HotAir Daily Express 04/11/2013

A hat trick for Obama budgets?
4/11/2013 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last two budget proposals from Barack Obama failed to win a single vote in either chamber of Congress.  In three floor votes over two years, not even a single Democrat would stand in favor of Obama’s budgeting priorities.  In my column today

Video: Gosnell staffer, defense attorney argue over whether babies were alive
4/11/2013 9:21:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
The national media aren’t interested in telling the story of a man accused of butchering women and slaughtering babies, but at least local news outlets are still in the news-reporting business. Delaware Online has a reporter assigned to the trial

Great news: Sequester doesn’t stop DHS Bagpipe Corps
4/11/2013 8:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when the sequester — which reduced federal spending by a whopping 2.3% annually after a 27% increase since 2007 — meant the end of all services and a baton to the kneecap of the US economy? White House tours got canceled, and Cabinet

North Korea TV preparing nation for war?
4/11/2013 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
I actually woke up this morning expecting to see news reports of a North Korean missile test. Instead, the status quo appears to be holding, but probably not for long. CNN’s Jim Clancy reports from the region that the state television broadcaster


This "forbidden" food could be the biggest health breakthrough of our time.
You’ve been warned that this substance can wreak havoc on your health. But Doctors report this shunned food "washes away" stubborn bladder infections, decreases tooth decay by 80%, cuts sinus and ear infections by 93%, and much more…

Quotes of the day
4/10/2013 10:01:38 PM  Allahpundit
Statement from the President on Senate Background Checks Agreement I applaud Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their leadership on forging a bipartisan agreement around commonsense background checks that will make it harder for dangerous people to

Rand Paul goes to Howard
4/10/2013 9:31:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Today, a Republican senator gave a speech at historically black college, Howard University. There will be many who scoff at Sen. Rand Paul, directing their Nelson Muntz laughs at the freshman from Kentucky. What did he think? These young, black voters

French business exec promises to take a pay cut to avoid Hollande’s “supertax”
4/10/2013 8:51:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
This was my first thought when I read about Socialist French President Hollande’s revised approach for taxing the heck out of the wealthy. The top French court recently rejected his attempted follow-through on his campaign promise to tax

Pat Toomey’s reward: Bloomberg’s gun-control group drops attack ad, runs favorable ad in PA instead
4/10/2013 8:01:46 PM  Allahpundit
As John Ekdahl says, it’s awfully hard not to see a cynical motive in a conservative senator from a blue state suddenly “evolving” on gun control. I can’t believe I’m saying this after spending years rooting for Toomey

Bipartisan lawmakers: Time to scrap some of this ethanol-mandate ridiculousness, no?
4/10/2013 7:21:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ah, the Renewable Fuel Standard. What can I say about the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires fuel producers to blend a certain amount of biofuels into their product? That its existence inflates an artificial market for a product consumers

Video: GOP rep rips Obama’s budget for … proposing mild entitlement reform?
4/10/2013 6:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
Via TPM, I … can’t help sharing Liz Mair’s feeling here: Kill me now. Are we for breaking bank on entitlements? MT @tpm Top R blasts O budget as “shocking attack on seniors” — Liz Mair (@LizMair) April

Social conservative leaders to RNC: We want you to pass a resolution reaffirming the current party platform
4/10/2013 6:01:18 PM  Allahpundit
I.e. reaffirming the party’s opposition to gay marriage. There’s been a whole lotta flippin’ lately, and not exclusively on the Democratic side. A dilemma for the RNC, then: Politely decline the request, lest it screw up their

Cruz: Obama’s gun-control push is going to cost Democrats the Senate in 2014
4/10/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
When it comes to his handling of the raging gun-control debate, at least, President Obama’s approval rate has been dipping — and Sen. Ted Cruz is thinking that the president’s relentless, brazen demagoguery on the issue is probably

D.C. promotes guy who runs most ruinously broken part of Metro to run the whole system
4/10/2013 4:41:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
How bad are the D.C. Metro system’s escalators? So bad they have their own Twitter account dedicated to monitoring their relative brokenness at every moment of every day. It’s literally a breaking news feed. So, why not promote the guy who

Revealed: The Gang of Eight’s immigration plan
4/10/2013 4:01:09 PM  Allahpundit
Katrina Trinko has most of the particulars at the Corner. Quote: “One contentious issue among the senators is whether immigrants who are clearly part of gangs but who have no criminal record will be allowed to obtain legal status.” Amnesty

New MSNBC promo: You have the right to health care, education, housing, and food at all times
4/10/2013 3:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
Via Newsbusters, something to tide you over on a news day that started out fast and has slowed considerably. Give Harris-Perry credit, at least, for fine-tuning her messaging. You’re not going to sell swing voters on far-left liberalism by telling

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham, Face the Chat
4/10/2013 3:10:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Mary Katharine Ham joins me today to discuss the latest in politics, and we’ll start off with a Face the Chat as Guy Benson can’t make it today. We may have another guest coming on, so keep checking

USPS definitely killing that plan to end Saturday delivery
4/10/2013 2:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
With the realities of technology and competition slowly but surely rendering much of their ‘business model’ obsolete, the U.S. Postal Service is on the strugglebus. The ‘self-supporting’ government enterprise managed to run up a

NRA to oppose Manchin/Toomey bill on background checks
4/10/2013 2:01:00 PM  Allahpundit
Ed called the bill “weak tea” compared to what Democrats wanted initially, but evidently it’s not weak enough: “Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep

Video: Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic closed after whistleblowers go public about conditions
4/10/2013 1:21:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Since it’s clear that the national media won’t bother to report on abortion mills that endanger women while killing babies, let’s give some kudos and traffic to local news stations that do.  ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate reports on

DC joins several states classifying smoking as a “pre-existing medical condition” under ObamaCare
4/10/2013 12:41:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
Under ObamaCare, insurers have the option of charging smokers up to 50 percent more to cover the associated higher costs of providing them with health care — but the District of Columbia, along with several other states, have decided that any plans

US to increase aid to Syrian rebels after key group merges with al-Qaeda
4/10/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
For some reason, American politicians in both parties want to see the US intervene to some extent in Syria’s civil war, even after the disastrous intervention in Libya that almost made Mali an al-Qaeda state.  Only a French military intervention

Are you ready for Mayor Anthony Weiner?
4/10/2013 11:21:51 AM  Allahpundit
I know what you’re thinking, but per the big Times article out today, sounds like everything’s cool now. Says his brother, “[T]here was definitely a douchiness about him that I just don’t really see anymore.” Weiner 2013: Not as

“It jumped, the arm”; Update: Media score – Rutgers 41, Gosnell 0
4/10/2013 10:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit posted yesterday on the trial of Kermit Gosnell and the testimony of the other monsters who worked in his charnel house — excuse me, family-planning clinic.  With Gosnell on trial for eight counts of murder thanks to the deliberate