HotAir Daily Express 04/16/2013

No White House envoy to Thatcher funeral?
4/16/2013 10:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
And the British government is apparently unhappy about it, too.  Sources within Whitehall told the Daily Mail that the Obama administration’s decision to skip sending an envoy to what has become a de facto state funeral for one of America’s

Open thread: FBI press conference on Boston terror attack; Update: Only 2 bombs planted; Update: No known additional threats; Update: “No one is in custody”
4/16/2013 9:11:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
They certainly should have plenty of questions to answer in the press conference starting momentarily. Expect plenty of questions about the “foreign” patient held as a “person of interest” at a local hospital for one, and more on

Reid coming up short on gun control bill
4/16/2013 8:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
Harry Reid got enough votes to open debate on his gun-control bill and the Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks, but closing debate is another matter. So says both the Washington Post and Politico, who have done some whip counting based on

Boston bombings, morning thread: DHS site says “no current alerts”
4/16/2013 6:49:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of movement overnight in the Boston bombings story.  The investigation into what has been called a terrorist attack continues, but the feds aren’t saying much.  They don’t appear

Boston bombing, late-night thread: FBI takes over investigation as Boston cares for the wounded; Update: JFK library fire likely unrelated; Update: Injury toll over 140; Update: Police activity at Revere apartment, connection unconfirmed
4/15/2013 10:41:08 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I saw many in my Twitter feed objecting to the terrorism/not terrorism debate today. While I can understand objecting to political posturing and sniping based on semantics, the terrorism designation has real legal meaning and news value. This

Boston bombing, evening thread: “Clearly an act of terror,” says WH official; Update: At least 132 injured; Update: Five undetonated devices?; Update: 3 reported dead
4/15/2013 7:11:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Picking up from Allahpundit’s thread, we so far have one White House official calling this an act of terror, and reports that there were up to five devices triggered remotely. The Associated Press has the latest injury count: 2 dead, more than 80

Video: CNN’s Blitzer indulges in the irresistible urge to speculate
4/15/2013 4:49:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Plenty of outrage coming from Twitter about this and other instances of media speculation in the wake of the multiple explosions in Boston today, and it’s worth discussing separately from Allahpundit’s excellent tracking post on the main

Report: Obama’s Labor nominee cut a “quid pro quo” deal that cost taxpayers up to $200 million
4/15/2013 3:21:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
Congressional Republicans have been investigating an assistant AG for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and President Obama’s choice to replace Hilda Solis as secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, for his involvement in the settlement of some civil

Breaking: Explosion at Boston Marathon? Update: At least two dead; Update: Reports of 12 dead; Update: Hidden in trash cans? Update: Video added; Update: “Two backpacks”; Update: Man “in custody”; Update: Five devices?
4/15/2013 3:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
No word on what’s happening yet but the photos don’t look good: holy shit… — Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 15, 2013 First pictures of Boston Marathon, unconfirmed terror reports:

The Ed Morrissey Show: Matt Lewis; Update: Canceled
4/15/2013 2:49:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller joins me to talk about the Gosnell case and the media pushback against their conservative critics. We’ll also talk about the latest in political and cultural news. Don’t

Democratic Super PAC already attacking Republican “Gang of Eight” members for being too hard on illegals
4/15/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Even TPM seems incredulous. The left’s supposed to wait until after Republicans help pass amnesty to start shrieking that they’re Latino-hating racists who’ll never change. Enter American Bridge, a prominent Democratic super PAC devoted

Great news: Congress unanimously repeals transparency requirement on stock transactions for … Congress; Update: Obama signs bill
4/15/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
We missed this on Friday, but it shouldn’t go unremarked.  More than a year ago, embarrassed by allegations that members of the House and Senate traded on inside information, Congress passed the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act,

Kerry: All you gun toters are scaring Japanese students, or something
4/15/2013 1:21:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
If you have felt disappointed because Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t yet joined most of his Obama administration colleagues to offer an ignorant opinion on the gun debate, well, this post is for you. While on a trip to Asia ostensibly to deal

Happy Tax Day!
4/15/2013 12:41:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
Curious to see where it is your tax dollars are going on this fine spring day? The Heritage Foundation has a handy infographic with the breakdown: Or, if you prefer, you can check out the White House’s version of your tax receipt, which gets a

CBS News: Even Gosnell’s former attorney wondered where the media was
4/15/2013 12:01:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
CBS News finally broke away from its coverage of dog news to alert its readers to the existence of Kermit Gosnell’s trial: The gruesome trial of an abortion provider resumes in Philadelphia Monday. The doctor, Kermit Gosnell, is charged with

At least four Republican senators likely to vote yes on background-checks bill
4/15/2013 11:21:24 AM  Allahpundit
Just Toomey, Collins, Kirk, and Maverick John McCain so far, but expect a few more to flip soon. Jeff Flake’s on the fence but he’s probably worried about voting no on gun control across the board when fellow Arizonan Gabby Giffords is

Video: Scarborough blasts Obama for his 18.4% tax rate
4/15/2013 10:41:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
On the same day that Politico’s John Harris heralds the rise of Barack Obama, Class Warrior, Joe Scarborough blasts the President for being Barack Obama, Class Hypocrite.  After a nasty presidential campaign that made Mitt Romney into a villain for