HotAir Daily Express 10/15/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Breaking: Boehner to caucus: We’ll move our own bill today
10/15/2013 9:43:36 AM  Ed Morrissey
Does John Boehner have a card left to play? Faced with an angry group of Tea Party members in his caucus over the deal floating in the Senate, Boehner told House Republicans that he will move a new bill to the floor today for a vote.  What will he pose

NSA collects e-mail address books in Internet surveillance
10/15/2013 9:21:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when James Clapper and Keith Alexander insisted in Congressional testimony that the NSA didn’t collect e-mail data from Americans? Good times, good times.  The Washington Post Barton Gellman and Askhan Soltani reported last night that the

Panetta: This crisis shows a lack of leadership in the White House
10/15/2013 8:41:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
Leon Panetta spent plenty of time in the Obama administration, first as a surprisingly effective CIA Director and later as Secretary of Defense, until Chuck Hagel took over this year.  Panetta previously worked for Bill Clinton during his first term as

Will the Senate deal fly with the House rank and file?
10/15/2013 8:01:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today appears to be Deal Day, when the Senate leadership in both parties hammers a way out of the budget impasse that avoids the October 17th debt-ceiling deadline and puts an end to the two-week federal government shutdown.  The negotiators already have

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Quotes of the day
10/14/2013 10:01:13 PM  Allahpundit
So two weeks in, here’s where we’re at: Many and perhaps most users can’t even get into the federal exchange system. Those who can are often stymied by errors, and can’t trust that any subsidized insurance prices they see will be accurate. And then, even

Good news: New season of “Walking Dead” promises many more scenes involving bad child actors
10/14/2013 9:11:38 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. At this point they could move to an all-child cast (“Bugsy Malone” with zombies?) and the juggernaut would likely still roll on: In A18-49 demo, THE WALKING DEAD season premiere scored an incredible 8.3 rating. Bigger

Krauthammer vs. Will on emerging fiscal deal
10/14/2013 8:21:05 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, what’s in this deal? The basics, from NRO: Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Mitch McConnell appear to be close to a deal that would reopen the government and raise the debt limit. Reports indicate that the (not yet finalized) agreement

Europe cutting back on green-energy “investments” while coal makes a comeback
10/14/2013 7:31:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
Once upon a yesteryear, various European and Asian governments as well as the United States seemed so unequivocally convinced that all the expensive and taxpayer-funded “investments” they were making in new, market-resistant, and so-thought

States already battling/warning against imposter ObamaCare websites, fraud
10/14/2013 6:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
The creation of just about any gigantic welfare program has a reliable potential for creating a correspondingly gigantic opportunity for fraudsters — and ObamaCare is looking like no exception, with a vengeance. Federal and state officials as well

ABC/WaPo poll: Disapproval of handling of budget talks continues to climb for Obama, congressional GOP
10/14/2013 5:51:45 PM  Allahpundit
Noteworthy in that it contradicts the least believable result from the big WSJ/NBC poll . That one had Obama’s overall job approval increasing slightly after the shutdown, from 45/50 to 47/48. Not so, says, ABC/WaPo, which puts public approval of

Video: School punishes teen for acting as designated driver
10/14/2013 5:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s not as if Erin Cox arranged to be the designated driver ahead of time for her friends so they could drink, either, or that she imbibed herself at the party. The senior and now-former captain of the volleyball team got a call from her friend

Gibbs: This ObamaCare rollout has been “excruciatingly embarrassing”
10/14/2013 4:11:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’d say this just about confirms it: The rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been administrated so incredibly poorly as to render all attempts at spin-doctoring pretty much futile. This is excruciatingly embarrassing for

Video: Does Cory Booker actually live in Newark?
10/14/2013 3:21:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
No one’s really sure at the moment, because as the Daily Caller notes, no one has seen him at his declared residences in quite a while.  That would put an uncomfortable twist on the Senate race in the Garden State, which Booker has dominated since

The Ed Morrissey Show: Former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith, Jeff Dunetz
10/14/2013 2:51:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), former FEC Commissioner and co-founder of the Center for Competitive Politics Brad Smith joins us for the first time to discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming look at McCutcheon v FEC, which may overturn more

Obama to markets: If we don’t start making progress soon, “we stand a good chance of defaulting”; Update: Meeting postponed; Update: Tentative deal reached?
10/14/2013 2:31:07 PM  Allahpundit
A little something to put you in the right frame of mind for that big Dem/GOP kumbaya meeting at the White House at 3. He tried to panic the markets to increase his leverage two weeks ago and it didn’t work; two weeks later, with Reid and McConnell

Supreme Court to decide on Michigan affirmative action fight — again
10/14/2013 1:41:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Back in the 2003 case of Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 vote that the University of Michigan Law School could indeed grant admissions preferences to minority applicants in the interests of fostering diversity on campus —

Report: Reid offers McConnell deal that would end fiscal standoff
10/14/2013 12:51:05 PM  Allahpundit
The terms: Government re-opens and is funded until mid-December, debt ceiling is raised for another six to nine months, and Democrats maybe agree to repeal ObamaCare’s medical-device tax and reinstate anti-fraud measures for O-Care applicants

If you think the ObamaCare exchanges and premiums were bad …
10/14/2013 12:01:27 PM  Ed Morrissey
… then Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper has news for you.  The initial shock of the premium increases and the incompetent use of $94 million [see update] to create the world’s biggest 404 exchange are just the starting shocks of

Exciting new high-tech solution to ObamaCare website disaster: Paper applications
10/14/2013 11:21:44 AM  Allahpundit
Actually, my headline’s incorrect. “Solution” suggests that people are now being successfully enrolled via paper applications. Not so. Turns out that the info on those applications needs to be input into the same wheezing, error-riddled

Video: EBT “glitch” sparks run on Walmart shelves in Louisiana
10/14/2013 10:41:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
My, these “glitches” sure do get expensive these days, huh? A computer outage that impacted food-stamp operations in 17 states kept many low-income Americans from buying groceries this weekend: People in 17 states, including Maryland and