HotAir Daily Express 10/11/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Oh my: White House cutting Reid out of negotiations?
10/11/2013 10:01:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Perhaps Barack Obama really does want to find a way out of the impasse after all.  According to Jonathan Strong at National Review, aides from the White House have taken over the negotiations on a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government

Video: Ditka’s biggest regret is …
10/11/2013 9:21:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
What events turn out to be the hinges of history? Had the British and French stayed firm at Munich, would the Germans have deposed Adolf Hitler before World War II had a chance to begin? If King George had relented on taxation without representation,

Sebelius promo event for ObamaCare in Pittsburgh flops as websites still fail
10/11/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Kathleen Sebelius came to Pittsburgh yesterday to team up with Steelers chairman Dan Rooney to promote the newly launched ObamaCare exchanges. Maybe she should have tried the Denver Broncos.  The promotion flopped as badly as the Steelers in their first

Nobel Peace Prize awarded on spec again
10/11/2013 8:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
At least when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for replacing that evil drone-flying, war-waging George Bush, he’d been on the job longer than two weeks.  Not much longer than two weeks, I grant you, but he’d had at least some time to

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Quotes of the day
10/10/2013 10:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
Glenn Beck has been growing more and more frustrated with the “establishment GOP hacks,” and on Thursday he unloaded on them for trying to destroy the tea party by sharing a personal anecdote about a literal coup that happened at the conservative group

Ezra Klein: Let’s face it, they’ve done a terrible job launching Obamacare
10/10/2013 10:06:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In which one of Obamacare’s most determined cheerleaders must come to grips with its disastrous debut, on Martin Bashir’s show. EZRA KLEIN: It will take a long time to judge it. I do want to say, because I don’t think people should beat

Ed Schultz none too happy with Wolf Blitzer for “spitting out Republican garbage”
10/10/2013 9:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
In case you missed it yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer mentioned that on the air that, actually, some Republicans maybe have a pretty good point with their protestations that we should think about delaying ObamaCare for a year; that the law’s

WSJ/NBC poll: Support for ObamaCare up several points since before shutdown
10/10/2013 8:41:46 PM  Allahpundit
I’m tempted to say that it’s just one poll, but on the ObamaCare question, it’s actually not. John McCormack of the Standard pointed out to me this afternoon that Rasmussen also spotted a small rise in O-Care’s popularity from the

Crisis, averted: USPS to destroy “Let’s move!” stamps over safety concerns?
10/10/2013 8:01:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, that was certainly a close call. Via the Daily Caller: The U.S. Postal Service tabled its first lady Michelle Obama-inspired physical activity stamp series due to safety concerns, a Postal Service spokesman confirmed to The Daily Caller Thursday.

How very generous: Feds to allow governors to pick up the tab to run some parks
10/10/2013 7:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has gone well out of their way to use our national parks and monuments as a bizarre and petty political bludgeon in the current battle over the government-shutdown, and as plenty of local businesses and state officials have been

Wow: Obama rejects Boehner’s proposal for short-term debt-ceiling hike; Update: Or did he?
10/10/2013 6:47:40 PM  Allahpundit
As of an hour ago, Jay Carney had confirmed for the White House press corps that Obama would agree to a short-term hike even if the GOP didn’t end the shutdown and NRO was reporting that more than 150 House Republicans seemed onboard with Paul

Why was the ObamaCare website designed to serve fewer people than the Medicare Part D site?
10/10/2013 6:01:50 PM  Allahpundit
Ed and Erika have covered most of the bases on Glitchapalooza today but I want to put this in front of you because, in its own way, it’s the most baffling failure yet. Via Peter Suderman of Reason, WaPo buried a fascinating fact

Senate GOP aide rips Boehner for offering clean, short-term debt-ceiling hike; Update: Obama would sign, says Carney
10/10/2013 5:21:52 PM  Allahpundit
Granted, it’s just an aide, but it’s an aide’s job to know what his boss and the other bosses in the Senate are thinking. One of the lingering questions in Boehner’s offer earlier this afternoon would be whether he’d attach

Farm-bill talks coming in hot with lobbyists watching closely
10/10/2013 4:41:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the issue of the latest iteration of the “farm bill” still waiting to make its way out of the halls of Congress has been largely absent from national headlines (the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, of course, absorbing most

National Park spokesman: The “First Amendment exception” to shutdown closures only applies to certain parks
10/10/2013 4:01:38 PM  Allahpundit
I don’t know where to begin here. Right off the bat, unless I missed an important con-law lesson somewhere along the line, there is no such thing as a “First Amendment exception” to using national parks. You don’t get special

Important message from Team Hopenchange: Those birther Republicans are economic traitors, or something
10/10/2013 3:21:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m pretty sure this is the New Civility in action, right? David Plouffe was one of the chief architects of Hope and Change, where naked partisanship would give way to Team Obama’s sense of cool leadership, where the bitterness of the past

The Ed Morrissey Show: Steven Crowder, Face the Chat
10/10/2013 2:51:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts, and in the second half, we’ll do a Face The Chat! The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure

Boehner announces new offer: A short-term debt-ceiling hike — in exchange for Obama negotiating on the shutdown
10/10/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
To follow-up on Ed’s post this morning, is this a cave or an escalation? Some lefties think it’s the latter, which is arguably true. The whole reason that tea partiers now favor a short-term debt ceiling hike is because they’re worried

WaPo: The rest of this McAuliffe story is still pretty bad, you know
10/10/2013 2:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
True, but good luck getting most people to realize it after the epic faceplant from the Associated Press last night. Had the AP stuck to the real story, we would have been discussing how Terry McAuliffe invested money in a scheme to bilk the terminally

ObamaCare: “The biggest tech gaggle ever?”
10/10/2013 1:21:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
In yet another scorching indictment of the not-so-grand opening of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Silicon Angle‘s cybersecurity editor John Casaretto takes the Obama administration to the woodshed, cataloging their long list of

Five Iowans manage to purchase health insurance through ObamaCare exchange in 8 days
10/10/2013 12:41:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
“These people were the 20th caller,” says the CEO of the firm that managed to sell policies to customers over the first eight days of ObamaCare … five policies, to be specific.  Cliff Gold doesn’t mince words about the experience,

The end of civil service?
10/10/2013 12:01:23 PM  Ed Morrissey
Over 140 years ago, the federal government began its reform of the bureaucracy to the civil-service system, a process which took decades to complete.  Its pinnacle of reform came in 1939 when Congress passed the Hatch Act, which barred federal employees

Tension: D.C. Democrats get in Obama’s, Reid’s faces over shutdown
10/10/2013 11:21:31 AM  Allahpundit
Via Breitbart, an enjoyable bit of counterprogramming to the “GOP civil war” coverage that’s dominated political media for the past month (although, admittedly, this is less about a wider Democratic rift than a rift between local and

Video: The epic Hannity-Weiner showdown
10/10/2013 10:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
It doesn’t take very long for this to go off the rails, and then it goes on … and on … and on.  The first half is a debate on why Anthony Weiner showed up at all, and then there are about 90 seconds of actual discussion of issues until