HotAir Daily Express 04/30/2013


Open thread: Obama presser at 10:15
4/30/2013 10:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
What might be the topic that actually prompted Barack Obama to make a rare appearance at an open presser?  Perhaps he wants to try his stand-up routine from the White House Correspondents Dinner on the daytime TV crowd.  More likely, Obama wants to push

Video: “We’ve forgotten what abortion really is”
4/30/2013 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Via Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner, Lila Rose gets straight to the heart of why the media didn’t want to cover the Gosnell trial — and why they won’t want to cover what happens in other late-term abortion clinics, either.  They

Tsarnaev linked to Canadian boxer-jihadi?
4/30/2013 8:41:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
Connection or coincidence? The FBI and Russian investigators have begun to plumb the potential links between former Gold Gloves boxer-turned-terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a now-dead Canadian boxer-turned jihadi named William Plotnikov. Plotnikov fought

Benghazi survivor: Help was close enough but never sent
4/30/2013 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Were they? Kerry Picket snags this clip from a Fox News exclusive last night for Breitbart, but pay close attention to the timing expressed by the Benghazi survivor/witness, and remember the attack didn’t stay constant: A special operations


Quotes of the day
4/29/2013 10:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would have won the presidency if the white and black turnout rates had stayed at their 2004 levels, according to a new analysis of 2012 election… [T]he only group that turned out in greater numbers for the GOP

Sad news for green lobby: Natural gas is even cleaner than we thought
4/29/2013 9:21:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
Most unwelcome news for the one-track-minded, fossil-fuels-must-die green lobby — and from their usually zealous allies at the EPA, no less — but pretty sweet news for anyone who actually cares about the environment and isn’t especially

Report: Obama admin has issued threats against the Benghazi whistleblowers?
4/29/2013 8:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
For months now, Republican lawmakers have been wondering about the status of the survivors of last September’s terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans, and why it is that Congress has not been afforded more access

Ted Cruz: My GOP Senate colleagues yelled at me for wanting to filibuster gun control
4/29/2013 8:01:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via Dave Weigel, who makes a fair point: How many of the RINOs who were yelling at Cruz at caucus lunches objected to his filibuster on strategic grounds, not because they wanted gun control to pass? That was the WSJ’s big objection, that

Report: Feds find female DNA on one of the marathon bombs
4/29/2013 7:21:55 PM  Allahpundit
I sure hope there’s more to this than the Journal is letting on, because if the odds of a completely innocent explanation are as high as they imply, it’s a major cloud of suspicion over Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife for no reason at

Gosnell’s defense attorney: This is an “elitist, racist prosecution”
4/29/2013 6:41:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
The defense presented their closing arguments in the Kermit Gosnell murder/infanticide/corruption of minors/solicitation/and etcetera trial on Monday, but not without the inevitable baseless crack at the prosecution’s true motives. Unfortunately,

Of course: D.C. on cutting edge of citizen-gouging traffic camera technology
4/29/2013 6:01:43 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Washington, D.C. brought in $90 million in tickets last year, giving an average of seven tickets a minute. They’re more efficient, quicker, responsive, and dedicated to this one pursuit than anything else the city does. And, they’re about to

Terrible franchise’s experiment with Tim Tebow ends predictably
4/29/2013 5:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
After drafting Geno Smith in the second round last week, they ended up with six quarterbacks — really — on the roster. The worst one had to go. Don’t think of it as the Jets losing a sixth-stringer, though. Think of it as arena football

Abortionist on LiveAction sting: “I really consider them terrorists”
4/29/2013 4:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
By “them,” he means the LiveAction people who exposed him, not doctors who’d leave a live-born infant to die on a table because that’s what mommy wants. Guy Benson wrote about this in the Greenroom but it deserves some attention

Dem Rep. Maloney: Background check would have stopped the Boston bomber
4/29/2013 4:01:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for one, is not giving up on the quest for more gun control measures, and is convinced that further gun legislation “will pass eventually” — but she drew a few rather dubious conclusions in the

Video: Boston man politely informs Infowars reporter what he thinks of conspiracy theories about marathon bombings
4/29/2013 3:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
Via Raw Story and Mediaite, enjoy as a local confronts a representative from one of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s favorite sites. There are two ways to respond to a crank. One: Rebut him point by point. That’s effective when done correctly, but often

The Ed Morrissey Show: Abby Johnson, Roy Wenzel
4/29/2013 3:07:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Roy Wenzel talks to us about the book he co-authored with Travis Heying, The Miracle of Father Kapaun — the story of the most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor. Fr. Kapaun sacrificed himself for his

Video: World Trade Center to become tallest building in Western hemisphere today … or tomorrow
4/29/2013 2:41:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Some events we call the end of an era (often hyperbolically). This one we can call the beginning of a new era, and hopefully not overshoot the mark. Today — or possibly tomorrow, depending on the weather — the new World Trade Center tower

NBA center Jason Collins becomes first openly gay active player in major U.S. sport
4/29/2013 2:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
Two weeks ago we were writing about a terrorist attack, today we’re writing about gay basketball players. A blogger’s life for me, my friends. Easy prediction: 75 percent of the public will be casually supportive or casually disapproving but

Christie: On Hurricane Sandy, Obama has “kept every promise he’s made”
4/29/2013 1:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s been six month since one of the most destructive natural since Hurricane Katrina hit the eastern seaboard, and while there’s been a good deal of progress on cleanup and rebuilding, there are still thousands of displaced people and closed

McCaskill: How about American boots on the ground in Syria?
4/29/2013 12:41:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’d have included this as an update to my earlier post on Syria, except (a) that was already a rather long post, and (b) this really deserves its own spot.  Via RCP, Claire McCaskill told CBS’ Bob Schieffer that an American intervention may

Charges filed in ricin case against different suspect
4/29/2013 12:01:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
James Everett Dutschke will appear today in federal court to answer charges brought by federal prosecutors that he sent letters containing ricin to a number of officials, including President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker. If this sounds like deja

Report: Feds still looking at “persons of interest” in U.S. possibly connected to Boston bombings
4/29/2013 11:21:06 AM  Allahpundit
Is this a reference to mystery-man “Misha”? To Tsarnaev’s wife, who allegedly seemed not as surprised by what happened as she should have been? To some as-yet unnamed figure who showed these two degenerates how to build something a

Pyongyang blocking exit of South Koreans from Kaesong? Update: Most released
4/29/2013 10:41:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, South Korea announced that it would pull out the last 50 workers in the Kaesong joint industrial plant, after North Korea refused to discuss conditions for reopening the facility: South Korea is preparing to pull out its last remaining