HotAir Daily Express 10/25/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Powers: ObamaCare forces me to pay more for insurance, too
10/25/2013 10:01:46 AM  Ed Morrissey
This clip started making the rounds almost as soon as Megyn Kelly’s segment ended last night, but there is a little more context to Kirsten Powers’ statement yesterday. Powers has been a supporter of the ObamaCare concept from its inception,

Video: Medicaid enrollment spike threatens entire ObamaCare house of cards
10/25/2013 9:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS brings us more bad news about the ObamaCare program, and this has nothing to do with the website, either.  The White House has tried to parry critics of the website debacle by promoting the numbers of visits to the website and ambiguous references to

Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired
10/25/2013 8:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit included this in his QOTD last night, but it really deserves its own post just for the sheer cluelessness of the statement.  It’s not quite “Let them eat cake” (which Marie Antoinette never actually said, by the way), but

CBS: ObamaCare forcing millions to lose their insurance
10/25/2013 8:01:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
And that number comes from a UCLA expert interviewed by CBS who supports the ironically-titled Affordable Care Act.  Around 14 million people buy their own health insurance on the individual markets, which is actually about the same as the true number of

Quotes of the day
10/24/2013 10:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
The Obama administration’s tech “surge” to repair the Obamacare enrollment system may be more of a slow crawl — but a senior official said Thursday she’s confident the system will be running smoothly for consumers by mid-December. The agency

Democratic Maryland Attorney General likes to partay
10/24/2013 10:01:43 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Let this be yet another warning to politicians that the social media will getcha. This time, Instagram is the culprit, so at least he’s getting busted on the hippest of tools. Currently running for governor, Attorney General Doug Gansler got

Gore: The Keystone XL pipeline is “ridiculous,” an “atrocity,” a “threat.” I’m super cereal.
10/24/2013 9:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Self-titled “environmentalists’” recalcitrance on acknowledging the reality that Canada’s oil sands are coming out of the ground — regardless of whether or not the Keystone pipeline’s northern extension is built

CareFirst says 76,000 of its customers will lose plans because of Obamacare
10/24/2013 8:41:05 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
One promise—affordability— smashed into millions more pieces this morning. As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program’s loftiest goals — to encourage competition among

Head of centrist Republican PAC: Let’s go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries next year
10/24/2013 8:01:54 PM  Allahpundit
Dude, they’re feeling it. The RINOs are ready to charge. Assuming they’re successful and a bunch of tea-party incumbents get bounced from the House, it’s pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right? >From Alabama to

New Snowden revelation: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders in 2006
10/24/2013 7:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
I’m … outraged? Today’s news has nothing to do with Snowden’s alleged goal of awakening Americans to violations of their civil liberties by the U.S. government, but that’s par for the course. One of the early scoops to come

French govt looking to beef up its already huge tax burden; French soccer teams doth protest
10/24/2013 6:41:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
Francois Hollande, the now deeply unpopular Socialist president of France, has come up with some crazy and ill-advised schemes during his barely eighteen months in office in the attempt to reduce the GDP-squandering effects of France’s running

Audio: ObamaCare operator fired for talking to Hannity on the air
10/24/2013 6:01:39 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP. Here’s the audio of the original call from two days ago. The firing offense, I guess, was the operator admitting to him that no one likes That’s so patently true that the president himself held a press conference in

Video: NSA confronted by most formidable opponent yet — celebrities
10/24/2013 5:21:24 PM  Allahpundit
I had the same reaction to this as Christian Toto of Breitbart: The most striking thing about it is how relatively low-wattage the star power is. Under President Romney, there’d be multiple A-listers in the shuffle — Brad, Matt, Sean,

Dem Sen. Kay Hagan, up for reelection: How about we extend ObamaCare’s enrollment period for awhile?
10/24/2013 4:41:49 PM  Allahpundit
Like Joe Manchin, she hails from a red state. Which is why, like Joe Manchin, she’s not waiting to see how the “tech surge” turns out before making her way towards the lifeboats. And yet, as has been said ad nauseam the past two days,

ObamaCare contractors: Yeah, we really should have been given months for testing
10/24/2013 4:01:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
There was finger-pointing aplenty in today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the healthcare rollout, as Ed predicted there would be from the prepared testimony; from other contractors to the federal administrators, from the

NYT: Say, ObamaCare doesn’t really lower costs in rural areas
10/24/2013 3:21:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Of course it doesn’t, even though that was one of the core promises the administration and Democrats made in pushing ObamaCare on the nation.  More than four years after debate began on the massive restructuring of the nation’s health-care

Israeli-Saudi agreement: US foreign policy can’t be trusted
10/24/2013 2:41:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s not often that one finds agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.  In fact, there isn’t anything on which they agree — except for the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.  That has them also agreeing on the dangerous direction

The Ed Morrissey Show: John Ratzenberger, Kerry Picket
10/24/2013 2:31:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital. In the second half, we’ll welcome John Ratzenberger for the first time. The veteran of “Cheers” and many

HuffPo: Pete Sessions is the Republican who told Obama he can’t stand to look at him, according to … Harry Reid
10/24/2013 2:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
A follow-up to yesterday’s post. Turns out Reid wasn’t at the meeting where Sessions allegedly said this, of course, and neither were the two Democratic senators who relayed what he said to HuffPo. Go figure. You trust a guy who once accused

Obama going on a post-shutdown fundraising spree for Democrats
10/24/2013 1:21:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
After last November’s election, there were plenty of grumbles emanating from Congressional Democrats about President Obama’s preferred attitude of Looking Out for Number One in his campaigning and fundraising activities. The Democrats’

Blumenthal: We need to consider delaying ObamaCare mandate — and “leveling with the American people”
10/24/2013 12:41:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s one thing to have a red-state Democrat like Joe Manchin push for a delay in enforcing the ObamaCare mandates.  Manchin has to eventually face an angry, conservative constituency that may be looking for less of a Democratic rubber stamp the

Bill Daley: Why fire Sebelius when the Titanic is already sinking, or something
10/24/2013 12:01:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Somehow, I don’t think the White House will be grateful for former Obama chief of staff Bill Daley’s analogy on CBS News this morning.  Asked by Norah O’Donnell whether HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should get fired for the ObamaCare

Who’s up for a new Republican amnesty push?
10/24/2013 11:21:03 AM  Allahpundit
I understand why Obama, who’s speaking about immigration this morning, wants to push the issue. When your opponent has just finished nearly tearing itself apart over defunding ObamaCare, why not bait it with amnesty to see if it’ll tear

Video: Hillary Clinton heckled in Buffalo
10/24/2013 10:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
Hillary Clinton continued her post-retirement speaking tour in Buffalo last night, but it didn’t go undisturbed. A heckler began yelling in the middle of her speech, shouting “Benghazi! Benghazi! You let them die!” Clinton responded by