HotAir Daily Express 12/12/2012

Video: Is the President listening?
12/12/2012 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
So far, the House Republican caucus doesn’t want to go down (or vote “present”) without a fight.  While it seems increasingly likely that any deal that the GOP can make with Barack Obama will have to include tax hikes on those making

DHS funding municipal transit-surveillance systems?
12/12/2012 9:21:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Should the federal government fund the development and installation of surveillance equipment in municipal mass-transit systems?  Josh Peterson at the Daily Caller reports on DHS grants going to cities to allow them to “eavesdrop on bus ride

Rand Paul: Let Dems raise taxes and own the result
12/12/2012 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Are higher taxes inevitable? If they are, Senator Rand Paul wants no Republican fingerprints on them. Last night, he told Greta van Susteren on Fox News that House Republicans should pass a bill with their specific plan to cut spending and fix the tax

North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket
12/12/2012 8:01:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
After a number of failures, the North Korean long-range rocket program achieved its first verified success yesterday. NORAD confirmed that the three stages fired successfully and “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.” Pyongyang

We’re Trusting You With This (Confidential)
Our lawmakers just cozied up to Wall Street again. But if you look beyond your absolute disdain for our elected (mis)representatives, the following report holds an incredible SILVER LINING for investors. It’s an ingenious "loophole." We just ask that you don’t forward the report. Gain access here.
Quotes of the day
12/11/2012 10:39:00 PM  Allahpundit
Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into “civil war” after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions’

Reason poll: Young libertarians favored Obama over Romney by 10 points
12/11/2012 10:04:28 PM  Allahpundit
Some conservatives I know think libertarianism is less a serious ideological commitment than an affectation of certain social liberals who relish the idea of political independence. Why be something as banal as a Democrat when you can embrace Democratic

Obama: America now recognizes Syria’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syria people
12/11/2012 9:21:40 PM  Allahpundit
This is being sold as a morale booster for Syria’s rebels as they press in to Damascus, but it’s really O’s way of justifying deeper U.S. intervention going forward as the country falls to pieces. See, it’s okay to get involved

Video: “Man of Steel” trailer
12/11/2012 8:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
I posted the teaser trailers in July, found them interesting at the time, and find this interesting now. Ace thinks it’s too melancholy and self-serious for a Superman flick; I think melancholy and self-serious are the only places left to go.

Obama’s new fiscal cliff offer: Instead of $1.6 trillion in new revenue, how about $1.4 trillion?
12/11/2012 8:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
First I thought, “Wait, aren’t he and Boehner supposed to be getting closer to a deal? This doesn’t sound close.” Then I thought, “Aha — he’s trying to drive a hard bargain on tax revenue so that he can concede

Interior Dept pushes the timeline for fracking rules into 2013
12/11/2012 7:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Interior Department on Tuesday announced that they’re going to scrap their plans to finalize regulations that would impose further top-down controls on hydraulic fracturing by the end of this year. Perhaps it’s just another case of a

Contractor building federal Obamacare exchange has a big ol’ conflict of interest
12/11/2012 6:41:33 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Republican lawmakers are asking a contractor building Obamacare’s federal data hub and health care exchange to explain how it’s going to resolve its massive conflict of interest. Why? Maryland-based Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI),

Federal appeals court: Second Amendment prevents states from completely banning concealed carry
12/11/2012 6:00:53 PM  Allahpundit
As with the Supreme Court gun-rights decision on which this one is based, it’s a win not because it changes a lot in and of itself but because it lays a foundation for future victories. Heller, the SCOTUS case, said only that guns couldn’t be

Reid: If you were expecting a fiscal-cliff deal before Christmas… don’t
12/11/2012 5:21:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Whether this is an attempt at shrewd negotiating or just plain ol’ flying by the seat of their pants, I don’t know that anyone was really convinced that a fiscal-cliff deal was going to get done before Christmas — but that doesn’t

Video: If good and evil exist …
12/11/2012 4:41:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m a big fan of Prager University, the new effort by my colleague and friend Dennis Prager that does what Dennis does every day on his indispensable radio program, which is to discuss values, morals, and politics — and how they cannot be

Video: Steven Crowder gets the full union-thug experience
12/11/2012 4:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
When I saw his tweet this morning, I wondered if he had oversold what happened. Nope. Not only does one guy start throwing roundhouses, another yanks him back hard by his jacket collar and seems ready to jump him before people around them step in. A

Boehner: Can we just be honest about this? We’re broke.
12/11/2012 3:21:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
On the House floor on Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner broke from the mutual semi-silence of what’s been going on between himself and President Obama on the fiscal-cliff negotiations, and informed the Congress that all he’s waiting on are some

Vilsack: Rural America is becoming less and less relevant
12/11/2012 2:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the weekend, Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack lamented that rural America is becoming less of a power-player in the United States’ political landscape. A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country

Stunner: California’s cap-and-trade on track to deliver 14% of promised revenue in first auction
12/11/2012 2:01:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just think — if Democrats win the midterm elections in 2014, we could see this kind of success on a national scale!  California has struggled with massive budget deficits for years, but the political class in Sacramento stumbled on the perfect

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
12/11/2012 1:46:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss headpainting, the headscratching standoff over the fiscal cliff, the headbanging over Right

Video: Union members tear down AFP tent at right-to-work rally in Michigan
12/11/2012 1:23:23 PM  Allahpundit
Two clips via Lee Stranahan and Liberty News Network, respectively, of the union id unleashed after RTW passed the Michigan House this morning. One of the reliable perks when Republican legislatures try to rein in union power is watching the left’s

Obamacare just raised your health care premium by $63
12/11/2012 12:41:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
If you’re a member of the mainstream media, you’re “surprised” by this in the same way that every bad jobs report is “unexpected.” Among the regulations being rushed out the door by the Department of Health and Human

Treasury sells off remaining AIG shares — for profit of $22.7 billion on bailout
12/11/2012 12:01:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
How often do we see a government operation end up with a profit?  Ironies abound in this denouement of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), bitterly opposed by people across the political spectrum but proposed, passed, and extended in bipartisan

Video: John Adams, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and …
12/11/2012 11:21:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
ABC’s Jake Tapper put the White House on the spot last week, asking Jay Carney about rumors that Vogue editor and big Barack Obama donor/bundler Anna Wintour might end up with a plum ambassadorship to either the UK or France.  Wintour earned the

Exports drop in October by biggest margin in almost four years
12/11/2012 10:41:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
“The private sector is doing fine,” Barack Obama assured us in June, but we haven’t seen much evidence for that argument.  Today’s report from Commerce on the trade deficit certainly doesn’t provide any reassurance for that