HotAir Daily Express 09/18/2012

US suspends joint operations with Afghans after insider attacks
9/18/2012 10:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Michael Yon first picked up on this yesterday, and CBS confirmed last night that the US has suspended joint field operations with Afghan security forces in response to a string of “insider attacks” that have killed a number of American and

Latest Romney “embarrassment”: Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolvable under current conditions
9/18/2012 9:21:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
If this is the second-best clip that Mother Jones has on Mitt Romney, I think his campaign can breathe a sigh of relief.  MJ headlines this as “On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution,” but that’s not accurate.  What Romney

No, Romney didn’t just lose the election
9/18/2012 8:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
I got home late last night and missed most of the hysteria over Mitt Romney’s remarks at a fundraiser in May, but I’m glad to see I didn’t miss all of it.  Here’s Josh Barro at Bloomberg, telling us we can take a 50-day nap,

Obamateurism of the Day
9/18/2012 8:01:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
There’s really no good way to introduce this except to parrot Charlie Spiering’s headline — “Obama denounces, then endorses corporate welfare in Ohio”.  No, seriously: On the stump in Ohio today, President Obama denounced

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Quotes of the day
9/17/2012 10:42:11 PM  Allahpundit
By the time the presidential campaign had ended four years ago, the media’s role in driving the outcome had become a fact too obvious to dispute. The impact of the journalistic horde’s devotion to the Democratic candidates was clear, the

U.S. intel cable warned Cairo embassy — but not Benghazi consulate — of possible violence on September 10; Update: Susan Rice caught lying?
9/17/2012 9:47:58 PM  Allahpundit
Just a little something to break up the monotony of “ROMNEY SAID WHAT?” concern-troll coverage that you’ll be submerged in tomorrow. I take it this cable is what the Independent had in mind in its blockbuster last week about a 48-hour

Who rewrote the Chicago Teachers Union’s Hollywood ending?
9/17/2012 9:07:00 PM  Mike Antonucci
Up until yesterday afternoon, everything was going according to plan for the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union. Having been saddled with a law that required 75 percent rank-and-file approval to authorize a strike, CTU went out and got 90 percent.

Source tells Glenn Beck: DOJ negotiating with Egyptian government for return of “blind sheikh”?
9/17/2012 8:27:16 PM  Allahpundit
I’m going to inch out onto the limb and predict that the Foreign Policy President will not, repeat not, be handing over this cretin before election day. The U.S. State Department is currently in negotiations with the Egyptian government for the

Romney: Obama’s 47% of the electorate is dependent on government
9/17/2012 7:34:31 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mother Jones and Ace, watch this now if you haven’t seen it elsewhere because political media will be having 20 heart attacks about it tomorrow and you’ll want to be up to speed. This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser, just like

Salman Rushdie: Actually, no, I don’t sympathize with the Mohammed filmmaker who’s now being threatened
9/17/2012 6:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
The key bit comes at the end. As you watch, bear in mind that Rushdie’s old tormentors in Iran announced just today that they’ll “search for, track, and pursue” the filmmaker. The only consolation here is my hunch that his old

Video: The War on Bacon
9/17/2012 6:03:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
We start at 6:15 p.m., so tune in! Today… What inane story will the media be focusing on for the next three days instead of the Middle East or the debt or the economy? What is Mitt Romney going to do about that? Does Nancy Pelosi even care anymore?

Markey: GOP’s climate-bill revision is downright “Orwellian”
9/17/2012 5:21:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
Did I misread that, or did an elected U.S. representative just refer Republicans’ efforts to scale back the Obama administration’s ever-encroaching regulatory regime as “Orwellian”? Because, correct me if I’m wrong,

Top Romney advisor: He’ll focus more on policy specifics from now on
9/17/2012 4:43:04 PM  Allahpundit
A footnote to Ed’s post from this morning about the ever-shifting media narrative on Mitt’s next move. Whichever strategy he settles on, filling in the blanks on policy will be part of it: “We do think the timing is right to reinforce more

Obama: I can “walk the walk” on China
9/17/2012 4:01:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Mitt Romney leveled some pretty heavy swings at President Obama’s China-related policies on the campaign trail last week, and it appears that the Obama campaign is ready to try and fire back (at least, fire back a bit more seriously than with the

GM to fed govt: So, about ready to sell those remaining shares yet?
9/17/2012 3:21:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
After 2009′s federal $50 billion bailout to the Detroit-based car company, the U.S. taxpayer became the majority shareholder in General Motors — our public ownership stake has since slimmed down to about 27 percent, but even so, it seems that

Videos: “You didn’t build that,” revisited
9/17/2012 2:41:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
While Democrats have insisted that Republicans ‘built their entire convention around something the president never actually said’ and whatnot, there were certainly enough entrepreneurial, hardworking, small-business-owning Americans who took

Pelosi: “Oh, Mitt Romney is not going to be president”
9/17/2012 2:01:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
By all means, keep yucking it up, Democrats. I’m sure the American people are almost convinced you’re not the least bit scared. On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, a little before the five-minute mark: “Oh, Mitt Romney is not

The Ed Morrissey Show: Matt Lewis
9/17/2012 1:31:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET),  The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis joins me to discuss the hot topics of the day.  We’ll discuss the need for Team Romney to broaden its message, the conservative criticism of the media’s coverage

Diplomatic ripples from embassy and consulate attacks to continue
9/17/2012 1:21:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
Normally, nations rely on their diplomatic staffs to calm the waters after unrest within and between nations.  When that unrest targets the diplomatic missions, though, the process takes longer and leaves significant damage to the relationship.  The

New Romney ads focus on economy, deficit
9/17/2012 12:41:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
Team Romney refocuses this week on the economy and job creation, as the Washington Post predicted earlier today, with a simplified presentation of Mitt Romney’s plan for a first term.  Instead of talking about the details of his economic plan,

PPP: Obama up 5 points in Virginia
9/17/2012 12:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
The latest from Public Policy Polling purports that President Obama has a full five percent advantage of Mitt Romney in my highly-clutch, 13-vote home state of Virginia, supposedly leading 51 to 46. That’s the same distance they reported last

Gallup: Majority still says gov’t does too much
9/17/2012 11:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
Gallup provides a good news/bad news scenario in its poll of the day.  The good news is that a majority of Americans think government tries to do too much and that more should be left to the private sector.  The bad news?  The gap has sharply declined

Woodward: Ryan at least is on the right track
9/17/2012 10:41:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
An interesting exchange took place between Joe Scarborough and Bob Woodward this morning on Morning Joe, in which Scarborough wondered aloud why Barack Obama would insist that changes were needed to rescue Social Security and Medicare in order to save