HotAir Daily Express 05/02/2013


Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level in 5 years
5/2/2013 10:01:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday’s ADP employment report was a bust, but two other indicators out this morning ahead of tomorrow’s April jobs report look a little more promising.  Weekly initial jobless claims dropped to their lowest level in five years at 324K, a

CBS: Tsarnaev laptop recovered
5/2/2013 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
The missing laptop in the Boston Marathon bombing has been found, according to CBS and WTOP. Authorities hope that the laptop might provide clues to any other accomplices, or at the least to the pattern of radicalization that led to the

Human trafficking at Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia?
5/2/2013 8:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
The DHS has opened an “ongoing” investigation of human trafficking at a McLean, Virginia location that has a notable owner — the King of Saudi Arabia. Police responded to a call on Tuesday to the diplomatic residence and

Videos: May Day in Seattle goes about as well as you’d expect
5/2/2013 8:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just keep this in mind … it’s the Tea Party crowd that we have to fear.  Seattle celebrated May Day yesterday, with leftists swarming the streets demonstrating what a wonderful world it would be if they could only convince people to put them


Did Obama Break His Oath of Office?
President Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases which will further slow the economy, damage the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work.
Should he now face impeachment? Click here to vote.

Quotes of the day
5/1/2013 10:41:01 PM  Allahpundit
The contentious political fight over gun control moved into the White Mountains of New Hampshire on Tuesday as gun-control activists began to focus on Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) as a prime target in their effort to revive their push for stricter gun

Man of the people Terry McAuliffe left his wife in the delivery room for a Washington Post party
5/1/2013 10:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Buzzfeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski finds the perfect contrast to Terry McAuliffe’s soft-focus introductory campaign ad about family. The Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia is styling himself as a Commonwealth man of the people after years

Erin Burnett: Hey, 8 months does seem like a long time to release photos from Benghazi, huh?
5/1/2013 9:22:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Perhaps bringing attention to how long it’s been since Benghazi was not the best strategy, given the administration seems to know little more now than it did eight months ago and has held no one responsible and brought no one to justice. Exactly

New York City finally welcomes Uber cab, sort of. Not really. Update: Just kidding.
5/1/2013 8:41:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
If you happen to live in a major city like San Francisco, Chicago, or DC, have a smartphone, and you’ve never tried out Uber cab for your taxi-hailing needs — it is fantastic and I freely recommend it. Instead of having to go out on a

In the midst of ongoing election fight, actual fight breaks out in Venezuelan parliament
5/1/2013 8:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
After longtime Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death and the hastily thrown-together special election to choose his successor, their Supreme Court flatly and immediately rejected the opposition party’s calls for an investigation into

Still no Gosnell verdict as jury ends second day of deliberations
5/1/2013 7:21:13 PM  Allahpundit
On the one hand, he’s facing 258 counts ranging from murder to racketeering. Patience. It’s going to take time. On the other hand, per Life News, 227 of those counts are for failing to allow 24 hours before an abortion for the patient to

Pew: 64% of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan support death penalty for leaving Islam
5/1/2013 6:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
Not surprising, but sufficiently flabbergasting that both the Economist and WaPo are showing off the data. Egypt and Pakistan aren’t the countries with the highest numbers, either. Topping the list at 78 percent are our good friends in Afghanistan.

Today’s dumb immigration kabuki: Dems to demand that gay illegals be allowed to sponsor partners abroad
5/1/2013 6:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
Even knowing that most reporters are pro-reform, I can’t believe they’re taking this lame gambit semi-seriously. Mickey Kaus is right, of course. Not remotely is this an obstacle to passing the Gang of Eight bill. If anything, it’s a

Oh, good: Interior still acquiring new land and creating monuments, nevermind sequestration warnings
5/1/2013 5:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
The federal government is in debt up to their (our!) eyeballs, and yet it has more land on its hands than it knows what to do with (except, you know, bar private individuals and citizens from putting the lands to productive uses). The federal estate

Video: “So God made a patriot”
5/1/2013 4:41:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via The Corner, Fred Thompson released a video two weeks ago extolling the virtues of American patriotism. It borrows a bit from Paul Harvey’s “So God made a farmer,” which became perhaps the most popular of this year’s Super Bowl

Jay Carney: Hey, Benghazi happened a long time ago
5/1/2013 4:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Free Beacon, here’s Carney doing his own version of Hillary’s “What difference, at this point, does it make?” wave-off of an attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others. By “a long time,” he means

Christie’s first ad: “Compromise isn’t a dirty word”
5/1/2013 3:21:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is launching his first television ad buy of his reelection campaign with a 60-second spot focusing on — you guessed it — Gov. Christie’s bipartisan leadership prowess. With the 32-point lead he’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
5/1/2013 2:46:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the latest in the Boston Marathon bombing case, Obama’s press conference, and much much more.

Great news: At least one Tsarnaev pal arrested today was here illegally
5/1/2013 2:41:09 PM  Allahpundit
Proof of innocent intent in disposing of Tsarnaev’s “materials”? Just think: This guy was months away from being amnestized by Schumer/McCain/Rubio, and now he’s gone and thrown it all away. Expect Lindsey Graham to be on TV

Newspaper guild: The LA Times must not be sold to the Koch brothers and their “harsh right-wing positions”; Update: LA Dems threaten Times investors over Koch sale
5/1/2013 2:01:41 PM  Allahpundit
I tweeted this link last night and John Ziegler replied, “Isn’t this guild statement the ultimate smoking gun of liberal media bias? Didn’t do same for David Geffen’s efforts to buy LAT”. Precisely my point in

Houston schools cancel NRA safety program after discovering NRA connection?
5/1/2013 1:22:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
That darned NRA — hiding its involvement in gun-safety programs! The Houston Chronicle reports that two schools in the city were shocked, shocked to discover that Eddie Eagle’s child-oriented firearms safety presentation were backed by the

Issa: The next Benghazi hearing is going to “expose new facts” the Obama admin has “tried to suppress”
5/1/2013 12:41:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama proclaimed (or should I say, feigned?) ignorance during his presser on Tuesday when he was asked about the reported allegations against his administration for intimidating potential whistleblowers with information on the leadup to and

Are you ready for President Ted Cruz?
5/1/2013 12:01:33 PM  Allahpundit
I’m betting that you are. Politico teased this possibility two weeks ago in a piece about the budding Cruz/Rubio rivalry, quoting one Texas Republican in the know as saying, “The worst secret in D.C. is Cruz is going to run for president, and

Breaking: Boston PD: 3 more arrested in Boston Marathon bombing; Update: Harboring? Update: “College students”; Update: Dumped fireworks-filled backpacks
5/1/2013 11:13:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Nothing more than a tweet from the Boston Police Department;s official account, but that’s spreading like wildfire on Twitter — for understandable reasons: Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to

Bad news: Even the Left isn’t buying Obama’s “buck stops somewhere else” pitch
5/1/2013 10:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Barack Obama expected any sympathy for his lament yesterday that he’s not the Green Lantern, as Greg Sargent put it on Twitter and in his blog yesterday, he’d be looking at people like Dana Milbank and Maureen Dowd for support. Greg