HotAir Daily Express 10/29/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

CBS: Insurers backing out of the ObamaCare exchange markets
10/29/2013 10:01:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
CBS News has hardly shrunk from reporting the multi-layered fiasco of the Affordable Care act. Earlier today, the network gave a substantial report on insurer cancellations due to ObamaCare mandates, but on last night’s evening news, Scott Pelley

LA Times: White House, State Dept approved spying on allied leaders
10/29/2013 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
One lesson from the failed spin on Benghazi hasn’t quite sunk in at the White House. When one tosses the intelligence community under the bus, they have the ability to do some tossing themselves.  The Los Angeles Times reported last night that

CBS: ObamaCare forcing at least 2 million from existing plans
10/29/2013 8:41:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
“If you like your doctor or health care plan,” Barack Obama repeatedly promised, “you can keep it.” Politifact rated that as “half true,” but for at least 2 million Americans, it’s a pants-on-fire lie from the

New Republican unity in fight against ObamaCare?
10/29/2013 8:01:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier this month, I wrote that the disunity over the ObamaCare fight among Republicans and the nasty internecine name-calling was ironic, since opposition to ObamaCare is one point that actually unites the GOP.  According to The Hill, the

“Iran is About to Fall”
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Quotes of the day
10/28/2013 10:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
The Obama administration says it’s granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law. Monday’s move had been expected

Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare doesn’t force you off your plan; your insurance company does, by complying with Obamacare!
10/28/2013 10:01:39 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four

“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Down with the sickness
10/28/2013 9:21:58 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, can’t be too grumbly about this one given how strongly the season’s started. It was a small letdown, but it had to be: It was interstitial. The plague story arc needs to play out over multiple episodes or else

Another lie: Sebelius claims she had no choice but to launch the ObamaCare exchanges on October 1
10/28/2013 8:31:01 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, we don’t know for sure that this is a lie. Could be that Sebelius and her team simply don’t know all of the nuances of the law they’re tasked with implementing, which is almost — almost — forgivable given the

Dems to DOJ: We should probably ask for a refund from HealthCare.Gov’s contractors
10/28/2013 7:41:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
Certain Democrats have been putting on a good show of bullishness about ObamaCare and its upcoming impact on next year’s midterms; Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently appeared confident that “Democrats will run on the Affordable Care Act and

Fed govt: No, Nevada, you cannot have oil-and-gas prosperity
10/28/2013 6:51:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama is usually quite pleased to credit the upsurge in oil-and-gas production and the downswing in oil imports that has been happening throughout his presidency as the direct result of his administration’s policies, and they would prefer

Finally: The “Star Wars” blooper reel
10/28/2013 6:01:22 PM  Allahpundit
Via Wired and HuffPo, two and a half minutes of found footage that premiered at Comic Con this summer and which has now, inevitably, migrated to YouTube. It’s a treat, not because the bloopers are very funny but because seeing pieces of a cultural

Question for Jay Carney: Didn’t Obama lie when he told people, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”? Update: Obama knew for at least three years
10/28/2013 5:11:13 PM  Allahpundit
Here’s Ed Henry of Fox News picking up right where my last post left off. Everyone remembers Obama endlessly promising in the run-up to O-Care’s passage that you’ll be allowed to keep your plan if you like it. What you may not remember,

McCain: Except for that Benghazi thing, Hillary was an awesome SecState
10/28/2013 4:21:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
Sometimes, there just are no words.  Unfortunately, John McCain supplied them anyway.  In an interview with Bloomberg out today, Senator McCain offered high praise to the Secretary of State whose philosophy on accountability for the deaths of four

“Saturday Night Live” confirms: now a national punchline
10/28/2013 3:31:13 PM  Allahpundit
Not-so-fun fact: Hours before this SNL skit aired on Saturday night, Sebelius posted something to the HHS blog touting the fact that at least one part of the website was running like a dream. That would be the “data hub,” which is designed to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Amy Ridenour
10/28/2013 2:51:08 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 media failure to warn us of ObamaCare’s meltdown, Inspector Clouseau’s White

NYT: Say, Obamacare kind of undermines Obama’s big-government approach, huh?
10/28/2013 2:41:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Hey, I hate to tell the New York Times I told you so, but … oh wait, I’m happy to tell them that.  Last week, I wrote two pieces that noted the existential danger posed by the ObamaCare disaster to big-government progressivism, one at the

Graham: I’ll block all WH appointments until we get answers on Benghazi
10/28/2013 1:51:08 PM  Ed Morrissey
“I’m tired of hearing from people on TV, and reading about [Benghazi] in books,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Steve Doocey on Fox & Friends today.  Reacting to the big 60 Minutes scoop last night on CBS, Graham announced that he

CBS: Millions of cancellations and skyrocketing costs the big problem of ObamaCare
10/28/2013 1:01:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Advocates of ObamaCare have predicted that when the White House manages to fix the problems with the exchange, opponents will have expended all their firepower and will be left twisting in the wind. As CBS reported again this morning,

Where was the media when “open secret” of ObamaCare problems arose?
10/28/2013 12:11:14 PM  Ed Morrissey
Over the weekend, I linked to an intriguing look from the New York Times inside the White House spin on the ObamaCare rollout, which spread nothing but sunshine and optimism to Democrats on Capitol Hill and especially to the media.  The article posits

Rubio: Actually, maybe a comprehensive approach isn’t the way to go on immigration right now
10/28/2013 11:21:31 AM  Allahpundit
He claims in the clip below that he’s always preferred a sequential, piecemeal approach to immigration to the comprehensive one. True or false? Here’s what his spokesman said last November: Conant says Rubio is no fan of comprehensive

Axelrod: “Most people” will be able to keep their plans
10/28/2013 10:31:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Senate Democrats have distanced themselves from ObamaCare, David Axelrod is doubling down.  He appeared on Morning Joe today and ended up tangling with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who as a doctor has a little more insight into health care and insurance