HotAir Daily Express 10/02/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Did the White House play Find the Fatwa?
10/2/2013 10:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama explained his personal-diplomacy strategy regarding Iran’s Hassan Rouhani in part as driven by signs of moderation in Tehran, and not just the election of Rouhani himself.  Specifically, Obama pointed to a fatwa issued by Supreme

ADP jobs report: 166,000 private-sector jobs added
10/2/2013 9:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
If the government shutdown lasts the rest of the week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics won’t issue its jobs report for September on time, so ADP’s look at private-sector hiring may be all we get for now.  We will eventually get the BLS report

Rand Paul: Some government idiot sent goons to barricade the memorial; Update: Honor Flight Chicago still a go for today
10/2/2013 8:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Is the Honor Flight endangered by the government shutdown? Even though TSA remains funded as an essential national-security function, the agency couldn’t answer questions from local media in Toledo as to whether the government would stop a flight

Two arrests in Jacksonville airport closure, one “destructive device” found; Update: Suspect identified
10/2/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
No one is quite sure yet what happened last night at the Jacksonville airport last night, but two arrests have been made, and at least one “destructive device” has been found.  Security shut down the airport for several hours and evacuated it

The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices

Quotes of the day
10/1/2013 10:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
President Barack Obama placed blame for a government shutdown squarely with the GOP on Tuesday, labeling the cessation in government business a “Republican shutdown” that threatens to damage the economy. “This Republican shutdown did

It begins: First Obamacare security breach leaks 2,400 Americans’ info
10/1/2013 10:01:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Beyond the glitches. An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent. One exchange staffer’s simple mistake gave

Treasury: This is really, seriously the end of the line with the “extraordinary measures”
10/1/2013 9:21:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
However long the federal government’s current shutdown status lasts, there is the possibility that any Congressional compromise (or lack thereof) that might emerge will be reached with the understanding that results on some of the ObamaCare and

Cheer up: The shutdown backlash might not be as bad as you think
10/1/2013 8:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
I figure I owe you at least one non-eeyorish post a month. Might as well take care of October early. (Kidding, kidding.) If you feel ill from that toxic Quinnipiac poll this morning, take your medicine by reading Sean Trende at RCP. Even if you think the

Maduro expels U.S. embassy officials for their obvious role in Venezuela’s toilet-paper shortages; Update: State Dept may take “reciprocal action”
10/1/2013 8:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Most unfortunately, the nefarious and shadowy forces of imperialist aggression just never seem to let up on their evil machinations to persecute and undermine the righteously socialist people’s regime of Venezuela — or, anyway, that’s

Why hasn’t Obama responded to the GOP’s ObamaCare demands with counter-demands?
10/1/2013 7:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
Joel Pollak of Breitbart asks a good question. President Barack Obama told National Public Radio recently: “I shouldn’t have to offer anything.” That sounds tough, but those are words the president and his party may live to regret. As

The Obama administration’s new-and-improved student-loan crisis plan, isn’t
10/1/2013 6:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yet another consequence of our stubbornly stagnating economy is the degree to which young people increasingly find themselves unemployed, underemployed, and otherwise delayed in starting down the road of their adult career paths. That, in turn, rather

Mike Lee on funding the government: “Let’s leave ObamaCare for another day”
10/1/2013 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
Everyone understand what he’s trying to do here? I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t initially. The link to his floor speech this afternoon started circulating a little while ago on Twitter, with lefties and righties alike marveling

Russia will charge Greenpeace activists with piracy
10/1/2013 5:21:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Who didn’t see this coming?  Greenpeace activists attempted to return to a Russian oil rig in the Arctic last month where they had earlier staged a protest occupation, and found the Russians a little more prepared.  They have since been held

Milwaukee County sees ObamaCare as an escape route
10/1/2013 4:41:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Remember how public-employee unions in Wisconsin howled when the legislature and Governor Scott Walker proposed and implemented reforms that took benefit packages off the table in union negotiations, allowing the state to get out of the union’s own

Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”
10/1/2013 4:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s Day One of ObamaCare, and — as predicted — the brand-new online insurance exchanges are off to a bumpy start across the country with technological glitches galore. Never fear, however; the Obama administration is here to blithely

Tales from the shutdown apocalypse: FLOTUS’s official Twitter account forced to limit updates
10/1/2013 3:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
This isn’t America. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013 Alternate headline: “Yes, you’re paying someone to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/1/2013 2:51:22 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, the ObamaCare trainwreck, and all of the hot political stories of the day.

Oh my: CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?
10/1/2013 2:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
I think the writing was on the wall when they hired Jake Tapper, as that represented a sharp lurch away from the “trollish wanker” programming strategy that had inexplicably landed Piers in prime time. On the one hand, it’s just a

Pentagon sacks two Marine generals for security lapses in Afghanistan
10/1/2013 2:01:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Accountability exists within the military when failures occur, as the Pentagon made clear late yesterday.  In a surprisingly public action, the Marine Corps cashiered two generals after a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion a year ago left two Marines dead

Krauthammer: This shutdown is pretty much a lifeline for a drowning administration
10/1/2013 1:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Krauthammer had some solid points on O’Reilly last night concerning the question of whether or not a government shutdown is actually helpful or hurtful to the Obama administration’s overall image as well as to their grand opening of the

“Honor Flight” vets cross shutdown-imposed barricades to visit WWII Memorial
10/1/2013 12:44:23 PM  Allahpundit
The video will no doubt be glorious but I can’t find any yet. For the time being, we’ll have to rely on Stars & Stripes reporter Leo Shane, who was on the scene when GOP Rep. Steve King distracted a park cop so that the vets could stream

Is the shutdown “the beginning of the end for Washington”?
10/1/2013 12:01:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
The normally more reserved Ron Fournier thinks so.  The National Journal analyst foresees a “Millenial revolution” on the cusp of the breakdown in functionality in Washington DC, and the GOP tearing itself to pieces will give them the opening

What You’re Missing Today
10/1/2013 11:45:31 AM  Mike Antonucci
The TV news has wall-to-wall coverage of what is affected by the shutdown of the federal government, but it’s far from comprehensive. Here are just a few of the federal agencies whose services we’ll have to manage without until Congress

Life’s a glitch: ObamaCare websites plagued by bugs on launch day; Update: Feds apologize; Video: MSNBC reporter tries, fails to enroll
10/1/2013 11:21:30 AM  Allahpundit
Ed touched on this earlier but it’s worth risking redundancy to give it extra attention, especially now that I’m seeing tweets like this (from a Huffington Post reporter, no less): Looks like the health care website glitches are a real issue.

Paul: Let’s get a 1-week CR to give us time to negotiate in conference
10/1/2013 10:41:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
“When we disagree,” Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s New Day, “historically we’ve gone to conference committee.” Republicans in the House tried that, and Kate Bouldan tells Paul that Dick Durbin declared that Democrats are