HotAir Daily Express 08/03/2012

Reid: My source on Romney’s taxes is so incredibly credible that I won’t say who he is
8/3/2012 10:01:05 AM  Ed Morrissey
After Mitt Romney told Harry Reid to “put up or shut up” about allegations of income-tax evasion, Reid chose this morning to … do neither.  Instead, Reid released a statement late yesterday essentially tripling down on his evidence-free

Bombshell: Obama chief of staff Daley briefed on Solyndra concerns six months before bankruptcy
8/3/2012 9:21:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Solyndra scandal took a big step up the ladder today, as ABC News uncovers new evidence that shows fears over a collapse reached all the way into the West Wing.  An OMB analyst tried to raise red flags on the Obama administration’s attempt to

July jobs report: 163K jobs added, 8.3% jobless rate
8/3/2012 8:31:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gave some mildly good news for the first time in four months.  The US economy added 163,000 jobs, slightly outpacing population growth, while the jobless rate ticked up slightly to 8.3%: Total nonfarm payroll employment

Obamateurism of the Day
8/3/2012 8:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama went to Ohio this week in order to convince Rust Belt voters that he really cared about their economic concerns. At one stop, Mansfield, the biggest economic concern in the Obama administration’s plan to close the local Air Force base,

Quotes of the day
8/2/2012 10:51:51 PM  Allahpundit
“I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid told Nevada reporters Wednesday. “I have had a number of people tell me that.” But he would not expand on his sources. “I don’t think the burden should be on me,” he said. “The burden

New Pew poll: Obama wins by 10 if Democrats lead in turnout this year by, um, 19 points
8/2/2012 9:57:33 PM  Allahpundit
Normally I give these polls with ridiculous samples the ol’ college try, but I’m not even going to bother with this. You’re welcome to it if you want to put in the time. The sample: No need to boot up your computer’s calculator.

Video: The excited train guy
8/2/2012 8:59:43 PM  Allahpundit
A palate cleanser via HuffPo and BuzzFeed, where one of the commenters describes this, perfectly aptly, as the “Double Trainbow” clip. I think this is safe for work, but just listen to him. I don’t know, guys. I honestly don’t

Romney to Harry Reid on tax claims: Put up or shut up
8/2/2012 8:19:56 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller, a nice answer to a question Romney was ready for. Fehrnstrom was ready too on Fox this morning: “This reminds me of the McCarthy hearings back in the 1950s,” Eric Fehrnstrom said on Fox News. “And it was another son from

Why Pawlenty would be the best pick for Veep
8/2/2012 7:41:00 PM  Karl
Naming Tim Pawlenty as the best choice for Mitt Romney’s running-mate will sound crazy to some, but bear with me for a bit. Most of the media pieces about Mitt Romney’s veepstakes are geared to figuring out who Romney will pick. That is

Solyndra CEO in 2009: We’re getting help from … the “Bank of Washington”
8/2/2012 7:06:50 PM  Allahpundit
Yes, really. Anyone else need a loan from a bank that’s $15 trillion in the hole? You’ll be pleased to know that this sentiment was reciprocated inside the White House, anticipating The One’s “you didn’t build that”

Awesome new scoop on Romney — his high school report card
8/2/2012 6:24:47 PM  Dustin Siggins
Really. dug it up, and Mediaite spells it out: Romney took English 3, Elementary Algebra, Biology, French 1, and Art 3. He is credited in his art class for having a “real ability in painting,” but admitted that Romney is “not as industrious or

Official Chick-fil-A statement: Yesterday was “unprecedented”
8/2/2012 5:44:20 PM  Allahpundit
Last night’s question answered: Yep, they’re formally acknowledging Appreciation Day. We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country.

1-800-FOOD-STAMPS: How states expand eligibility for welfare program
8/2/2012 5:01:31 PM  Rob Bluey
Getting food-stamp benefits can now be as easy as picking up an informational brochure or calling a toll-free number, according to a new report out this week from the Government Accountability Office. More than 40 states have lowered eligibility

New ad from formerly relevant group: Romney’s talking horse certainly is rich and snooty
8/2/2012 4:26:35 PM  Allahpundit
Confession: A little part of me appreciates just how far over the top they’re willing to go here. Using Ann Romney’s horse to try to drive a cheap class wedge among voters is shameless, but if you’re going to be shameless, you should

FHFA refuses to mark down principal on home loans
8/2/2012 3:41:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
This key news item got overlooked earlier this week, but it’s worth flagging now.  The Obama administration had hinted that they might use their leverage through the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to reduce principal amounts on home loans

Super: Amazon & Wal-Mart team up to lobby for new online sales tax
8/2/2012 3:07:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Keep your eye on the, ahem, “Marketplace Fairness Act” in Congress (S.1832). As Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner explains, we’ve all been ordering online for years with no sales tax because there is no federal sales tax, and a 1992

Gail Collins: Boy, Republicans are wicked extreme
8/2/2012 2:31:08 PM  Dustin Siggins
In her column today, New York Times author Gail Collins launched into a tirade against Ted Cruz, the Tea Party, and Republican (especially Texas) voters in general. While Collins’ disdain for conservatives is no surprise — her February 8

Big miss in June manufacturing: Orders down 0.5%, shipments down 1.1%
8/2/2012 1:56:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Remember that initial estimate from Commerce of 1.5% annualized GDP growth rate for the second quarter?  Expect a significant revision in the wrong direction later this month.  The manufacturing sector declined in both orders and shipments in June,

Shocker: After Aurora, media misleads on gun control
8/2/2012 1:21:37 PM  Dustin Siggins
In the last three years, it has seemed like every mass shooting in America gets tied to conservatism and/or the Tea Party. The most recent example, of course, was ABC’s Brian Ross termination-worthy speculation that an Aurora, Colorado-area Tea

The HHS Mandate takes effect — and the Obama Administration releases a report on religious freedom
8/2/2012 12:46:54 PM  Dustin Siggins
Yesterday, the contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate went into effect for everyone except those religious organizations who qualify for the one-year delay. Interestingly, the President’s campaign speech yesterday ignored the mandate ,

Bankrupt city paying $204K per year in retirement for police chief who served for … eight months
8/2/2012 12:21:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Want to know how California finds itself in debt at the state level by tens of billions each budget cycle?  Why three of their cities have already declared bankruptcy this year, and more may be on the way?  Here’s a cautionary tale from Stockton,

A “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A tomorrow?
8/2/2012 11:36:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
One day after having the best sales day in its history, Chick-fil-A will have to prepare itself for a counter-protest to yesterday’s “appreciation day” by those outraged over threats made by mayors and city council members in Boston,

OMB warned WH to cut losses on Solyndra
8/2/2012 11:01:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Congressional investigators probing the Obama administration’s actions in the collapse of Solyndra have discovered that the White House’s own budget office warned against the second cash infusion for the now-defunct solar panel manufacturer.