HotAir Daily Express 04/26/2013

Dems on Capitol Hill retreat from ObamaCare exemption
4/26/2013 10:01:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
It didn’t take long for Democrats to hit reverse on their effort to exempt Capitol Hill from ObamaCare’s exchange rules.  The Hill reports this morning that not only are they no longer seeking an exemption, but that they never sought one in

NYT: Breitbart was right about Pigford
4/26/2013 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s rare to get this kind of vindication, so let’s enjoy it in memory of Andrew Breitbart for as long as possible.  For more than two years, Andrew and Lee Stranahan have investigated the Pigford settlement and the fraudulent claims that not

Q1 GDP: 2.5% annualized growth; Update: “Disappointing,” says CBS
4/26/2013 8:33:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today’s GDP report was perhaps a bit … unexpected, given the recent durable-goods order report for March.  Positive growth returned, albeit to stagnation level, in the first quarter of 2013: Real gross domestic product — the output of

WaPo: Joint Terrorism Task Force warned about Tsarnaev’s return from Russia
4/26/2013 8:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
When it comes to the Boston Marathon bombing and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the question has become this: what did the US government know about Tsarnaev, and when did they know it?  At first, it seemed as though the elder Tsarnaev brother flew under the radar,

Doctor reveals secret of how he retired a millionaire in his 40’s

Although practicing medicine can be very lucrative, this doctor didn’t make his millions treating patients.
So how did he do it, and how can you do it too? 
Click here to find out.

Quotes of the day
4/25/2013 10:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
It has become an awkward ritual of the modern presidency that the current occupant of the Oval Office is called upon to deliver a generous historical judgment of the previous one. With the opening of each new presidential library, the members of the

Senate-passed FAA furlough fix bill heads to House tomorrow
4/25/2013 10:01:34 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A couple things. I hope this “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013″ is clean. One would guess it must be, as it passed with unanimous consent, suggesting it was not all larded up with nonsense. Two, it looks like the bill simply authorizes the

Obama wants SCOTUS to uphold controversial recess appointments
4/25/2013 9:21:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Remember, in 2012, when President Obama pretty much declared the Senate in recess, even though they weren’t, so that he could make some recess appointments? The action threw the appointment of, most notably, controversial Consumer Financial

The epic return of “The rent is too damn high!”
4/25/2013 8:41:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Despite the city’s infamous levels of market-distorting rent control, the rent is apparently still too damn high in NYC. After his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination fell through (oh yeah, that happened), perennial candidate

Poll: Pelosi most well known, least liked Hill leader
4/25/2013 8:01:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’m a day late to it, but it looks like the notorious Nancy Pelosi takes the fame-cake from among her fellow Congressional leaders — and not really in a good way. Via Gallup: The top Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and

Video: “Rand Is Wrong”
4/25/2013 7:21:19 PM  Allahpundit
This piqued my curiosity when Ben Smith of BuzzFeed tweeted about it this morning. A hawkish conservative sends over this video, aimed at discrediting Rand Paul… — Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) April 25, 2013 The argument:

Schumer, McCain agree: Gun control’s coming back before the end of the year
4/25/2013 6:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
I can’t embed the clip but you can watch it here starting at around 42:00. The Daily Caller has the key quotes. A challenge: Sketch out the process for me by which Democrats, with precious red-state seats in the balance, decide it’d be a good

Chris Matthews: Bush should have studied more in college to avoid susceptibility to Trotskyite Straussianism, or something
4/25/2013 6:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
I think maybe he pounced on the 43rd’s joke earlier today — “there was a time in my life when I wasn’t likely to be found in a library, much less found one” — maybe a little too literally. I present the original

McCain: Immigration reform won’t win us a single Latino vote but we must do it anyway
4/25/2013 5:21:19 PM  Allahpundit
Straight talk. “I believe if we pass this legislation, it won’t gain us a single Hispanic vote, but what it will do is put us a playing field where we can compete. Right now we can’t compete,” he said at a breakfast hosted by the

Seoul demands talks with Pyongyang over Kaesong industrial complex
4/25/2013 4:41:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
“Demands” truly being the operative word here. Not only did South Korea insist that North Korea open talks on the status of the dormant joint facility — closed now for more than three weeks — they gave Pyongyang only 24 hours to

Lolz at workers. 65% of coal powered plants may close thanks to EPA
4/25/2013 4:01:22 PM  Jazz Shaw
Great news! Those new EPA regulations which we’ve been trying to warn all of you voters about since the day Obama was elected are close to a reality. And when they go into effect there will be some really super terriffic things happening, at least

Report: Feds taking a closer look at what Tsarnaev’s wife knew; Update: Bombs show “expertise,” likely learned in Russia
4/25/2013 3:21:57 PM  Allahpundit
A scoop from Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard: Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
4/25/2013 2:46:52 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. We’ll also talk about Steven’s latest column at

White House to back FAA flexible-spending plan to end ATC furloughs
4/25/2013 2:41:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
Has the latest strategy for the Nightmare on Sequester Street backfired? After a week of finger-pointing over flight delays caused by a 4% reduction in the FAA budget from the sequester, Senate Democrats are ready to throw in the towel rather than risk

Obama still holding out on those subpoenaed Fast & Furious documents
4/25/2013 2:01:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Congress is still steadily pursuing the investigation on the very dark spot on the Obama administration’s record that is Operation Fast and Furious — and when I say “dark spot,” I do mean that literally, because so much of the

As expected: Tsarnaevs discussed bombing Times Square, sources say
4/25/2013 1:21:44 PM  Allahpundit
So this is what Dzhokhar meant when he said they were headed to Manhattan to “party.” The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has told investigators that he and his brother discussed detonating the rest of their explosives in Times

Video: Has Jason Mattera … nuked the fridge?
4/25/2013 12:41:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
People know that Jason Mattera of Talk Radio Network is a good friend of mine, and that I’m a big fan of his snarky and confrontational videos. This time, however, Jason may have made one sequel too many, and taken on someone who is just too

Here we go: Hagel says U.S. has “some degree” of confidence that Assad has used chemical weapons; Update: Two attacks? Update: Multiple blood samples?
4/25/2013 12:05:05 PM  Allahpundit
We all knew, or should have known, that it was coming. And now here it is: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Syrian regime has likely used chemical weapons on a “small scale.” Hagel was speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi. He says the

Video: We’ve had enough Bushes as president, says … Barbara Bush
4/25/2013 11:21:35 AM  Allahpundit
How often does a potentially election-affecting soundbite drop three years out from the next presidential race? Good lord. This is a Gillooly-level kneecapping. I’m sitting here trying to come up with some sly strategic angle she might be playing

Video: Did Tsarnaevs finance bomb plot with drug sales?
4/25/2013 10:41:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS News reported last night that investigators believe that the unemployed Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have financed his terrorist plot through the sale of marijuana — an interesting occupation for a fanatical Muslim.  The composition of the bomb has