HotAir Daily Express 04/12/2013

Retail sales fall 0.4% in March, most in 9 months
4/12/2013 10:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
What happens when the President of the United States spends six weeks and millions of dollars spinning horror stories about the economic impact of a 2.3% reduction in government spending?  If you guessed “people spend less money,” you’d

Video: Sessions plays Stump the OMB Director by asking … about deficits
4/12/2013 9:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Instapundit and the Washington Examiner, here’s another keepsake from the Barack Obama administration’s economic advisers.  Remember when Paul Ryan goaded then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner into admitting that the White House had no

Democrats wonder hope: Is Progress KY a McConnell front group?
4/12/2013 8:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
On one hand, Progress Kentucky has succeeded in ways most political-action committees rarely do.  In only four or five months of existence, they have driven the national news cycle not once but twice.  Unfortunately for Progress KY and Democrats in the

Video: Kerry lands in Seoul, ramping pressure on China
4/12/2013 8:01:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The big question is whether a high-profile visit from John Kerry will get China’s attention at all, and if so, whether it will move the needle in Beijing.  In a joint press conference an hour or so ago, Kerry and his South Korean counterpart Yun

The end of Democrats?

One of the most widely read financial journalists in America says a scandal in the Obama Administration could actually ruin the entire Democratic party. Learn how here.

Quotes of the day
4/11/2013 10:11:59 PM  Allahpundit
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) tonight posted the bill text of The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act that he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced yesterday… Purpose: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all

Gosnell abortion-clinic worker: I assisted with abortions while in high school
4/11/2013 9:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
This story just keeps getting more and more revolting. Like a lot of high school sophomores, 15-year-old Ashley Baldwin found a job. Baldwin, however, wasn’t working retail or fast-food. She was doing ultrasounds, administering intravenous medicine

Chaplain Emil Kapaun receives the Medal of Honor posthumously
4/11/2013 8:31:06 PM  Allahpundit
The best thing you’ll read all day is this Katherine Miller piece at the Free Beacon recounting Kapaun’s heroism in Korea under fire and as a prisoner of the Chinese. I confess I’d never heard of him until recently; if you hadn’t

Study: Yeah, that NYC soda ban would probably backfire
4/11/2013 7:41:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ah, the utter folly of trying to impose top-down virtue on the oh-so-unenlightened masses. Bloomberg’s now infamous large-soda ban, ostensibly designed to serve the twofold purpose of both limiting people’s sugary-drink intake and raising

Boehner: There’s no rule that says I need a Republican majority in order to pass bills in the House
4/11/2013 6:51:49 PM  Allahpundit
This is exactly what you want to hear with bills on gun control and immigration in the pipeline. Dude, I’m nervous. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Thursday that he may continue to bypass a House Republican rule [i.e. the "Hastert

Carney denies White House approved Jay-Z trip, disses rapper’s rhyming skills
4/11/2013 6:01:59 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Live by the stupid, pop-culture story, Obama White House. Die by the stupid, pop-culture story. Enjoy this video, in which the administration that got reelected on the strength of its Big Bird and binders memes, is asked in a press briefing about the

“Morning Joe”: Even Al Qaeda thinks our background checks system is weak
4/11/2013 5:11:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via Conn Carroll, I can’t tell if they’re offering this as a cautionary tale, to expose a security vulnerability identified by Al Qaeda before it’s exploited (AQ would never buy guns from the black market), or if it’s more of a

Heads up: Pentagon report suggests North Korea might already have nuclear missiles
4/11/2013 4:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via Eli Lake, who had a separate timely piece this morning quoting experts who think the world should be taking this latest NorK tantrum more seriously than it is. Fast-forward to this afternoon’s House Armed Services Committee hearing with Hagel

U.S. debt to hit a gnarly 78 percent of GDP in 2014
4/11/2013 3:31:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
The ongoing Slowest Recovery Ever has had our economy growing at only meager rates, and yet the federal government is about to collect record revenues — but President Obama’s budget is chock full of new ideas for still more taxes and still

Report: Liberal group Progress Kentucky behind McConnell taping Update: Corn “Can’t say much now.”
4/11/2013 2:41:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Which is, well, kinda what Sen. Mitch McConnell said yesterday. These are the same guys who sent out racist tweets about McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, and her Chinese heritage. Local news in Kentucky is reporting, via a Democratic official, that

Video: Amnesty supporters inexplicably protest Marco Rubio, some without knowing who he is
4/11/2013 2:07:35 PM  Allahpundit
Via CNS and the Media Research Center, a snapshot from yesterday’s “Rally for Citizenship” in D.C. in which a guy who’s done more than any other pol in America to make immigration reform possible ends up eating shinola anyway. I

ObamaCare exchanges now costing at least double initial projections
4/11/2013 1:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
A not-at-all surprising admission from President Obama’s budget release on Wednesday. We already knew that the administration’s mishandling of the whole situation was going to cost us, but Bloomberg reports on the more exact figures: The $1.3

IRS: All your e-mails are belong to us
4/11/2013 12:41:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
If the IRS pledged to tax spammers, we might not mind them snooping through our e-mail without a warrant.  Unfortunately, the IRS thinks it can read your e-mail without getting a judge’s signature on a warrant mainly because they say so, the ACLU

Filibuster fails: Senate votes to open debate on gun-control bill, thanks to 16 Republicans
4/11/2013 12:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
I use the term “gun-control bill” loosely because … no bill exists yet. But let’s not let procedural niceties deter us from Doing Something. Among the 68 who voted to proceed on the bill this morning are 16 Republicans. Per Chad

NYT: The border security provisions in this Gang of Eight immigration plan aren’t very strict, are they?
4/11/2013 11:21:01 AM  Allahpundit
Via Mickey Kaus, I glossed over this in yesterday’s post but I shouldn’t have. What happens if, as everyone but everyone expects, DHS can’t meet the Gang of Eight’s security targets at the border after five years? Magical things,

Biden: Some people just like shooting guns because “it’s like driving a Ferrari”
4/11/2013 10:41:53 AM  Erika Johnsen
I still find it bizarre that, of all people, this is the guy they’re sending out to lead the charge on gun control. I suppose, for one thing, he’s at least — ahem — unintimidating? It’s used to be, Joe, we were dealing