HotAir Daily Express 12/06/2012

Great news: Obama green-tech stimulus recipient might end up in China’s hands
12/6/2012 9:41:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two months after Barack Obama’s green-tech stimulus recipient A123 went bankrupt, losing close to $135 million in federal grants, taxpayers may finally have some good news. When A123 goes on the auction block, a buyer is already poised to snatch up

Gallup: Unemployment sharply rises
12/6/2012 8:51:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Americans got mixed messages on employment today, as two more indicators tallied up before tomorrow’s jobs report for November.  Gallup’s tracking surveys on employment showed bad news, as both adjusted and unadjusted figures showed the

Video: Protests in Egypt turn deadly — 5 dead, hundreds injured
12/6/2012 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
What happens when you take a disillusioned electorate that has discovered it elected a would-be dictator, and the group that wanted a dictator all along?  Inevitably, you get what happened overnight in Cairo.  Clashes between growing legions of

Quotes of the day
12/5/2012 10:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
The White House hardened its position that Congress should raise the U.S.’s borrowing limit without preconditions, adding an unpredictable new element into the high-stakes budget talks. In a Wednesday speech to top corporate chiefs, President

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If U.S. hikes taxes, high-income Californians might pay almost 52 percent
12/5/2012 9:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Whether it’s because we end up going over the fiscal cliff or because Republicans agree to President Obama’s plan of not extending the Bush tax cuts on America’s wealthiest earners, the possibility of an effective tax hike means that

Tribal leaders gather at Interior: Obama is the “first American Indian president”
12/5/2012 8:21:27 PM  Erika Johnsen
Little noticed in all of the continuing fiscal-cliff hullabaloo today, the Obama administration held their annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with the Department of Interior on Wednesday — and if ever there was a specific, targeted

Huh, that’s odd: Harry Reid declines to bring a vote on Obama’s cliff plan
12/5/2012 6:51:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered to give Democrats a chance to go on the record and demonstrate just how serious they are about averting the fiscal cliff by proposing a vote on the package that President

Tapper to Carney: Back to “hostage” again, eh, champ?
12/5/2012 6:01:38 PM  Dustin Siggins
In 2011, the Republican Party – and especially the conservative/Tea Party wing – was accused of holding the country “hostage” over the debt ceiling debate. In yesterday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney decided to bring the term back

White House: When we said tax revenue figures were ‘just math,’ we meant ‘politics’
12/5/2012 5:11:03 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Yes, yesterday, we said this was about math, but when confronted with this unfortunate flashback, let us amend that answer with this equation: Politics = Math As you saw Erskine Bowles say this week, a lot has changed since we were negotiating with John

Surprise: Long-awaited report finds that exporting nat gas will boost economy
12/5/2012 4:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
There are several different industries, lobbies, and unions with dogs in the “should we export more natural gas?” fight, and as the Obama administration is wont to do when multiple parties are clamoring for them to make a politically

Obama to GOP on debt ceiling: “I will not play that game”
12/5/2012 3:31:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Ed thoroughly outlined this morning, one of the fiscal-cliff contingency plans Republicans have reportedly been considering as an option would be to agree to Obama’s tax hikes in order to avert going over the cliff, and instead hold out for

Obama: Republicans’ revenue math doesn’t work, except for when it did
12/5/2012 2:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
Remember — uhm, I think it was — yesterday, when President Obama said that the GOP’s cliff counteroffer proposing $800 billion in new revenue without raising taxes was untenable, because the math just doesn’t work? Oh, and then

Videos: Rubio, Ryan lay out vision for future of GOP
12/5/2012 1:51:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Two of the rising stars in the Republican Party combined last night to deliver a vision of the future for the GOP, and to stake their claims as leaders who can deliver it.  Paul Ryan introduced Marco Rubio at the Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner in

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
12/5/2012 1:46:22 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 the latest in cliff diving, Republican purging, and other great contact sports. Don’t miss it! The

Q-poll shows majority favor marijuana legalization
12/5/2012 1:01:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Did you know that today is the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition?  On this date in 1933, the 21st Amendment passed into law, becoming the only amendment to repeal another in the US Constitution and end the “noble experiment” in

Falling back to the debt ceiling?
12/5/2012 12:11:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve hashed out the political dynamics of the fiscal cliff a number of times, with its ever-diminishing options for House Republicans.  The New York Times’s Jonathan Weisman hears from aides in House Republican leadership that if Democrats

Fast & Furious firings coming: WSJ
12/5/2012 11:21:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
Very quietly, the efforts to find accountability on Operation Fast and Furious have begun to produce at least some low-level results.  The Wall Street Journal reported last night that an internal review has recommended firings and demotions for several

Obama “genuinely conflicted” over Hillary successor
12/5/2012 10:31:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says National Journal’s Michael Hirsh, reporting from leaks inside the White House.  Barack Obama’s first choice to succeed Hillary Clinton at State has run into a trap Obama and his team set for her after the Benghazi attack, while an