HotAir Daily Express 10/16/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Breaking: Boehner to take vote on Senate compromise 1st, pass it with Dem votes
10/16/2013 10:02:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
The endgame will arrive a little sooner than expected, thanks to a deal cut with John Boehner to take the first plunge on a bipartisan plan to end the budget standoff before the theoretical debt-ceiling limit gets breached.  Instead of the Senate taking

WaPo: Traffic plunges 88% at since launch
10/16/2013 9:21:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
To paraphrase one of the more memorable lines of American cinema: If you build it badly, they’ll stop coming.  Every private-sector firm operating in the on-line market discovered that in 1995 or so, but the Obama administration only just started

Video: Christie, Buono “throw stones” at debate
10/16/2013 8:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today’s the special election to fill the rest of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term of office, with Republican Steve Lonegan playing David to Cory Booker’s Goliath.  Originally, this was going to be a runaway win for Booker, but a

Deal watch: Just the “I”s and “T”s left?
10/16/2013 8:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Overnight, Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid have apparently finalized a deal, ABC’s Jon Karl reports from Capitol Hill, after the collapse of a final push from Speaker John Boehner to float a House alternative. The pact would extend

Quotes of the day
10/15/2013 10:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Yet another House GOP plan has gone kaput. Conservatives didn’t like Republican leadership’s initial continuing resolution and debt limit proposal. So leadership amended it. But even after changes were made, conservatives appear to have once again

Chicago Tribune drops the hammer on Obamacare
10/15/2013 10:11:33 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m sure none of us tire of reading all the news accounts and editorials that—tragically, for those affected— echo the exact concerns and criticisms we all had of Obamacare before it passed. But this one’s a particularly straightforward and

Natural gas exports: The Obama administration dithers while a global market waits
10/15/2013 9:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sometime after the federal government makes its way out of shutdown-mode and President Obama has some time to try to get back into Americans’ good books, we will undoubtedly find ourselves being treated to yet another of the White House’s now

DWS: OK, yeah, this rollout has been kind of terrible
10/15/2013 8:41:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz clumsily but determinedly stuck like glue to the White House’s favored talking point about an unexpected avalanche of traffic being the root cause of the prohibitive number of

Hannity: Maybe it’s time for a new conservative party
10/15/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller, maybe it’s time. Until recently, centrist GOPers would greet tea-party saber-rattling about going third party with a Vader-esque “nooooooooooo.” Lately, based on what I see on Twitter, the feeling seems to be more

Evening thread: Fitch puts U.S. AAA credit on “rating watch negative” as House prepares to vote
10/15/2013 7:21:32 PM  Allahpundit
The House was supposed to vote tonight on its fig-leaf “last chance” bill, but just as I’m writing this news is breaking that it might not happen. I can only assume that means Boehner knows he doesn’t have the votes and

Hillary Clinton hitting the campaign/fundraising trail with Terry McAuliffe
10/15/2013 6:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
Longtime DNC fundraising superstar and occasional shady “businessman” Terry McAuliffe has steadily courted the advantages of both a mega-wide gender gap as well as years of fundraising prowess in the Virginia gubernatorial race; we are now

Lawrence O’Donnell: “Redskins” owner is the new George Wallace or something
10/15/2013 6:01:03 PM  Allahpundit
A must-see via the Corner, not because O’Donnell’s suggesting one is as bad as the other — he isn’t really — but because it’s a lesson in how quickly leftist opinion can transform an esoteric issue that they’ve

Industry expert on It’s time to shut this disaster down for awhile
10/15/2013 5:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
It’s Bob Laszewski, the same industry consultant whose jawdropping blog post about the site’s technical problems (“Things are worse behind the curtain than in front of it”) made the rounds online last Friday night. Today he tells

Investigation, complete: Yes, Megyn Kelly’s ratings last week were legit
10/15/2013 4:41:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
A quick followup to Jazz’s weekend post recounting the bemused musings of Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, on the debut of Megyn Kelly’s new evening show on Fox News last week. There was nothing explosive about Kelly’s ratings after

House GOP drops ObamaCare’s medical-device tax from new bill, final cave looming
10/15/2013 4:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
The most pitiful part of what’s happening right now isn’t the cave itself, which was predictable since day one of the quixotic “defund” effort, but the fact that they’re going to drag it out another day or two to the bitter

MSNBC anchor to GOP rep: “Do you hate ObamaCare more than you love your country?”
10/15/2013 3:21:36 PM  Allahpundit
The correct response here in light of the dire consequences that might result from a few more weeks of Glitchapalooza is “Do you love ObamaCare more than you love your country?” Marsha Blackburn doesn’t say that, though,

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/15/2013 2:51:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the shutdown follies and all of the hot political stories of the day. The last twenty minutes will

Hunger protest prompted US to bring AQ terrorist to New York
10/15/2013 2:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
Reuters answers the mystery of why the US took Abu Anas al-Libi to New York so quickly after his ambush and capture in Libya. The chief suspect in the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya had been taken aboard a Navy vessel, one

Exempt from ObamaCare? Have fun proving it, or even finding out
10/15/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Twelve million Americans may or may not be exempt from ObamaCare. They may or may not have to prove it through the disastrous ObamaCare exchanges.  Whether they are or not, the systems aren’t ready to provide them a path to claim that exemption

Challenge, accepted: Supreme Court to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations
10/15/2013 1:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has been mighty pleased with themselves and the various ways in which they have stepped up their climate-change game with impunity, mainly through aggressive regulatory maneuvering (most recently with their new plans to

Disgrace: Memorial to heroes who saved Washington from 9/11 attack closed by National Park Service
10/15/2013 12:41:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yet another open-air memorial has been closed by the National Park Service since the shutdown began, and this one is especially ironic — and infuriating.  The heroes of Flight 93 gave their lives to stop al-Qaeda terrorists who had seized their

Alaska: We can’t confirm one ObamaCare enrollee yet
10/15/2013 12:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Lisa Murkowski wants some explanations, but it’s probably Mark Begich who will have to answer for the ObamaCare disaster.  Murkowski looked into the rollout of the exchanges in Alaska, and found that in two weeks no one from Alaska had been able to

Rumor: House might go home after passing new shutdown/debt ceiling offer; Update: WH rejects new House plan; Update: Boehner lacks the votes?
10/15/2013 11:21:52 AM  Allahpundit
Just a rumor, but the NRO guys have been reliably tapped-in throughout this process. Hearing House may pass its bill and then skip town. — Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) October 15, 2013 We’ll see. In a way, this would be a perfect ending

NBC/Esquire study concludes 51% of Americans are centrists
10/15/2013 10:41:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
We hear a lot about polarization and the fragmentation of the American body politic, but is the middle actually the majority? NBC News and Esquire conducted a survey in August of 2400 adults, and concluded that the wings of the spectrum cover far less