HotAir Daily Express 11/16/2012

Video: CIA to investigate Petraeus as he testifies?
11/16/2012 9:41:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
In a story line full of credibility-stretching coincidences, NBC brings us one that doesn’t even clear the laugh test.  Just two days after David Petraeus offered to testify on his knowledge of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath, and on the same

Bombshell: Petraeus to tell Congress that he knew “almost immediately” Benghazi was work of terrorists
11/16/2012 8:51:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
I mentioned yesterday that the sudden CBS scoop that got them Susan Rice’s talking points from the CIA seemed a little too coincidental — and too self-serving — to be the full story. This morning, CNN answers with a scoop of its own

House GOP: Hey, who’s up for a few earmarks? Update: Proposal withdrawn
11/16/2012 8:01:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate headline: The House GOP has a fee-vah and the only prescription is … more pork-barrel politics!  Having won the House majority two election cycles in a row, some inside the GOP caucus want to bring back earmarking — with reforms, of

Quotes of the day
11/15/2012 10:47:04 PM  Allahpundit
The polite praise initially showered upon Mitt Romney for having waged a good fight against President Obama has given way to a plea from some Republicans: Please stop talking. A week after the election, as Republicans examine how to recalibrate and

Video: “Warm Bodies” trailer
11/15/2012 10:02:54 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate after a long, slow, post-election news week. I’ve seen featurettes that tackled the zombie genre from the zombie’s point of view — this was excellent — but this is the first full-length feature I’m

Rasmussen: 54% now call themselves pro-choice, 38% pro-life
11/15/2012 9:30:37 PM  Allahpundit
Wait a sec, you say. Didn’t Gallup find just six months ago that the number who describe themselves as “pro-choice” was at a record low? Indeed they did. But as the saying goes, my friends: Elections have consequences. More voters than

Senate Republicans circulating draft of DREAM Act alternative
11/15/2012 8:35:58 PM  Allahpundit
I can’t understand why Senate Democrats would agree to this. Republicans are in a panic over the Latino vote; liberals have never had them in a more vulnerable position than they do now. If you’re Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer, why let the GOP

Gallup: Plurality now supports “balanced approach” of tax hikes and spending cuts to reduce deficit
11/15/2012 7:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Depressing, not so much because of the raw numbers as because of the trend. Sixteen months ago, adults split 50/32 in favor of deficit reduction entirely or mostly via spending cuts versus the “balanced approach,” i.e. an equal mix of cuts

Harry Reid: Regulations have nothing to do with killing jobs
11/15/2012 6:51:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sen. Harry Reid, in a floor speech Tuesday: Republicans “have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim. That’s because there is none,” said Reid, the Senate

Cornyn: The president can stop campaigning any day now
11/15/2012 6:01:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
The election’s been over for a week, but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called out Obama on Thursday for continuing to do more of what he does best — plenty of posturing, but not so much on the actual leading. Congressional leaders are meeting

Romney: Bill Clinton told me I might have won if not for the hurricane
11/15/2012 5:11:56 PM  Allahpundit
I’ve written two posts trying to debunk this idea but the fact that pols as savvy as Clinton and Haley Barbour are still pushing it is alarming. One of the lessons of the election, I thought, was that we should trust the math nerds when they read

With a new gauge, the poverty rate ticks upward
11/15/2012 4:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
As President Obama so often and helpfully reminds us… “I’ve got a mandate to help middle-class families.” —President Obama at his news conference yesterday: OFA.BO/xRSG9n — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 15, 2012 …he’s

Video: I, Pencil the Movie
11/15/2012 3:31:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Based on the classic essay by Leonard Read, a beautiful production from the Competitive Enterprise Institute explaining how the market works to create a simple pencil: The market is truly an amazing thing. Much of the time, as illustrated by the story

This medical device tax is just not going to end well
11/15/2012 2:41:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
Conventional wisdom: If you want less of something, put a tax on it. Obamanomics wisdom: Put a tax on… medical devices?! I.e., add another barrier to the industry whose slightest innovations can directly result in streamlined costs, improved

Video: What free-market medicine looks like
11/15/2012 1:51:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
This helpful reminder of the value of price signals comes to us from Reason Magazine and Reason TV, which underscores why ObamaCare won’t actually do anything to lower medical costs.  Two surgeons in Oklahoma City got tired of working within the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
11/15/2012 1:46:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 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. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

CBS: CIA talking points for Rice never mentioned terrorism
11/15/2012 1:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
It seems interesting this CBS scoop comes shortly before both the current and former directors of the CIA will testify as to what they know about the terrorist attack on our consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  Why, it’s almost as if someone at

New Democratic shenanigans, same as the old Democratic shenanigans
11/15/2012 12:11:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, we voted for the status quo — and by golly, we’re getting the status quo. Do Senate Democrats, perhaps, have any intention of undergoing the proper and legally required process of crafting a budget anytime soon? …Meh. It’s

Panetta orders zipper check at Pentagon
11/15/2012 11:21:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Faced with a rash of scandals among the top ranks of the military — not all of them sexual in nature, either — Leon Panetta has ordered a review of personnel and practices to see why ethical standards appear to have slipped at the Department

It’s official: Eurozone back in recession
11/15/2012 10:31:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
If you feel down about the American economy, perhaps a look across the pond will have you counting your blessings.  Reuters reports that the Eurozone fell into an official recession last quarter, even though France and Germany had rebounded all the way