HotAir Daily Express 05/01/2013

Hezbollah: We won’t allow a military overthrow of Assad
5/1/2013 10:01:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Barack Obama prepares to send lethal arms to a Syria opposition that the New York Times reports has no secular armed forces within it, another terrorist group made their plans to get involved explicit.  Hezbollah had been quietly assisting their


ADP: Only 119K private-sector jobs added in April
5/1/2013 9:21:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just before the ADP employment report was released this morning, I asked Business Insider’s Joseph Weisenthal to give me his prediction — a rather unfair request in retrospect, since the report was due in 2 minutes at that point. He


Interior doubles estimates of oil in Dakotas, Montana
5/1/2013 8:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember all of the rosy projections about the amount of oil and gas that we could get from shale in the Dakotas when the Bakken Field first came into focus?  Energy producers predicted that the find would push us toward energy independence, as long as


Did Saudi Arabia warn the US and UK about Tsarnaev in 2012?; Update: DHS denies knowledge of any warning
5/1/2013 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says the Daily Mail, based on an interview with an unnamed Saudi “senior government official” with direct knowledge of the letter sent to the US.  According to the official, Tamerlan Tsarnaev applied in December 2011 to enter Saudi Arabia



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Quotes of the day
4/30/2013 10:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
After the first 100 days of his second term, President Obama just can’t stop talking about the limits of his own power. At a press conference Tuesday morning, he said he wanted a smooth roll out for ObamaCare, but then added, “even if we do everything


Stage set for Markey vs. Gomez in MA-SEN special election
4/30/2013 10:01:53 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
As optics go, not a bad look for the Republican Party in this usually reliable blue state. Perhaps another young, vibrant military man with an independent streak can surprise everyone there. He’s interesting enough to grab the lead in the Boston


Obama on Obamacare: Stuck between two narratives
4/30/2013 9:21:01 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Old and busted: Everyone will love Obamacare once it’s fully implemented. New hotness: Obamacare is almost totally in place right now and all the fuss about implementation is much ado about nothing. Up until recently, Obamacare implementation was


Rubio: Let’s face it, my immigration bill probably can’t pass the House
4/30/2013 8:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
Raul Labrador’s been saying this for months, that any bill with a “special” path to citizenship for illegals is DOA in the House, but I’m still surprised to hear Rubio say it. You don’t think the GOP leadership can find 30


Germany: France is “Europe’s biggest problem child”
4/30/2013 8:01:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, French President Francois Hollande’s Socialist administration accidentally let slip a draft policy paper in which they accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ilk’s “egotistical intransigence,”


Here we go: Obama preparing to send “lethal arms” to Syrian rebels, say senior admin officials
4/30/2013 7:21:22 PM  Allahpundit
I mentioned this in the earlier Syria post but it’s worth repeating in light of WaPo’s bombshell this afternoon. A quote from this weekend’s NYT: “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak


D.C. City Council to tackle pressing Washington problem: Getting the Redskins to change their name
4/30/2013 6:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
In fairness, thanks to you and your tax dollars, the city’s doing well enough these days that its government can afford to waste time on self-congratulatory concern-trolling of a local sports team. I wonder what they’ll do if Hillary gets


Bill Clinton: “You’re way better off with a shotgun than an assault weapon. Trust me.”
4/30/2013 6:01:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
Been getting our self-defense and firearm-selection advice from our esteemed vice president, have we? Or, would that be just our talking points? Via the Washington Examiner: If you live in a city and you think you need protection of your home, you’re


Limbaugh: Maybe if Tebow came out as gay, he’d land an NFL roster spot next year
4/30/2013 5:21:15 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite and the Daily Rushbo, it’s funny ’cause it’s kinda sorta true. One of the subplots in yesterday’s big Jason Collins announcement is that he’s an unsigned 34-year-old free agent who averaged around two rebounds


Obama: Huh, “I’m not familiar” with Benghazi whistleblowers being threatened
4/30/2013 4:41:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama really strained credulity in his presser Tuesday morning when he claimed total ignorance of the Fox News report in which former deputy assistant attorney general Victoria Toensing, representing a State Department official who wants to


Report: Half of staff may quit LA Times if right-wing Koch brothers buy paper
4/30/2013 4:01:54 PM  Allahpundit
Call their bluff. Wherever you stand politically, we can all agree on that, right? If you’re a liberal, you want to see the fair, balanced, impartial LA Times newsroom rise as one and walk out in protest of having to work for libertarian


100 Days of … not much
4/30/2013 3:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama has now hit the 100th day of his second term, a milestone which generally means less than it does in the first term, when a new President has a true honeymoon.  Obama was the first President in long memory to win a second term with a lower


The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Elizabeth Scalia
4/30/2013 2:55:06 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 [update] and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last twenty minutes will be our


Sanford v. Colbert Busch: “She went there, Governor”
4/30/2013 2:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
The South Carolina special election for Sen. Tim Scott’s vacated House seat is hovering dangerously over tossup territory after some — er — unfortunate turns for the Sanford campaign, and Monday night, he and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert


Israel praises “sweetened” Arab League plan for two-state solution
4/30/2013 2:01:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
There had been rumors a few weeks ago that the new Israeli government had started to take a second look at the Arab League’s peace plan from a decade ago.  The plan was based on the 1967 borders, with a complete withdrawal from Gaza and the West


Obama on Syria: When I said chemical weapons were a “game-changer,” I meant we’d rethink our options or something
4/30/2013 1:21:44 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, to follow up on Ed’s post, here’s The One at this morning’s presser taking seven minutes to remind the world that he’s trying hard not to enforce his “red line.” The big soundbite is his vague


DoJ, Tsarnaev plea-dealing for life imprisonment?
4/30/2013 12:43:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Somehow, I bet that the Department of Justice isn’t going to be happy that this leaked: Preliminary talks have been under way “for the past few days” to allow Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to resume providing investigators with


62% in CBS/NYT poll: Stay out of Syria
4/30/2013 12:01:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
On this point, the CBS/NY Times poll shows a rare cross-partisan consensus, too, although it dims considerably with people paying closer attention to the conflict in Syria.  Despite all the talk of chemical weapons and red lines, only 24% of Americans


Report: Tsarnaev family received $100,000 in welfare benefits
4/30/2013 11:21:43 AM  Allahpundit
A drop in the bucket. Given Judy Clarke’s fee in the Susan Smith case, $100K probably isn’t much more than what you’ll wind up paying Dzhokhar’s lawyers to help him avoid the death penalty. And if they succeed, you’ll be


Gosnell jury to get case today
4/30/2013 10:41:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
Give CBS News credit for putting this on the front page of their website, prompted perhaps in part by their local affiliate’s coverage of the trial.  Thanks to the surprise decision by the defense to rest their case without presenting any