HotAir Daily Express 03/05/2013


CBS, Gallup polls show no one winning the sequester PR war
3/5/2013 10:01:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
Actually the two polls by Gallup and CBS don’t agree on much, but they both agree on the same point — no one’s winning the PR war over the sequester, at least not at the moment.  While there is a wide disparity between the two surveys

House GOP to propose religious-conscience protection bill today
3/5/2013 9:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
In a little under an hour, three members of the House Republican caucus will announce a new legislative effort to undo the HHS contraception mandate’s infringement on freedom of religious practice, and prevent the next incursion as well.  The

WH now opposes new rule criminalizing cell-phone unlocking
3/5/2013 8:41:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Glenn Reynolds remarked last night, “On this issue, I’m 100% with [the White House].” After Derek Khanna and his allies received well over 111,000 signatures on a White House petition protesting the new rule from the Library of

US, China agree on new North Korea sanctions
3/5/2013 8:01:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
After a new long-range missile launch and nuclear test, even China has lost patience with its client state North Korea.  Beijing has reached agreement with the US on a new, tougher round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the DPRK’s continued


Quotes of the day
3/4/2013 10:41:09 PM  Allahpundit
The first months of President Obama’s second term are being built around a simple premise: No caving. >From the sequester to immigration reform to the broader debate about the role of government in American life, Obama is in an ultra-assertive mood,

Another firearms manufacturer considers leaving its home over restrictive gun laws
3/4/2013 10:01:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sure, Maryland. You expect Maryland. But this story’s out of Colorado, where the state house passed a mag limit bill last week: Colorado’s largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the

Blogger struggles to find something interesting about “The Walking Dead”
3/4/2013 9:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
Readers have been e-mailing for a month wondering where the traditional Monday evening TWD disappointment thread is. Here you go. Verdict: I’m disappointed. Thinking back on the last few episodes, the show’s been so dull that I can’t

California, net exporter… of residents
3/4/2013 8:41:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Pro golfer Phil Mickelson found himself in a heap of PR trouble for having the audacity to tell the simple truth about his motivations for looking for an out from California’s onerous tax-code additions, and he isn’t the only upper-income

Poll: 41% of Dems think president should have power to kill suspected American terrorist on American soil
3/4/2013 8:01:27 PM  Allahpundit
“On his own.” To be clear, they think he should have the power to do this “on his own.” This is what years of screeching during the Bush era about “the unitary executive” has come to. I feel like I should issue a

Christie on sequester: “I don’t have the first damn idea what they’re doing down there”
3/4/2013 7:26:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
After last week’s CPAC snub, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back to hammering his role as an outsider-looking-in to DC’s inexcusable dysfunction at a press conference in his home state this afternoon. Via National Review: If the federal

White House: 2014 is “not a focus” for Obama yet
3/4/2013 6:33:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
It irks me to no end when politicians try to make trite assurances like, “This is most definitely not political.” The fact that you feel the need to say so is a pretty reliable indicator that whatever it is you’re talking about is

Biden to AIPAC: No, really, Obama’s not bluffing on Iranian nukes
3/4/2013 6:01:34 PM  Allahpundit
Via CNS News, while Shotgun Joe was busy yammering here about all options still being on the table, Iran was busy announcing that they’re building 3,000 new uranium centrifuges. Uranium enrichment is, of course, the keystone of their nuclear

Reason TV: Nanny of the Month, or …
3/4/2013 5:21:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month actually came out last week, but as always, it’s worth a watch — and perhaps especially so in this case.  Washington DC’s local government grabs a dishonorable mention for its rather lengthy list of

More reporters grumbling about nasty treatment from White House
3/4/2013 4:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
You can tell the New York Post is a right-leaning paper from the fact that Maureen Callahan didn’t include the standard “I’m sure the president would disapprove if he knew!” disclaimer that no one actually believes. Incidentally,

Cardinals not in a hurry to set conclave start date?
3/4/2013 4:01:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m heading out to Rome to cover the papal conclave, and it seems that I will arrive in plenty of time, at least at the moment.  I set my travel schedule to land on Friday March 8th, in anticipation that the conclave might start on the 11th, the

Dr. Ben Carson: Your right to own a semiautomatic should depend on where you live
3/4/2013 3:21:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Scoop and Mediaite, a point of divergence from conservative orthodoxy by CPAC’s newest scheduled speaker. The urban/rural distinction was actually a key part of Breyer’s dissent in the Heller case five years ago that established

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Face the Chat
3/4/2013 2:46:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET),Guy Benson joins me in the first half of the show to talk about the top stories in politics, including The End of the World – Sequestrocalypse Edition. In the second half, Kevin McCullough joins us again to

Health-care lobby hitting red states hard on ObamaCare
3/4/2013 2:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
One of the most troubling aspects of the new Virginia transportation law signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is the provision that will allow a bicameral commission to decide whether the state will end up expanding Medicaid. McDonnell added the measure to glean

Wait: Jeb Bush now opposes a path to citizenship for illegals?
3/4/2013 2:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico, I … was not expecting that. Neither was HuffPo, which points to this piece from last summer as proof that he was singing a different tune in 2012: “You have to deal with this issue. You can’t ignore it, and so either a path to

Sperling: Yeah, I guess Obama fibbed during the presidential debate on the sequester
3/4/2013 1:21:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
You know who’s not having much fun in Washington lately? Gene Sperling, Barack Obama’s director of the Council of Economic Advisers and the somewhat-unlikely media hatchet man for the White House.  Last week he got dragged into the spotlight

SNL on sequester: What will become of the Village People?
3/4/2013 12:41:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Come for President Obama admitting, “I really have no idea about how money works or how budgets work.” Stay for the priceless portrayal of a heroic public school teacher at three minutes. Perhaps more than anything, this skit signals to me

Two months in, Democrats lament lack of leverage for more tax hikes
3/4/2013 12:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like the Election Night buzz has finally begun to fade for Democrats.  Both Roll Call and Politico have articles in which leading Democrats lament the discovery that the leverage they held on the expiration of the Bush-era tax rates didn’t

Obama to announce appointees at EPA, OMB, Energy
3/4/2013 11:21:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama will soon announce two more appointments to his second-term team — neither of them Cabinet-level appointments, but both significant in addressing Obama’s second-term agenda, and perceived diversity deficiencies.  First, the White

Mark Sanford’s ex-wife: He asked me to manage his new campaign for Congress
3/4/2013 10:41:26 AM  Allahpundit
When I saw this detail in yesterday’s LAT piece, I had to read it three times before feeling confident enough to post it as a Headline item. I was sure I had misunderstood and that the “she” referred to was someone else. This guy may be