HotAir Daily Express 04/18/2013


Video: Musharraf flees after bail revoked
4/18/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, I wrote a short piece in the Green Room about the strange comeback attempt of Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan. Despite facing potential charges of treason and corruption from his years as dictatorial ruler, Musharraf returned to Pakistan under an

Venezuela Supreme Court rejects recount … before anyone asks
4/18/2013 9:21:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
Americans often get frustrated by the lengthy process of dealing with legal disputes in the US.  It can take years to adjudicate lawsuits, only to then wait for years longer while appeals work their way through to the Supreme Court.  If our lengthy

Issa to CIA: Get your lawyers ready on Benghazi
4/18/2013 8:31:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
Suddenly, it seems that the terror attack on our consulate in Benghazi last September may become relevant all over again.  Yesterday afternoon, CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson reported that a number of whistleblowers had emerged to talk to the House

Live video: West, Texas explosion coverage
4/18/2013 7:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The nightmare continues for the town of West as morning dawns and the extent of the devastation becomes clear. Governor Rick Perry will have a press conference later this morning to discuss the state’s response to the disaster. The death toll is


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Report: 60-70 dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion; Update: 5-15 dead, 160 injured
4/18/2013 12:02:07 AM  Allahpundit
First came the fire, then the blast. Assuming the EMS reports are correct, a terror attack on U.S. soil is responsible for only the second-largest mass-casualty event this week. Dwell on that. Unbelievable: West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many

Quotes of the day
4/17/2013 10:41:13 PM  Allahpundit
Several dozen tea party members demonstrated outside some of Rubio’s Florida offices on Tuesday to protest the comprehensive immigration bill that Rubio and seven Senate colleagues announced this week, which includes a path to citizenship for up to 11

Boston bombing update: FBI searching for two men in surveillance video
4/17/2013 10:01:39 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Well, today was a roller coaster ride with regard to the investigation of the Boston bombing. After CNN and the AP reported for more than an hour that a suspect had been arrested and was en route to a federal courthouse, that relatively encouraging news

Postmaster general: The USPS is currently losing $25 million, every day
4/17/2013 9:21:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
Dang. The Postal Service is currently operating with a broken business model. Since the economic recession of 2008, we have been experiencing a significant imbalance between revenues and costs. This imbalance will only get worse in the coming decade

Mississippi man arrested in connection with ricin letter incidents
4/17/2013 8:41:00 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Miss., to be exact. Letters that tested positive for ricin and were addressed to Sen Roger Wicker and Sen. Barack Obama were both reportedly signed, “I”m KC and I approve this message.” Update: The AP has the

Oh my: Disney to release new “Star Wars” movie every summer starting in 2015
4/17/2013 8:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
What’s Marvel taking in with its endless “Avengers” franchise? A few billion a year? Time for Disney to build its own solid-gold conveyor belt: Confirming a strategy of aggressive franchise expansion, Disney announced today at CinemaCon

Video: Obama not handling gun-control failure in Senate very well
4/17/2013 7:21:38 PM  Allahpundit
I promised you a tantrum. Via Mediaite, here it is. It’s interesting to see what gets The One’s dander up, and what doesn’t: Obama showed the passion and anger at his personal defeat that he wasn’t able to manage after the

Boom: First union officially calls for the repeal of ObamaCare
4/17/2013 6:41:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Labor unions largely came out swinging in favor of ObamaCare’s passage in 2010, but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare’s incoming provisions, fearing that the law’s requirements will raise the costs of health plans

Obama: I can’t comment on Gosnell, but obviously lawbreakers should be prosecuted
4/17/2013 6:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
The Gosnell bit starts at 3:00 but you should watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss him saying how he felt “personally responsible” to demand more gun regulation after the Newtown shooting. Does he feel personally responsible to

