HotAir Daily Express 03/07/2013


Obama to Ryan: Let’s do lunch
3/7/2013 10:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe we should call this the Restaurant Stimulus. Stung after the collapse of his Nightmare on Sequester Street strategy and apparently looking to bypass John Boehner on direct negotiations, Barack Obama has asked House Budget Chair Paul Ryan out on a

Video: WH saving $18,000 a week canceling tours
3/7/2013 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
The decision to close the White House to visitors after the budget sequester took effect is a classic example of the “Washington Monument” strategy to fight budget cuts (similar to the “fireman first” strategy).  The first person

Arkansas legislature overrides veto, restores “heartbeat” abortion restrictions
3/7/2013 8:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Pro-life leaders have tried for the last few years to push the window of restrictions on abortions to at at least the stage where a heartbeat can be detected in normal diagnostic testing.  Arkansas had been the first state to pass such a measure, but

The powerless presidency
3/7/2013 8:01:11 AM  Jazz Shaw
There’s been a lot of discussion (and frankly, not much else) these days about how nothing seems to be getting done in Washington. A fair bit of the conversation has focused on how it is that a transformational, post-partisan leader like Barack


Quotes of the day
3/6/2013 10:21:10 PM  Allahpundit
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s hours-long, multi-senator filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA director nomination has accomplished a rare feat: questions about targeted killing and the drone program have vaulted from the fringes to the forefront of

CNN already back to credulously citing SPLC hate group lists
3/6/2013 9:21:11 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The same organization’s lists from which a crazed, politically motivated shooter bent on mass murder picked a peaceable, mainstream, socially conservative non-profit on which to attempt massacre? Yep, same lists. The number of American

Chris Matthews: Hate groups must be big fans of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, right?
3/6/2013 9:01:41 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters. I realize that demonizing tea partiers is his shtick, that opposing unsustainably huge government is supposedly per se proof of nascent domestic terrorism, but maybe it’s worth laying off on an afternoon when both of the guys he

Ryan to WH: Any day now with that budget, really, feel free
3/6/2013 8:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is all set to unveil the GOP’s budget proposal next week, which he’s hinting will be more ambitious than last year’s with its plan to balance the budget in just ten years, but says is still very

Rand Paul: Maybe it’s time to rethink the Supreme Court’s Lochner decision
3/6/2013 7:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
He said this early in today’s filibuster when he was riffing on subjects to keep things going. It seems to have gone mostly unnoticed but it’s a big deal, especially for an aspiring presidential candidate. Joel Pollak of Breitbart is one of

GOP congressman takes CDC director to task on sequester-affected vaccines for children
3/6/2013 7:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
As part of their sequestration-scaremongering roundup, the White House went straight for the worst-case scenarios that would hit all of the federal government’s departments and agencies in the spending cuts’ wake — terrible calamities,

Video: “Iron Man 3″ trailer
3/6/2013 6:21:58 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, is this “Iron Man” or “Iron Men”? There … seems to be a lot of them in the last few seconds here. Having partnered Tony Stark with a bunch of co-heroes in “The Avengers,” maybe they

Vatican: Cardinals off-limits for interviews
3/6/2013 5:41:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m on my way to the Vatican and hope to get interesting interviews that highlight the papal conclave proceedings and the issues facing the Catholic Church — but I didn’t expect to corral a cardinal for a sit-down.  Good thing, too,

Bloomberg deputy to Rand Paul: Hey, the people trust Obama to do the right thing on drones
3/6/2013 5:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
Another good one via Mediaite. If you’re wondering why you should care what a deputy nanny of NYC thinks about drones, do note that Wolfson was a Clinton flack for years. He was a major player in Hillary’s 2008 campaign and might very well

Sequestermania: White House calligraphers making $277,000 as WH public tours are suspended
3/6/2013 4:21:26 PM  Allahpundit
O’s staff had to realize that suspending the tours would lead to endless embarrassing scrutiny of this sort, right? It’s an engraved invitation to point out the myriad ways in which the feds are wasting money. Even as a cheap “Fireman

Ahmadinejad: Chavez will rise again, or something
3/6/2013 3:41:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
The heart bleeds, Ahmadinejad. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Chávez would “return on resurrection day”. He said he had “no doubt that Chávez will return to Earth” along with Jesus and Imam Mahdi, the most

WaPo: Yep, White House is still lying about janitors
3/6/2013 3:01:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
This is so perfectly symbolic of the White House’s strategy on sequestration, that I had to highlight it. This is the second time the Washington Post fact-checker has awarded the administration Pinnocchios (four this time) in one week, for the same

Loathsome nanny-state mayor’s latest initiative: Loud earbuds
3/6/2013 2:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Listen up, New Yorkers: Your local government is here to educate you about the dangers of listening to your iPod too loud. Whatever would you do without them? The NY Post reports: Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food,

Ted Cruz to Eric Holder: Yes or no, is it constitutional to use drones on U.S. soil against someone who’s not posing an immediate threat?
3/6/2013 1:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
A must-see via Mediaite, not just because this is the right question to ask after Holder’s letter on drone policy yesterday but because it fell to Cruz, the new bete noire of the left, rather than a Democrat to press the civil-libertarian case.

Breaking: Rand Paul launches talking filibuster on Brennan confirmation; Update: Mike Lee too? Update: Rubio chimes in on Twitter; Update: Cruz joins in; Update: Democrat Ron Wyden joins too; Update: Rubio speaks
3/6/2013 1:01:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this Rand Paul’s Mr. Smith Goes To Washington moment, and an answer of sorts to filibuster reform.  Paul has vowed to continue his speech until Barack Obama himself declares that he has no authority to launch a drone strike on an American

Powers: Someone should really ask Obama to define the word “transparency”
3/6/2013 12:41:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
Almost a full six months after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the investigation is still very much ongoing — on multiple fronts. The joint CIA and FBI effort to catch the leading perpetrators

White House “recalibrating” on sequester hysteria after world keeps turning
3/6/2013 12:01:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
The world kept on turning, and now Democrats are starting to worry about dealing with the debacle of botched expectation management.  After a series of media reports demolished the claims of Barack Obama and his Cabinet of disaster from a 2.3% reduction

LA mayor race heading for a runoff
3/6/2013 11:21:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
No, the nation’s second-largest city doesn’t yet have a mayor, but at least they have narrowed the eventual successor to Antonio Villaraigosa down to two people.  The top two finishers will face each other in a May 21 runoff, which to no

New anti-gun idea to avoid arming women: Teach men not to rape
3/6/2013 10:41:46 AM  Allahpundit
Via Katie Pavlich, I’ll go one better: Let’s teach people not to commit crimes of any sort. Then, not only can we dispense with guns, we can dispense with police. And then we can take those billions we’re saving on LE and use them for