HotAir Daily Express 08/06/2012

Syrian Prime Minister defects, flees to Jordan
8/6/2012 10:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Another Arab dictatorship looks ready to collapse, and this one might have the biggest impact of them all.  The embattled Bashar Assad regime in Syria lost its Prime Minister overnight, as Riyad al-Hijab fled to Jordan and announced his

WaPo: Plouffe took $100,000 from firm doing business in Iran
8/6/2012 9:21:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
What does David Plouffe do when he’s not helping Barack Obama campaign for a second term or providing political advice to the West Wing?  Like many other people in politics, he gets income from the speaking circuit.  One particular payday may be a

Romney/RNC raise $101.3 million in July
8/6/2012 8:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
Momentum has not slacked for Mitt Romney and the RNC during the traditionally slow summer period.  For the second straight month, the two combined to raise more than $100 million for the general election: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign

Obamateurism of the Day
8/6/2012 8:01:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
One might think that Barack Obama would have learned his lesson from the “you didn’t build that” blowback.  He handed Mitt Romney a powerful attack by claiming that small businesses owed their success to government, and that

Quotes of the day
8/5/2012 8:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
[T]hose who fall within the base of the Democratic Party tend not to bite quite as quickly on an unsubstantiated accusation [as Republicans do] — even when the charges are being proposed by their own side. It’s just not the way these folks play the

Set your alarms: Curiousity rover reaches Mars tonight
8/5/2012 6:31:13 PM  Jazz Shaw
It’s been eight months and a staggeringly long journey through the void of space, but tonight the wait is finally over. NASA’s Curiousity Rover is, as you read this, on its final approach and will enter the Martian atmosphere at a blistering

Obama campaign mobile app reveals which of your neighbors are registered Dems
8/5/2012 5:01:00 PM  Howard Portnoy
Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn’t get any weirder, along comes its latest high-tech gift. Meet the Obama for America app for iPhone, a tool that allows you to spy on your neighbors to determine which of them are naughty (read: not Obama

Is the lust for presidential power in the genes?
8/5/2012 3:31:48 PM  Jazz Shaw
Is the desire to wield power over the masses rooted in a person’s genes? A rather frivolous but fun question which is being brought to light by an aspiring teenage genealogist. She has traced the roots of all of the US presidents from Washington to

Another mass shooting, Wisconsin Updates: 7 dead. No more police updates until 10 AM Monday.
8/5/2012 2:01:44 PM  Jazz Shaw
This story is just breaking this afternoon, so expect updates later. Details are still very sketchy, but another mass shooting has taken place. The location is a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Multiple injuries are being confirmed by officials on the scene. A

Flashback: Questions Harry Reid won’t answer, part I
8/5/2012 12:31:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
All of these baseless, evidence-free accusations from Harry Reid against Mitt Romney over his income reminded me of something — Reid has a lot of unanswered questions about his own income, questions that the LA Times and others have been asking for

Ohio early voting and White House meddling
8/5/2012 11:01:27 AM  Jazz Shaw
Nothing is ever easy in Ohio, it seems, at least when it comes to politics and elections. The latest significant dust-up involves a pair of 2011 changes to the Buckeye State’s voting laws concerning early voting. Early voting previously was allowed