HotAir Daily Express 03/20/2013


Flexibility achieved: Obama pulls missile defense system from eastern Europe
3/20/2013 10:01:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Friday, new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel used the traditionally ignored Friday afternoon time period to announce an expansion of American missile defense on the Pacific coast, as an answer to threats from North Korea.  What didn’t get much

Dems rethinking this whole Ashley Judd thing
3/20/2013 9:21:36 AM  Jazz Shaw
We first saw some hints of this via Allahpundit more than a week ago. The Democrats certainly would like a big money, high name recognition candidate to take a run at Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year, and Ashley Judd certainly seems to check both of

Politico: Menendez donor flew Reid on his private jet, too
3/20/2013 8:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like the Salomon Melgen/Robert Menendez scandal may go the full Jack Abramoff. Politico has a splashy report, complete with a look-what-we-found video, about the connections between Melgen and two other top Democrats — Harry Reid and Barack

Exclusive first-look video: Issa slams WH over tour cancellations
3/20/2013 8:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
It seems that Darrell Issa has had enough of the Washington Monument strategy and buck-passing from the Obama administration on the sequester.  In a new video and statement given to Hot Air exclusively for a first look, the House Oversight chair blasts


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Quotes of the day
3/19/2013 10:41:28 PM  Allahpundit
Today, tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., became the latest prominent Republican to confuse the immigration conversation by avoiding specific language on citizenship — perhaps by design. Paul lent his growing political weight to the issue with a

Cypriot lawmakers on “one-time” bank deposit levy: Yeah, we’re not doing that
3/19/2013 9:31:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
I cannot even begin to fathom what it was that was going through these oh-so-august European finance ministers’ minds when they thought this insidious little scheme up, unless it was deepening Europe’s debt and economic crises with a

FDA abandoning that legal battle over gruesome cigarette labels
3/19/2013 8:41:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
A couple years back, the federal government via the Food and Drug Administration took it upon themselves to spearhead a brand-new marketing campaign for tobacco companies, suggesting that they plaster their cigarette packages with a certain selection of

Reminder: Fisker about to go all Solyndra with $200 million of your money
3/19/2013 8:01:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Our federal government sure knows how to pick ‘em. Fisker is an electric car company, founded in 2007, which holds the dubious distinction of producing the only car to ever break down during its Consumer Reports test drive. It was supposed to be an

McCain and Graham on Syria: Obama’s “red line” has been crossed, so it’s time to take action
3/19/2013 7:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
And so the effort by the Senate’s super-hawks to mainstream Rand Paul’s isolationism by contrast continues apace. “We are extremely disturbed by reports that chemical weapons have been used today in Syria. President Obama has said that the

GOP senators warn “Gang of Eight”: Don’t try to ram your bill through without extensive floor deliberation
3/19/2013 6:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
Remember last week’s report that Lindsey Graham and the gang might try to pass the Senate bipartisan bill on immigration as soon as it’s ready, without committee hearings, amendments, or much time allotted on the floor for speeches? Per

Video: Colion Noir’s first segment at NRA News on gun control
3/19/2013 6:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Andy at Ace’s site. A confession of my own ignorance: Until two weeks ago, when NRA News announced he was joining their team, I’d never heard of Colion Noir. Evidently I’m one of the few people on the right who hasn’t, because

Issa on Labor nominee: This president picks people because they support his ideology over the rule of law
3/19/2013 5:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, yeah — this guy is definitely gonna’ be getting some pushback. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa breaks it down, via the WFB: You remember, he flew to St. Paul to make this deal. He basically paid a $180 million

Holy cow: Not even 40 votes in the Senate for the assault-weapons ban, says Reid
3/19/2013 4:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Amazing. I predicted once or twice in writing about the AWB that there might not be 50 votes but I felt silly about it afterwards. Of course there’d be 50 votes. The bill was doomed to be filibustered given the GOP’s solid opposition plus the

Harry Reid hints: The explosion that killed those seven Marines was caused by sequestration, you know
3/19/2013 4:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
Via Katie Pavlich, at least the man’s consistent. His trademark, evinced most famously when he smeared Romney over his taxes, is his willingness to stoop a bit lower than most in scoring a point on his opponents. Most Democrats are content to

Shocker: Oil companies pay the most in income taxes
3/19/2013 3:21:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama and the Democrats’ calls for more revenue are almost never complete without some kind of shoutout to how we need to end loopholes for those treacherous, evil oil companies, but just a friendly reminder: Oil companies provide for

Assad’s spokesman: Syrian rebels killed 25 people with chemical weapons
3/19/2013 2:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
This is the third claim of people being killed by poison gas in Syria in four months. The first two alleged that Assad’s forces were responsible, which is at least plausible logistically. It’s no secret that he has chemical WMD on the shelf

CNN: Obama approval drops to 47/50
3/19/2013 2:01:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
The latest CNN poll has bad news, more bad news, and then even more bad news for Barack Obama.  The first set of bad news come on his approval rating, which has dramatically reversed in just two months.  Obama has gone from 55/43 in January in the

Chris Christie raising record cash
3/19/2013 1:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
In case there was any doubt about Christie’s insane level of popularity in New Jersey or his prospects for reelection this November, just take a look at the man’s fundraising tallies so far. Can’t touch this: New Jersey Governor Chris

Are we experiencing an off-the-books boom?
3/19/2013 12:41:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
Wages are down.  Jobs are stagnant.  The economy hasn’t generated the kind of growth that should fuel consumer spending.  Yet we are seeing consumer confidence and spending numbers that belie the normal metrics that measure economic health. 

Rand Paul’s immigration plan: Border security before probationary legal status
3/19/2013 12:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
The AP claimed this morning that Paul was set to endorse a path to citizenship in his speech today. Not so, countered conservatives on Twitter: Read his prepared remarks and you’ll see that citizenship is never mentioned. Which is true, and also

Magpul: If Hickenlooper signs gun-control bill, we’re outta here
3/19/2013 11:21:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two weeks ago, they were merely considering their options.  Late last night, though, the executives at Colorado-based Magpul made it official on their Facebook page.  If Governor John Hickenlooper signs the gun-control bill that limits magazine

Russia offers to bail out Cyprus … for a price
3/19/2013 10:41:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
The tiny island of Cyprus has become a flashpoint in the years-long struggle to resolve the Western debt crisis, but it may be more of a pawn in a power struggle, too.  Cypriots have reacted in outrage over the terms of the bailout offered by the EU,