HotAir Daily Express 11/27/2012

EU, IMF, Greece agree on debt deal
11/27/2012 9:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two potential catastrophes hung over the global economy as the end of the year approached.  The fiscal cliff in the US could end up killing consumer demand, which would put both the US and the West on a fast track to recession.  The debt crisis in

Christie starts re-election effort with 72% approval rating
11/27/2012 8:51:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Republicans in other states may not be too happy with Chris Christie’s embrace of Barack Obama during the response to Hurricane Sandy, but they are in New Jersey — and they’re not alone.  As the Garden State governor starts working on

Carville: Yeah, we’re obviously going to see entitlement cuts in this deal
11/27/2012 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
What a difference three weeks makes! Before the election, Republicans said they wouldn’t consider tax hikes, and Democrats insisted that they wouldn’t touch entitlement programs.  Suddenly both sides are hedging their bets, to the point where

Quotes of the day
11/26/2012 10:58:36 PM  Allahpundit
Even as the White House and lawmakers signal optimism about reaching a grand bargain to avert the fiscal cliff before the New Year, President Obama’s liberal allies were battening down the hatches on their position: no cuts to entitlement benefits, at

Yep, it’s time for a “Walking Dead” thread
11/26/2012 10:12:51 PM  Allahpundit
Some Greenroom commenters were asking for it so here it is. Random thoughts: 1. We’re down to two compelling characters, the Governor and Merle, and Merle barely qualifies as a character. He seems to have no inner life except wanting to know where

Susan Rice to meet with GOP critics on Capitol Hill tomorrow
11/26/2012 9:16:28 PM  Allahpundit
Pure theater, but smart politics. On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain says he’ll sit down face to face in a secure room at the Capital with Susan Rice, the woman he had previously vowed to oppose if she’s nominated as the next secretary of state. In an

Team Obama putting their campaign prowess to post-election use
11/26/2012 8:31:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
One thing that we’ve definitely learned in the aftermath of the election is that the expertise of the Obama campaign really wasn’t just a bunch of hype. Their get-out-the-vote and ground-game efforts, e-mail lists, persuasive messaging,

Supreme Court to decide this week whether to rule on gay marriage
11/26/2012 7:46:49 PM  Allahpundit
Belated good news for those of you who were disappointed in gay marriage’s victories at the polls on election day: Those victories may have inadvertently saved the prohibitions on gay marriage in other states. For awhile, at least. Usually, the

Carney: It would “ruin the fun” if I gave away Obama’s fiscal-cliff plans
11/26/2012 6:51:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
If this is meant to imply that President Obama has hitherto unknown skillful-leadership tricks up his sleeve, then these negotiations really will be surprising — but I won’t hold my breath. Apparently, the White House has a “variety of

Report: Morsi agrees to limit scope of power grab, kinda sorta
11/26/2012 6:01:21 PM  Allahpundit
Hillary called Egypt’s foreign minister today to “underscore U.S. hopes that Egypt’s political crisis can be resolved in a democratic manner,” but Morsi’s spokesman said this afternoon no changes have been made to the

White House taps Tim Geithner to run the fiscal-cliff talks
11/26/2012 5:11:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
Call me crazy, but somehow, I’m not at all convinced that assigning Timothy Geithner with the task of mediating between the two dueling parties on the coming fiscal cliff and the need for deficit-reduction is going to much help with moving this

McCain: Let’s leave abortion alone and focus on comprehensive immigration reform
11/26/2012 4:21:38 PM  Allahpundit
I never understood what Mitch Daniels had in mind, specifically, when he called for a truce on social issues but at least he was aiming at both sides. Not so McCain. He’s in all-out post-election concessions mode here, looking to solve the

GOP to Reid on filibuster rules: Do you really want to have this fight right now?
11/26/2012 3:31:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bid to alter Senate rules to limit the tools at the minority party’s disposal is perhaps one of his most hypocritical, ill-fated attempts at ‘leadership’ yet, and that’s saying something.

Record number of shoppers hit stores on Thanksgiving weekend, over $59 billion spent
11/26/2012 2:41:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Having worked a few Thanksgiving weekends in retail, I’ve remained traumatized enough to avoid shopping on Black Friday or any point on the holiday weekend ever since. I’m in a distinct minority, though, and an even smaller one this year. The

Oh, lovely: UN members moving forward on their plans to “regulate” the Internet
11/26/2012 1:51:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
I put “regulate” in quotation marks, because it’s probably the kindest word that could apply to the censorship, big-brothering, suppression, and brainwashing that are the real goals of this unsettling endeavor. The Internet is perhaps

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
11/26/2012 1:46:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the latest on the condition of our friend Frank Pastore, who remains in the hospital after a

Norquist: Republicans won’t really break the ATR tax pledge
11/26/2012 1:01:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Grover Norquist seems a lot more optimistic than most conservatives this month in relation to Republican unity on the fiscal cliff. He tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he doesn’t believe that any signatories to the Americans for Tax

CNN poll: Supermajority expects politicians to act like “spoiled children” on fiscal cliff
11/26/2012 12:11:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t expect too many moments of comedy during the debate over the fiscal cliff, especially if Congress and the White House can’t come to an agreement on it before the end of the year.  However, a new poll from CNN allows a little gallows

Corker: Let’s rip the Band-Aid off and make a deal now
11/26/2012 11:21:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
How easy is it to solve the fiscal cliff? Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) says it’s very simple indeed — and this Congress has already had “two practice runs” in addressing all of the issues that will have to get resolved before New

Supreme Court revives challenge to ObamaCare on religious-liberty grounds
11/26/2012 10:31:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
A decision by the Supreme Court this morning opens up a potential new avenue of attack against ObamaCare on the grounds of religious liberty — and not just the HHS contraception mandate.  The court overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by