HotAir Daily Express 03/22/2013


Does the GOP have a Jack Kemp today?
3/22/2013 10:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
After the election, I wrote that what the Republican Party needs to expand its appeal isn’t a dramatic shift in policy as much as a concrete, practical set of policies that matter to voters who have historically shunned Republicans.  They have a

Messina: Obama doesn’t attack Fox News or Rush Limbaugh
3/22/2013 9:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
The four scariest words in Washington DC have to be, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera.” (Either that, or “We’re out of doughnuts.”) Few politicos seem to know how to deal with my good friend when he manages to find these

Pew poll shows 8-point drop in Obama approval rating
3/22/2013 8:41:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well over a month ago, Sean Trende warned me that the numbers had started to shift away from Barack Obama, and that his election-cycle rise in approval had come to an end.  We have seen that in a number of polls already, and last night Pew confirmed it

Video: North Korea threatens strikes on US bases
3/22/2013 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action. Whether that’s diplomatic action or some other kind, no one really knows for sure. CNN reports


Could Impeachment be Next?
Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work. Should he now face impeachment? 
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Quotes of the day
3/21/2013 10:41:11 PM  Allahpundit
Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people. The nation’s big health insurers say they expect premiums — or the cost for insurance coverage — to rise from 20

Hey, what if we fired federal employees seriously delinquent on taxes? Democrats: Nah.
3/21/2013 10:01:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
>From the “That’s Not Already the Rule?” File: Citing figures indicating that more than 100,000 federal employees owe more than $1 billion in federal taxes, a House committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would require the

Video: Gun-grabbing billionaire hints at defeating Senators who vote no on assault-weapons ban
3/21/2013 9:11:15 PM  Allahpundit
The key bit comes runs from around 7:00 to 7:50. We can’t possibly be so lucky as to have Bloomy drop a few million to defeat red-state Dems like Pryor and Landrieu in the primaries, can we? Can we? The Senate’s upcoming vote on the assault weapons

Good news: The FDA won’t be extending the medical device tax to smartphones
3/21/2013 8:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Part and parcel of ObamaCare is one particularly insidious little provision that adds a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The Affordable Care Act’s got to pay for itself somehow, you know, even if it does mean hiking up costs, discouraging

Video: “Star Trek Into Darkness” trailer
3/21/2013 7:31:37 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. Here’s my problem: On some level, I just can’t accept “Trek” without the camp factor. That’s also why I’ve never much liked the occasional modern attempts to restart “The Twilight

Rubio: If we can’t come up with a solid guest-worker program, we’ll have 10 million new illegals here in a decade
3/21/2013 6:41:59 PM  Allahpundit
What’s wrong with this picture? SEN. MARCO RUBIO, in an interview for “Behind the Curtain,” on the likelihood of immigration reform going to President Obama’s desk this year – the first time Rubio has said this: “A lot of it is going to hinge on

Super: Congress votes to force broke Postal Service back into 6-day delivery
3/21/2013 5:51:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Rule of thumb for governments with unhealthy debt-to-GDP ratios and trillions in unfunded liabilities. When a floundering federal agency offers to shave off some spending, take them up on it. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced in February

Obama to Israelis: Put yourselves in the Palestinians’ shoes
3/21/2013 5:01:08 PM  Allahpundit
To be scrupulously fair, the tone of the clip isn’t true to the tone of the entire speech. The Standard has the transcript. Most of what preceded this was as florid a valentine to Israel and Zionism as a U.S. president has ever delivered. It had to

The Redskins really need to change their name and House Democrats are on it
3/21/2013 4:11:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
Simmer down, guys: The political-correctness battle over the Redskins’ team name has been raging since what feels like time immemorial, but Congress is here for you with all the right answers. These Democrats want to wear down the football

Rand Paul’s spokesman clarifies: He’s 100% pro-life
3/21/2013 3:21:46 PM  Allahpundit
He says Paul wouldn’t try to ban the morning-after pill, if only because it’s infeasible to do so. That alone pushes him down to no better than, oh, 98-99% pro-life, right? More seriously, I’m not sure how much this clarify the mass

CVS preparing to penalize workers who won’t disclose their health information
3/21/2013 2:31:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
One of the myriad joys of universal health care: Many of the things that were once your own personal business, are suddenly very much society’s business. One of the country’s largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how fat

Is Obama planning a moment of “national healing” for Kermit Gosnell’s victims?
3/21/2013 1:42:04 PM  Allahpundit
There’s not much to add to John Sexton’s piece. I just want to give it a more prominent place than sticking it in Headlines. President Obama has made a habit of offering words of comfort when tragedy occurs, especially tragedy that involves

Noemie Emery: Why can’t conservative candidates win Republican presidential primaries?
3/21/2013 12:49:33 PM  Allahpundit
An unsparing piece keying off the same Rick Perry soundbite at CPAC that inspired this post. Perry said that it’s unfair to blame conservatism for the GOP’s losses in 2008 and 2012 because, after all, our nominees weren’t conservative.

MSNBC to HHS secretary: So, three years later, what do Americans still not understand about ObamaCare?
3/21/2013 12:11:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
We had to pass it to find out what in it’s, but now that we’re finding out about all of the expensive, inefficient, market-distorting facets of the health care overhaul, the Obama administration’s main failing is still — still

Biden: No, Obama and I haven’t given up on the assault-weapons ban
3/21/2013 11:21:01 AM  Allahpundit
Read to the end of the interview at NPR for his thoughts on the “black-helicopter crowd” worrying about the government trying to confiscate all guns, even as some Democratic members of Congress admit they’d like to see that happen. A

Graham: Yeah, it’s time to subpoena the Obama administration on the Benghazi survivors
3/21/2013 10:41:44 AM  Erika Johnsen
At the White House press briefing on Monday, Jay Carney once again insisted that, why no, the White House is not blocking access to the injured survivors and first-hand witnesses of the still-under-investigation terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted