HotAir Daily Express 03/29/2013

Rep. Young: Hey, no disrespect intended by that ethnic slur I used
3/29/2013 9:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Not too many Republicans outside of Alaska will claim Rep. Don Young, and most of us in the lower 48 began wondering years ago why voters up there kept him in Congress. Young brings home the pork-barrel bacon, though, which apparently pays for a lot of

Bostic, Sanford spar over scandal in SC debate; Update: Video fixed
3/29/2013 8:51:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
The two top Republican finishers in the primary to fill former Rep. Tim Scott’s House seat in a special election next week met for a debate, one that by all accounts was respectful and even friendly.  Even so, Curtis Bostic did not spare Mark

Pyongyang warns rockets ready “to settle accounts with the US”
3/29/2013 8:01:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Which means … what, exactly? We’ve always assumed that the Kim regime has a rational purpose, which is its self-perpetuation, unlike Iran, whose purposes fall into the realm of the non-rational (apocalyptic religious fervor), on which the

Quotes of the day
3/28/2013 10:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
For gay-marriage opponents, it’s been an occasionally daunting period as they watch a steady stream of prominent politicians and institutions join the rival side… “There’s too many of them to effectively boycott,” he said in a telephone

France’s Hollande: All right, new plan on that 75 percent millionaire tax
3/28/2013 10:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
Socialist French President Francois Hollande is only ten months into his first term, and things are just not going according to plan for the guy. His anti-austerity campaign promises to jumpstart the French economy are not seeing any fruition; he’s

Yes, liberal friends, the government is ‘protecting’ you from delicious, local food
3/28/2013 9:21:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I can feel it. This is where we come together, people. When it comes to our stomachs, we’re all libertarians now. Why? Because a growing cultural trend of embracing high-quality foods from local sources to make our gobbling both more green and

Pew poll: Just 43% support a path to citizenship for illegals
3/28/2013 8:41:02 PM  Allahpundit
Before you go further, skim this post from last month rounding up recent data from various polls on immigration. Almost universally, there was 50-60 percent support for a path to citizenship. A month later, Pew finds 43 percent. Hmmmmmm. Head for the

Rush Limbaugh on gay marriage: “This issue is lost”
3/28/2013 8:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite and MoFoPolitics, a noteworthy admission if, like me, you think this issue will be very much alive for social conservatives during the 2016 GOP primaries. If the issue’s lost, what do they do now? What do Republican candidates do?

Good news: Students at NH school to be spared trauma of … playing dodgeball
3/28/2013 7:21:14 PM  Allahpundit
A battle report from the nanny wars. And as usual with nanny measures, I’m left wondering whether they went too far or, per their own logic, not far enough. If you’re looking to spare the smaller, shyer, beta-male kids from unnecessary public

Video: “The Wolverine” trailer
3/28/2013 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, here’s how ignorant I am about superhero movies: I thought this was the third or fourth installment in the “Wolverine” series. I knew of the character, I knew Jackman had played him multiple times — it was a

White House: Okay, for real this time, Obama’s budget is coming April 10th
3/28/2013 6:01:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
And only two months late, plus conveniently after the Senate Democrats and House Republicans both released their own budgets. President Obama will release his fiscal 2014 budget on April 10, more than two months after it was due, White House principal

CNN: Hey, were Americans misled about the costs of ObamaCare?
3/28/2013 5:21:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Things that could have been brought to our attention….three years ago! This segment is a bit myopic, dealing mostly with whether Sec. Kathleen Sebelius said this (yes, she did) and one study that shows costs going up. But it’s decent as far

Ho hum, time for yet another 60s-radicals-were-misunderstood film
3/28/2013 4:41:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
How long has it been since Hollywood came up with an original idea? For that matter, how long has it been since Robert Redford had an original idea? In his latest film, The Company You Keep, Redford plays a radical from the 1960s who has been living

Obama: Shame on us for not enacting my gun-control agenda already
3/28/2013 4:01:31 PM  Allahpundit
Textbook O. First, almost obligatorily, the speech is built on the assumption that his opponents are callous to the point of malignancy. Read the transcript and you’ll see that he’s all but given up arguing policy on this; it’s a

That’s odd: Food stamp enrollment still very much on the rise
3/28/2013 3:21:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Enrollment in social safety-net benefits is supposed to move in sync with expansions and contractions in the economy; in other words, more people will join the rolls when times are tougher and unemployment is on the rise, but the numbers will fall again

And the least free state in America, is…
3/28/2013 2:41:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
…None other than the legislative haunt of Gov. Andrew “confiscation could be an option” Cuomo and loathsome nanny-state Mayor Bloomberg, of course. George Mason University’s Mercatus Center just released the third edition of their

Senate gay-marriage pool update: Lisa Murkowski says her views are “evolving”
3/28/2013 2:01:10 PM  Allahpundit
Does this count as a “yes” on SSM for purposes of the pool? Susan Collins’s dodge was transparently an attempt to avoid further irritating conservatives when she’s staring at a Republican primary in Maine next year.

Reason’s rebuttal to Jim Carrey: It Takes a Talking Ass
3/28/2013 1:21:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
I didn’t get terribly agitated when Jim Carrey decided to spend several days insulting 60 million or more gun owners in the US by suggesting that they suffered from impotence, soullessness, and perhaps even the heartbreak of psoriasis. It’s

Video: Pope Francis breaks with Maundy Thursday tradition, will wash feet of prisoners
3/28/2013 12:41:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
For Christians around the world, Holy Week observances begin in earnest today, as the Last Supper is commemorated in the run-up to Easter.  For many Christian communities, including the Catholic Church, churches celebrate Maundy Thursday (also called

Pssst: The super-secret GOP plan to repeal ObamaCare
3/28/2013 12:01:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just remember when you read this post that I’m the resident optimist at Hot Air.  I’m the blue-sky, sunny-side-of-the-street, glass-half-full contributor to this site. And even I’m having trouble buying this: Sitting at his desk a

Obama agrees with Napolitano: We can’t make legalization contingent upon border security
3/28/2013 11:21:29 AM  Allahpundit
The newsiest bit from yesterday’s interview with Telemundo. Rubio’s said since the beginning that the path to citizenship (which is different from initial probationary legal status) can’t happen until the border’s been tightened,

Flashback: Remember when Democrats swore they opposed same-sex marriage?
3/28/2013 10:41:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
Re-mem-mem, re-mem-e-mem-berrrrr … Dave Weigel takes us down Memory Lane with this video clip from a time long past when Democrats insisted that they opposed same-sex marriage, and Republicans were just big ol’ worry warts for attempting to