HotAir Daily Express 12/07/2012

NYT: Obama retreating on “red line” for Syrian chemical weapons
12/7/2012 9:41:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
In the summer of 2012, Barack Obama talked tough about “red lines” for Syria and the regime’s chemical weapons.  In a rare press conference on August 20th, the President warned Bashar Assad that the US was prepared to act if Assad began

November jobs report: 146,000 jobs added, jobless rate drops to 7.7%, workforce declines again
12/7/2012 8:36:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
The US got a better November than some had expected in the job markets — but only in the top line numbers.  The economy added 146,000 jobs, better than expected if still a status quo result, and the jobless rate declined to 7.7%.  The Bureau of

Video: Morsi defiant in speech, protests erupt again in Cairo
12/7/2012 8:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Perhaps Mohamed Morsi thought that a show of strength and resolve in a nationally-televised speech to his Egyptian subjects would impress them enough to stop protesting his “temporary” seizure of dictatorial power.  If so, the

Quotes of the day
12/6/2012 10:01:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
House Speaker John Boehner is under pressure to defy Republican Party orthodoxy on income taxes to rein in the U.S. deficit, with an increasing number of his rank- and-file members saying they’re willing to discuss raising rates for top earners. A few

PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” nominees left out 2012′s biggest lie
12/6/2012 9:01:41 PM  Dustin Siggins
This week, PolitiFact came out with its list of “Lie of the Year” candidates. They include the following: Largest tax increase: “Obamacare is . . . the largest tax increase in the history of the world.” – Rush Limbaugh on Thursday, June

Expect the LNG-export battle to continue, despite the economically obvious
12/6/2012 8:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday, the Department of Energy finally released an economic-impact report they commissioned that found that, why yes — allowing American companies to export natural gas would in fact be an economic boon. As Mark Mills writes for Forbes,

There may not always be an England
12/6/2012 7:11:59 PM  J.E. Dyer
Q.  When does the British government subsidize a TV channel that carries the rants of anti-gay religious fanatics? A.  When the TV channel is run by Islamist extremists. OK, that one was a softball.  But it’s worth pointing out a telling contrast in the

Bobby Jindal: Ideas for staving off the fiscal Armageddon
12/6/2012 6:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
Congressional Republicans are in a pretty rough position right now, to put it lightly; at every turn, the Democrats and the media are painting the GOP as the party merely trying to preserve tax loopholes for their billionaire buddies (nevermind that

Michigan, the next right-to-work state?
12/6/2012 5:31:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Republican majority in the Michigan legislature is using their lame-duck to make moves on joining the ranks of the 23 already right-to-work states by passing measures that would put an end to mandatory dues in union shops in both the private and

Christie: Nope, we won’t be building a state exchange in New Jersey
12/6/2012 4:31:18 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, the fall from Beltway media grace shall be sharp and swift for the country’s most popular Republican. Christie’s decision comes in ahead of the Health and Human Services already postponed deadline of Dec. 14. It also comes on the same

Gee, whiz: Federal agencies lagging way behind on Obama’s transparency promises
12/6/2012 3:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
We’re totally committed to “creating an unprecedented level an openness in government,” he said. “In the face of doubt, openness prevails,” he assured us. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of

Why Rush Limbaugh should back ginormous tax increases now
12/6/2012 2:51:04 PM  Karl
One of Rush Limbaugh’s favored rhetorical devices is demonstrating absurdity by being absurd, perhaps most infamously with his 1992 endorsement of Bill Clinton for president. One of his occasional guest hosts, Mark Steyn, recently mused that House

Tapper to Carney: Has Obama seen The Devil Wears Prada?
12/6/2012 2:01:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
I admit, I haven’t paid much attention to the controversy over reports that Barack Obama might appoint Vogue editor Anna Wintour as US Ambassador to the UK or France.  The primary qualification for ambassadorial posts in the US has traditionally

The Ed Morrissey Show: Steven Crowder, Kerry Picket
12/6/2012 1:45:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

Egyptian army orders protesters away from presidential palace
12/6/2012 1:11:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
The protests in Egypt have turned violent, but so far the Egyptian army has remained mainly on the sidelines.  The Republican Guard deployed armored vehicles and elite troops to the presidential palace yesterday, but stood by while opponents to Mohamed

Just a reminder: this is a spending crisis, not a revenue crisis
12/6/2012 12:21:43 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’re hearing a lot of nostalgia for the Clinton era in this debate over the upcoming fiscal cliff.  Democrats argue that we need to return to the Clinton-era tax rates in order to get back to Clinton-era budget stability, but that argument utterly

NYT: Obama admin approved secret weapons deals that ended up arming Islamists in Libya
12/6/2012 11:31:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Oopsie! In what has to be one of the least-shocking outcomes of Barack Obama’s Libyan adventure, the New York Times reports that his administration secretly gave approval of weapons shipments to Libyan resistance fighters, only to learn that the

Breaking: DeMint retiring from Senate
12/6/2012 10:46:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who has led conservatives in the upper chamber for years, will resign his office next month, according to a statement from his office earlier this morning.  DeMint will move across town to the Heritage Foundation and will

Darden Restaurants to stick with full-time employment
12/6/2012 10:31:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two months ago, I wrote about a pilot program launched by the parent company of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains to test whether the firm could avoid incurring the costs of ObamaCare by switching their staffs to part-time employment.  This