HotAir Daily Express 04/10/2013


Immigration deal coming within a week
4/10/2013 10:01:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like it’s Let’s Make a Deal time this month, except perhaps for budgets, at least for the moment. At the same time the Senate has cut a deal on gun control by, er, making the status quo slightly more muscular, the Gang of Eight has

New Obama budget totals $3.77 trillion
4/10/2013 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
As the Senate prepares to produce its first budget since the FY2010 cycle four years ago, Barack Obama will finally submit his own budget proposal — two months late, of course.  The last actual normal-order budget passed by Congress spent,

Manchin, Toomey close to deal on “expanded” background checks; Update: Deal reached
4/10/2013 8:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Expanded” in this case is … a term of art, as you’ll see shortly.  As Harry Reid tries to find the votes to have a vote on his gun-control package in the Senate this week or next, two key players say they are close to an

Seoul, Washington “highly confident” of imminent North Korea missile test
4/10/2013 8:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Kim Jong-un ramped up tensions and rhetoric over the last few weeks in an attempt to shake off crippling sanctions and establish his bona fides with North Korea’s military clique, observers wondered how the new hereditary dictator could back


Quotes of the day
4/9/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
The Senate will hold the first key procedural vote on a bill to curb gun violence Thursday as more than a half-dozen Republicans announced that they will join with Democrats to stop any attempt to block popular legislation drafted in response to a deadly

Good news: N.Y. Democrat wants to ban wearing costumes in public
4/9/2013 10:01:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Second look at who’s the greatest enemy of Muppets? New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City… Vallone told

Oh, good: Latest GAO report details billions more in wasteful/duplicative spending
4/9/2013 9:21:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Those $85 billion in sequester cuts over which the Obama administration has been trying their darndest to whip everyone into a national freakout, insisting that employees will need to be furloughed, air traffic control towers are going to be shut down,

Showdown: DWS vs. Beyoncé on Cuba trip
4/9/2013 8:41:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In one corner, a woman who never met a microphone she didn’t love, known for her striking hairstyles and repetition of catchy, simple, often nonsensical phrases. And, in the other, Beyoncé. It’s not just Republican lawmakers raising their

MSNBC host: I’m not backing off my point that children belong to whole communities
4/9/2013 8:01:22 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, she is backing off. Here’s the thing about her now-famous MSNBC promo: Either she’s saying something radical or she’s saying something so banal that it’s barely even worth saying. The radical interpretation is that she

Oops: Nixing the Keystone pipeline is probably the more environmentally costly option
4/9/2013 7:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Do you suppose the eco-trendy crowd really, carefully thought this one through before jumping on the self-righteously outraged bandwagon? I have some pretty severe doubts on the matter, but they’re in this thing, and they’re certainly not

Mitch McConnell on office bugging: That’s what you get from the left these days
4/9/2013 6:41:20 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Washington Free Beacon, I’m trying to understand why David Corn, Mother Jones, and their source thought this audio would end up hurting McConnell more than the tactics involved hurt the left. They’re accusing him, essentially, of

Report: U.S. met secretly with top North Korean diplomat last month to, er, deliver talking points
4/9/2013 6:01:42 PM  Allahpundit
I guess it didn’t work. Clifford Hart, the State Department’s special envoy to the now-defunct six-party talks, met North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations Han Song-ryol in mid-March, just before North Korea began its

Oops: OFA loses fight over Organizing for Action domains
4/9/2013 5:21:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
After the 2012 presidential election, pundits hailed the superiority of the Barack Obama campaign’s Internet organization and competence.  In their rush to transform themselves into the tax-exempt advocacy group Organizing for Action to push

Sebelius: Certain stubborn states are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated
4/9/2013 4:41:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
At an event on Monday night, HHS Secretary Sebelius acknowledged some of the messiness of the ongoing ObamaCare implementation, but of course had at least one readily available excuse as to why the administration is so very unreasonably put-upon at the

Gosnell abortion-clinic worker: One of the babies “sounded like a little alien”
4/9/2013 4:01:20 PM  Allahpundit
Unimaginable. A Delaware woman who worked for Kermit Gosnell testified Tuesday that she was called back to a room at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia where the bodies of aborted babies were kept on a shelf to hear one screaming amid the bodies of

Video: Japan adds Patriot missile defenses as tensions rise
4/9/2013 3:21:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Business as usual, or a sign that Japan is taking the latest belligerence from North Korea more seriously? CNN reports from one of the Patriot missile batteries that sprang up overnight in three places around Tokyo. They aren’t taking any chances

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Katie Pavlich
4/9/2013 2:57:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss Jana Winter’s efforts to protect her sources, the reason why the rest of the media

Report: 14 people stabbed on community-college campus?
4/9/2013 2:16:10 PM  Allahpundit
It’s a gun- and knife-free zone — in theory. Good lord: One person has been arrested and another is on the run after 14 people were reported stabbed at the CyFair campus of Lone Star College near Houston Tuesday morning, KPRC reports. In a

Does the GOP have the votes to filibuster Reid’s gun-control bill?
4/9/2013 2:01:29 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s a better question. Should the GOP filibuster the gun-control bill? Johnny Isakson says no: “I’ll speak for myself on that question,” Isakson said on CBS’s “This Morning” when asked about the filibuster. “There’s no ambivalence on the gun

Socialist French President Hollande just can’t seem to catch a break
4/9/2013 1:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Socialist French President Francois Hollande’s approval rating has been dropping precipitously since he was elected last spring, recently hitting a French 30-year low of 27 percent. He’s only been in office for eleven months, but the economy

Iran opens two more uranium facilities in defiance of IAEA, P5+1
4/9/2013 12:41:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Iranians have given a new response to the latest failed round of negotiations over their nuclear program, and it’s not “Let’s Stay Together.”  The Associated Press reports that Iran opened two more facilities for mining and

McConnell campaign demands FBI probe of Mother Jones’ secret recording of meeting
4/9/2013 12:01:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, David Corn at Mother Jones reported on a private meeting of the Mitch McConnell re-election campaign that focused on strategizing on how to defeat Ashley Judd if she jumped into the race.  The revelations weren’t particularly

Video: US Navy’s new frickin’ laser weapon pretty frickin’ cool
4/9/2013 11:21:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
All right, the US Navy’s latest experimental weapons system isn’t attached to sharks, but it’s still pretty frickin’ cool.  The prosaically named Laser Weapons System (LaWS — no “frickin’”) got a public

Poll: Obama underwater on his handling of gun policy?
4/9/2013 10:41:24 AM  Allahpundit
Run away, red-state Democratic incumbents. Run away. Actually, he’s been underwater on guns since January, when another CNN poll showed him at 46/49. Today? 45/52. Despite three months of increasingly shrill messaging about how people who disagree