HotAir Daily Express 11/20/2012

Holder to stay on as AG “for about a year”
11/20/2012 10:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
As the New York Post predicted last week, Attorney General Eric Holder will not leave the Obama administration at the start of Barack Obama’s second term — but he won’t be sticking around too much longer than that. The Wall Street

Clinton heading to Middle East as Israel prepares ground war on Gaza
11/20/2012 9:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two days ago, John McCain nominated Bill Clinton as a US envoy to the Middle East as a way to dial down the war that Hamas initiated with Israel.  Instead, the other Clinton will shortly arrive in the region as efforts to cobble together a meaningful

Allen West concedes
11/20/2012 8:01:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
One of the last Election Day questions has been answered after two weeks of fumbling by official in St. Lucie County, Florida.  The recanvasses and recount of the vote has left Rep. Allen West over 1900 votes short of victory, and early this morning West

Quotes of the day
11/19/2012 10:16:31 PM  Allahpundit
Despite dramatic international news dominating the headlines across the globe, Americans are watching the negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” more closely than any other news story, according to a new poll from Pew Research. A

Video: AP reporter clashes with State Dep’t spokesman over Turkey calling Israel a terrorist state
11/19/2012 9:24:43 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Blaze, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reporter take a tone with a government functionary at a press conference quite like this. And it’s not the first time he’s done it, either. How does this guy not have his own cable

Twinkie cliff avoided? Hostess and bakers agree to mediation
11/19/2012 8:31:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Yes, there’s been lots of focus on the fate of Twinkies lately, perhaps more than on the similar troubles of the country’s finances. Please consider this your delicious, non-nutritious proxy fight featuring a badly managed, inefficient

Pew media study: Obama’s coverage improved dramatically in the final week of the race
11/19/2012 7:46:17 PM  Allahpundit
Decisive? Per the national exit poll, O banked most of his margin before September, while he was busy methodically destroying Romney in attack ads, although his lead did noticeably widen in the final few days after a dead heat throughout October: So

A repeating pattern of rise, decline and fall
11/19/2012 7:01:37 PM  Jazz Shaw
These past few days, particularly when out walking Max around the neighborhood, I’ve found myself falling into a cycle of repeating thoughts, somewhat dark in nature, about the larger arc of the human journey. To be sure, this might be partly credited to

Obama’s EPA: Transparency for thee, but not for me?
11/19/2012 6:22:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
There is little-to-zero doubt in my mind that the Environmental Protection Agency regularly exhibits all of the lovelier aspects of big-government model behavior. Cronyism, corruption, shady and underhanded anti-transparency dealings, fiscal

GQ to Marco Rubio: How old is Earth?
11/19/2012 5:22:54 PM  Allahpundit
You need to read the full interview to appreciate how much of a non sequitur this question was. He’s going back and forth with the author, Michael Hainey, about the standard post-election fare — Obama, 2016, his biography — and then,

The fiscal cliff: While the government teeters, investment jumps off
11/19/2012 4:01:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Excellent news, everybody: American businesses are now scaling back on investment plans at the fastest pace since the official recession — and seeing as how investment is a very basic and key driver of economic growth, I’d say that that

House reps to Obama: About that UN arms trade treaty? Just say no.
11/19/2012 3:01:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
The oh-so-enlightened, globalism-endorsing United Nations has been pushing for more powers to regulate the international weapons-trade scene for ages now, and more specifically, has been pushing for the United States to get on board with a proposed Arms

Yikes: The Federal Housing Administration isn’t looking too good, is it?
11/19/2012 2:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Of President Obama and the Democrats’ many refrains that irk me to no end, the incessant iterations of “we need to further regulate big finance and kill the Bush tax cuts in order to avoid the policies that got us here in the first

McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?
11/19/2012 1:01:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, why not?  As John McCain tells CBS’ Face the Nation, the entire Middle East strategy has been a “significant failure.”  Al-Qaeda has risen again, notably in eastern Libya but now also in Mali, and the Arab Spring has turned into a

Hostess CEO: Buyers lining up for our brand
11/19/2012 12:01:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
The rush to stockpile Twinkies and Ho-Hos the past week may have been premature, according to ABC News.  Hostess will appear in bankruptcy court today to settle the sale of assets in their liquidation, brought on by a failure to reach a settlement with

Cease-fire coming soon in Gaza?
11/19/2012 11:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
With Israel poised to commence a ground invasion of Gaza, diplomats have rushed to figure out a formula for a cease-fire that would allow the current hot conflict between Israel and Hamas to return to the status quo ante — if possible.  Former Rep.