HotAir Daily Express 04/23/2013


Promise expired: Obama budget tax hikes hit “nearly every income level”
4/23/2013 10:01:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, Barack Obama’s promise that his tax hikes wouldn’t apply to 95% of Americans expired a long time ago, but his new budget drives a stake right through its heart.  Earlier, I pointed out that Obama had underreported his tax hikes in

Rangel sues House to overturn slap on the wrist
4/23/2013 9:21:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
When Charlie Rangel ended up with a censure on the House floor after the House Ethics Committee found him guilty of a wide range of misconduct, most of us scoffed at the punishment.  A censure is the middle ground of Congressional punishments —

Russian intel: Tsarnaev met with suspected Chechen militant several times
4/23/2013 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS isn’t letting the thread drop on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s six-month odyssey in the Caucasus, and neither are federal investigators, apparently. Russian intelligence says that the elder brother in the Boston Marathon bombing met with a

Video: Car bomb erupts outside French embassy in Tripoli, 3 hurt
4/23/2013 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Three people were wounded in a car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli, including one 13-year-old girl, and Libyan investigators say they’ve never seen anything like this before in Tripoli. “Why would France be targeted?” asks


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Quotes of the day
4/22/2013 10:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
A row has broken out over whether the Obama Administration is violating the legal due process of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by not reading him his Miranda rights before questioning. The more relevant question for the safety of the U.S.

Fisker spent $600K for every car it sold, skids toward bankruptcy
4/22/2013 10:01:34 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
$1.3 billion in venture capital and taxpayer funds, and they spent $600,000 per $100,000 car they sold. What an investment! Fisker Automotive Inc. spent more than six times as much U.S. taxpayer and investor money to produce each luxury plug-in car it

Denmark starting to walk back some areas of their entitlement state
4/22/2013 9:21:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Many of the wildly debt crisis-laden EU countries are currently railing against the oh-so-draconian, unacceptably harsh, and practically inhumane “austerity” budgets toward which their years of state-sponsored profligate living are now

Obviously: State’s Keystone pipeline review is “insufficient,” says the EPA
4/22/2013 8:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
You must be joking. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected Monday to the State Department’s draft review of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline route, saying it included “insufficient information” on environmental issues. In a comment

USA Today poll shows gun-control support slipping still further
4/22/2013 8:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s indignant display of outrageously moral outrage following last week’s failed Senate gun-control vote notwithstanding, Americans’ support for further federal gun-control laws is continuing on its downward trajectory,

Two U.S. officials: Preliminary evidence suggests bombers motivated by religion, acted alone; Update: Came from Tsarnaev; Update: Learned bombmaking from Internet
4/22/2013 7:21:41 PM  Allahpundit
It’s just “preliminary” evidence. Could be that Tamerlan, when he wasn’t busy favoriting Chechen jihadist videos on YouTube, was building up an explosive hatred of marathons. This AP story is actually newsy, not because of the

Hey, who’s up for a poem about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
4/22/2013 6:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
The good news, I guess, is that we’ve already reached Peak Troll a week after the bombings, so it’s all uphill from here. I won’t quote it; you can follow the link if you care. I won’t try my own either, although you’re

Dershowitz: By not Mirandizing Tsarnaev, feds might have blown the death penalty; Update: Tsarnaev Mirandized
4/22/2013 6:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
His logic’s straightforward. It’s easy to prove that Tsarnaev did the deed but in order to prove that he’s a “terrorist” and therefore eligible for the death penalty, you have to also prove that his intent was to terrorize

PPP: Colbert Busch takes the lead from Sanford in South Carolina?
4/22/2013 5:21:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
According to Public Policy Polling, anyway. Granted, polling is especially with a special election, because it’s difficult to really gauge what turnout is going to look like … but it’s kind of starting to look like, if any Republican

Surprise: Americans not keen on paying higher gas taxes
4/22/2013 4:41:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
So much for the “crumbling infrastructure” argument, which is flawed in substance as well as style.   In a rare show of bipartisan consensus, Gallup’s latest poll shows that two-thirds of Americans would oppose increasing gas taxes

Pro-reform GOP Senate aide: Don’t blame our immigration system for the Tsarnaevs, blame “our society”
4/22/2013 4:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
Via Michael Goldfarb, a complement to Erick Erickson’s post today at Red State about Republican aides turning desperate, shrill, and repulsive as the Gang of Eight bill runs into stumbling blocks. Quote: MORNING MINDMELD, from GOP Senate aide whose

Carney: Tsarnaev charged, won’t be held as an enemy combatant; Update: Tsarnaev cooperating with feds
4/22/2013 3:11:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Examiner, they’ve hit him with just two counts thus far, one of which is conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (i.e. an IED) against persons or property in the U.S., but that’s enough for a death sentence if the DOJ chooses

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
4/22/2013 2:49:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the latest developments in the Boston Marathon bombing, the breaking news of the plot uncovered in

Breaking: Canada busts terrorist plot in Quebec; Update: Two in custody; Update: Targeted Niagara Falls train; Update: AQ plot
4/22/2013 2:12:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Not too many details yet, but the coincidental timing to the Boston Marathon bombings make this even more of an eyebrow-raiser: Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce later today they have thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist

Rand Paul on immigration proceedings: We really need to spend some time on the security weaknesses exposed by Boston
4/22/2013 2:01:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
For your latest update on the immigration-bill kerfuffle, Sen. Rand Paul threw his two cents into the debate over the pace at which the Senate’s consideration of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill should proceed in a letter to the Senate

Video: Flight delays because of sequester cuts?
4/22/2013 1:21:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Over the weekend, the FAA began furloughing tower personnel after the long-dreaded sequester cuts became a reality. The FAA, the airline industry, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano all warned Americans that this would lead to massive backups in airports

Lindsey Graham: FBI missed Tsarnaev’s trip to Russia because his name was misspelled on the flight manifest
4/22/2013 12:43:38 PM  Allahpundit
Sounds bad, but look at it from the feds’ perspective: How likely is it that someone would misspell, er, “Tsarnaev”? If Graham’s right then somehow, twelve years after 9/11, we missed a budding terrorist because of a typo.

Tsarnaev’s final phone call, and renewed interest in 2011 triple homicide
4/22/2013 12:01:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
With the dragnet over in the Boston Marathon bombing, attention has turned to the history of the Tsarnaev family, especially over the last few years.  When they first arrived in the US, the Tsarnaevs were refugees looking for a better life, far from the

Report: Bombers spared carjacking victim because … he wasn’t an American
4/22/2013 11:21:42 AM  Allahpundit
I’m not sure whether to believe it and neither, apparently, is Pete Williams. Watch the clip below. The carjacking victim seems to have told two different stories, first that he “escaped” from the Tsarnaevs and second that they let him

CBS: US considering retaliation for China hacking
4/22/2013 10:41:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
Is the US about to get tough with China? The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration has “carefully choreographed” a get-tough plan against China for its hacking activities in both the commercial and military spheres. CBS