HotAir Daily Express 12/17/2012

Breaking: Haley to pick Scott to replace DeMint in Senate
12/17/2012 10:04:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Welcome, my friends, to the least surprising political news of the week.  Nikki Haley will appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Senator Jim DeMint in the US Senate, making Scott the upper chamber’s only African-American member, and give him a boost in

Video: Progress on the fiscal cliff?
12/17/2012 9:41:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
Has the “logjam been broken” on the fiscal cliff?  Yes, says Major Garrett, now at CBS News, although a deal hasn’t been finalized.  His sources at the White House says that the phone call between Barack Obama and John Boehner on Friday

Depardieu goes Galt?
12/17/2012 8:51:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
Not exactly, although I love Instapundit’s headline.  Going Galt means removing your talents from the world altogether until the world comes to its senses.  The French film icon has instead decided to continue providing the world his talents, but

Video: Obama’s speech in Newtown
12/17/2012 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
While the nation mourned the horrific murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Barack Obama arrived to deliver a message of political action.  What kind of action?  Despite some of the initial reactions to Obama’s speech at the

EXPOSED: Mainstream Medicine's Deadliest Conspiracy?
Can you believe this video? It's a phenomenon. In fact, it was sent to more than 289,000 people in just 24 hours! For the first time, mainstream medicine's deadliest conspiracy has been EXPOSED. Finally, this video is the 'shot heard around the world' the establishment prayed would never come. There are powerful interests hell-bent on minimizing the damage it is doing to corporate medicine's profit machine. Before it's banned, watch it here.

Quotes of the day
12/16/2012 8:01:12 PM  Allahpundit
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday she would introduce a bill re-instating the federal ban on assault weapons on the first day of the new Congress in January… President Obama “is going to have a bill to lead on,” Feinstein said on NBC’s

Video: Pope offers blessings for victims of Newtown tragedy
12/16/2012 6:31:54 PM  Jazz Shaw
This has been a pretty awful weekend, and there’s no doubt about it. I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I think I’ll set aside a bit of space this evening for a palate cleanser of a different sort. A very long ways away, the

Domino’s Pizza founder sues over contraception mandate
12/16/2012 5:01:56 PM  Jazz Shaw
The fight over the contraceptive angle in Obamacare, which Ed has written about extensively, is apparently far from over. It’s also going to expand past the application of the law to churches and other religious institutions. Just yesterday I

The United Kingdom says “Yes!” to fracking
12/16/2012 3:31:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
The hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, modern-day gold rush is quickly doing work on our global energy outlook. The improved technology and increased use of the decades-old technique has unlocked hitherto untapped reserves of oil and natural gas,

Speaker Boehner offers up a tax hike for millionaires
12/16/2012 2:01:22 PM  Jazz Shaw
Let’s all get together now and pretend that nobody saw this one coming. Negotiations over the fiscal cliff haven’t stopped just because the media’s attention has been drawn elsewhere, and it sounds like John Boehner has served up a new

Westboro Baptist to protest Newtown?
12/16/2012 12:31:52 PM  Jazz Shaw
As if things weren’t bad enough in Newtown, Connecticut already, word has begun circulating that they may be the recipients of some unsavory and most decidedly unwelcome “guests” today in connection with President Obama’s visit.

NFL Week 15 open thread
12/16/2012 11:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week I traveled to Pittsburgh to watch my first Steeler game at Heinz Field.  I even painted up the dome to cheer them on, only to watch the unheralded San Diego Chargers thoroughly beat the Steelers 34-24, in a game that wasn’t nearly as