HotAir Daily Express 10/03/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: Congressman scolds Parks Service ranger, protests erupts at memorial
10/3/2013 10:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
History arrives the first time as tragedy, we are told, and the second time as farce. The 17th government shutdown is long on the latter and short on the former, at least at the moment, but that’s not specifically what this story illustrates. After

Gallup: Workforce still declining
10/3/2013 9:21:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s almost certain that we won’t get the official Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for September tomorrow as scheduled, as BLS gets shut down as part of the non-essential federal government funding cut-off.  That leaves us with

CBS poll shows shutdown more unpopular than ObamaCare
10/3/2013 8:41:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
The good news for Republicans? A new CBS News poll shows ObamaCare just as unpopular as it was before the shutdown in a survey taken on the first day of both government rollouts.  The bad news? Even those who oppose ObamaCare aren’t happy to have a

Great news: CIA training for Syrian rebels designed to have no effect on war
10/3/2013 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Doesn’t this sound like a typical government operation? After nearly launching missile strikes on Bashar al-Assad and continuing a two-year demand for regime change in Syria, the Obama administration ended up falling in line behind the Russians on

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
10/2/2013 10:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
Everything is different this time. The fiscal showdowns of the past three years have all followed a familiar script: chapter and verse leading to a messy but predictable end. First came the pseudo-negotiators, working away on preliminary proposals and

California: So, Obamacare exchange traffic wasn’t actually 5 million; it was 700K
10/2/2013 10:01:06 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No

Boehner after White House meeting: It was “polite,” but they “will not negotiate”
10/2/2013 9:31:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
After a late-afternoon meeting at the White House between President Obama and Congressional leaders to (ostensibly, ahem) try to resolve their government-shutdown differences, it’s back to the ol’ drawing board. Doesn’t sound like there

Wind industry getting an early jump on lobbying for another extension of their most precious tax credit
10/2/2013 8:41:32 PM  Erika Johnsen
During the fiscal-cliff negotiations last January, the wind industry finally succeeded in securing an eleventh-hour assurance that they would get to keep their much-prized production tax credit (PTC) for at least another year — which was great news

Darrell Issa’s committee to investigate why open-air memorials were closed as part of shutdown
10/2/2013 8:01:56 PM  Allahpundit
I was hoping he would, and now he is. House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down. “These properties belong to the American people. They do not

Days or weeks: How long will the shutdown last?
10/2/2013 7:21:09 PM  Allahpundit
In all likelihood we’re looking at two more weeks — and maybe exactly two weeks, right? NRO and Politico are right that we’re close enough to the debt-ceiling deadline of October 17th that both sides really have no choice but to start

Obama: I think it’s fair to say that “I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party” throughout my presidency
10/2/2013 6:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Allahpundit already highlighted this interview in his earlier post about the president oh-so-gently signaling to markets that they can probably start moving into Panic-Mode Lite over the upcoming debt-ceiling fight — the better with which to

Total number of enrollees yesterday in Louisiana’s new health-insurance exchange: Zero?
10/2/2013 6:01:40 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner. Actually, the total number is just an estimate. Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s biggest insurance provider and one of four companies participating in the exchange, got a big fat zero via yesterday. Chances are, if

Obama nudges Wall Street: Maybe it’s time to panic over this debt-ceiling deadline
10/2/2013 5:21:43 PM  Allahpundit
Nothing complicated here. In order to strengthen his hand in negotiations, the president’s decided to try to kickstart a hopefully not-too-damaging market sell-off over the debt ceiling. The more the Dow drops tomorrow, the more Boehner and other

Video: McCaskill blasts Tea Party while decrying partisanship
10/2/2013 4:41:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Res ipsa loquitur — but still worth a few words nonetheless. It’s impossible to defend the National Park Service by demanding bipartisanship while in the same breath berating the Tea Party for pointing out that the NPS spent money to shut

Israeli PM Netanyahu at the UN: “Trust, but verify.”
10/2/2013 4:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama got together in DC on Monday for what was almost certain to be a tense meeting after the White House’s apparent receptiveness to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent “charm

Harry Reid: No, we won’t agree to fund NIH in order to restart treatment for kids with cancer
10/2/2013 3:21:17 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Free Beacon, what’s the most amazing thing about this? That Reid gets a variation of the “why do you hate children?” question that’s typically reserved for Republicans? Or that he actually responds, when asked if

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham, Guy Benson
10/2/2013 2:51:49 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 shutdown, the fight over the World War II memorial, and my tenth anniversary in blogging. Don’t

Navy’s athletic director on shutdown: Football game with Air Force is being canceled due to “optics,” not lack of funds
10/2/2013 2:41:39 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Pollowitz, the athletic associations for both schools are privately funded. To repeat: The game doesn’t depend on government funding. But officials at both schools answer to the Pentagon, and the Pentagon’s federal funds won’t

Did US intel services furlough 72% of their civilian workforce?
10/2/2013 2:01:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
So says James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, but Senator Charles Grassley couldn’t quite believe it this morning.  Clapper called the government shutdown a “dreamland” for terrorists looking to exploit holes in American

Planned Parenthood drops $1 million on more anti-Cuccinelli war-on-women ads in Virginia
10/2/2013 1:21:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
We all know how much the Left simply abhors well-monied outside groups throwing gobs of cash at hotly contested races in general, but their own well-monied outside groups — like, say, Planned Parenthood — are obviously exempt from their

NYT, CBS: Say, there were some “glitches” and “snags” yesterday, huh?
10/2/2013 12:31:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
“Glitches” and “snags”? We talked about the soft language on reporting the ObamaCare debacle on my show yesterday with IBD’s Andrew Malcolm.  Normally, words like “glitches” and “snags” refer to minor

Breaking: Obama invites Congressional leaders to WH shutdown summit
10/2/2013 11:43:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe Chris Christie’s criticism stung a little more than imagined.  After sitting on the sidelines for weeks, Barack Obama has finally called a meeting to resolve the budget standoff: A White House official says President Barack Obama has invited

LAUSD to confiscate iPads after spending $1 billion
10/2/2013 11:21:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Wonder why California is broke and the LA Unified School District struggles at its core mission of educating children? The sad saga of the iPad project demonstrates at least some of the issues.  At an estimated cost of $1 billion, the LAUSD launched an

Unreal: Park workers installing more barricades around WWII Memorial to keep vets out; Update: Vets enter Memorial; Update: “First Amendment activities”
10/2/2013 10:41:03 AM  Allahpundit
Not just barricades, either. My friends, it’s come to this: Mounted Police now protecting the World War 2 Memorial from World War 2 veterans. Sanity restored. — BuzzFeedBenny (@bennyjohnson) October 1,