HotAir Daily Express 07/25/2012

CIA: Did you mean these documents?
7/25/2012 10:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Lost amid the hilarity of watching Senator Dianne Feinstein do a Cory Booker impersonation by denying she meant what she said about White House leaks was another, and perhaps more significant, retraction.  The Department of Justice had to file a motion

When should we have a gun-control debate?
7/25/2012 9:21:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
After incidents like the massacre in Aurora, gun-control advocates adamantly demand a debate on new restrictions to prevent the use of firearms in mass murders, and accuse their opponents of callous disregard for the victims when they refuse to engage on

Wisconsin Democrat defects, leaving state senate control in doubt
7/25/2012 8:41:02 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
After the Democratic Party’s failure to recall Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, their consolation prize was control of the state senate, by one vote. Senate control would only have lasted until November, when yet another election (this time a

Obamateurism of the Day
7/25/2012 8:01:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
When Barack Obama ran for office in 2007 and 2008, he promised to get troops out of Iraq in sixteen months.  Instead, he stuck with George W. Bush’s timeline, and forty-two months into his term, Obama is taking credit for a plan that, er, Bush

Quotes of the day
7/24/2012 10:53:59 PM  Allahpundit
The head of the House Democratic Caucus said Tuesday that Congress should “absolutely” ban the sale of assault weapons in the wake of last week’s fatal shooting rampage in Colorado. Many Democratic leaders have been wary of making a full-throated

What did Chick-fil-A’s boss really say?
7/24/2012 10:20:47 PM  Allahpundit
I missed this post from Get Religion’s Terry Mattingly last week when I was on vacation, but it’s making the rounds today and now I’m more confused than ever about why Chick-fil-A is suddenly on the cultural radar. Let me walk through

Great news: GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in totally winnable Hawaii Senate race
7/24/2012 9:25:26 PM  Allahpundit
Remember, the only hope the GOP has of repealing ObamaCare is taking back the Senate next year. It’s no sure thing that GOP nominee Linda Lingle would vote with the caucus to do it — being the deciding vote to torpedo the legacy of

Dianne Feinstein: On second thought, forget what I said about intel leaks coming from the White House
7/24/2012 8:48:45 PM  Allahpundit
Pitiful twice over. Once because this is wholly unconvincing, and twice because she and her own staff can’t get their story straight about why she’s walking this back. The official statement: “I am disappointed by the statements made by Mr.

Who’s up for a new NBC/WSJ poll based on a bad sample?
7/24/2012 8:07:11 PM  Allahpundit
Last month’s sample was questionable. This month’s sample is terrible: The 2008 national exit poll sample, taken when Hopenchange fever was at its zenith, was 39D/32R/29I, or D+7. This one, after three years of Obamanomics dreck, is somehow

Good news: Interior Department opening up more federal land… for solar panels
7/24/2012 7:21:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
I already expended all of my outrageous outrage over this particularly irksome program of the Interior Department’s doing when I discovered it last October, but here’s still more of the same baloney: The Obama administration will open public

Aurora victim’s brother to MSNBC host: Why, no, I don’t want to talk about gun control
7/24/2012 6:42:43 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, we’re late to this but it’s still a must-post, simply because it’s one of the great narrative derailments you’ll ever see on cable. If ever there was a dynamic primed for a gun control cri de coeur, it’s

Friendly reminder from Obama: This is a choice election, not a referendum on my performance; Update: New Obama ad responds to “you didn’t build that” criticism
7/24/2012 6:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
He’s right, it is a choice election. First choice: Eight percent unemployment and catastrophic deficits. Second choice: Something different from that. Monty, I’ll stick with what’s behind door number two. I learned two important things

Romney hits White House on defense cuts, intel leaks
7/24/2012 5:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
Following a not-what-I-would-call-tough act by President Obama at the same venue yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference in Reno, Nevada today. The idea was to frame his overarching foreign-policy stances before jetting

ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing
7/24/2012 4:41:46 PM  Allahpundit
It’s now day five of Rossgate and we continue to inch ever so slowly towards meaningful action. Consider this post the official launch of the Hot Air pool on when disciplinary measures will be announced. Put me down for five bucks on seventeen days

Hickenlooper: Tougher gun laws wouldn’t have stopped Aurora shooter
7/24/2012 4:01:15 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The Colorado governor said this on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sunday but it’s worth flagging a) because the utterly predictable gun-control discussion is ongoing and Hick is another guy with a less-than-utterly-predictable position

And so it begins: One in ten employers already saying they’ll drop health coverage
7/24/2012 3:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Congressional Budget Office released their post-Supreme Court ruling reassessment of ObamaCare earlier today, and — unexpectedly — the latest numbers are even less attractive than we originally estimated. Who could’ve seen this

Romney: Obama “doesn’t have a clue” when it comes to energy
7/24/2012 2:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
A few weeks back, the Obama administration revealed their five-year plan for oil-and-gas permitting — it was lackluster, to say the least, especially when allowing the private sector to produce wealth and productive jobs by tapping our own highly

Has housing hit a bottom?
7/24/2012 2:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
Four years ago, the housing market collapsed as the artificial bubble in prices and equity popped.  The disaster infected the financial sector, thanks to the aggressive policy supported by two administrations and Congress to spread the risk for subprime

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
7/24/2012 1:26:45 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 media coverage of the Aurora shooting, and all of the hot political stories of the day. The

New RNC ad: “These aren’t gaffes”
7/24/2012 1:21:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
What is the RNC trying to do — put the OOTD feature out of business?  Well, yes, but only by ending Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House at one term.  Working from the “You didn’t build that” quote, the RNC has a new

Obama campaign: Does Romney “even understand how our economy works?”
7/24/2012 12:41:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Steel yourself — these three minutes of relentless condescension, smarmy incredulity, and stunning misinformation are not easy to sit through. I hardly know where to begin. Ed already handily addressed the Obama campaign’s continued and

Bloomberg tells cops to go on strike for expanded gun-control laws
7/24/2012 12:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
Every once in a while, politicians provide examples of cluelessness so compelling that it’s incumbent on us to point it out. Last night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on CNN’s Piers Morgan show to discuss the need for expanded

Obama: Hey, Romney’s taking my “you didn’t build that” line out of context
7/24/2012 11:21:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
How can you tell when a campaign knows it has stepped into quagmire?  It shifts to defense and starts complaining about context.  After several days of attempting to defend his “you didn’t build that” remark, Barack Obama shifted last

Stewart: So what does a guy have to do to get fired at ABC?
7/24/2012 10:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s a very good question, and one that — so far — ABC News hasn’t answered. Brian Ross went to air within hours of the Aurora shooting to tell George Stephanopoulos and the Good Morning America audience on Friday morning that