HotAir Daily Express 12/13/2012

Great news: Your permanent record is now available on demand
12/13/2012 10:01:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records?  Good times, good times.  I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States

Corker proposes bill matching debt ceiling hike to entitlement cuts
12/13/2012 9:21:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
In an effort that offers more symbolism than action, Senator Bob Corker has offered a bill that takes Barack Obama at his word on deficit control.  The Dollar for Dollar Act raises the debt ceiling by $937 billion in exchange for exactly the same amount

Video: Japan scrambles aircraft after China violates airspace over disputed islands
12/13/2012 8:41:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
A dispute over a small island group heated up considerably this morning after China sent a government aircraft into Japanese airspace to surveil the uninhabited Senkaku Islands.  Japan scrambled F-15s to confront the plane, which left without incident,

Who Are the Freeloaders?
12/13/2012 8:01:39 AM  Mike Antonucci
This week Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state, although to hear the uproar you would think something unprecedented was going on. There are more than enough commentators to debate the effects on Michigan’s economy and politics, but not too

Quotes of the day
12/12/2012 10:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” He Who Heals advocated “a more civil and honest public discourse” in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson

Report: Boehner willing to consider more tax revenue — in exchange for deeper entitlement cuts
12/12/2012 9:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
See? Men can compromise. The good news? This new tedious fiscal standoff may yet be resolved by New Year’s. The bad news? Another tedious fiscal standoff is just a few months away. House Speaker John Boehner privately told President Barack Obama

Women senators agree: If women were in charge, there’d be a fiscal cliff deal by now
12/12/2012 8:41:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, this is worth watching if only to see McCaskill mouth a bit of ancient biological determinism that would have set the left off on a two-day screech bender had she been a Republican man. I think the clip’s worst sin is how cloying it

Lugar: Natural gas exports can be a geopolitical weapon
12/12/2012 8:01:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve been focusing a lot lately on the economic bounty that would come as part and parcel of allowing American companies to more freely export natural gas, as fewer restrictions on free trade are reliably good policies for job-and-wealth creation,

Rep. Jim Moran’s son pleads guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, gets probation
12/12/2012 7:21:39 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) is a rough-and-tumble, old-school politician, by which I mean an utterly entrenched, entitled fixture who survives every reelection despite once having the dubious distinction of an entire section on his Wikipedia page dedicated to

Video: The freaky quintuple deaky Brazilian corpse prank
12/12/2012 6:41:29 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, and not to be confused with the freaky quintuple deaky Brazilian ghost prank, an entertaining new chapter of people being terrified out of their minds for lulz. This one’s more interesting psychologically to me than the

Awkward vid of the day: Barbara Walters asks Chris Christie if he’s too overweight to be president
12/12/2012 6:01:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
I hardly even know what to say about this one.   Christie seems to take it pretty well — he’s never really been much for political correctness or beating around the bush — and basically just dismisses the question, shooting back

Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists
12/12/2012 5:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically

Pennsylvania joins the ranks of states declining on setting up exchanges
12/12/2012 4:41:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Department of Health and Human Services extended the original deadline by which states need to decide whether they will be setting up their own versions of the virtual health insurance exchanges required via the auspices of ObamaCare, or allowing

Report: Menendez intern was illegal immigrant and sex offender — and DHS held off on arresting him until after the election
12/12/2012 4:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
I’m as surprised as you are to find a New Jersey Democrat wrapped up in something so shady. Why, this might well ruin the good name of Bob Menendez. Imagine if it had come out before the election. He might have won by only 15 points. The

Inaugural committee: Okay, okay, Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will be open to the press
12/12/2012 3:21:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
The fact that this was ever even an honest-to-goodness question, does not bode well for the Obama administration’s ostensibly ongoing efforts at improving transparency in a second term. From Politico: The Presidential Inaugural Committee has

Welcome to the doc fix-fiscal cliff loop…forever
12/12/2012 2:41:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Peter Suderman of Reason explained eloquently Tuesday what’s been bugging me about the fiscal cliff, perhaps more than anything else—that it is a huge, high-stakes deal which simultaneously solves exactly none of our long-term fiscal problems.

Great news: Jimmy Carter on board with pot legalization
12/12/2012 2:01:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, I’d advise marijuana legalization fans not to get terribly excited by this clip from the former President, who literally did nothing but talk about this issue when he had four years to do so.  In fact, Jimmy Carter starts off by reminding

The Ed Morrissey Show: Dennis Prager, Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
12/12/2012 1:43:13 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 today’s top stories. Don’t miss it! As a bonus, today we’ll also speak with syndicated

Unions eye gubernatorial elections for payback
12/12/2012 1:21:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
How will the labor movement rebound from two years of defeats in what had been home turf for unionism?  Politico previews their strategy to organize efforts to defeat Republicans in key gubernatorial elections in 2013 and 2014: Labor unions, stung by an

Cantor: Fiscal-cliff talks will go past Christmas
12/12/2012 12:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
So much for the holiday deadline, which always seemed a little optimistic anyway.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor emerged from a caucus meeting to declare that the fiscal-cliff negotiations are going very, very slowly — and that Republicans

Next up in union reform: VA legislature to block card-check effort
12/12/2012 12:01:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Big Labor had a lot of high hopes when Barack Obama won in 2008.  They expected a raft of friendly legislation to force workplaces to organize, but instead the Obama administration spent their political capital on ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank rather than

The Obama admin wants you to know they’re here to help with mortgage payments
12/12/2012 11:21:47 AM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration is launching a brand-new public service announcement to tout Treasury and Housing & Urban Development‘s joint initiative to help progress “the Obama Administration’s broad strategy to help homeowners avoid

Woodward: Civil war brewing in the Democratic Party over entitlement reform
12/12/2012 10:41:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve been hearing a lot about a civil war within the GOP over the fiscal-cliff negotiations, but is that the only one brewing in Washington? Bob Woodward followed Nancy Pelosi on CBS This Morning, and he claimed that her remarks showed the split