HotAir Daily Express 07/31/2012

Did the DoJ lie about political interference in the New Black Panther Party dismissal?
7/31/2012 10:01:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve followed the strange decision to dismiss a case of voter intimidation that the Department of Justice had already won, stemming from the 2008 election and which was caught on video.  However, we missed a rather interesting court ruling on the

Walesa endorses Romney
7/31/2012 9:21:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Mitt Romney created a little fuss in London with his mild criticisms of the UK’s security preparations for the Olympics, but he’s finishing his trip abroad with a bang — literally.  Nobel Prize winner and near-legendary freedom fighter

Cardinal to Emanuel: Just what exactly are Chicago values?
7/31/2012 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel insists that he won’t back down from his suggestion that Chick-fil-A doesn’t meet his standard of “Chicago values,” although his staff has tried to backpedal a little since.  In a press conference

Obamateurism of the Day
7/31/2012 8:01:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
This week, a new Gallup survey showed that Barack Obama’s campaign issues rank at the bottom of the stack with most voters.  That doesn’t mean that Obama can’t speak to the issues that matter.  Republican voters consider the deficit the

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Quotes of the day
7/30/2012 10:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
Despite being outspent more than 3-to-1, having never run for office and being tasked with penetrating the Lone Star State’s 20 media markets with virtually zero name recognition, Cruz is well positioned to upset Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Tuesday. It’s a

Report: GOP investigation finds five top ATF officials responsible for Fast & Furious
7/30/2012 10:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
Fearless prediction: Whatever happens on election day, we’re going to have ourselves a new Attorney General next year. Obama wouldn’t dump him before for fear of looking weak by caving to GOP pressure, but if he wins in November, he’ll

Intellectual honesty on the national debt
7/30/2012 9:21:00 PM  Dustin Siggins
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) recently decided — for the fourth* year in a row — not to pass a budget, meaning uncontrolled spending can continue apace. Federal spending will have gone up by nearly 60 percent in 2010 dollars from 2000 to

Morgan Stanley strategist: Wall Street’s betting on a Romney victory
7/30/2012 8:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
I want to believe, but … what’s happened lately to make Wall Street believe this election isn’t still a toss-up? Offhand, I can’t think of one statistical model or betting market that has Mitt winning. Is there some concrete

Pew poll: Little support for new gun control regulations after Aurora shooting
7/30/2012 8:01:09 PM  Allahpundit
Not a new phenomenon, either. In fact, incredibly enough, support for gun control actually declined after the Tucson shooting last year: Not sure how reliable that Virginia Tech comparison is given the time lapse between the two polls but my strong

Romney camp: Let wind energy tax credits expire
7/30/2012 7:21:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
Finally. You may know that I’m generally irked by subsidies in all of their many forms, since subsidies always and necessarily serve to distort free-market signals in some regard — but the elimination of these particular subsidies are

New Romney Super PAC ad: “Olympics”
7/30/2012 6:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Straightforward but really solid. As Guy Benson says, this one’s hitting on all cylinders: Timely, upbeat, keyed to Mitt’s core strength as a manager, and with a national security subplot to boot. Plus, the Olympics is the one part of his

Democrats set to add gay marriage to official party platform
7/30/2012 6:01:47 PM  Allahpundit
Might as well, no? Most voters doubtless believe it’s already in the platform, especially after The One’s carefully timed, hypercynical “evolution” this spring. Keeping it out wouldn’t win them any votes at this point but

Palestinians are not pleased with Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel
7/30/2012 5:21:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
Before departing for Poland, Romney held a fundraiser in Israel during which he made some comments about the Middle East’s various economies that Palestinians apparently found rather uncouth. Oh, dear — however could Romney have made such a

Scalia: Of course some guns can be regulated
7/30/2012 4:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
Skip to 7:00 for the key bit. People were grumbling about this in yesterday’s Headlines thread but there’s nothing new here that I’m aware of. The Heller opinion that he authored for the Court four years ago was notable for two

Once more, with feeling: “Peak oil,” isn’t
7/30/2012 4:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just in case you were looking for a couple more nails in the coffin of “peak oil,” the cataclysmic phenomenon that environmentalists are always feverishly insisting is just over the horizon, here you go. As much as the greenies like to use

Compare your tax rates to Mitt Romney’s with Democrats’ awesome calculator!
7/30/2012 3:21:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
This might very well be one of the biggest pieces of misleading, populist-fueled crapola I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. Granted, the Democrats’ website is a treasure trove of actually quite creative negativity accusing Mitt Romney of

Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”
7/30/2012 2:41:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, Gibbs would want us to seize on any gaffe of Mitt Romney’s as a campaign issue of unrivaled importance, since any available distractions are the only thing standing between President Obama and the public’s undivided attention on his

Gallup: Voters don’t share Obama’s class-warfare priorities
7/30/2012 2:01:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
So far, Barack Obama has tried to discuss nearly every issue but the one about which voters care most — jobs and the economy.  Obama and his campaign have tried offering distractions such as same-sex marriage, contraception mandates, and hiking

Surprise: Obamacare medical device tax killing jobs in the industry
7/30/2012 1:21:24 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
An Indiana-based medical device company is canceling plans to build five new plants in the Midwest because of the hit it will take from the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed by Obamacare. The new tax will cost Cook Medical Inc. between $20 million and $30

Poll shows Obama character-attack strategy flopping
7/30/2012 12:41:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars attempting to paint Mitt Romney as an unsavory businessman, a clueless tycoon, and even accused him at one point of being a “felon.”  Team Obama needed to make Romney toxic

Was the fourth time the charm for the “gutsy call”?
7/30/2012 12:01:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just how “gutsy” was the call to hit the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden?  Barack Obama’s supporters have insisted that the final green-light decision shows just how courageous a Commander in Chief the current

Biden: Romney doesn’t “think public education is worth the investment”
7/30/2012 11:21:19 AM  Erika Johnsen
Is it just me, or do certain Democrats seem to have difficulty distinguishing the difference between “education” and “teachers’ unions”? Anyone? Speaking to the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union, Vice

Olympic opening ceremonies and the death throes of a civilization
7/30/2012 10:41:00 AM  J.E. Dyer
I don’t think I was the only American weirded out on Friday by the bizarre “dancing nurses” segment at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.  There were lots of children wriggling in hospital beds, and seemingly hundreds of nurses prancing