laws would be kind of unenforceable
3/18/2013 4:41:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Colorado is waiting on Gov. Hickenlooper to sign a couple of new gun-control bills passed by the legislature to be signed into law, including a measure that will limit the sale of high-capacity magazines (which they have so augustly defined as 15 or more

Producers of “The Bible” miniseries: No way were we trying to make Satan look like Obama
3/18/2013 4:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
C’mon. I thought the consensus on the right was that Satan looks like Karl Rove. The bad news? The producers have a media shinolastorm on their hands over what was almost certainly an innocent casting decision. The good news? We now have a new

New crusade for loathsome nanny-state mayor: Let’s make store owners hide cigarettes behind the counter
3/18/2013 3:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
The most irritating peculiarity of Bloomberg’s petty nannyism is how it gets you thinking like a regulator even if you oppose what he’s doing. The hallmark of Bloombergism isn’t meddling with people’s personal habits, it’s

Venezuela’s acting president: Obama better nix that plot to assassinate the opposition candidate, or something
3/18/2013 2:41:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Throughout his reign, Hugo Chavez was fond of denouncing ostensible US- and Western-fueled covert schemes designed to subvert both his presidency and his glorious socialist revolution, presumably to help keep the socialist dream alive by peddling

Video: Hillary stops pretending that she’s against gay marriage; Update: 58% support gay marriage in new poll
3/18/2013 2:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “Wait, Hillary wasn’t already on record in favor of gay marriage?” Evidently not. Five years ago, top-tier Democratic candidates concluded that they couldn’t safely support SSM publicly; five years and a

Elizabeth Warren: Hey, why isn’t the minimum wage $22/hour?
3/18/2013 1:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, minimum wage — the simple- and friendly-sounding yet actually regressive and economy-damaging populist throwback that just refuses to die. President Obama once again resurrected the timelessly terrible idea in his State of the Union speech in

Francis’ next task: selecting a Secretary of State
3/18/2013 12:52:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) With delegations from countries around the world arriving in Rome to attend the papal installation Mass tomorrow, attention has now turned to the nominal liaison for diplomacy — but for different reasons.  The election of Pope

Reports: Bipartisan Senate immigration proposal will grant citizenship to illegals in 13 years
3/18/2013 12:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
So say the NYT and WaPo. Obama’s own immigration proposal, by contrast, imagines citizenship for illegals in, er … 13 years. So that’s what having four Republicans in the “Gang of Eight” gets you — the same basic

Priebus launches $10M outreach program, calls for earlier conventions
3/18/2013 11:21:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
After losing three out of the last four national elections and watching Democrats expand their edge on the demographic curve, the Republican Party has decided to start committing serious resources to making itself part of communities long surrendered to

Obama’s trip to Israel: Don’t expect much
3/18/2013 10:41:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Joe Biden wings his way to Rome to celebrate the installation mass of new Roman Catholic pontiff Pope Francis at the Vatican, his boss will make a pilgrimage — of sorts — to Jerusalem. Despite his high-profile visit to Israel in 2007 as a