HotAir Daily Express 08/16/2012

Video: CNN takes almost 3 hours to report Family Research Council shooting
8/16/2012 10:01:46 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
Compressed for your viewing ease, two hours and 45 minutes of news on CNN without a mention of a shooting at the advocacy group’s office 1.1 miles from the CNN D.C. bureau. This is the West Coast feed, so that’s why the clock in the corner

Obama: Gee, maybe Biden could have phrased it differently
8/16/2012 9:21:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s been nearly two months since Barack Obama opened himself to questions from the White House press corps, and as long since he’s done a hard-news one-on-one interview.  Yesterday, though, he gave two hard-hitting interviews to …

GOP convention to feature former Obama co-chair Artur Davis
8/16/2012 8:41:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
The RNC and convention organizers announced six more speakers for the convention overnight, all but one of them significant figures within the new generation of Republican leadership.  That one, however, will be the big story.  Former Democratic Rep.

Obamateurism of the Day
8/16/2012 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama has campaigned on equal-pay issues going all the way back to 2007, so it’s no big surprise to hear him still campaigning on it in 2012.  He regularly cites the Lily Ledbetter Act as one of his big achievements as President, fighting

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Quotes of the day
8/15/2012 10:32:16 PM  Allahpundit
Presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan launched an offensive on President Barack Obama’s cuts to medicare to pay for ObamaCare, his first public reference to the issue since accepting the role as Mitt Romney’s running

New ad: Meet the disappointed Obama voters
8/15/2012 9:40:47 PM  Allahpundit
An unusual spot, particularly in light of who produced it. It comes from Americans for Prosperity, a.k.a. the Koch brothers’ outfit, whom you’d expect to be throwing nothing but roundhouses at O given how his campaign has demagogued them.

Cops: Suspect in FRC shooting volunteered at Washington LGBT center
8/15/2012 8:42:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The other post was getting mighty heavy, so I’m adding new updates here. We’re learning more about the suspected shooter, Floyd Corkins II, of Herndon, Va.: (AP) WASHINGTON – A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in

Obama lies for Biden: Oh, hey, he didn’t mean anything by that really obvious “chains” racial pander
8/15/2012 8:02:02 PM  Allahpundit
Consider this progress. Four years ago, it was The One himself smearing McCain from the stump by warning that his opponents would try to make an issue out of the fact that he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency. This year,

The Romney-Ryan-Reno Medicare gambit
8/15/2012 7:16:00 PM  Karl
Yesterday, Allahpundit wrote about the new Romney ad going on offense regarding Medicare. Anonymous GOP strategists are worried about the inevitable Mediscare campaign coming from Team Obama. However: The National Republican Congressional Committee

Good news: Devo’s back — with a song about Romney putting his dog on the car roof
8/15/2012 6:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
Via Washington Whispers, which has the lyrics. Admittedly, “Now the brown’s comin’ down” has a certain poetic flair. One of the band’s members tells Rolling Stone that the song’s more about loving animals than it is

How nice: We’re stuck in the weakest economic recovery since WWII
8/15/2012 6:02:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
You know we’re in trouble when even the Associated Press can no longer determinedly avoid the big-picture reality of our current economic mess. According to an AP report released earlier today, we’re most definitely still in the midst of the

Swing state poll: After picking Ryan, Romney now leads in Ohio, Virginia — and Florida
8/15/2012 5:21:37 PM  Allahpundit
Via Guy Benson, no self-respecting eeyore would leave a headline as rosy as the above unchecked, so here’s me checking it right off the bat. According to Gallup’s tracker, Romney’s gotten almost no bounce from the Ryan pick — yet.

DOE loan chief warned staff that personal e-mail could be subpoenaed
8/15/2012 4:41:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
Tuesday, the Washington Post reported on documents showing that Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s $38 billion clean-energy loan guarantee program, directed a staff member not to use personal e-mail addresses in official

Video: Are you ready for the Obama re-election musical?
8/15/2012 4:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace and Twitchy, until today I was firmly in the Romney column. Then I heard “Health care is a right/Medicare’s a must” sung-shouted in a collective voice so sweet, it can only have come from a choir of seraphim disguised as an

Rudy Giuliani on Biden: “This guy just isn’t bright”
8/15/2012 3:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Woah there, Giuliani — tell us how you really feel! The former GOP presidential hopeful had harsh words for Biden in the wake of a statement the vice president made yesterday, when Biden told a Virginia audience with a large African American

Special ops group scolds White House: Stop the leaks and the bragging
8/15/2012 2:41:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
As we enter into presidential debate season and start hearing more discussions about foreign policy, we’re bound to be regaled — ahem, yet again — with the oh-so-epic tale of how President Obama made the decision to take out Osama bin

Shrum: Obama will dismantle that Koch-brothers pick for running mate, or something
8/15/2012 2:01:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
I missed this piece from longtime Democratic political strategist Bob Shrum, now writing at The Daily Beast, about Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate.  Shrum seems oddly enthused about the selection — but only because he is sure that

Poll: Is the youth vote slowly turning to Romney?
8/15/2012 1:21:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday, I wondered whether the almost 17 percent youth unemployment rate would do anything to check the type of overwhelming support President Obama received from young people in 2008. Apparently, there’s ‘hope’ for us young people

Video: Say Anything. I’ll Listen.
8/15/2012 12:41:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
A palate-cleanser from my friend Kelly Maher of and me. At his first fundraising event in Denver, Colo., Ryan encountered what Andrea Mitchell thinks doesn’t exist— support from women. He was several floors up, but someone

Breaking: Guard shot at Family Research Council headquarters Update: Report shooter said ‘It was about what this place stands for.’ Update: Romney ‘appalled…There is no place for such violence.’ Update: Suspect ID’d as Floyd Corkins of Virginia Update: Found with Chick-fil-A materials? Update: Obama responds
8/15/2012 12:15:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Simply horrible: A security guard was shot in in the arm late Wednesday morning inside an office building near the heart of Chinatown in Northwest Washington, police say. The shooting took place either near or at the offices of the Family Research

Video: Bowles explains what the obstacle was for Simpson-Bowles plan
8/15/2012 12:01:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
Hint: It wasn’t extremism from Paul Ryan.  Our friend Morgen Richmond goes back to the videotape of the September 2011 talk by Erskine Bowles at the University of North Carolina and finds a direct question from the floor about why the

Allegations of lewd conduct at highest levels of ICE force leave of absence by chief of staff
8/15/2012 11:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
It started with a lawsuit by an angry ICE director who claimed that Janet Napolitano’s personal relationship with Dora Shriro was the basis of a promotion to “special advisor’ that came at his expense, and who then began to be isolated

NC college has problems with definitions
8/15/2012 10:41:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yes, I realize that we’ve nearly exhausted our outrageous outrage over the Chick-fil-A controversy, which started over some bad reporting at CNN and exploded into two national movements, one of which got thoroughly outclassed by the other in every