HotAir Daily Express 04/02/2013


Is immigration reform the next threat to normal order?
4/2/2013 10:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
One might have gathered from the deluge of news about breakthroughs on comprehensive immigration reform that bipartisanship was so strong on the issue that the negotiators would want to publicly demonstrate their success.  However, the immediate response

Dems wonder: Is Obama just in it for himself?
4/2/2013 9:21:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate title: Self-realization can take years in coming.  One might have thought Democrats understood this after the 2010 midterms, when Barack Obama could barely be bothered to lend his organizational might to protect the House majority he wound up

Runoff in South Carolina’s 1st CD today
4/2/2013 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today, one of the most interesting political contests for the next few weeks will take place, and no one seems to know what the status of the race actually is.  Curtis Bostic squares off against former governor Mark Sanford in the runoff for the

North Korea vows to restart Yongbyon reactor
4/2/2013 8:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
Escalations continue in the Hermit Kingdom, and this time we even have a reaction from China, although it’s relatively mild. Yesterday, the US announced it would send a guided-missile destroyer to the Korean peninsula in response to the


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Quotes of the day
4/1/2013 10:41:28 PM  Allahpundit
Marriage is, as most married people will tell you, a stabilizing influence. It also seems to be a “conservatizing” one. Singles vote overwhelmingly democratic. Married people vote overwhelmingly Republican. Yet here we have a Republican-oriented site

“Walking Dead” season finale somehow pretty watchable
4/1/2013 10:01:41 PM  Allahpundit
So many things to be thankful for in last night’s episode. We were spared the cloying agony of a Glenn/Maggie wedding ceremony; the show’s most annoying character finally bought it, in unsuitably heroic fashion; and the lame contrivance of

Stockton, CA becomes most populous U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, setting up pension fight
4/1/2013 9:21:20 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, here’s the deal. Stockton, CA ain’t got no money, and has filed for bankruptcy, like San Bernardino before it. Stockton has 300,000 residents and was recently named one of America’s most dangerous cities because it turns out that

Cuomo still stalling on clearing hydraulic fracturing for New York
4/1/2013 8:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
While other states have been moving right along with deploying the decades-old hydrofracking technique that’s unlocking access to their hitherto hard-to-reach oil and gas reserves (and enjoying the subsequent wealth- and job-creation that comes

Administration decides to delay on ObamaCare’s promise of small-business insurance options
4/1/2013 8:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has been insisting [through gritted teeth] that the health care overhaul’s implementation is indeed complex but going just swimmingly, thank you very much, but the fact remains that the federal government is now at least

Huckabee: We lost in 2012 because evangelicals didn’t support a more moderate nominee
4/1/2013 7:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
Ed flagged this Politico piece earlier but I want to pay special attention to Huck’s comments. Gabe Malor called BS on them on Twitter this morning. I think he’s right. Huckabee’s latest shot across the party establishment’s

GOP rep with gay son: I’m still a no on gay marriage
4/1/2013 6:41:48 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, Rob Portman was criticized by gay-marriage supporters for reconsidering his stance on SSM only after it affected him personally. This guy, naturally, will be criticized harshly for not reconsidering his stance after it affected him personally.

Venezuela’s snap election still pretty much all about Chavez
4/1/2013 6:01:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
The infamous socialist strongman is dead and gone, but unfortunately, I don’t think the specter of Hugo Chavez is destined to dissipate anytime soon. His protégé and heir apparent, acting president Nicolas Maduro, has been all too content to

ObamaCare could give advantages to some businesses that ship jobs abroad
4/1/2013 5:21:59 PM  Patrick Ishmael
Part of the Affordable Care Act requires that businesses who employ 50 or more full time workers provide a certain level of “affordable” health coverage to their employees. The IRS defines a “full time employee” as “an individual employed on average at

Democratic gay-marriage pool update: Bob Casey now in favor of SSM
4/1/2013 4:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
After Kay Hagan flipped last week, Time magazine called the offices of the remaining Democratic holdouts and found no one else willing to budge. Quote: Casey, a pro-life Catholic, did shift his position on gun control after the Newtown shooting last

WSJ: Only 14 major cities have more jobs now than before the recession
4/1/2013 4:01:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’m starting to think that President Obama should probably drop Gov. Rick Perry and some other red-state governors a quick thank-you note for contributing more than their “fair share” to this economic “recovery” we’re

Are your indoor tomato plants probable cause for an armed raid?
4/1/2013 3:21:50 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
One of the reasons I’m not keen on the drug war, particularly when its aim is to rustle up small-time marijuana growers and users, is that a lot of people are unnecessarily endangered in raids like this one. Not only does it sound like the Hartes

Video: Tough day on the White House basketball court
4/1/2013 2:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, something silly from a slow opening-day news cycle. I read several stories about this, shrugged it off as being too trivial even for me, and went about my business. Then I saw the clip. Good lord. There are enough bricks here to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
4/1/2013 2:36:44 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 week’s top stories and the embarrassing correction from the New York Times on the meaning

Gallup: #1 critique of GOP is … inflexibility
4/1/2013 2:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
This result was apparently significant enough to grab the attention of Politico, but Gallup’s follow-up data makes this rather meaningless: Democrats, Republicans and independents all had the same top complaint about the GOP in a Gallup

Graham: The Senate background-check bill is “going nowhere”
4/1/2013 1:21:44 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sen. Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that he’s working on finding some version of a universal background check bill that could be acceptable to the requisite sixty senators, but that could be quite a job considering the backlash his wildly restrictive

North Korea reappoints “reformer” as premier
4/1/2013 12:41:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Talk about mixed messages.  While Pyongyang blusters about re-entering a state of war with Seoul and Washington and announces that its missiles are on alert and aimed at American targets, the Kim regime suddenly made its only known “reformer”

Judd adviser: Democrats stabbed her in the back
4/1/2013 12:01:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
What happened to the Senatorial aspirations of Hollywood celebrity Ashley Judd? Some believed that she got chased out of the race after Republicans in Kentucky and the NRSC began launching attacks on her past statements, making her reluctant to spend the

Cardinal Dolan: We’re not in the business of being “in touch” with popular opinion
4/1/2013 11:21:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s amazing how many commentators seem fixated on judging religious institutions through poll questions, but Cardinal Timothy Dolan pointed out the obvious in his Easter appearance on ABC’s This Week. George Stephanopoulos challenged Dolan

Have Democrats agreed to make border security a prerequisite for a path to citizenship?
4/1/2013 10:41:20 AM  Allahpundit
You tell me. Listen below to Schumer on yesterday’s “Meet the Press” describing the process agreed on by the Gang of Eight. First comes probationary legal status, which has always been the Democratic prize. Then comes border security,