Low Popahirum, National Edition (3-13-14)

“Six days after the mysterious disappearance prompted a massive international air and water search that so far hasn’t produced any results, the investigation appears to be broadening in scope.” – WSJ

“It is perhaps indicative of how this vote may play out politically that the most endangered of the Democrats seeking re-election in 2014 – Arkansas’ Mark Pryor – voted “no.” So did Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Delaware’s Chris Coons, who are both so close to the issue it might be used against them. Other Democrats voting “no” included Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, and John Walsh, who was just appointed to the Senate from Montana and is seeking the Democratic nomination in the upcoming general election. They understood how the issue plays out, the impact it might have on a future re-election bid, and voted accordingly. Others, like Warner and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, appear confident they can take the heat and will eventually dodge the bullet.” – US News

“Tuesday night’s special election in Florida should be a serious scare for Democrats who worry that Obamacare will be a major burden for their party in 2014. Despite recruiting favored candidate Alex Sink, outspending Republicans, and utilizing turnout tools to help motivate reliable voters, Democrats still lost to Republican lobbyist David Jolly—and it wasn’t particularly close.” – National Journal

“Todd Wilemon, a managing director at NYSE Euronext and a regular Fox Business commenter, was foolish enough to do an interview on health care with The Daily Show (a program about which I had a bit to say over the weekend), and the results are approximately what one would expect, which is to say, he came off like an inarticulate jackass. The headline quote came when Mr. Wilemon was asked about what poor people who cannot afford health insurance should do. His answer: ‘Stop being poor.'” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

With a face like this, is it any wonder we are the laughingstock of the world? To be fair, Secretary of State John Kerry started out at a considerable disadvantage. His long, narrow face — with those sad, sunken eyes — has often been compared to that of a horse. Perhaps a starving draft mule retreating with a family from the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression.” – Washington Times

“Now Patton, an independent HR consultant who lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and who’s been dubbed ‘Princeton Mom,’ has capitalized on her fame with an old-fashioned dating manual, ‘Marry Smart.’ Published this week, the book argues that coeds have a limited shelf life “as young, beautiful [women who are] as attractive to men or as fertile” and advises them to spend three-quarters of their time in school on the hunt for Mr. Right.” – NY Post

Seven people are now confirmed dead in an explosion that leveled two buildings in East Harlem as crews work to remove mountains debris in a desperate search to find any victims who may still be trapped in the rubble.” – CBS New York

“But there’s a wrinkle to the slew of comments that the State Department received as it solicited public input on whether the pipeline–which would ship heavy crude from Canada to oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast–would serve the national interest: close to half of the comments in opposition came from people outside the United States.” – Washington Post

“Senator Dianne Feinstein, God bless her, is throwing a very public fit over findings that the CIA spied on Congress — on her Select Senate Intelligence Committee, specifically — as part of a campaign to undermine the committee’s investigation into an interrogation program that the agency does not much want to see investigated.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Translation: Congress is violating the separation of powers by trying to make Obama stop violating the separation of powers. The executive can summarily re-write key provisions of a momentous health-care law that was written and passed by the legislature (while offering no legal justification for doing so), but if the legislature tries to get judges involved to hold him back, well, that’s a constitutional bridge too far. Essentially, he’s arguing that because Article II leaves it to the president to faithfully execute the law, only O gets to decide whether he’s “faithfully executing the law” by selectively ignoring portions of it that benefit him politically. Remember, this is the guy who ran in 2008 promising to roll back Bush’s executive overreach because he was a law professor and knew the Constitution ‘n stuff.” – Hot Air

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