HotAir Daily Express 11/15/2012

Oh my: Weekly jobless claims rise to 439K
11/15/2012 9:41:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Usually, people give too much weight to small changes in the weekly jobless claims rate.  Since the spring of 2011, we have seen a range of 360K-380K claims per week, with only occasional outliers, usually within 2-3% of the range.  The individual week

Petraeus replacement to testify CIA never requested military assistance in Benghazi
11/15/2012 8:51:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says Eli Lake of The Daily Beast, getting tips from his sources within the intelligence community.  Michael Morell, who became acting Director of Central Intelligence following the surprise resignation of David Petraeus, will appear before the Senate

WSJ: Petraeus pushed out after defending CIA over Benghazi?
11/15/2012 8:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
A few days ago, one report on l’affaire Petraeus had CIA Director David Petraeus thinking that he would survive the exposure of an extramarital sexual relationship with his biographer Paula Broadwell.  That idea received a round of mirthful

Quotes of the day
11/14/2012 11:05:54 PM  Allahpundit
State legislators in Rhode Island and Maine will announce bills tomorrow to legalize recreational marijuana, a spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project announced today… MPP says that “similar proposals will be submitted in at least two

Sugar Shocker Shakes Medical World
Your whole life, you've been warned that this substance can wreck havoc on your health. But the bad rap could be for nothing. Research proves this shunned food plummets LDL cholesterol by 25%, reduces blood clots without the dangerous side effects of aspirin, cuts sinus and ear infections by 93%, and you should see how it helps you drop weight! How can one food—especially one we're told to stay away from--do so much?

Romney to donors: Obama won because of “gifts” he gave to his base
11/14/2012 9:43:58 PM  Allahpundit
He told Hannity in early October that his “47 percent” comments were “completely wrong” but he doesn’t sound convinced of that here. Not exactly makers-versus-takers, but close: In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon

Ron Paul’s farewell salute to freedom
11/14/2012 8:46:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
There are a fair few issues over which I would heartily disagree with longtime Rep. Ron Paul, but there are also a heck of a lot on which I most vociferously would agree: Limited government, sticking to the Constitution, federalism, free markets, fiscal

Shirtless FBI agent in Petraeus case getting a bad rap?
11/14/2012 7:57:11 PM  Allahpundit
If you believed the earlier media reports about him, he’s either (a) lovesick for Kelley to the point where he tried to seduce her with barechested pics or (b) obsessed with the idea of a cover-up here because of his, ahem, “worldview.”

Israel and Hamas now locked in Twitter war, also actual war
11/14/2012 7:06:52 PM  Allahpundit
The IDF’s not messing around on either front. Shortly after they rolled out the video clip below, of Ahmed al-Jabari’s final moments, they posted this retweet-ready bon voyage on Twitter: Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated.

McCain to reporter: ‘That’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.’
11/14/2012 6:16:15 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
At a morning press conference that set the standard for today’s testy responses, Sen. John McCain was calling for a select committee to investigate failures in the Benghazi attack when he was asked by a reporter whether he thought Gen. David

Reid: Social Security really isn’t part of the problem, you know
11/14/2012 5:26:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop myself from wondering how it is that this particular gentleman came to be the majority leader, of the Senate, of the United States of America. …The mind reels. From the WashTimes: Senate Majority

Obama on GOP opposition to Susan Rice: You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me
11/14/2012 4:36:09 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, I don’t know where to begin here. At 2:05, he says he agrees that it’s important to find out what happened in Benghazi and that the administration’s provided every bit of information it has. Not true. He still

French CEOs: So, we’re kinda’ drowning over here…
11/14/2012 3:46:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last spring, despite the many and deep fiscal woes of multiple eurozone countries, France went ahead and decided to just keep skipping merrily in their wide and calamitous wake by electing a whole swath of certifiable Socialists to their national

Oh, happy day: Chicago hopes to crack down on high-calorie vending machines
11/14/2012 2:56:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
Good news, Chicagoans: Your government is here for you… to save you from yourselves. Heck, why not jump on the nanny-state bandwagon New York City already got rolling so spectacularly with their large-soda ban? All the cool kids are doing it, guys.

Graham: I’m “dead set” against promoting anyone involved in Benghazi debacle
11/14/2012 2:06:47 PM  Erika Johnsen
Senators Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire), and John McCain (Arizona) are making the case for calling together a special joint select committee on the attack on Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jennifer Rubin, Mary Katharine Ham
11/14/2012 1:46:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Guy Benson is in mid-flight — so we’ll get a chance to chat with the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin instead! We’ll talk about the latest in the Benghazi and Petraeus stories, as well as

Catholic bishops pledge defiance on HHS mandate
11/14/2012 1:26:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama’s favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB’s unity

Open thread: Obama’s first press conference in five months
11/14/2012 12:51:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just when was Barack Obama’s last open press conference, anyway?  You have to go all the way back to June of this year, nearly five months ago, to find the last time that the Leader of the Free World planned an event where the media could question

Video: Was question about Pelosi’s age out of line?
11/14/2012 12:11:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Meet today’s bête noir among the politically-correct crowd — NBC’s Luke Russert.  When Nancy Pelosi announced that she would not step aside for fresh leadership for the House Democratic caucus, Russert had the temerity to ask whether

Retail sales fall 0.3% in October
11/14/2012 11:31:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
This does come as a bit of a surprise, especially since other economic indicators of late had looked positive: The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for October, adjusted for seasonal

The Senate’s first order of business: Polar bear carcasses
11/14/2012 10:46:45 AM  Erika Johnsen
Congress officially reconvened for the lame-duck on Tuesday, but I’m only mentioning this bill because, 1) it’s just so gloriously, headdesk-ishly appropriate that while we teeter in the breeze on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the U.S.