HotAir Daily Express 11/30/2012

Debating Warren Buffett
11/30/2012 9:41:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this week, I featured a video of an inteview conducted by Matt Lauer of Warren Buffett, in which the multibillionaire recommended tax hikes on the wealthy as a morale-booster for the middle class.  “I think would have a great effect in

Ramirez on compromise
11/30/2012 8:51:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
As Mitch McConnell laughed at Tim Geithner’s opening bid on resolving the fiscal cliff, some reporters could be heard applauding in the background.  The Daily Caller collected a few tweets from journalists in the wake of Obama’s 4:1

Video: Egypt finalizes draft of constitution, Cairo braces for bigger demonstrations
11/30/2012 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
As expected, Egypt’s ad-hoc constitutional panel approved a draft that enraged all but the Islamists on the committee to the extent that they withdrew in protest earlier. The passage of the proposal hasn’t helped Mohamed Morsi this morning,

Quotes of the day
11/29/2012 10:11:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Boehner said he was “disappointed” after a phone call with Obama on Wednesday night and a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday moved the two sides no closer to an agreement to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts that

Video: Feds shut down 100-year-old oyster company, destroy some lives and dreams
11/29/2012 9:21:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Hey, no bigs. It’s just a 100-year-old company and California’s only surviving cannery, a sustainable, family-owned operation employing 30 people. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been in a seven-year fight with the federal government and

UN votes to recognize Palestine as non-member state
11/29/2012 8:31:40 PM  Allahpundit
This has more to do with Palestinian infighting than it does with Israel, and it’s highly likely to backfire. Which means it’s no different from 90 percent of Palestinian political gambits. You know the UN motto: You can never have too many

Second look at tax hikes on everyone?
11/29/2012 7:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Lottttt of support in the comments to the last thread for the “let it burn” option. Here’s a variation on it from Jim Geraghty that I kinda like, just because it would force the public in the starkest way to face the consequences of a

US: Yeah, that UN Internet-control proposal isn’t going to fly with us
11/29/2012 6:51:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Next week, the United Nations is planning a meeting of their International Telecommunications Union (which was founded way back when we were all still trying to coordinate over the telegraph) in Dubai, supposedly to update treaty arrangements or whatever

Report: Obama’s “fiscal cliff” offer to Republicans calls for $1.6 trillion in new taxes and end of debt ceiling in exchange for … nothing, basically; Update: McConnell laughed out loud; Update: Walk away, says Krauthammer
11/29/2012 6:02:05 PM  Allahpundit
Even more unbelievable than the “offer” itself is the fact that the our hack media will go on painting Republicans as the unreasonable ideologues in this equation. House Republicans said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner

Might Booker ditch the race for New Jersey governor and go for the U.S. Senate instead?
11/29/2012 5:11:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
While we all hunker down and wait for the battle that will likely be the 2014 midterms, the odd-year gubernatorial battles in Virginia and New Jersey will be getting a lot of attention (Virginia because of its national-bellwether status, New Jersey

Bust: California named worst-run state in the nation
11/29/2012 4:21:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
First the best-run, according to Wall Street 24/7′s annual ranking: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Utah, with Iowa rounding out the Top 5. They have in common low amounts of debt per capita, low unemployment rates, business-friendly tax

This student-debt crisis is escalating quickly
11/29/2012 3:31:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Throughout his perpetual campaigning, President Obama has made a big point about being the champion of students and young people in helping to make college more accessible and affordable and helping out with student debt — and yet, miraculously,

Rubio: We still need answers on Benghazi
11/29/2012 2:41:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
Lost in all of the discussion of Susan Rice’s political future have been the real failures of the State Department and the White House to properly secure our consulate in Benghazi, and the inadequate response to the terrorist attack that killed

Boehner: No progress on “fiscal cliff” talks over last two weeks
11/29/2012 1:51:05 PM  Allahpundit
In case you were wondering why his phone call with O yesterday was reportedly so “curt,” here’s why. Now, a request: Paint me a picture in which the GOP’s leverage not only increases if we go over the cliff, but increases so much

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
11/29/2012 1:46:21 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

Three cliffs, no waiting?
11/29/2012 1:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just how many cliffs do we face at the end of the year, anyway?  We’ve been debating about policy and strategy over the fiscal cliff, but Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff defines the standoff as three cliffs — debt, fiscal, and political. 

Conflict-of-interest issue for Rice on Keystone XL project?
11/29/2012 12:11:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
The odds of Susan Rice getting the nomination to replace Hillary Clinton may have just gotten longer, perhaps even longer than the proposed length of the Keystone XL pipeline project.  That’s not an accidental analogy either, as the embattled UN

Germany reverses on Palestinian bid at UN General Assembly
11/29/2012 11:21:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The UN General Assembly will vote later today to admit the Palestinian Authority as a non-voting observer state, the first official recognition of statehood for the Palestine by the world body — boosted by Western approval, or at least tacit

Egypt’s constitutional panel expels protesting members as judges go on strike
11/29/2012 10:31:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
The political crisis in Egypt escalated over the last 24 hours, with moves on both sides showing a widening gulf between the promise of a democratic revolution and the reality of an Islamist power grab.  Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional assembly,