HotAir Daily Express 10/24/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Dean: No, really, Republicans are to blame for ObamaCare fiasco
10/24/2013 10:01:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
Who’s to blame for the ObamaCare debacle? “First off all, in fairness,” Howard Dean told the Morning Joe crew earlier today, ou have to blame Republicans for some of this because they delayed everything they possibly could.” First we

Pakistan to US: Stop using those drones we approved, please
10/24/2013 9:21:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif came to Washington this week with a mission — but also with some very bad timing.  Under fire at home over the US drone war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the border country with Afghanistan, Sharif told Obama that
More... contractors point fingers back at Obama administration in House testimony
10/24/2013 8:41:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, the contractors who contributed to the fiasco testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has begun a probe into how $400 million and a 42-month lead time produced an embarrassing failure for Health and Human

Two House Democrats call for firings over ObamaCare fiasco
10/24/2013 8:01:49 AM  Ed Morrissey
Only two? This is the biggest activist-government project in decades, and one would think that Democrats would realize that the scope of this failure puts that agenda at severe risk. So far, though, only a couple of freshman Democrats have figured that

Hijacked: The Most Expensive Book in History
It’s the most stolen book in the world. Only 262 libraries report having a copy. The libraries lucky enough to have a book prohibit it from ever being checked out. Estimates suggest that only 350 copies of the book remain in existence. Wall Street has even been accused of burning every book it can get its hands on, which helps explain why this book sells for as much as $2,500. You’ll never believe how we just found a copy. Click here for the details.
Quotes of the day
10/23/2013 10:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
House Democrats voiced growing frustration and anger with the broken Obamacare enrollment site on Wednesday as administration officials tried to reassure them that will be repaired. Democrats, who labored to get the Affordable Care Act

What was the White House doing while it knew was about to faceplant?
10/23/2013 10:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
President Obama was giving this speech: Starting on Tuesday, every American can visit to find out what’s called the insurance marketplace for your state. Here in Maryland, I actually think it’s called

Farm-bill talks kicking into gear while lobbyists vie for their special interests
10/23/2013 9:21:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
Lots of items about the Obama administration and their Congressional allies’ flurry over ObamaCare’s various woes on the docket today, but lest we forget that the government is still performing its regular task of finding new and exciting

Video: “Anchorman 2″ trailer
10/23/2013 8:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, a slight improvement over the last trailer thanks to the introduction of the Brian Fantana “jimmy cabinet.” Although this almost guarantees that the “60 percent of the time, it works every time” concept will

Pelosi: Just “fix the technology, and let’s not get too bogged down in what happens if they’re not able to fix it”
10/23/2013 8:01:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s so simple. How is it that nobody has thought of this before? The White House has been beating its brains out pressing every helper possible into service, and all along, the solution was staring them in the face: “Just fix it.” Via

New Arkansas poll puts Pryor approval at 34%
10/23/2013 7:21:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
We’ve known for some time that Mark Pryor is the the most endangered Democrat in the US Senate.  Arkansas tossed out Blanche Lincoln in 2010, losing to John Boozman by 21 points, and Arkansas went for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama last year by 24

Perry recaps Israel-UK trip
10/23/2013 6:41:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I took part in a conference call with Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is concluding a trip to the UK and especially Israel to encourage foreign investment in Texas.  Perry also officially opened a new Texas A&M facility in Nazareth

Here we go: HHS official hints at extending ObamaCare enrollment period as Joe Manchin drafts bill to delay mandate; Update: WH wants six-week extension?
10/23/2013 6:01:36 PM  Allahpundit
The ice is starting to crack. First, Manchin: Republican Marco Rubio of Florida is working on legislation to delay the mandate indefinitely — which Manchin’s office says the senator does not support — and it’s entirely possible the GOP could push for a

Oh, good: Insurance cancellation notices are snowballing
10/23/2013 5:21:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
This is really news, exactly, because anyone paying attention has known that less choice and higher prices have been on the healthcare docket for awhile now; this is just more of the mounting evidence blowing open one of President Obama’s most

Health-industry consultant: “ is in de facto shutdown”
10/23/2013 4:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
That’s the highlight of a devastating, click-now-and-read-it-all interview between Ezra Klein and Bob Laszewski, who’s become a mainstay of reporting on due to his contacts in the insurance industry. Laszewski’s point is

Dick Durbin: Unnamed House Republican told Obama in meeting, “I cannot even stand to look at you”; Update: Doubles down
10/23/2013 4:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
Ed flagged this in the Greenroom but I want to bring it to the front page. I think it’s less of a curio than something Durbin should answer for. Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say

Blue Cross rep in North Dakota: The feds asked us not to reveal the number of people who’ve signed up for ObamaCare
10/23/2013 3:21:46 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s my favorite example yet of the paranoid extent to which the White House and HHS have tried to keep the problems surrounding a secret. Unlike the administrators of the state exchanges, who held public meetings as they ran into

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
10/23/2013 2:50:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the latest from the ObamaCare meltdown. Plus, today is Ted Cruz Heritage Day, in honor of CNBC’s

CNN: Blowing up HealthCare.Gov and starting over still looking like their best option, say more tech experts
10/23/2013 2:41:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
There’s a growing consensus on the mid- to late-November time frame by which the Obama administration really, really needs to have ObamaCare’s online portal running smoothly to avoid inducing more death-spiral risks and subsequent industry

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: We should be open to extending the enrollment period for ObamaCare; Update: Pelosi rejects
10/23/2013 2:01:50 PM  Allahpundit
Via Jim Geraghty, this makes at least three Democrats within the past 24 hours who are now talking openly about some form of delay. Erika covered Jeanne Shaheen’s call for delaying the deadline for enrollment last night. House Democrat Bill

Rasmussen: McAuliffe maintains his lead over Cuccinelli… by 17 points?
10/23/2013 1:21:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yesterday, I mentioned Team McAuliffe’s kind of puzzling move to court the support of Michael Bloomberg and his well-monied gun-control ilk, given that major gun-control issues and Bloomberg’s interference haven’t played too well with

Some federal workers to get “bonus” for not working during the shutdown?
10/23/2013 12:41:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s real, but it’s not a windfall — and it may be unavoidable. The Washington Post points out one bizarre consequence of the federal shutdown — some federal workers will end up with extra cash because of it.  The

Bad news: WH spin now failing to convince former WH spinners
10/23/2013 12:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Sure, we can point to criticism from Barack Obama media cheerleaders like Jon Stewart to argue that the White House spin on the ObamaCare fiasco has utterly failed.  But why do that when we can have one of the Obama administration’s former

Newest GOP primary target: Mike Lee?
10/23/2013 11:21:15 AM  Allahpundit
The establishment strikes back. Well, the Utah establishment anyway. One word, my friends: RINOlution. As a result, Lee’s approval ratings in Utah have cratered, and prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the

WH national-security official fired for leaking inside info on Twitter
10/23/2013 10:41:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Call this a tale of two very different leaks in the White House. Late yesterday, the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin reported that a national-security official in the Obama administration had been abruptly fired after discovering that he’d been