HotAir Daily Express 04/05/2013


Obama to offer Social Security cuts in new budget — in exchange for tax hikes
4/5/2013 10:01:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
No wonder it’s taking so long for Barack Obama to send his budget proposal to Congress.  The budget is almost two months overdue, but Republicans may find it worth the wait.  The Washington Post reports that Obama will offer cuts to Social Security

Psychiatrist warned campus police about Aurora shooter a month before mass murder
4/5/2013 9:21:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
In a revelation that may have Colorado voters rethinking their state’s push on gun control, court documents revealed that the mass shooting in Aurora that killed 12 and injured 70 more could have been prevented by law enforcement.  The psychiatrist

Jobs report: Only 88,000 jobs added; Update: “This is a punch to the gut”
4/5/2013 8:33:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
The new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics came in well under even pessimistic expectations.  The US economy only added 88,000 jobs in March, while nearly a half-million people left the work force: Nonfarm payroll employment edged up in

China refuses North Korea request for envoy
4/5/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
As if events in Pyongyang could not get any stranger, North Korea has been reduced to begging China for a diplomat — and begging Russia to remove theirs.  In an attempt to produce the appearance of an escalation, the Kim regime asked Russia to


Quotes of the day
4/4/2013 10:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
The gun control debate has shown the president again to be hopelessly detached as a legislative mechanic and ineffectual as a shaper of public opinion. Before writing rhetorical checks that his own party’s majority leader in the Senate, Harry Reid,

Poll: Sequester fall-out is not going the way Democrats had wished
4/4/2013 10:01:15 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I am mildly heartened by the fact that the American public is not absolutely freaking out over a small percentage of the budget. It gives me hope that perhaps we can stomach more necessary reforms in the future. For the same reason, Democrats are worried

Bolling, Kelly on Rutgers’ coach: “Wussification of America” or over-the-top?
4/4/2013 9:21:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
For some quick followup to Allahpundit’s obligatory post, the firing of Rutgers’ basketball coach Mike Rice was one of the topics du jour among the chattering classes the past couple of days. Several of the MSNBCers today were shocked,

Ten years after wrongful conviction, former high-school football star signs with Falcons
4/4/2013 8:41:14 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I feel like this story might be slightly treacherous in the wake of the Steubenville case because the roles are reversed, but it shouldn’t be. A victim is a victim, and in this case, the football player ended up being a victim of his accuser and

Democratic gay-marriage pool update: Bill Nelson finally endorses SSM
4/4/2013 8:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
And so, if only by remorseless process of elimination, at long last the big A wins the pool. I had Nelson and Ayotte as next to flip in the last SSM thread; there are only something like six Democrats in the Senate who haven’t switched yet, so I

Obama: Let’s face it, California has the best-looking attorney general
4/4/2013 7:21:39 PM  Allahpundit
Oh dear. Reminds me of the time Harry Reid called Kirsten Gillibrand “the hottest member” of the Senate at a fundraiser attended by, among others, the mayor of New York — with Gillibrand sitting right there. Is truth an absolute defense

Virginia AG fights to keep state’s sodomy law on the books, sort of
4/4/2013 6:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
I’m borrowing BuzzFeed’s headline but the facts are more complicated than it suggests. Per John McCormack, this isn’t a traditional sodomy case. It involves a 47-year-old man … and a 17-year-old girl. Question for the courts,

Video: New “Great Gatsby” movie looking kind of awesome
4/4/2013 6:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, I’m considerably warmer to the project after seeing this than I was after the first trailer nearly a year ago. It’s perfectly cast, and even by Baz Luhrmann’s standards, there’s a lot of eye candy onscreen.

Gun-rights laws are gaining steam in the states
4/4/2013 5:21:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama has been back at the gun-control push this week, the Senate is still mulling over their gun-control package that would include expanded background checks, and on Thursday morning, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a set of state laws

Drone surveillance reveals: Border Patrol capturing less than 50% of illegals in parts of southern Arizona
4/4/2013 4:41:02 PM  Allahpundit
All tried and true border hawks should be concerned. Right, Maverick? LA Times: “Radar shows U.S. border security gaps”… — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 4, 2013 The drones aren’t in wide enough use

Pew poll: For the first time, majority supports legalizing marijuana
4/4/2013 4:01:23 PM  Allahpundit
Next after gay marriage: Choom? This isn’t quite as huge as people are making it out to be. It’s a big deal for any pollster to show a majority that’s never existed before, but Pew’s not the first to find it. Quinnipiac reported

The Obama admin wants to reform food aid and the agribusiness lobby is not okay with it
4/4/2013 3:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
Iiinteresting. The NYT reports that the Obama administration is looking to revamp the way the U.S. government distributes international food aid; it’s a recurring effort that’s been pretty much dead-on-arrival for years because of the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder, Monica Crowley
4/4/2013 2:51:19 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. In bonus minutes, Fox News analyst Monica Crowley joins me

Another public-school cheating scandal in Philly?
4/4/2013 2:43:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
In Atlanta, federal prosecutors indicted 35 “educators” for a conspiracy to cheat standardized test scores in public schools to cover up their failure to actually educate.  In Philadelphia, meanwhile, a similar scandal seems to have slid

Did Obama tell a Democratic audience that a “fully automatic weapon” was used at Newtown?
4/4/2013 2:01:13 PM  Allahpundit
Either (a) O’s referring to a different shooting, which I doubt, (b) I missed a major update to the Newtown story, (c) he knows something we don’t, or (d) he has roughly the same mastery of gun fundamentals as magazine expert Diana DeGette.

HHS survey shows that half of ObamaCare target market doesn’t want it
4/4/2013 1:21:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s a nice catch by Investors Business Daily’s John Merline, but not exactly a shock to anyone who understood the real dynamics of the uninsured before ObamaCare.  Advocates for a government-imposed overhaul of the health-care industry

Poverty, food stamp explosions, and the notion of “recovery”
4/4/2013 12:41:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
In two months, we’ll come up to the four-year anniversary of the technical recovery after the Great Recession.  The Obama administration has thrown hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus efforts, and insists that the economy has recovered and

Obama: I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know
4/4/2013 12:01:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
Obama’s “you’re on your own”-attitude toward the DCCC and the DSCC during the 2012 campaign cycle was not particularly appreciated by his very vexed fellow Democrats, but he’s already starting to make good on his

Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do
4/4/2013 11:21:04 AM  Allahpundit
This isn’t merely a failure of nerve, it’s a failure of intelligence and a failure to keep operational secrets. The White House had a “playbook,” agreed to by O, Hagel, and John Kerry, on how to rattle its saber at North Korea

Video: Beware of … global weirding
4/4/2013 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Surprised that spring has not yet sprung? Still bundling up for baseball opening days, when the icicles hand from the upper deck while curveballs hang over home plate? Time’s senior editor Bryan Walsh wants us to know that the cold spring and the