HotAir Daily Express 09/17/2012

NY Fed manufacturing index drops to lowest level since April 2009
9/17/2012 10:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
The economy made an intrusion into the news this morning, breaking the focus of late on foreign affairs, with some bad news on the manufacturing front.  The New York Federal Reserve manufacturing index dropped to its lowest level since the recession

Media having a little narrative problem today?
9/17/2012 9:21:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s not often that I laugh out loud while reading my e-mail (and that’s not an invitation to forward the jokes from 1996 still circulating, either), but today’s entries left me no choice.  No less than three media outlets have scoops

American consulate in Pakistan under siege, one rioter killed
9/17/2012 8:41:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Welcome to a second week of American diplomatic outposts in Muslim nations living under siege.  Today, the news comes from Karachi, Pakistan, where the military had to respond to the American consulate to keep it from being overrun by rioters.  One died

Obamateurism of the Day
9/17/2012 8:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Several Western embassies in the Middle East and Africa in flames.  An American ambassador dies in the line of duty, the first time in 33 years that’s happened.  What does the leader of the free world do?  Travel to … Las Vegas: President

Quotes of the day
9/16/2012 8:16:06 PM  Allahpundit
With their back-to-back political conventions behind them and the general election season fully engaged, the poll found Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney running essentially even among those seen as the most probable to vote. Including those who lean toward a

Occupy anniversary march somewhat underwhelming
9/16/2012 6:46:33 PM  Jazz Shaw
This is like a trip down memory lane. (Well, if Memory Lane happens to be lined with cop cars covered in feces anyway.) Remember when Occupy Wall Street was The Next Big Thing? And how it was going to rise up to be the counterweight to the Tea

Can Obama get reelected losing the independent vote?
9/16/2012 5:31:00 PM  Karl
The answer is “yes,” if you believe a number of the polls currently in the Real Clear Politics poll average… but that’s a sizable if. The NYT/CBS poll shows Pres. Obama winning by 3 points among likely voters… but losing

Beyond “traditional” marriage … to traditional values
9/16/2012 4:16:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’ve known Steven Crowder for a few years now, and he’s a regular on my daily Internet show — providing laughs, a sharp perspective, and no small measure of controversial statements, just as he does in his videos and Fox News

TV Sitcoms to incorporate Obamacare pitches?
9/16/2012 3:01:14 PM  Jazz Shaw
Autumn is fast approaching, and with it comes the new season of television sitcoms, dramadies and reality shows. And this year you may have a bit more to look forward to than finally finding out How He Met Your Mother. If the government has their way,

Ryan: QE3 is a bailout for Obama
9/16/2012 1:31:30 PM  Jazz Shaw
There has been no end of distracting topics for the media to focus on over the last week, but under the covers, the economy is still there and the cliff lying ahead of us hasn’t gone away. Somewhat overshadowed by foreign policy discussions was the

Rice: Benghazi attack was spontaneous; Libya: No, it wasn’t
9/16/2012 12:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
There seems to be lingering confusion about the nature of the attack on the Benghazi consulate that cost four Americans their lives, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, J. Christopher Stevens.  UN Ambassador Susan

NFL Week 2 open thread
9/16/2012 11:01:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
Okay, I admit that last week the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t get off to such a great start.  They lost to a sharp-looking Peyton Manning in Denver, but were competitive until almost the end, when Tracy Porter jumped a route and got a pick-six to put