HotAir Daily Express 03/08/2013


February jobs report: Unemployment edges down to 7.7%, 236k jobs added
3/8/2013 9:51:58 AM  Erika Johnsen
According to the BLS’s February jobs report, the unemployment rate fell slightly from January’s 7.9% to 7.7%: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S.

Messina: I can’t rule out OFA selling access, but it’s all about the grassrooots, really
3/8/2013 8:51:34 AM  Erika Johnsen
I mentioned last night that Organizing for Action Chairman Jim Messina’s defensive op-ed, a feeble attempt to allay widespread criticisms that Obama’s new “advocacy group” has plans to essentially sell access to the president,

A minute’s pause for the minimum wage
3/8/2013 8:01:29 AM  Jazz Shaw
The President may not be doing well on the gun grabbing or tax re-hiking fronts, but apparently there’s one area where the nation is still backing up his vision. And that’s the idea of “helping” everyone by jacking up the minimum

Quotes of the day
3/7/2013 10:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has friends all over the spectrum — from establishment conservatives to the freewheeling libertarian devotees of his father — after a nearly 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA nomination on Wednesday. He’s


Should Obama’s Tax Screw Up Lead to Impeachment?
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?  Or are higher taxes warranted? Click here to share your views on the matter.

Fox News anchor offers to save White House tours, with his wallet
3/7/2013 9:41:00 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
As long as we’re shark-jumping, President Obama, let’s pole vault these suckers, shall we? The White House’s transparently petty decision to inflict sequester’s pain on America’s middle-schoolers (as if those years

Organizing for Action: Er, we won’t be accepting corporate donations after all — how’s that sound?
3/7/2013 9:01:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s campaign-machinery-turned-”advocacy group” got a lot of rather negative attention last week, when the New York Times reported that donors who contribute or raise $500,000 or more for Organizing for Action will be

Oh my: Carl Levin to retire next year
3/7/2013 8:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
Thirty-five years is a looooong time, but I bet he would have stuck around if he thought O’s master plan to get the House back in Democratic hands next year had a real shot of working. It’d be worth running again to him if he could spend the

Jon Stewart joins Team Rand after filibuster
3/7/2013 7:21:40 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It wasn’t quite a full-throated attaboy, like the one he’d no doubt deliver with his clown nose off for a Democrat standing up against a Republican administration on something like killing non-combatant American citizens, but it’s not

Senate confirms Brennan to lead CIA, 63/34
3/7/2013 6:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
Commenters are posting the names of the Republicans who voted yes on Brennan in the Lindsey Graham thread. I didn’t realize opposing him had become a litmus test; Paul’s filibuster yesterday was designed to squeeze the White House for an

Report: Oil production on federal lands falls, again
3/7/2013 6:06:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
America’s domestic oil-and-gas production is going bananas, and it’s largely thanks to advances in technology and expanded drilling on private and state-owned lands. President Obama, however, is pretty fond of implying that the credit for the

Good news: Egyptian woman known for pro-9/11, anti-semitic tweets to be honored by State Department
3/7/2013 5:21:41 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace. No need to get excited: She claims the offending tweets — which were posted sporadically over many weeks — were the result of hacking. And our State Department, naturally, believes her. So there’s one thing we have in common

Time for some sequestration-scrutiny of Obama’s leisure time?
3/7/2013 4:41:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s that time of year again — the time when the White House starts making preparations for the first family’s summer vacation. They skipped the usual Martha’s Vineyard visit last year in the heat of the campaign, but Politico

Lindsey Graham to GOP senators: Funny how you guys didn’t worry about drones under Bush
3/7/2013 4:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, here’s why I said in the McCain post that I didn’t share Mollie Hemingway’s receding cynicism. I trust that Paul would have the same objections to drone policy under a Republican president. I trust that Mike Lee would too.

Pelosi: This president has been “so respectful, given so much time” to GOP’s views
3/7/2013 3:21:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Why didn’t Congress and the White House manage to reach a “grand bargain” on deficit reduction? According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, it has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama. President Obama has been nothing but

Jay Carney: Okay, fine, Obama doesn’t have the authority to use drones against Americans on U.S. soil
3/7/2013 2:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
Strictly speaking, Eric Holder already acknowledged this yesterday after three agonizing minutes of Ted Cruz teasing it out of him. But Rand Paul wanted a formal statement from the White House as a condition of ending his filibuster. And now, apparently,

Video: McCain sneers at Rand Paul’s filibuster on the Senate floor
3/7/2013 2:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
Erika already touched on this but watch the vid too to see one of the more memorably tone-deaf performances in modern political history. Whatever your feelings about Paul’s position on drones, there’s no denying the truth of what Philip Klein

Graham: Rand Paul’s filibuster demonstrated “paranoia between libertarians and the hard left that is unjustified”
3/7/2013 1:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
If you didn’t happen to have a few spare hours to tune in to Sen. Rand Paul’s epic 13-hour filibuster, a bunch of fellow Republican senators joined in to echo Paul’s questions about the Obama administration’s policy on drone use

North Korea threatens “pre-emptive nuclear strikes” on US, South Korea
3/7/2013 12:41:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Impending sanctions has the Kim regime sounding more and more belligerent, and has now begun prompting a similar response from the other end of the Korean peninsula.  As the US and China push the UN to tighten the sanctions on Pyonyang, the Foreign

Ryan 3.0: A perfect 10?
3/7/2013 12:01:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
It may sound strange, but budget season is almost upon us.  It sounds strange because thanks to Harry Reid and obstructionism in the Democrat-controlled Senate, every season has budget season for the last four years.  Americans have been forced to ride a

Anthony Kennedy: We need to solve tough issues through democratic compromise, not through the Supreme Court
3/7/2013 11:21:43 AM  Allahpundit
Granted, he’s speaking in broad philosophical terms here. And granted, the logic of democratic compromise necessarily doesn’t apply if the Equal Protection Clause has been violated. But when the guy whom everyone thinks will be the swing vote

3/7/2013 10:41:57 AM  Jazz Shaw
By this time, most of you who stayed up for the nearly thirteen hour dance marathon in the United States Senate last night are probably up and around, or at least wiping the sleep out of your eyes. AP had some ongoing coverage of the spectacle as it