HotAir Daily Express 08/02/2012

Reid: Romney is guilty of my evidence-free accusations until he proves himself innocent
8/2/2012 9:51:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s see if we can get the Democratic Party philosophy of late correct.  Unless a business owner foots the entire bill for his employees’ contraceptives, he must pay ruinous fines even when his religious practice forbids participating in

Gallup: Unemployment went up in July
8/2/2012 9:16:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
Two more indicators previewing tomorrow’s July jobs report are in today, and neither look particularly good.  First, weekly jobless claims went back up again after a sharp drop the week before — which was amended upward in today’s

Rand Paul makes the conservative case for Internet freedom
8/2/2012 8:41:01 AM  Rob Bluey
A month ago as Americans were celebrating Independence Day, two dueling factions released competing visions of Internet freedom. Both dubbed the “Declaration of Internet Freedom,” they represented a post-SOPA attempt to articulate principles for tech

Obamateurism of the Day
8/2/2012 8:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama seems to have trouble with his economic citations.  Just last week, he noted a favorable review from what Obama described as a “non-partisan” economist … who just happened to be a contributor to his campaign.  Yesterday in

Quotes of the day
8/1/2012 10:41:17 PM  Allahpundit
Ted Cruz’s stunning 14-percentage-point victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday’s runoff for the Texas Republican Senate nomination gives the tea party explosive momentum heading into the remaining primaries nationwide and the November general

Rick Warren: Chick-fil-A’s owner told me they set a new world record in sales today
8/1/2012 9:49:00 PM  Allahpundit
And the day’s not over yet. Somewhere, a Burger King ad man’s toying with the idea of having “The King” declare himself “100% pro-life.” @dancathy just called me. #ChickFilA has already set a world record today, with 7

Revealed: Obama approves “secret” U.S. aid to Syrian rebels
8/1/2012 8:58:49 PM  Allahpundit
Go figure that, fresh off a Mitt Romney foreign policy tour designed to draw a contrast with O over “strength,” we get a fresh new leak about what The One is doing to kick terrorist and/or dictator ass. This one’s almost as tasty as the

Does Obama have any idea what defense cuts are in his budget?
8/1/2012 7:56:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
This morning, President Obama landed in Mansfield, Ohio at an Air National Guard base he wants closed, according to his latest budget. The White House seemed unaware that the C-27 aircraft was even on its chopping block. It’s not the first time the

Palin on Cheney’s VP comments: You’ve bought the media’s false narrative about me
8/1/2012 7:16:55 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, an obligatory rejoinder to Cheney’s dig at her over the weekend. The reference to “misfiring” is, I trust, no accident. The irony of this flap is that I’m not sure his dig was really aimed at her. Maybe I

Another strike against bipartisanship
8/1/2012 6:36:39 PM  Dustin Siggins
Last week did not offer much good news for America’s fiscal or economic futures. On Friday, the White House announced its expectation that the Fiscal Year 2012 deficit will be $1.2 trillion, the fourth fiscal year in a row with a deficit of at least one

America’s Jewish gymnastics star clinches Gold to the tune of ‘Hava Nagila’
8/1/2012 5:56:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The International Olympic Committee, cowed by the threat of a boycott by Arab nations, refused to give a moment of silence in London’s opening ceremony to honor 11 Israeli Olympians murdered 40 years ago by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich

Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey: Why can’t comedians make fun of Obama?
8/1/2012 5:16:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via Breitbart, a few days old but worth listening to if you missed it elsewhere. I was tempted to make this a post focusing on Lovitz — he’s been a big hit on the site since his class-warfare critique of The One — but Carvey’s the

Liberals continue to abandon the Constitution on behalf of Obama
8/1/2012 4:36:25 PM  Dustin Siggins
Since the end of the Bush Administration, mainstream liberal opposition to expansions of Executive power has almost completely disappeared. It didn’t take long, either; as noted by Ed in February 2010, only 97 House Democrats opposed renewal of the

Video: Long lines on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day
8/1/2012 3:56:48 PM  Allahpundit
An A/V follow-up on Rob’s post to give you a sense of how things are going. There’s no hard sales data yet, just anecdotal accounts of big crowds, but the photos are impressive. Twitchy has a nice gallery; this one, from Fox Atlanta, is local

Olympics scandal: playing to lose in … badminton
8/1/2012 3:16:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
One can understand the pressure to throw games in the Olympics, right?  I mean, all that heavy money coming down in Vegas and Atlantic City could mean that someone can make a killing on … badminton? Eight female badminton doubles players were

Traveling through Texas with the Tea Party Express
8/1/2012 2:36:00 PM  Dustin Siggins
Over the last eight days I have traveled throughout Texas with the Tea Party Express (TPE) in order to help Ted Cruz beat David Dewhurst in the Texas GOP Senate primary. During the trip I got to meet Cruz, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sarah Palin,

Worst Western post-financial crash recovery in last four decades?
8/1/2012 1:56:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
When pressed to explain why the US recovery in the last three years has fizzled in comparison to other post-WWII US recoveries, especially in job creation, Barack Obama usually says that the Great Recession was such an unusual event that it cannot be

Why are liberals so intolerant?
8/1/2012 1:16:40 PM  Rob Bluey
Mike Huckabee, the Family Research Council and others have declared this Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. And while Americans should head to the chicken-sandwich restaurant to show their support, they should also take the opportunity to reflect on the

NYT notices Obama campaign’s increasing desperation for contributions
8/1/2012 12:26:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
Politicians use their e-mail lists to continually hit their base with requests for donations.  Everyone who puts their name on a political list expects to see those e-mails on a constant basis, usually tied to the news cycle.  Michele Bachmann’s

ADP jobs report shows slowing in July; Update: Manufacturing “unexpectedly contracts” in July
8/1/2012 11:46:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Time to start breaking out the predictive indicators for Friday’s jobs report on employment in June!  First up, as always, comes from private-sector payroll giant ADP, which uses its own customer base to estimate job growth in non-government

New Warren ad: Golly, why aren’t we more like China?
8/1/2012 11:06:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
Suddenly, I’m getting more enthusiastic about watching the Democratic convention.  The latest ad from the DNCC’s prime-time speaker compares America unfavorably to China, demands more government spending, and its title “Rebuild”