HotAir Daily Express 05/03/2013


CBS: DNA on bomb no match for Tsarnaev’s wife
5/3/2013 10:01:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
And neither were the fingerprints, but that won’t end the FBI’s interest in the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The bombs were built in relatively close quarters, CBS’ John Miller points out, and the sudden proliferation of

CNN: Al-Qaeda operatives part of Benghazi attack
5/3/2013 9:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yeah, but it happened so long ago. What difference at this point does it make?  Actually, it makes plenty of difference, as CNN reports (via Jim Geraghty): Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic

April jobs report: 165K jobs created, 7.5% unemployment rate; Update: Reuters: “Consistent with a slowdown”
5/3/2013 8:34:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
The April jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics beat expectations, with job growth at 165,000 net, and an unemployment rate of 7.5%.  The BLS also upwardly revised the previous two months — adding 64,000 to February to bring it to 332K

Pakistani prosecutor on Benazir Bhutto case assassinated
5/3/2013 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
This could be a real whodunit, because the underlying murder case is also a bit of a whodunit. Gunmen on motorcycles (or perhaps in a taxi) assassinated the top prosecutor in Pakistan, who had been preparing a case on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto


Quotes of the day
5/2/2013 10:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
In my short tenure, my focus has been — and will remain — on two things: fighting for conservative principles in the Senate, and working to help elect strong conservatives to win a majority in the Senate in 2014. The Senate is the battlefield

Poll: Gomez within single digits of Markey in Massachusetts
5/2/2013 9:21:22 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Interesting: Only two days into the general election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate seat, the race between longtime Democratic Rep. Ed Markey and Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez is fairly close. According to an Emerson

Obama on gun control: “This is just the first round”
5/2/2013 8:41:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Note that he said this today during a meeting with his counterpart in Mexico — the very same country into which his administration has flooded thousands of untraceable guns in an, at best, scandalously ill-conceived gunwalking program that has

Heritage study: Almost $70 billion in new regulatory costs from Obama’s first term
5/2/2013 8:01:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
As I mentioned last night, the frighteningly complicated tale of Uber cab’s troubles in New York City is, sadly, just one type of example of the many regulatory and specially-interested impediments that are wreaking havoc on our struggling economy

Attempt to improve U.S. food-aid efficiency going about as well as you’d expect
5/2/2013 7:21:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama included a small but very reasonable suggestion for reforming and bettering the way the United States delivers food aid in his (very late) budget proposal, but sadly, the response from the all-too-interested parties has been all too

Would McCain support Hillary in 2016 if Rand Paul’s the nominee?
5/2/2013 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
On the one hand, I want to dismiss this as mischievous shinola-stirring by lefty Bill Scher and righty Matt Lewis. On the other hand, it seems … all too plausible, doesn’t it? Ted Cruz hasn’t showed his cards on foreign policy yet but

Daily Beast “parts company” with Howard Kurtz for erroneous blog post about Jason Collins
5/2/2013 6:01:44 PM  Allahpundit
What does a guy known for one of the longest-running conflicts of interest in media and famous for haughtily pronouncing the Anthony Weiner scandal a hoax on day one have to do to get fired? Answer: Make a sloppy mistake about a man who’s under the

Report: State Department’s Benghazi review panel now under investigation; Update: 3 al Qaeda operatives took part in the attack, sources say
5/2/2013 5:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last December, the Accountability Review Board report on the happenings surrounding the terror attack in Benghazi concluded that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” (but still below then-Secretary

Are the Boston bombings changing people’s minds about immigration reform?
5/2/2013 4:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
Chris Stirewalt argues yes, and not without reason. Before we get to that, though, I want to flag this WaPo story about Obama leaning on liberals privately to take half a loaf on immigration in the name of getting something passed. Since the beginning of

Two new polls: Disapproval of Obama’s handling of gun policy over 50 percent
5/2/2013 4:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
After last night’s QOTD about a backlash brewing against GOP senators who voted no on background checks, I owe you some data pointing the other way. First, Quinnipiac: Then the NYT/CBS: Identical question, identical results. Jacob Sullum wonders

Giuliani: Charge Tsarnaev accomplices in MIT officer’s death, too
5/2/2013 3:21:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Before Rudy Giuliani became “America’s Mayor” in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he spent years as a federal prosecutor. Today on CNN, Giuliani brought that perspective to bear on the case of the three after-the-fact accomplices of

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder, Melissa Henson
5/2/2013 2:46:52 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 fact, Steven will have his first new effort in quite some

North Korea sentences American to 15 years hard labor
5/2/2013 2:41:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15  years at hard labor in North Korea for attempting to overthrow the Kim regime, Pyongyang announced overnight.  Kenneth Bae becomes the latest development in a months-long rhetorical war on the Korean

U.S. officials: We, er, aren’t sure where all of Syria’s chemical weapons are
5/2/2013 2:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
Worrisome, but not surprising. Even with good intelligence, how could they possibly know where every last sarin shell is stashed away? The real news here is that Assad keeps moving his weapons around — which, if your memory extends to several

Shocker: Organizing for Action ad misleads on climate change
5/2/2013 1:21:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
With support for new gun-control legislation fizzling and Congress duking it out on immigration reform, President Obama’s campaign-turned-’advocacy’ group Organizing for Action has been putting together a new campaign to keep supporters

New Live Action video: “We will not resuscitate” a born-alive baby after abortion
5/2/2013 12:41:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via LifeNews, the latest undercover video in Live Action’s effort to expose late-term abortion practices has been released, and it’s yet another walk through a euphemism-filled alternative universe.  In this case, though, the description of

Reid: We’re gonna need a lot more ObamaCare money to stop the train wreck
5/2/2013 12:01:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Old and busted: ObamaCare is no “train wreck,” no matter what one of its authors says now. New hotness: Give us more money to head off this train wreck! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the

Major Medicaid study from Oregon: Program does little to improve people’s health
5/2/2013 11:22:30 AM  Allahpundit
As is always true when the Wrong Outcome is arrived at, there are two angles to this story. One is the study itself, two is the media hackwork in the aftermath to spin the hell out of it before the Wrong Outcome leads to Wrong Policy. First, the Wrong

Pentagon pushed to end Christian proselytizing?
5/2/2013 10:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the Pentagon bar Christians from talking about their faith while serving in the military? Not exactly, but a new push to aggressively stop proselytizing has chaplains nervous, according to the Deseret News: The latest salvo came this week when