HotAir Daily Express 12/18/2012

WaPo/ABC poll: Compromise on fiscal cliff — but without cuts
12/18/2012 9:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
If you want to see why American politics are so dysfunctional, just take a look at American voters.  In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, there is a broad consensus that Barack Obama and Republicans should reach a compromise to fix the fiscal cliff. 

The new horizon of gun control, part 1. “A Violent Society”
12/18/2012 8:51:24 AM  Jazz Shaw
In the wake of one unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week, the nation is facing yet another crisis which is bearing down on us like a storm. It would have been far preferable to leave such a battle until the tears of the mourners had

NBC’s Engel freed from Syrian captors; Update: Video added
12/18/2012 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Call this the end of the worst-kept secret in the commentariat.  NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel had been abducted last week, which got out into Twitter after a few days, prompting the network to attempt to squelch any mention of the

Quotes of the day
12/17/2012 10:40:21 PM  Allahpundit
Unburdened by re-election worries and empowered by law to act without Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama could take action to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers… Christopher

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Chuck Todd on Sandy Hook: If your kid’s playing “Halo” for three hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem
12/17/2012 10:00:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd’s not talking about guns. The “Halo” games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people

Dukakis: No, I won’t take Kerry’s interim Senate seat opening
12/17/2012 9:11:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s looking increasingly likely that Sen. John Kerry has the nomination for secretary of State pretty well locked up, and in the event that he steps down, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will have to appoint an interim replacement to steward his

Video: “It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down”
12/17/2012 8:21:00 PM  Guy Benson
Katie flags this quote from CNN anchor Don Lemon, who won’t allow facts to complicate his righteous public emoting about US gun laws (expanded transcript via Breitbart): Listen, for the past three days, I have been on the verge of tears every

Spokesman: Rubio supports comprehensive study of gun laws to prevent more mass shootings
12/17/2012 7:31:29 PM  Allahpundit
Think the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination is going to get crosswise with the NRA by voting for new gun regs? Me neither. The challenge for Rubio’s communications team: Craft a statement that screams “reasonable!” for the

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at 88
12/17/2012 6:41:52 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
He had been hospitalized for a couple of weeks: Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye has died at age 88, his office confirmed Monday night. His last words, according to a statement released by his staff, were “Aloha”. Inouye has been hospitalized since

Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: Obama concedes on new, higher income threshold for tax hikes
12/17/2012 5:51:53 PM  Allahpundit
I didn’t believe this when I saw it at WaPo yesterday, then I started to wonder when I read Ed’s post this morning, and now Ezra Klein claims Democrats are telling him the same thing. I thought the GOP’s big Plan B alternative to a

State Dept: Clinton may be up for testifying on Benghazi, in the future
12/17/2012 5:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
The furor seems to have died down somewhat as the day of the fiscal-cliff  deadline draws closer, and since UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for Hillary Clinton’s successor as secretary of State; but there are still

Jay Carney: Gun control is part of the solution but far from all of it
12/17/2012 4:11:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite. Carney usually looks uncomfortable to the point of constipation but I’m still surprised to see him so ill at ease and noncommittal in talking about this. Obama has the political wind at his back. Per ABC, 54 percent of adults now say

Confirmed: Majority of UN member nations aren’t big on freedom of information
12/17/2012 3:21:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
The United States and an alliance of Western democracies spoke up against Russia, Iran, China, and others’ proposals to restrict the ease with which the Internet currently operates across international borders during the United Nations’

Obama, Boehner meet at the White House over new cliff-deal proposals?
12/17/2012 2:31:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Christmas is only one week away, and the clock is winding down on the fiscal cliff. Over the weekend, Speaker Boehner reportedly offered some concessions to President Obama in the vein of tax hikes on actual millionaires and a temporary debt-ceiling

NYT: The U.S. should definitely export more natural gas
12/17/2012 1:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Despite a recent DOE-commissioned report confirming that allowing for more exports of liquified natural gas would indeed be a boon for the economy, certain lawmakers and naysayers are still making hay over the ostensible possibilities for negative

Are there perils in legalizing pot?
12/17/2012 12:51:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
With all of the recent activity and debate on legalizing marijuana, we sometimes neglect the arguments in opposition to it.  David Frum offers a rebuttal to the legalization argument at Newsweek/Daily Beast today, which asks whether we want to add

Video: Where will Assad go when the inevitable occurs?
12/17/2012 12:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
The outcome is looking pretty bleak for Bashar al-Assad in Syria — and even Assad’s regime is reportedly acknowledging that fact.  The Associated Press reports that Syria’s current vice-president admitted to a Lebanese newspaper that

Hey, how about filling Kerry’s seat with another failed presidential candidate?
12/17/2012 11:01:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Because what America needs is more failed presidential candidates from Massachusetts on the national stage, right?  The Hill reports that Governor Deval Patrick might consider replacing John Kerry, who lost the 2004 election to George W. Bush, with