HotAir Daily Express 11/29/2012

Q3 GDP estimate rises to 2.7% — on gov’t spending
11/29/2012 9:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
When I wrote about the advance estimate from the Commerce Department on Q3 GDP hitting 2.0%, some commenters warned that the report — which came out just before the election — would be sharply revised after it.  They were right, although the

Disgraced Jackson predecessor announces bid for old House seat
11/29/2012 8:51:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
To paraphrase an old saying, Chicago truth is often stranger than political fiction.  Two weeks ago on my afternoon show, I teased Andrew Malcolm about Jesse Jackson Jr’s plea bargaining and imminent resignation from Congress, reminding him that

Appeals court issues injunction against HHS contraception mandate
11/29/2012 8:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
An appeals court delivered some bad news to the Obama administration, but good news to those who value freedom of religious expression and conscience.  An appeals court imposed a temporary injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services

Quotes of the day
11/28/2012 10:19:06 PM  Allahpundit
Republican unity against raising tax rates for the wealthy began to show cracks on Wednesday after a conservative congressman said he would back an agreement with President Barack Obama to raise rates on the rich but extend tax cuts for income below

Obama to retain power through 2020?
Only twice before in history have U.S. presidents run for a third term. Obama may be the third.
But it has nothing to do with his progressive politics or his lock on minority voters. It's not his willingness to raise taxes on the rich or the benefits and opportunities he has given to average Americans.
Instead, it's a secret economic force that's only occurred twice before in history… and it's underway again.
To learn the full details of the story, click here.

Question for the State Dep’t: Can the feds invite a U.S. citizen to the local embassy for the purpose of killing him?
11/28/2012 9:21:14 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico. The reporter asking the question isn’t shown, but surely you recognize the voice. Sure you do. Consider this of a piece with my Greenroom post earlier about strange, dark questions raised by long years at war. The impetus for this one

Scarborough: If the GOP wants to go after Susan Rice, why not go after her over her temperament?
11/28/2012 8:31:18 PM  Allahpundit
There are lots and lots of ways to go after Susan Rice, actually, but this would be the most fun politically just because of the hyperventilating it would induce in the left’s Lords of Tolerance. All Republican criticism of Rice is necessarily

Higher taxes do not equal more revenue, example #85902479…
11/28/2012 7:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Let’s put aside for a moment President Obama and the Democrats’ class-warmongering rhetoric about wanting “millionaires and billionaires” to pay their fair share (I’m pretty sure that dubbing families that make over

Egyptian president now rambling about “Planet of the Apes” in foreign-policy interviews
11/28/2012 6:51:50 PM  Allahpundit
On the one hand, he’s nuts. On the other hand, using a tortured pop-culture metaphor for geopolitics suggests he’d make a fine blogger. Is “The Walking Dead” actually an elaborate metaphor for America’s looming fiscal

WH: Obama’s “not particularly concerned” about whether Rice misled the public
11/28/2012 6:01:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
In response to a question from Major Garrett on whether or not the Obama administration’s decidedly botched handling of the 9/11/12 attack in Benghazi has raised “core questions of basic competency,” White House Press Secretary Jay

Top Romney strategist: No regrets, baby
11/28/2012 5:11:02 PM  Allahpundit
People are already tearing this up on Twitter and in the comments to the Headlines item. A few points. One: In which alternate universe was Romney not supported by “D.C.’s green-room crowd”? I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a

Bolling drops out of the 2013 running for VA governor; Cuccinelli on deck
11/28/2012 4:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
Things are looking pretty darn good for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid in New Jersey, and things are taking shape in next year’s only other gubernatorial race, too: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced in a statement on Wednesday that he

Buffett: Let’s cheer people up by sticking it to the wealthy
11/28/2012 3:31:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via Real Clear Politics, Warren Buffett breaks Obamanomics down to its most critical component — populism.  Buffett yesterday dismissed concerns that tax hikes will curb investor enthusiasm, but in the end, that issue seems to be less important

WaPo: The Democrats’ refusal to address entitlements is getting kinda’ silly, isn’t it?
11/28/2012 2:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over and over and over again, we’ve heard the president, the White House, and various Democrats intone that we need to find a “balanced” approach to solving the impending debt crisis, but Democrats have conveniently neglected to match

New Obama stimulus: hiring subsidies
11/28/2012 1:51:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, I noted that the White House seemed curiously unwilling to talk about the expiration of the payroll-tax holiday, the bipartisan stimulus plan enacted in 2011 which ended up not providing any economic stimulus.  At almost the same time, the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
11/28/2012 1:46:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss cliff divers, Rice in hot water, and much much more. Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show and its

WSJ: Yep, the feds are totally unprepared to launch ObamaCare exchanges
11/28/2012 1:01:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The blaming of governors for not implementing ObamaCare is in hyperdrive for a reason— the federal government and liberals backing ObamaCare overestimated the government’s ability to build a system of the complexity and technological intricacy

WaPo/ABC poll: Six in ten favor raising taxes on $250K+ households for fiscal-cliff solution
11/28/2012 12:11:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, that $80 billion a year will come in handy, no?  That’s the impression that six in ten Americans have as a solution to the trillion-dollar deficits in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll — and 39% of Republicans, too.  The result

Matthews: Maybe a Rice nomination isn’t such a great idea after all
11/28/2012 11:21:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
When even Chris Matthews can see the dangers in pushing Susan Rice as Hillary Clinton’s replacement, maybe the White House should pay attention. Via Eliana Johnson at NRO, the second term hasn’t yet begun and Barack Obama needs as much

Next Rice critic to emerge not exactly a sexist conservative cavedweller
11/28/2012 10:31:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
So far, defenders of Susan Rice’s attempts to flack a false narrative on behalf of the White House have tried smearing her critics as either racist or sexist conservative troglodytes. After Kelly Ayotte took the lead among the Senate Republican