HotAir Daily Express 09/21/2012

Report: Waters to be cleared in ethics probe
9/21/2012 10:01:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s taken three years and a couple of false starts, but the House Ethics Committee will finally close the books on Maxine Waters.  The California Democrat came under fire for allegedly influencing the federal government to favor a bank in which

White House narrative on Libya all but collapsed
9/21/2012 9:21:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Sunday, the White House narrative on the assassination of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi was that they died in a protest that “spun out of control,” as UN Ambassador Susan Rice insisted on multiple

Dem lobbying powerhouse behind golf-industry effort to stop criticism of Obama’s links obsession
9/21/2012 8:41:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this week, Matt Lewis reported that a group calling itself the “We Are Golf” coalition had started peppering Republican lawmakers with pleas to stop criticizing Barack Obama for his hundred-plus rounds of golf while unemployment

Obamateurism of the Day
9/21/2012 8:01:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Normally I’d let an OOTD candidate percolate a few days after one of my co-bloggers, Erika Johnsen, did such a great job with it the day before, but if this isn’t in Sunday’s poll, I think I’d face a rebellion in the comments. The

Quotes of the day
9/20/2012 10:38:47 PM  Allahpundit
Ann Romney says fellow Republicans who’ve criticized her husband need to “stop it” and realize “how lucky” the party is to have Mitt Romney as its nominee… “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and,

Scott Brown to Elizabeth Warren: How can we trust your character when you lied about being Native American?
9/20/2012 9:45:35 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, five minutes of fun at the start of tonight’s debate. I agree with William Jacobson: In some ways, this is a tough subject for Brown to broach. To make the case effectively he’s got to get into details about the debunked

Tim Kaine: Why, yes, I’d be open to a minimum federal income tax for everyone
9/20/2012 9:03:04 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, Mitt Romney was caught on video at a fundraiser pointing out that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes and “inelegantly” conflating that 47 percent with those who are voting Obama, saying they see themselves as

Romney to Obama: If you want to change D.C. from the “outside,” we’ll give you the chance in November
9/20/2012 8:23:01 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, an easy lay-up after this afternoon’s embarrassing turnover. When I watched the clip of O, I thought in his fervor to shift blame to the GOP for his failures, he had stumbled into admitting that the entire premise of Hopenchange was

Obama: You know, the IG report should really put an end to all this criticism of Eric Holder
9/20/2012 7:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Which is weird, because I think the report means that the critcism of Eric Holder should be just getting started. After finally getting some questions about Operation Fast and Furious (the media generally don’t seem to ask him those too often, do

Open thread: The Massachusetts Senate debate
9/20/2012 6:40:51 PM  Allahpundit
Via Legal Insurrection, the show starts at 7 p.m. ET. Why should you watch if you’re not from Mass? Two reasons. One: Obviously, we’re all interested in seeing how a moderate Massachusetts Republican fares in a debate against a prominent

The War on Bacon
9/20/2012 6:01:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Welcome! Let us explain. Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I are doing a little talk show for 30-45 minutes, here, at 6:15 p.m. every day. We named it The War on Bacon. We figure, since the government is after trans fats, big sodas, salt, and most

Your tax dollars at work: State Department now running TV ads in Pakistan denouncing Mohammed movie
9/20/2012 5:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
Let me recycle a few lines from the post on Martin Dempsey phoning Terry Jones because this is where I think we’re headed, at least as long as American troops are stationed in large numbers in the Middle East: Loyola’s right that military leaders

Obama: “You can’t change Washington from the inside”
9/20/2012 4:41:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well. This is… embarrassing. During an interview with Univision and speaking to his failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama lamented the degree to which his capability to lead and to get things accomplished in Washington

Video: Obama now ducking questions on security failures at Benghazi consulate
9/20/2012 4:01:31 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, simple question from the Univision moderators: Why wasn’t your administration better prepared to secure America’s embassies on September 11th? The response, true to form, is nearly six minutes of meandering about how it’s

Wind industry hops on the strugglebus without assurance of their precious tax credit
9/20/2012 3:21:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
Question: If a new technology really holds boundless potential to not only meet the raucous, clamoring demand for a viable source of ‘green’ energy than can fit in with our infrastructure at a worthwhile expense, but also to turn a profit due

Gallup tracker: Romney now even with Obama at 47
9/20/2012 2:41:02 PM  Allahpundit
Eight days ago it was 50/44, today it’s a dead heat. I already wrote about O’s fade (or, more accurately, his disappearing convention bounce) in the Gallup tracker two days ago, so read that if you missed it then. What makes this poll

Great: Obama regulations cost 20x admin’s estimate, annually
9/20/2012 2:01:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
This is getting old. Painfully, egregiously old. Despite President Obama’s assiduous promises that he would scrupulously avoid raising taxes whatsoever on the middle class, the CBO released yet another of its revised reports yesterday, informing

Mia Love: Hope and change lies with us, not the federal government
9/20/2012 1:21:08 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Mia Love, candidate for Congress in Utah’s 4th District, stars in a new National Republican Congressional Committee #OurAmerica video, part of a push which started with this trailer. The NRCC says it’s “designed to demonstrate that the

New Romney ad: The least we can do
9/20/2012 12:41:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
The WSJ is reporting that Team Romney is looking to amp up their swing-state appeals in the t-minus seven weeks until the election, and that they’ll be going for more targeted ad blitzes while Romney will be doing a little less fundraising, and a

Congressionally censured tax cheat tells Romney ‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’
9/20/2012 12:01:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Chutzpah, thy name is Charlie Rangel: “Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney’s ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent

Issa on F&F report: It “showed what went wrong all the way to the very top of Justice”
9/20/2012 11:21:48 AM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday, the DOJ Inspector General’s Office released their report on the findings of their (internal) probe into the DOJ’s, at best, unbelievably incompetent and reckless handling of the deadly gunwalking operation Fast and Furious.

Romney campaign to roll out its secret weapon — Mitt
9/20/2012 10:41:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Team Romney has a fevah — and the only prescription is More Romney, Politico reports. After getting stung by a video of his talk to donors at a May fundraiser, the Romney campaign has decided that they have to get Mitt Romney out in front of people