HotAir Daily Express 04/17/2013


Gosnell janitor: Body parts flushed down the toilet
4/17/2013 10:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Testimony continued yesterday in the trial of Kermit Gosnell and his co-defendants, charged with multiple counts of murder.  If we thought it couldn’t possibly get worse, well, think again. Allahpundit referenced this in his QOTD, but thi LifeNews

Immigration bill drops overnight; Update: Sessions: “This bill is legalization first”; Update: The Rubio FAQ
4/17/2013 9:21:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s about half as long as some feared, and less than a third as long as ObamaCare. The new comprehensive immigration reform bill still comes in at 844 pages, and will be the center of curiosity in the Senate — at least after Harry

Manchin: Yeah, we don’t have the votes on background checks
4/17/2013 8:41:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is throwing in the towel on his bipartisan deal on background checks.  Manchin told NBC News this morning that they can’t come up with the votes by this afternoon to close debate: The bipartisan effort to

FBI security bulletin shows images of evidence from Boston bombing; Update: 4chan users connecting dots?
4/17/2013 8:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
The FBI has begun to send pictures and other data from the crime-scene investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing to law-enforcement agencies around the country, including an image of a shredded black backpack in which one of the devices may have been


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Quotes of the day
4/16/2013 10:41:30 PM  Allahpundit
Former abortion clinic worker James Johnson testified today during the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell and provided jurors with a nauseating account of the horrific conditions at the abortion facility… His job was to collect abortion remains and

Immigration bill hearing pushed to Friday to give Congress time, you know, read it
4/16/2013 10:01:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
There’s been a lot of talk about whether an immigration bill would have any hearings at all, nevermind whether lawmakers might actually have time to read the massive legislation before the hearing. It’s, of course, in the interests of those

Oh, my: Mark Sanford caught trespassing at his ex-wife’s home in February?
4/16/2013 9:21:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Remember how some Republicans have expressed concern about what past experience tells us is the distinct possibility of Mark Sanford’s campaign imploding on itself? Shaking my head. So much. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford must appear in

GOP plans replacement proposal as Toomey/Manchin background checks bill nears failure
4/16/2013 8:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
As of 5:55 p.m. ET, WaPo said there were 53 yeses for T-M (assuming Frank Lautenberg is well enough to cast a vote tomorrow) and just seven undecideds remaining in the Senate. They have McCain listed as one of them, which is almost certainly incorrect,

‘Gang of eight’ source: One-year window to apply for provisional legal status
4/16/2013 8:01:11 PM  Guy Benson
One of the lingering questions I’ve harbored about the forthcoming “Gang of Eight” immigration bargain (the Tuesday roll-out of which was appropriately postponed due to the events in Boston) is how long the “open enrollment”

Yikes: IMF lowers global economic growth forecasts
4/16/2013 7:21:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
Le sigh. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are in the midst of their spring meetings, and found themselves obliged to ever-so-slightly revise their projections for global economic growth in their latest report: In a periodic update to its

Breaking: Letter sent to GOP Sen. Roger Wicker tests positive for ricin; Update: Or did it?
4/16/2013 6:48:07 PM  Allahpundit
My instinct whenever there’s a story like this is “false positive,” but apparently not: CNN claims the letter’s been tested three times and every time has been a red alert. Also, would DHS go to this trouble if they had any

Experts skeptical that Boston bomber comes from a domestic terrorist group; Update: Bomber’s bag identified in photo?
4/16/2013 6:41:17 PM  Allahpundit
The “evidence” is thin, but this is so far off the media’s beaten path after attacks that it’s worth reading just for the novelty. When even the SPLC is pooh-poohing the idea of militia activity, you know you’re in uncharted

State Dept: We’re not quite ready to recognize the new Venezuelan regime
4/16/2013 6:01:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
Opposition leader Henry Capriles isn’t backing down on his demand for a recount of Venezuela’s Sunday special election results in the wake of Hugo Chavez’s death last month, insisting that the barely more than one percentage point

Oh, by the way: Looks like Obama’s chemical weapons “red line” in Syria was crossed
4/16/2013 5:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Something that got lost in the shuffle over the weekend and in yesterday’s chaos, although it shouldn’t have. If O’s serious about his warnings to Assad — “I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a

Jay Carney: Obama can’t comment on Gosnell right now
4/16/2013 4:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Weekly Standard, a little something from yesterday afternoon that got sidetracked after the attack in Boston. Carney’s technically correct here — a president’s comments about a pending state criminal proceeding risk producing a

The man on the roof
4/16/2013 4:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
We need a break from shaming the media for not covering Gosnell so let’s shame them for some of their bombing coverage instead. I can understand jittery Twitter users hyperventilating over something unexplained in the first moments after an attack,

Steny Hoyer: Boston is ‘proof’ sequestration is bad, or something
4/16/2013 3:21:51 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
He was prompted by a reporter and didn’t bring this up on his own, so there’s a bit of distinction there. The question from the reporter seems to have been the rather leading “is Boston a reason to rail on your [insert favorite

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
4/16/2013 2:46:51 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 the coverage of the Boston terrorist attack, the Gosnell trial, and all of the hot political

Report: Boston bomber used at least one pressure-cooker IED
4/16/2013 2:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
Not a pipe bomb after all, per one source who spoke to the AP. The explosives were reportedly placed in a pressure cooker, which in turn was placed in a backpack. And they came with accessories: The metal fragments found in marathon-goers — 20

WaPo/ABC poll shows Obama under water on budget proposal
4/16/2013 2:01:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
According to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News, the latest budget proposal from Barack Obama has about as much support as his previous two proposals.  Only 52% of Democrats approve of his budget, which turns out to be twice as many as do

Obama: The FBI is investigating the Boston bombing as an “act of terrorism”
4/16/2013 1:21:46 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama was cautious about using the loaded word in his first address in the few hours after the bombing last night, but this morning reported that the FBI is now investigating the attack as the “act of terrorism” that it was. From

Powers: Yes, there is a Gosnell cover-up in the media
4/16/2013 12:41:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
Or perhaps more to the point, there has been a media blackout on the atrocities placed in evidence at the trial of accused serial killer Kermit Gosnell.  Is that term too strong?  Before we get to Kirsten Powers, let’s check in with the latest from

CBS: FBI, BPD “very interested” in Saudi national
4/16/2013 12:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
The “Saudi national” thread continues to expand past the New York Post/Fox News report yesterday. Earlier on CBS, former FBI assistant director John Miller tells Charlie Rose that his sources say that the  man in the hospital

Roommate of man questioned by Boston police: “I don’t think he could do that”; Update: Search fruitless, man not involved?
4/16/2013 11:21:46 AM  Allahpundit
Possibly significant, not because of what he said but because there’s a roommate at all. If you’re building bombs, the person you live with is likeliest to know, yet I haven’t seen anything suggesting that the roommate’s under

North Korea demands apology, threatens retaliation after Seoul demonstration
4/16/2013 10:41:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Pyongyang threatened to retaliate without warning if South Korea didn’t offer an apology for a demonstration in Seoul that featured the burning effigies of Kim Jong-Un, his father, and his grandfather. The new demand comes during a sudden reduction