HotAir Daily Express 08/09/2012

Great news: The US fiscal gap just jumped $11 trillion … to $222 trillion
8/9/2012 10:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
Forget the trillion-dollar deficits for a moment.  Forget today’s $15 trillion in national debt.  The real fiscal disaster isn’t our present — it’s our future, and it just got significantly worse.  Bloomberg economists Laurence

New Romney ad slams Obama over HHS contraception mandate
8/9/2012 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
This week, Barack Obama attempted to shift back to the “war on women” attack theme, adding Sandra Fluke to his campaign team and arguing that Mitt Romney would take America back to the 1950s on contraception.  Team Romney was ready for this

E-mails show Chu, DoE staffers claiming “total victory” over WH skeptics of green-tech subsidies program
8/9/2012 8:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, the Washington Post published an exclusive on the Congressional probe into Solyndra and other failed subsidy efforts to green-tech companies that may prove more embarrassing than legally damning for the Obama administration — and

Obamateurism of the Day
8/9/2012 8:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
How long has it been since Barack Obama answered a serious question from the White House press corps?  Keith Koffler counts the days … and counts … and counts: The last substantive question Obama took from a White House reporter was during a

Steve Jobs 'Spiritual Mentor' Finds $300 Billion in Desert
The man Steve Jobs called a "spiritual mentor" led his company into one of the world’s harshest deserts. Now, after years of development, the company is about to unveil a $300-billion secret project. Not only will it turn the industry on its head, the company behind it might just become one of the greatest stock stories of our time.
Here’s everything you need to know…

Quotes of the day
8/8/2012 10:44:25 PM  Allahpundit
[N]o matter whom Republican Mitt Romney finally taps as his vice presidential nominee, Democrats will accuse this person of crimes against common decency and fairness. This person will, you can bet, be indicted as someone hellbent on “dismantling” Social

Coulter: Romney should fire his spokesman for that RomneyCare response to the steelworker ad
8/8/2012 10:06:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, inquiring conservatives on Twitter are asking: Er, isn’t Ann Coulter herself famously a big fan of RomneyCare? Answer: Yeah, but I’m not sure it’s Andrea Saul’s mention of RomneyCare that’s really bugging her.

Bill Burton: You’re darned right that I stand by that sleazy Super PAC ad
8/8/2012 9:25:23 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler. I know the clip’s long but (a) the first 3:45 is just background stuff, so feel free to skip it, and (b) the rest of it represents quite possibly the most sustained bout of skepticism on cable TV towards an Obama mouthpiece that

Was the Obama Super PAC steelworker ad filmed at the same time as Obama’s steelworker campaign ad?
8/8/2012 8:32:37 PM  Allahpundit
Ace and Moe Lane are already all over this, but readers always enjoy video detective work so let’s get in on it. Two screenshots for you, the top one from the Obama campaign’s ad released in May and the bottom one from the sleaze grenade

Current TV announces exciting new broadcasting talent will host its convention coverage
8/8/2012 7:40:30 PM  Allahpundit
I was planning to stick with the networks for my convention coverage even after I heard the news about Gore. But when I found out that Jennifer Granholm and Cenk Uygur would be joining him? Sold. Says Jonah Goldberg, “If Al Gore’s career

Reports: Romney’s VP choices down to Portman, Pawlenty, and Ryan
8/8/2012 7:00:13 PM  Allahpundit
NBC reported it first and the Weekly Standard’s hearing the same thing, but the Standard’s also wishcasting Christie into the picture as a dark horse. No doubt, the nastiness of the last week has improved his odds insofar as he’d be the

Should bloggers have to disclose financial interests in their writing?
8/8/2012 6:20:46 PM  Dustin Siggins
Yesterday, it was reported that a judge is requiring Google and Oracle to disclose any journalists and bloggers they pay, as a result of a series of intellectual property lawsuits unsuccessfully filed by Oracle. From the article: In a surprise order,

Virginia farmer threatened with $5K fine for hosting child’s birthday party
8/8/2012 5:41:46 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Fauquier County is only about an hour from the nation’s capital but it feels like a different world— rolling hills dotted with vineyards, idyllic horse farms, and stifling regulations and ridiculous penalties meted out by capricious bureaucrats.

Romney spokesman on steelworker ad: In Massachusetts, he would have been covered under RomneyCare
8/8/2012 4:59:10 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, the key bit comes at 1:25. Are we sufficiently close to the election yet that we’re obliged to give Team Mitt a pass on this purely in the interest of defeating Obama, or is there still time left to wrist-slap him for touting a deeply

Video: Obama campaign now pretending it didn’t know details of steelworker’s story — after featuring him in two ads
8/8/2012 4:12:54 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico. Remember, thanks to the lame legal fictions of campaign finance law, the Obama campaign is forced to pretend that the Obama Super PAC responsible for yesterday’s smear heard ’round the world is entirely independent of it rather

Film honoring WWII vets aims for world-record premiere at ballpark
8/8/2012 3:21:09 PM  Rob Bluey
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend Saturday’s screening of “Honor Flight” at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, which would break the world record for a film premiere. The feature-length documentary chronicles the stories of

Rasmussen: 61% hold favorable view of vilified fast-food chain
8/8/2012 2:41:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
Rasmussen Reports brings us the latest results of outrageous outrage over political/social opinions, which curiously look a lot like every other instance of outrageous outrage.  More than two weeks ago, CNN misreported an interview with Chick-fil-A owner

Does Congress’ new funeral protest law help the troops?
8/8/2012 2:01:14 PM  Dustin Siggins
On Monday, President Obama signed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 into law. Among other things, the law puts specific restrictions into place for protestors at military funerals. From Huffington Post: The

Warren’s Emily Litella moment on tax returns
8/8/2012 1:21:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
With all of the talk about tax returns dominating the national news, Massachusetts Senate candidate  Elizabeth Warren undoubtedly figured she could make some hay against Scott Brown on the topic, and get a little national media attention in the process. 

Video: Abortionist challenges protesters to adopt “ugly black babies”
8/8/2012 12:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’re a few days late to this story, which is “ugly” indeed, but not necessarily for the reason some may think.  Pro-life activists challenged Charlotte abortionist Ashutosh Ron Virmani at his door about his practice, which Virmani

Hot Air Survey: August VP Results
8/8/2012 12:01:00 PM  Patrick Ishmael
It was close, but Senator Marco Rubio returns to the top spot in Hot Air’s VP survey, followed by Governor Bobby Jindal, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Allen West, and Governor Chris Christie, who jumps ahead of Condoleezza Rice. This round of respondents

Montana’s Democrat governor calls constituents white, racist rednecks
8/8/2012 11:21:08 AM  Rob Bluey
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer wowed the Democratic National Convention four years ago with a talk that Time called a “folksy, tough, funny, home-run of a speech.” It was the kind of performance that generated enough buzz to propel talk of a

Primary night: Good for Democrats?
8/8/2012 10:41:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Primaries held in four states delivered good news for Democrats, according to National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar.  Even in Missouri, where Senator Claire McCaskill trailed all three of her potential Republican challengers in head-to-head polls,