HotAir Daily Express 04/19/2013

Breaking: PD pulled over MA car in Niagara Falls; Update: No police action anticipated, alert for other vehicle
4/19/2013 9:39:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hmmmm: A police source tells 2 On Your Side that New York State Police have pulled over a vehicle in Niagara Falls allegedly with two Russian nationals in the vehicle. The car was pulled over at 19th and Elmwood in the Falls. Bomb techs and a robot are

Dead suspect: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them”; Update: Dzhokar’s website linked Islamist sites; Update: Tamerlan pushed AQ Prophecy
4/19/2013 8:46:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with Boston police earlier this morning, perhaps killed by bullets, his own IED, or the fact that his brother Dzhokar reportedly drove over him in order to plow through a police barricade after the shootout.  He will

Video: “These guys had a plan”
4/19/2013 8:19:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
I’m covering the breaking news on the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the main thread, but this is a good backgrounder for what comes next, as well as what came before.  Former FBI agent Don Borelli says this reminds him of the Mumbai attack,

One Boston Marathon suspect dead, Boston on lockdown; Update: “Shelter in place” extended to entire city; Update: Taxi service suspended; Update: 2nd suspect cornered?; Update: Uncle says both are “absolute losers”; Update: NYC alert? Update: PD: “may not be able to take him alive”; Update: Now looking for two suspects?
4/19/2013 6:58:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead, and the city of Boston is on lockdown as police search for the second.  The one died from both gunshots and an explosion that he apparently set off, according to first reports: The search for one of the

Quotes of the day
4/18/2013 10:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
[Q]uestions of why the Democratic leadership pushed a bill to the floor that ultimately fell five votes short had some whispering about poor planning. “There is going to be a lot of hindsighting,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who represents

No, really: Maryland has a tax on rain now
4/18/2013 9:21:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, my neighbors to the near north are always finding new and interesting ways to torment their citizens with new taxes. The state just plopped an escalating tax on top of its 23.5-cent gas tax, and now there’s a tax on rainfall. Rain has a price.

NYT: Can you believe Fox was talking about this fertilizer explosion instead of guns today?
4/18/2013 8:41:50 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Look, I’m happy to talk about the different approaches Fox and MSNBC took to the gun debate. Frankly, I think it reflects quite well on Fox, as New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s complaint against Fox illustrates. Fox is usually

Pompeo to Baucus: If ObamaCare is a “train wreck,” you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself
4/18/2013 8:01:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just a friendly reminder from Republican Sen. Mike Pompeo to his esteemed colleague Sen. Max Baucus about exactly where all of this “train wreck” blame belongs: Dear Senator Baucus, I was stunned, and also saddened, to read of your complaint

“Red line” update: Yep, a no-fly zone over Syria is a possibility, says national intel chief
4/18/2013 7:21:24 PM  Allahpundit
Remember Tuesday’s post about Obama’s “red line” in Syria having been crossed? I’m treating this as circumstantial evidence that it’s true and that the Pentagon and CIA are now huddling over what to do about it. Need

Dems hit Sanford with a not-so-subtly Appalaichan Trail-themed ad: “Keep walking”
4/18/2013 6:41:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
The National Republican Congressional Committee is tactfully jumping ship and leaving Mark Sanford to his own devices in the special election for the Charleston-based House district in South Carolina, but the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee is

Rush Limbaugh to Rubio: Why are we doing something on immigration that Democrats are salivating at?
4/18/2013 6:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Rushbo, I assume from the second clip below that Rubio didn’t persuade him in the first. He didn’t persuade me either. I’ve held off on posting over the last few days even though fellow border hawks Conn Carroll and Mickey

Great news: Majority of Americans say wealth should be distributed more evenly
4/18/2013 5:21:37 PM  Allahpundit
Interesting, but not for the reasons you might think. When I saw Gallup’s headline I assumed the data would show a distinct upward trend in the numbers over time, partly because of the seemingly endless economic malaise and partly because the

Open thread: FBI press conference on Boston bombings; Update: Photos and video added; Update: Do cops have the names? Update: New pic discovered?
4/18/2013 4:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
5 p.m. ET, all across the dial. The feds announced this morning that they’re planning to release images of the two suspects from the surveillance video sometime today. Presumably that means at the presser itself or shortly before or after; once

Reid indefinitely shelving gun legislation; Obama returning to executive actions
4/18/2013 4:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
After Wednesday’s failed gun-control vote in the Senate, President Obama (rather petulantly) insisted that “this effort is not over” — but from here on out, he might have to go Lone Ranger on that one, at least for now. Continuing

John Kerry: “We have a lot more important things to move on to” than Benghazi
4/18/2013 3:21:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
By all means, tell us how you really feel. REP. DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA): …We need to talk to the people who are on the scene. Can you give us a commitment now that for this administration you will be coming up with the request, the honest request

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
4/18/2013 3:05:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

Testimony: Gosnell reused disposable instruments, falsified records: Update: Nurse saw more than 10 babies breathing
4/18/2013 2:41:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Testimony continued in the trial of Kermit Gosnell yesterday, which continues to expose the risks to community health represented by the clinic and the state’s refusal to properly regulate it.  Gosnell used plastic instruments in his abortions that

Gun-control official on Senate failure: “Bribery isn’t what it once was”
4/18/2013 2:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
Give this guy credit, at least, for not mincing words. In a more prosperous age, billions of dollars in pork would have been flung at the Senate’s gun-control fencesitters to buy their votes yesterday. It took an endlessly sputtering economy, $16

Sen. Murphy: Republicans are just gun-control Darwinists at this point
4/18/2013 1:21:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Uhm… nailed it? I guess I appreciate the honesty of the Republican caucus. They’ve just made it clear that they are just kind of gun-control Darwinists at this point. They just think that we should give a whole bunch of guns to the good guys

Manchin: I’m not done with universal background checks
4/18/2013 12:41:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
In the wake of perhaps the worst political failure of Barack Obama’s term short of his 2010 midterm loss, the President vowed to continue to push forward on gun-control measures, especially background checks.  One of the lead Senators on that

Hijacking crises for fun and profit
4/18/2013 12:01:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
Can this week produce any more sterling examples of media irresponsibility?  I’m not talking about the faceplant for John King and CNN (and for that matter, the Associated Press) in proclaiming that law enforcement was making/had made an arrest in

Could Obama’s gun-control push cost Democrats the Senate?
4/18/2013 11:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
So far, we’ve heard a lot of bluster coming from Barack Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill about how the voters will punish Republicans for opposing a series of gun-control measures that didn’t even keep all the Democrats in the fold.  The

Boston bombing update: The guys in the feds’ surveillance video probably aren’t who you think
4/18/2013 10:41:29 AM  Allahpundit
The FBI is (finally!) going to release the footage that everyone’s been clamoring for later today. If you’ve read the New York Post this morning, you probably think you know who the guys in the video will be. You’re probably wrong. I