HotAir Daily Express 03/21/2013


Video: The Vatican Museums and the custodianship of art
3/21/2013 10:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) Readers may remember Fr. Mark Haydu, international director of the Patron of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, whom I interviewed in May 2011 on my last trip to Rome.  While here in Rome on business, I arranged another interview with Fr.

Cuomo: That gun law I signed turned out to be utterly unworkable, huh?
3/21/2013 9:21:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Andrew Cuomo has truly had an epiphany about his approach to gun regulation, it’s not really evident from this admission.  The New York Times reports that Cuomo will now try to rush some changes into his banner gun-control legislation that

The tobacco pirates invade Ireland
3/21/2013 8:41:12 AM  Jazz Shaw
Ireland has had more than its share of fiscal problems over the last decade, having been long considered one of the original “PIGS” nations. (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) They actually did a good job in a number of areas when it came

Scott Walker – “Look to the states”
3/21/2013 8:01:10 AM  Jazz Shaw
One story you might have missed from the last week was the musings of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as he reflected on how the nation can wrestle with its current problems. This isn’t brain surgery, as Ben Carson might say. It’s the simple


The End of Obama?

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Quotes of the day
3/20/2013 10:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will headline an annual Republican event in Iowa next month, further signaling his interest in a 2016 presidential bid. The announcement caps several high-profile weeks for Paul. On Saturday, he narrowly won the Conservative

NBC announces a ‘Tonight Show’ succession plan, because it worked so well last time
3/20/2013 10:11:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Ultimately, Josh Greenman is right: By next year, there will be no such thing as televisions or shows or periods of time we call “tonight” anyway. — Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) March 20, 2013 But that’s why NBC keeps trying to

House rejects Senate Democrats’ budget, with the help of 35 Democrats
3/20/2013 9:21:00 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Hey, baby steps. They wrote a budget this year, and it earned more votes than all of President Obama’s budgets have earned, combined. And, opposition to Democratic priorities continues to be consistently more bipartisan than the coalition that

Obama in Israel: “Our alliance is eternal”
3/20/2013 9:01:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
None of that “frosty relationship” stuff for these guys this afternoon, at least not to the public eye; at their joint press conference kicking off President Obama’s three-day visit, he and Prime Minister Netanyahu were all kinds of

Boehner: I sure hope Obama consults with Congress before he bombs Syria
3/20/2013 8:01:13 PM  Allahpundit
Oh please. Obama violated the War Powers Act to attack Libya and then offered the flimsiest possible defense for doing so. How much table-pounding did you hear from Republicans over that? They passed a meaningless resolution scolding O for it and then

Rand Paul: Democrats are going to start blaming the bubonic plague on sequesteration
3/20/2013 7:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
I think the consensus is that President Obama and the Democrats very much overplayed their collective hand on the sequester, with all of those dire warnings about meet inspection and longer airport lines, but whether or not they think they have a real

RNC chief clarifies: Yes, our party still believes marriage is between a man and a woman
3/20/2013 6:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
I’m not surprised he said it — it’s in the party platform, after all — but I am surprised he didn’t say it more enthusiastically. Between the conciliatory attitude in the RNC “autopsy” towards gay-marriage

Senate passes a continuing resolution through September
3/20/2013 6:01:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
So… that’s exciting, I guess. Senators voted 73 to 26 to approve the bipartisan budget legislation, which provides just over $1 trillion in budget authority, a level of spending which reflects the spending cuts stipulated by the budget

Obama to Chuck Todd in Israel: What’s with all the questions?
3/20/2013 5:21:11 PM  Allahpundit
Drudge has been having fun all day with minor embarrassments from O’s trip to Israel, from the presidential limo breaking down to Israel deciding it’ll have to dig up the tree he planted to this, in which he allegedly “berates”

Raul Labrador: The path to citizenship is a minor issue in comprehensive immigration reform; Update: Leahy rules out quick timetable for passage?
3/20/2013 4:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Notable, if only because Labrador claimed a few weeks ago that House Republicans would never vote for a path to citizenship. Has he changed his mind? Nope: If you read his earlier remarks closely, you know that he meant they’d never vote for a

Dr. Ben Carson: I’m happy to expose any politician that rules by fear
3/20/2013 4:01:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
After he watched Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at CPAC, Jazz mentioned that one of his first reactions was that, if he were a Democrat, he’d be thinking: “That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.” Rush

The week in bannings: Hugs, homemade treats, awards ceremonies, and Axe
3/20/2013 3:21:59 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Glenn Reynolds wondered in his USA Today column last week: Are public schools getting more insane? Pointing to the Pop-Tart gun case, the suspension of a little boy for playing cops and robbers, and the charging of a 5-year-old girl with making

House intel chair: It’s time to remove Syria’s chemical-weapons capabilities
3/20/2013 2:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
The U.S. ambassador to Syria says there’s no evidence that chemical weapons were used yesterday. Via NRO, Israel’s minister of intelligence says it’s “apparently clear” that they were used. As you’ll see below, Mike

Rand Paul: I’m pro-life, but exceptions should be handled case by case
3/20/2013 2:01:06 PM  Allahpundit
So confused am I by what he’s saying in the clip below that I’m not sure I’ve summed up his position correctly in the headline. The Blaze, wisely, didn’t even try. Their own post on this is simply titled, “CNN Asked Rand

Federally mandated ethanol credits are getting pricier. Consumers, this means you.
3/20/2013 1:21:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
It is perfectly true that there are a bunch of factors that together determine the prices we pay at the pump — oil is supplied, bought, and sold in a very global market, after all — and that the federal government doesn’t always have

Michael Moore: If Harry Reid’s grandkids had gotten shot, he’d have allowed a vote on the assault-weapons ban
3/20/2013 12:41:00 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Scoop, gaze upon the ruins of Obama’s months-long gun-control campaign, designed from the word go as a way to corner Republicans on a tough vote ahead of 2014 and now cause for angry shrieking at Democrats among the liberal base. For

California: How about a retroactive tax grab, plus interest?
3/20/2013 12:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Jerry Brown proudly proclaimed that, “Two years ago, they were writing our obituary. Well it didn’t happen. California is back, its budget is balanced, and we are on the move.” …Which

Mark Sanford takes plurality in SC special election for congressional seat, now faces runoff
3/20/2013 11:21:32 AM  Allahpundit
Nothing says “let’s change Washington” like re-electing a disgraced former Congressman who vowed to serve only three terms before tossing his hat in the ring again this year. With all precincts reporting, unofficial results show

Next moves for Cyprus?
3/20/2013 10:41:32 AM  Erika Johnsen
Unclear. I might have spoken too soon last night — Cyprus rejected the insidious ‘deposit haircut’ idea because of the wild public outcry — but a modified version along with other options are still on the table, ranging from full