HotAir Daily Express 04/24/2013


March durable goods shows biggest decline in seven months
4/24/2013 10:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will give its initial estimate of 2013Q1 GDP growth, and the news is not likely to be bright after seeing the durable-goods report for March.  Orders dropped 5.6% from February, twice as much as

Kerry: Bombing suspect got radicalized in Chechnya
4/24/2013 9:21:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
He did? We certainly suspect this might be the case, given Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s unusual six-month sojourn to Dagestan and Chechnya, but, er … no one has actually established that as fact. At least judging by media reports, the current case

CNN, Reuters disagree: Was Tamerlan ever on a terror watch list?
4/24/2013 8:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
First, everyone wondered how Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have left the country without triggering an alarm after a Russian warning to the FBI in 2011 about his radicalization.  Yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that Tsarnaev’s

Bad Karma: Obama admin kept funding Fisker while knowing it was failing
4/24/2013 8:01:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  An administration walks into Congress and insists on billions of dollars to “invest” in green-tech startups, then loses its shirt on bad bets — even while knowing the bets were bad.  If that


Quotes of the day
4/23/2013 10:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
Rubio really is a one-man conservative outreach program when it comes to this bill. His ties to the tea party base are so deep that reformers were constantly worried he’d abandon negotiations rather than risk an inevitable backlash by signing onto a

Video: Do not try to photobomb Mike Tobin’s live shot
4/23/2013 10:01:45 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Fox News’ Mike Tobin has reported from the Gaza Strip, okay? He’s a man equipped to keep his head about him in a high-stress situation, his on-camera professionalism honed in war-torn and disaster-swept areas from Lebanon to Joplin. What did

Krauthammer on Benghazi report: The Obama admin pretends that these attacks are “one-shot deals”
4/23/2013 9:31:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
As predicted, the House GOP’s release of an interim report on their ongoing investigation into last September’s Benghazi attack — offering a rather scathing assessment of Hillary Clinton and the White House’s handling of the

Durbin and Cruz hit the Obama administration for their conspicuous drone-hearing absence
4/23/2013 8:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Rand Paul’s epic, viral filibuster managed to kinda’-sorta’ glean at least some manner of response from the Obama administration on their drone policy, but they were majorly called out out during a Senate Judiciary hearing on Tuesday by

Family members: Older Tsarnaev brother was influenced by “mysterious radical”
4/23/2013 8:01:38 PM  Allahpundit
“Mysterious radical” is from the AP’s headline but it’s unclear just how radical he was. They’re implying that the mystery man, a Muslim convert named “Misha,” might have nudged Tamerlan Tsarnaev towards

Poll: Faith in federal government hits new low
4/23/2013 7:21:31 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Turns out, Democrats don’t think the federal government is worth a damn under George W. Bush or President Obama, but they still want it getting ever bigger and imposing its shoddy solutions on every conceivable problem from now until the end of

Boston mayor: This bombing’s making me reconsider my position on the death penalty
4/23/2013 6:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Theory: The Gosnell trial is to the pro-choice cause what the Boston bombings are to the anti-capital-punishment cause. That can be tested, of course, with a poll. Let’s see what public support for the death penalty in deep-blue Massachusetts looks

House GOP releases report on Benghazi investigation, faulting Clinton
4/23/2013 6:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
John Kerry might be ready to move on to “a lot more important things than Benghazi,” but last week House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa cautioned the CIA to lawyer up after reports that whistleblowers are starting to come forward on the

Video: American culture now generating entire movie franchises about Thor
4/23/2013 5:21:51 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. Alternate headline: “American culture now generating magazines willing to do shot-by-shot analyses of movie trailers about Thor.” I’ve said this before but it’s been awhile, so let me say it again: The

Top Israeli intel official: Yep, looks like Assad’s forces crossed Obama’s chemical weapons “red line”
4/23/2013 4:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
Not just once, either. Repeatedly. That makes not one but two close U.S. allies whispering that Assad’s gone and done the thing that the leader of the free world said he Must Not Do. It’s intervention time. Israel’s senior military

Judge drops three out of eight murder charges against Gosnell
4/23/2013 4:01:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
After more than a month of prosecution testimony on the eight counts of murder and other charges against Kermit Gosnell, the judge in the case — at the request of the defense — decided to throw out three of those murder charges on Tuesday,

Was ricin-letter suspect framed?
4/23/2013 3:21:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Could the Elvis impersonator arrested in the ricin-letter case have been set up?  Fox News reports that the FBI has begun to look into the possibility that Paul Kevin Curtis got framed in the terrorism scare: The Mississippi man charged with sending

Napolitano: Yes, we knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev left for Russia last year
4/23/2013 2:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
An important follow-up to Lindsey Graham’s claim yesterday that Tsarnaev didn’t ping the federal watch list before his trip to Dagestan because of a spelling error. The Free Beacon asks a good question: Is Napolitano suggesting here that DHS

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
4/23/2013 2:38:35 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 Marathon bombings, the Koch Brothers’ reported interest in

NYC looking to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21
4/23/2013 2:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Oh, good grief. It’s no wonder at least some gun-control advocates were probably less-than-thrilled with Bloomberg’s recent foray into gun-control advertising campaigns; his particular brand of loathsome nanny-statism run amok hardly lends

Report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, learned how to build bombs from Al Qaeda online magazine; Update: Bought “fireworks” in February
4/23/2013 1:21:32 PM  Allahpundit
To borrow a line from Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. >From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful

Paul: Drones would have been OK in Boston manhunt
4/23/2013 12:41:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
An important clarification from Senator Rand Paul, who made headlines for a rare talking filibuster challenging Barack Obama to explain the difference between using drones against American citizens overseas and using them in the United States.  Neil

The Boston-immigration reform non-sequitur
4/23/2013 12:01:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Boston Marathon bombing has given us a rare opportunity to see politicians on both sides of an issue seize the same non-sequitur to promote their cause.  There is almost no overlap between the immigration status of the Tsarnaevs and the comprehensive

Kazakhstan: Two students held after Tsarnaev arrest may have known suspects
4/23/2013 11:21:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Lost in the shuffle over the last few days has been the story of the two students re-arrested in New Bedford after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday.  Originally detained in their apartment in the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect,

Big news: Max Baucus to retire
4/23/2013 10:44:56 AM  Allahpundit
The first Senate casualty of ObamaCare? First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful tax-writing committee for more than a dozen years. At times infuriating his Democratic colleagues, he worked with Republicans to co-write the