HotAir Daily Express 12/20/2012

Scott Brown looking strong in initial special-election polling
12/20/2012 10:31:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe Scott Brown will become the Manny Mota of politics — the guy who excels at pinch-hitting. After having just lost a statewide election to hold onto the seat he won in a January 2010 special election, Republicans want him back as their nominee

Q3 GDP final rises to 3.1%
12/20/2012 9:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
The BEA released the third and final estimate of US economic growth in the third quarter, and it turned out better than either of the first two reports for Q3.  Growth had been initially estimated at 2.0% in the October advance estimate and rose to 2.7%

The new horizon of gun control, Part 3. “Military style weapons”
12/20/2012 8:51:25 AM  Jazz Shaw
In the first two entries of this four part series – A Violent Society and The Black Hole of Mental Health – we examined the first pair of the three part “reasonable discussion” currently being offered by those seeking new and

WaPo/ABC poll shows Americans opposed to intervention in Syria, unless …
12/20/2012 8:01:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
If you oppose American military intervention in Syria, only the topline question of the new Washington Post/ABC News poll will cheer you up.  Almost three out of four respondents oppose any direct US intervention in the civil war, but those numbers flip

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Quotes of the day
12/19/2012 10:11:17 PM  Allahpundit
President Obama’s vow Wednesday to include gun control in his State of the Union address marks the first time in more than a decade a president will highlight the issue in his agenda-setting speech… “I will be talking about them in my State

NYT op-ed: Tim Scott’s just a token for the GOP
12/19/2012 9:21:36 PM  Allahpundit
Jim Treacher’s right. Publishing this bilge is really just the Times’s way of calling him a cornball brother. Of the offense of Disagreeing With The Left While Black, Tim Scott stands guilty as charged: But this “first black” rhetoric tends

Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around
12/19/2012 8:31:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the course of Obama’s first four years as president, we watched him ‘evolve’ from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second

Piers Morgan to gun-rights advocate: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
12/19/2012 7:41:51 PM  Allahpundit
Via News Busters, the media id unleashed. Your companion reading for this clip is Byron York’s piece about cable-news sanctimony over gun control this week, and not just from the prime-time commentators either. Says York: Why such open advocacy?

No bigs: Head of EPA does a bunch of her work on alias e-mail account
12/19/2012 6:51:38 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m posting this because, say wha? The EPA inspector general wants some answers about Lisa Jackson’s EPA email account in the name of “Richard Windsor.” The Environmental Protection Agency administrator’s email nom de plume is now officially the

Gov. McDonnell: Time for a second look at arming school officials?
12/19/2012 6:01:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Synder nixed a bill that would have allowed for adults with extra training to carry concealed weapons in schools, while over in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry voiced his support for the same idea as a viable method of improving

Boehner warns Obama: If you veto our Plan B bill, the automatic tax hikes on January 1 are all on you; Update: House to vote even if bill is doomed?
12/19/2012 5:13:17 PM  Allahpundit
This is a leverage ploy, right? The House passes Plan B, Reid kills it in the Senate, and then Boehner gets to say, “We did what Democrats wanted by taxing millionaires and they still prefer to go over the cliff.” But … what if it

Three State Dept officials resign in the wake of damning Benghazi report
12/19/2012 4:21:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Accountability Review Board report on Benghazi now making the rounds did not come up favorably for the State Department — “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” resulting in security

Obama on fiscal cliff: If this shooting has done anything, it should give us some perspective on what’s important
12/19/2012 3:31:46 PM  Allahpundit
Like I told you yesterday, the big gun-control push isn’t really about gun control. He knows he has no chance of getting anything but the most modest new regulations through the House, and even that’s unlikely. This is about maximizing his

Video: How does Senator Ben Affleck sound, Massachusetts?
12/19/2012 2:41:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
“Go ahead and laugh if you want to,” says Jon Keller of Boston’s CBS affiliate WBZ, but I’m not sure anyone’s laughing at this suggestion.  Keller handicaps the special election coming soon if John Kerry gets the nod for

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jim Geraghty, Mary Katharine Ham, John Lott
12/19/2012 2:14:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for — F-bomb Wednesdays! NRO’s Jim Geraghty returns for a final time in 2012 to discuss the politics of the week. Mary Katharine Ham joins me in the second half, and John Lott

Chu likely on the way out as Energy secretary
12/19/2012 1:51:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama is going to have some serious decisions to make on energy policy in his second go-around, especially in terms of the degree to which Americans will be permitted to take advantage of our abundant natural resources and the pending energy

White House buckling on HHS mandate?
12/19/2012 1:01:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
An appeals court reinstated lawsuits from Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College against the HHS contraception mandate, overruling district courts that had ruled the lawsuits as “premature.”  The recognition of the DC Circuit of the

Hurricane Sandy relief turning into Porkfest 2012
12/19/2012 12:11:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Mary Katharine Ham wrote last week about the porkfest in the Senate bill authorizing emergency relief spending for Hurricane Sandy, but the Senate hasn’t gotten the message yet.  David Francis reports on more aspects of the larded-up bill for The

Harry Reid in 2010: “I carried a gun with me everywhere I went”; Update: Feinstein in 1995, too
12/19/2012 11:21:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
How would a politician who argued today that guns “bring us together” and gave personal testimony to using handguns for personal protection be greeted by Democrats like Harry Reid?  Why not ask Reid himself — or at least the 2010