Video: Against all odds, Superman reboot looking pretty epic
4/17/2013 5:21:39 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, I liked the teaser trailers last summer, I liked the first official trailer last winter, and I like this. Finally we get a glimpse of the inner life of a messiah, a god-man who must decide if he’s willing to play savior for a

If/when Obama approves the Keystone pipeline, the green lobby is going to go berserk
4/17/2013 4:41:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
The White House’s predicted date for when the president will finally approve (or disapprove, as the case may be) the Keystone XL pipeline has been steadily creepin’ back to later and later dates — by the latest count, we’re

Uh oh: Obamacare author warns implementation could be a “train wreck”
4/17/2013 4:01:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who helped write Obamacare and is up for reelection in 2014: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, one of the health reform law’s chief authors, says he’s worried about a “huge train wreck coming down” if the Obama

Open thread: Senate gun-control vote-a-rama; Update: Toomey/Manchin fails, 54/46; Update: GOP’s bill fails, 52/48; Update: Assault-weapons ban crushed, 40/60; Update: Reid to pull entire gun bill tomorrow
4/17/2013 3:21:15 PM  Allahpundit
Barring last-minute schedule changes, the Senate votes on nine, count ‘em nine, amendments to Reid’s gun-control bill starting at 4 p.m. ET. Manchin/Toomey goes first, then comes the GOP’s alternate bill. Cornyn’s bill on

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham (will be under arrest)
4/17/2013 3:03:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Mary Katharine Ham joins me today to discuss the most trusted name in news, among other things, as well as the rest of the news today from the Boston Marathon bombings. We’ll start off with a Face the

Mark Sanford: I violated my divorce agreement to watch the Super Bowl with my son, or something; NRCC jumping ship?
4/17/2013 2:41:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last night, the Associated Press reported that Mark Sanford is due in court — a mere two days after the May 7th special election for now-Sen. Tim Scott’s vacated House seat — to explain precisely why Jenny Sanford found him at her home

Breaking: CNN says feds believe they’ve identified a suspect in the Boston bombing; Update: Feds want to talk to “a number of people”; Update: No arrests; Update: Black jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt, white cap
4/17/2013 1:48:36 PM  Allahpundit
If you believe John King, there’s surveillance video from Lord & Taylor department store of someone carrying and “perhaps” dropping a black bag near the site of the second bombing. What that means, I take it, is that they

Videos: The UK and world say goodbye to Margaret Thatcher
4/17/2013 1:21:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Can one measure the impact of a figure by the attention given at their passing? If so, then Margaret Thatcher’s place as one of the most significant figures in the latter half of the 20th century seems secure. Leaders from around the world —

Poll: Anthony Weiner already in second place in NYC mayoral race for some reason
4/17/2013 12:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
The bad news? Between this and what’s going on in South Carolina, American voters seem to have finally jettisoned any pretense of standards for their political leaders. The good news? We’re still on track for a Sanford-versus-Weiner

Breaking: Second ricin letter addressed to White House, suspicious package alert in Senate office; Update: Levin’s MI office evacuated; Update: Three packages?; Update: Flake’s AZ office, too; Update: All clear in DC after packages removed
4/17/2013 11:26:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Another letter on its way to the nation’s has tested positive for ricin, ABC News reported a few minutes ago — this time on its way to the White House.  The discovery follows a flagged letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker found yesterday, and

Breaking: Ayotte a no on Manchin-Toomey; Update: Reid announces support for Feinstein assault-weapons ban; Update: Heitkamp a no, too
4/17/2013 11:06:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
This is a big deal, and not just because of the swing of a single vote in the Senate: NBC News has learned Sen. Kelly Ayotte will be a NO on background checks bill today. — Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) April 17, 2013 “Last week, I voted

Video: Wife of convict arrested in murders of Texas DAs
4/17/2013 10:41:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
The murders of two Texas Assistant District Attorneys and one spouse had a lot of people speculating about white supremacists in the Lone Star State.  Instead, police have arrested the wife of a former Justice of the Peace that the two DAs prosecuted for