HotAir Daily Express 12/05/2012

ADP report shows 118,000 jobs added in November
12/5/2012 9:41:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the jobs report for November, which will almost certainly show a significant impact from Hurricane Sandy in the northeast.  The ADP report on private-sector employment shows only a stagnation-level

Video: Outrage over NY Post pic depicting subway victim
12/5/2012 8:51:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The picture has become iconic in just a short period of time — but of what? Did the New York Post’s front page this week depict man confronting inevitable death, or soulless media exploiting personal tragedy for sales? CNN gives a somewhat

Egypt protesters from both sides: Let’s meet at Morsi’s place today
12/5/2012 8:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
How bad has the situation become for Egypt’s first Pharaoh in a couple of millenia?  Bad enough that his office announced today that he has snuck back into his palace, which Mohamed Morsi fled yesterday as an avalanche of protesters arrived to

Quotes of the day
12/4/2012 10:11:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama on Tuesday dismissed the latest deficit-cutting proposal from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as “still out of balance.” “There’s been a lot of talk that we can raise $800 billion or $1 trillion in revenues just by

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Chinese communist party officially bans pomp and circumstance
12/4/2012 9:21:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep on saying it until such a time as communism finally falls for good: In practice, communism has only ever been about the wealthy and well-positioned maintaining their power and privilege over the meticulously

Friendly reminder from GAO: You’re about to hit the entitlement iceberg, people
12/4/2012 8:31:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
While we meddle on the margins and stay safely ballparks away from anything that might actually tackle our deficit and debt problems: The Government Accountability Office warned in a report Monday that if cuts are not made to mandatory spending —

Bob Costas: The timing of my gun comments was a mistake, but…
12/4/2012 7:41:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s certainly not an apology, and he’s certainly not backing down from the content of his gun-control, middle-of-a-football-game remarks, but he did more-or-less admit that it perhaps wasn’t the right time or place for an anti-gun

Missiles, missiles everywhere
12/4/2012 6:51:13 PM  J.E. Dyer
Back in 2007, when Vladimir Putin promised to rebuild Russia’s military and resume its activities on the world stage, Westerners were complacent.  Russia was an economic basket case, after all.  It would take years for modernization programs to kick in. 

Supreme Court sides with private property against the federal government
12/4/2012 6:01:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
We’ve got to celebrate the freedom-endorsing little victories won by the Supreme Court while we’ve still kinda’-sorta’ got it (one shudders to think of what what the highest court in the land may look like after four more years of

Bipartisan govs to WH: Don’t stick the states with the fiscal-cliff costs
12/4/2012 5:11:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
A bipartisan group of governors — including Republicans Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Gary Herbert (Utah), and Democrats Mike Beebe (Arkansas), Jack Markell (Delaware), and Mark Dayton (Minnesota) — traveled to Washington

Federal government’s biggest marijuana concern is…workplace use?
12/4/2012 4:21:06 PM  Dustin Siggins
On November 6, Colorado and Washington State legalized the use of pot, becoming the first U.S. states to do so. Twenty days later, conservative comedian Steven Crowder launched a video outlining his opposition to marijuana legalization. And now, via

Obama: Boehner’s cliff counteroffer is “still out of balance”
12/4/2012 3:31:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
Echoing the sentiments delivered by his communications director after the GOP sent over their fiscal-cliff counteroffer yesterday afternoon, President Obama personally dismissed the Republicans’ proposal out of hand during an interview with

Bloomberg: How about Hillary for NYC mayor in 2013?
12/4/2012 2:41:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, why not?  Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in to win, and she’s going to be available to run very, very soon — although the exact timing might depend on whether Barack Obama appoints John Kerry or Susan Rice to replace her.  In fact,

Another Hollywood star in the Senate?
12/4/2012 1:51:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, why not?  George Miller did it in California in 1964.  Al Franken did it in Minnesota four years ago … we’re pretty sure, anyway.  Ashley Judd may become the next Hollywood star to try to gain a seat in the star-studded US Senate,

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
12/4/2012 1:46:42 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 the fiscal cliff, 54 Christmas trees in the White House, and all of the hot political stories

Obama administration dials up Taliban, gets no answer
12/4/2012 1:01:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Are we surprised?  The Washington Post reports that the White House wants to restart negotiations with the Taliban for a peace deal in Afghanistan, and with a new if uneasy rapprochement with Pakistan, the time might seem ripe.  The Taliban, however, see

Video: Iran claims capture of US intel drone
12/4/2012 12:11:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Did Iran capture an American drone over the Persian Gulf, or just try to capture the imaginations of the mullahcracy’s subjects? Tehran claims it either shot down or somehow snagged an American intel drone on patrol over the Gulf, but as CNN

Egyptians to march on Morsi palace, media goes on strike
12/4/2012 11:21:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
It looks as though those pro-Morsi counterprotests by the recently-ascendant Muslim Brotherhood didn’t work out as planned.  Instead of convincing Egyptians to give Morsi a chance to use his pharaoh-esque powers to deliver democracy as promised,

Say it with teal
12/4/2012 10:31:18 AM  J.E. Dyer
U.S. Air Force airmen will remember the shoulder “ropes,” or aiguillettes, worn by student leaders at tech school.  White for “chapel guides,” green for dormitory “bay chiefs,” yellow for “flight leaders,” red for “shift leaders’ – airmen-in-training