HotAir Daily Express 10/21/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

France, Mexico outraged over espionage agency’s espionage … again
10/21/2013 10:01:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
Man, I love the smell of posturing in the morning: The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance

CNN poll shows majority opposed to GOP House control, Obama approval 44/52
10/21/2013 9:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the shutdown do lasting damage to the Republican brand? A new poll from CNN shows some short-term damage, at least, in public perception of the party in reference to control of the House.  For the first time since winning the majority in 2010,

Durbin: Why, I think ObamaCare is on its way to being a success!
10/21/2013 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s see if we can figure this out.  Do most “substantial success[es]” require a “tech surge” after a three-and-a-half year rollout?  Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) seems to believe so.  He told Chris Wallace yesterday on Fox

NYT: ObamaCare website only the tip of the iceberg of disaster
10/21/2013 8:01:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve had plenty of evidence that the website issues go well beyond coding problems on the front end, where Americans create accounts before gaining access to the actual insurance-plan marketplace.  The New York Times reports today

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Quotes of the day
10/20/2013 8:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not

Cory Booker pretty excited about performing same sex marriages tonight
10/20/2013 6:31:56 PM  Jazz Shaw
Say what you will about newly minted US Senator Cory Booker, you won’t have to sit around wondering where he stands or how he will vote on various issues of the day. One of these has come into immediate focus and been the subject of early

OMB director: Er, no, I can’t gaurantee that will be running smoothly by mid-December
10/20/2013 5:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the Six Month Enrollment Period That Wasn’t, as the bottlenecked rate at which registrations to and applications through HealthCare.Gov turn into successfully insured enrollees continues to move at

McConnell – “There will not be another government shutdown”
10/20/2013 3:31:10 PM  Jazz Shaw
Just in case anyone was left wondering where things stood in the ongoing Battle of the Titans – Cruz v McConnell – the Senate Minority Leader went out on Face the Nation this morning to make it clear. The Senate GOP will be moving in a

Film review: Escape Plan
10/20/2013 2:01:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
Ray Breslin has two ambitions — to get into prison, and then to find a way out.  His reputation as the foremost expert on probing the nation’s toughest maximum-security facilities for flaws leads him to a big job for the CIA, which wants

NFL Week 7 open thread
10/20/2013 12:31:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Pittsburgh Steelers take their big (one-game) winning streak back home today to face the 3-3 Baltimore Ravens, their divisional nemesis.  When I looked up the game on ESPN, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Steelers favored by three points, which

Is Maine about to legalize pot?
10/20/2013 11:01:52 AM  Jazz Shaw
While there are a number of headlines running around which might lead you to believe the contrary, the short answer to the title question is… no. There is a vote coming up in Maine regarding decriminalization of marijuana, but it’s neither