HotAir Daily Express 05/08/2013

Gallup poll shows gun violence still among lowest priorities for Americans
5/8/2013 10:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
And there is, of course, a rational reason for this — even according to the Department of Justice, gun violence has dropped by 39% over the last twenty years.  Despite the media attention that gets fixed on gun crimes such as Sandy Hook and Aurora

Cheney on Benghazi: “I cannot understand why they weren’t ready to go”
5/8/2013 9:21:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
This should provide a kick-start to the hearings today in Washington, as the House Oversight Committee takes testimony from three whistleblowers about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi and its aftermath.  The Daily Mail‘s David

Video [fixed]: Late-term abortionist says “It’s like putting meat in a crock pot”
5/8/2013 8:41:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
Not just any late-term abortionist, either, but LeRoy Carhart, one of the most celebrated of his profession.  Carhart has been featured in pro-abortion literature and film and appeared on television — or at least he used to make those appearances,

SC to Dems: Money can’t buy you love, or offices
5/8/2013 8:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
In general, it’s difficult to learn too many lessons from special elections, or so most think.  The ad hoc nature of the contests, the lack of competition from other races, and the brief campaign time all contribute to an exceptionality that keep


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Quotes of the day
5/7/2013 10:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s whereabouts and activities during the attack in Benghazi are similarly mysterious. Clinton’s State Department repeatedly rejected requests for enhancing security at Benghazi, even as Ansar al-Sharia’s power in the

And now, an important message from Gov. Jerry Brown about infrastructure: “S*** happens.”
5/7/2013 10:01:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Let me offer a quote from Leslie Knope, fictional city councilwoman of the city of Pawnee, IN, in the sitcom, “Parks and Recreation.” She’s in a budget fight with libertarian Parks & Rec Director Ron Swanson over whether to fund a

Ted Cruz on being a “schoolyard bully”: I do so appreciate Harry Reid’s candor
5/7/2013 9:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Heh. For a quick addendum to Mary Katharine’s earlier post chronicling the continuing Senatorial drama with the indignant claims of procedural “bullying” that Majority Leader Harry Reid is leveling at Sen. Ted Cruz, you know Cruz

Rand Paul: I hate to say it, but the immigration bill is a little bit like ObamaCare right now
5/7/2013 8:41:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Paul made a comparison between the Gang of Eight’s proposed immigration bill and ObamaCare which, on its face, might be considered fightin’ words betwixt

Could the weight loss backfire on Christie in 2016?
5/7/2013 8:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
>From a health standpoint, he’s got every reason in the world to drop the weight. From a political standpoint, though? Nonsense, says Harry Enten, and I agree. Christie’s 2016 problem isn’t that he’s “husky,” it’s

“Very junior senator” Ted Cruz really getting under skin of very senior Sen. Harry Reid
5/7/2013 7:21:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
This is the second very similar attack, by name and name-calling, on the Senate floor in two days. It begins to look a little overwrought on the part of Sen. Harry Reid, who used to be known for boasting of his pugilism prowess and ducking booby-trap

Obama: We have a moral obligation to end the slaughter and ensure a stable Syria
5/7/2013 6:41:08 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, we’re a little late on the “ending the slaughter” part, no? As of last month, the death toll stood at 70,000 and counting. He says we’ve been “active.” What sort of body count would

Open thread: Mark Sanford vs. Elizabeth Colbert Busch in SC-1 special election; Update: Sanford wins
5/7/2013 6:01:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
In the final test tonight, the voters of South Carolina’s first Congressional district will decide whether or not to indeed award former and formerly disgraced Republican governor Mark Sanford with another shot at political office, or to act

Zero tolerance: Virginia school strikes blow for gun safety by suspending five-year-old for using a pencil or something
5/7/2013 5:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via Legal Insurrection. Per the clip, in the school’s defense, the kid’s clearly firing a pencil machine gun. If he had taken Biden’s advice and stuck with a shotgun instead of an assault pencil, he wouldn’t have to worry about

Two new studies: Gun crime has dropped dramatically over last 20 years — and most Americans have no idea
5/7/2013 4:41:00 PM  Allahpundit
Behold the power of this fully armed and operational propaganda machine. First, from the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent and nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent from 1993 to 2011, the Justice

It’s come to this: Solar installer now suing the government for more money
5/7/2013 4:01:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
This is where the path of relentlessly determined government subsidization of politically-preferred, rather than free-marked-selected, fledgling technologies has brought us: A troubled global solar industry awash in oversupply and rent-seeking, and

Good news from Sheila Jackson Lee: The Constitution implies a right to health care and education
5/7/2013 3:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
Laugh if you must but it’s no goofier than the idea that “due process” implies a substantive right to kill a baby in the womb but not five minutes later, after it’s emerged. Besides, Jackson Lee’s been consistent on this.

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
5/7/2013 2:51:12 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 the upcoming Benghazi hearings, the absence of media curiosity about the attack over the last

Schumer: It’s time to go after the 3-D printable guns
5/7/2013 2:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
An inevitable follow-up to last night’s item about “the Liberator,” the schematics for which have already been downloaded more than 50,000 times in just a day online. The good news for Schumer and other gun-grabbers? The feds already

Former SC Dem chair: I meant to say that Nikki Haley should go back to a dress store
5/7/2013 2:01:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
Old and busted: Some Democrats are latent racists.  New hotness: Some Democrats are latent sexists. And one of them is apparently both.  At the very least, the outgoing chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party has proven that he never learned the

Pentagon: Let’s get real here — a lot of this cyber espionage is coming from the Chinese military
5/7/2013 1:21:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
We were all very clearly already thinking it, but the U.S. Department of Defense has taken the administration’s stance to official-status with their annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments. Real talk, via the NYT: The Obama

Obama administration retreating from contraception mandate?
5/7/2013 12:41:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
At least in one instance, and it’s an important one.  Last November, Tyndale House Publishers won a third injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services to block enforcement of the HHS mandate, while the Obama administration took

MN legislature schedules same-sex marriage vote for Thursday
5/7/2013 12:01:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
In November, a referendum to add the current statutory definition of marriage to the Minnesota state constitution narrowly lost, 47/53, in a presidential election featuring a large turnout for Barack Obama.  The Democrats took control of the state

Jeff Flake hints: I’ll support expanded background checks in return for changes on Internet sales
5/7/2013 11:21:42 AM  Allahpundit
A week ago, he noted on his Facebook page that his poll numbers after voting no on Toomey/Manchin put him somewhere south of “pond scum.” Today, this. He won’t face the voters again for five and a half years, but he shares a home state

Libya defense minister quits as “militias” blockade gov’t offices
5/7/2013 10:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
While the House Oversight Committee prepares to hear testimony from three whistleblowers that may expose a cover-up in the Obama administration, the Libyans have their own problems after the “liberation” provided by Barack Obama and