HotAir Daily Express 10/03/2012

Video: Tucker Carlson presses his case on 2007 Obama speech
10/3/2012 10:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
The morning after the big reveal on last night’s Hannity, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson appeared on Fox and Friends to press his case that the media deliberately underplayed Barack Obama’s June 2007 speech to Hampton University. 

US planning to attack terror networks in Benghazi?
10/3/2012 9:21:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Now that the Obama administration has belatedly admitted that the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack — and not, as they claimed for nearly two weeks, a particularly lively movie review — now what?  The New York Times

ADP jobs report shows 162,000 private-sector jobs added in September
10/3/2012 8:41:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Time to start setting our clocks for 8:30 AM ET on Friday.  That’s when the BLS will release the penultimate jobs report prior to the vote in November.  We’re at T-minus 47:49 hours and counting, which means we have the first of the

Obamateurism of the Day
10/3/2012 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama went back to work this week, by which I of course mean he continued talking with hard-hitting media outlets like, er, Glamour.  What topics did Obama want to discuss — the economy, foreign policy, or the federal deficit?  Of course

Quotes of the day
10/2/2012 10:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Call it the built-in gravitas gap: President Obama flies the country in a grand 747, cruises in plush limousines adorned with American flags, and speaks from the White House Rose Garden, while his campaign opponent, Mitt Romney, flies in a smaller MD-83

Hillary to Issa: You should reserve judgment about Benghazi until … November; Update: Feds received “about a dozen” intel reports pointing to terrorism within hours of attack
10/2/2012 9:42:57 PM  Allahpundit
Via Powerline, I think this is her version of a compromise. Deep down, she’d prefer that he held off until November 2016. Clinton said that the State Department’s Accountability Review Board will begin work this week and the letter revealed

Open thread: Hannity and the Daily Caller on the Obama tape
10/2/2012 8:42:10 PM  Allahpundit
It’s the news du jour thanks to Drudge so here’s your thread for reaction. Evidently the DC will post its story at 9 p.m. ET just as Hannity’s show starts to roll. I’ll update this post with the clip once it’s available. If

WSJ/NBC poll: Yep, this race is statistically tied; Update: Tied at 47 in new National Journal poll too
10/2/2012 8:02:02 PM  Allahpundit
An hors d’oeuvre to whet your appetite for tomorrow night’s debate. Three different national polls released yesterday also showed the race within the margin of error, so yes, Romney’s very much within striking distance. In fact: The

Pelosi: The audacity of these GOPers, asking for a State Dept probe
10/2/2012 7:21:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
In the fallout from the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the White House has had more than a little difficulty getting their story straight, and the efficacy of their narrative has grown increasingly thin. There are still plenty of

Team Obama’s “war on women” meme just got really flattering
10/2/2012 6:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Not that their fake war on wimmenses!-crusade ever really had a real shred of credibility, mind you, but at least things like “reproductive rights” and “the Lilly Ledbetter Act” kinda’, sorta’ sound like attempts at

The War on Bacon
10/2/2012 6:01:50 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I are doing a little talk show for 30-45 minutes, here, at 6:15 p.m. every day. We named it The War on Bacon. We figure, since the government is after trans fats, big sodas, salt, and most other sinfully delicious

October surprise: Drudge teasing potentially gamechanging video to be released tonight; Update: “Obama’s other race speech”; Update: Is this the vid? Update: Transcript added
10/2/2012 5:26:46 PM  Allahpundit
It’s the talk of Twitter and of our comment threads, so here’s a dedicated post to let your imaginations run wild. Curious tape dropping tonight. NOT from MOTHERJONES. Will cause controversy,ignite accusations of racism — in both

Video: “The Daily Show” on the White House’s Libya cover-up
10/2/2012 4:41:49 PM  Allahpundit
Gotta take the bitter with the sweet here. On the one hand, the White House’s contradictions are treated essentially as a big miscommunication, with the smoking gun about how soon U.S. intel knew that it was a terror attack dispensed with in the

Biden: The middle class has been ‘buried the last four years’
10/2/2012 4:01:32 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking on the campaign trail in Charlotte, N.C. today, offered an unvarnished assessment of the Obama economy: First, he repeats the myth that Mitt Romney will “raise taxes” on the middle class— “raising

Judge halts Pennsylvania’s voter ID law until after election day
10/2/2012 3:21:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last March, Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a bill, passed along party lines by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, that will require voters to show an ID issued by either the federal government,

Campaign pollster under oath: Of course we spin
10/2/2012 2:41:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
What happens when a pollster testifies under oath?  We get a midday palate cleanser, that’s what.  Politco’s Josh Gerstein digs up testimony from John Edwards’ 2008 campaign pollster Harrison Hickman, who had to explain to a jury

NYT: Afghan surge failed to achieve objective of forcing Taliban into a deal
10/2/2012 2:01:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’re not hearing much about Afghanistan in this election, which seems odd after having two straight presidential elections focus mostly on war and strategies for the projection of American power.  In part, this silence comes from a loose consensus

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Evan Sayet
10/2/2012 1:46:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 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

Campaigning in California’s 8th district: Night of the living Pelosi
10/2/2012 1:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
John Dennis is running as the Republican challenger to prevent incumbent and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from obtaining her 14th term in California’s 8th congressional district seat (he also ran and wasn’t able to unseat her back

American Crossroads’ biggest ad buy: Hey, remember how Obama spent $1 trillion on stimulus that didn’t work?
10/2/2012 12:41:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Super PAC American Crossroads GPS is set to drop $16 million on ads this week in battleground states and targeted races, mostly hitting President Obama on stimulus spending and his jobs record. From CNN: The conservative super PAC American Crossroads

Issa to Hillary: Why did State refuse requests to bolster Benghazi security?
10/2/2012 12:01:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Right Scoop calls this a “bombshell,” which may underestimate the impact of the question posed by House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Despite the CNN discovery of the late Ambassador Chris

Video: Benghazi suspect freed from Egyptian prison after Mubarak fall
10/2/2012 11:21:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
How’s that Arab Spring working out for us?  So far, our embassies are on fire, our Benghazi consulate sacked, and an American ambassador has been murdered — the first time in 33 years that has happened.  These events are not unconnected, as

WaPo: Obama admin considered attacking AQ in north Africa before Benghazi attack
10/2/2012 10:41:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
This curious story comes from unnamed US officials to the Washington Post, but it’s difficult to understand who’s leaking it and why.  The story itself — that the Obama administration considered launching attacks against al-Qaeda in