HotAir Daily Express 10/04/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Obama cancels entire Asia trip over shutdown to, er … not negotiate
10/4/2013 10:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
If this is a part of the Washington Monument strategy, it’s a rather strange tactic for it.  Barack Obama had planned to travel to four Asian countries this week, but earlier reduced the trip by half, supposedly because of the budget crisis in

Video: CBS hails Davis’ “marathon defense of abortion rights” in handicapping TX race
10/4/2013 9:21:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Without a hint of irony or self-reflection, CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell introduces this segment on Texas state senator Wendy Davis’ long-known announcement of her run for the governor’s office by hailing her 13-hour filibuster as a

Did Obama and Clinton boot a chance to settle Syria a year ago?
10/4/2013 8:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
So says Michael Hirsh at National Journal, reporting that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had all but brokered a deal between the US, Russia, and Syria to have Bashar al-Assad abdicate in favor of free elections.  At the time, Hillary Clinton

What a coincidence: Single ObamaCare success story is … OFA volunteer
10/4/2013 8:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit told the story yesterday about how our intrepid national media searched high and low in this nation of 330 million people to find someone, anyone who could figure out how to actually buy coverage through the ObamaCare exchanges.  After

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
10/3/2013 10:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
As the partial government shutdown enters its third day, many House Republicans are determined to keep fighting, even though they see no plausible way out of the current impasse, because they’ve come so far they cannot imagine backing down now.

Report: D.C. attacker was a Conn. dental hygienist with a history of mental illness
10/3/2013 10:01:20 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The bizarre attack at the White House and Capitol today was reportedly perpetrated by a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed in Connecticut. Miriam Carey, who was killed by law enforcement after ramming White House barricades and fleeing to the Capitol,

Dear federal government: Do less.
10/3/2013 9:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
Question: Why is this even remotely necessary? From the Billings Gazette over in Montana: For Steve Galletta, the shutdown is threatening to cost him $10,000 in business just this weekend. That’s because the National Park Service has barred access to two

State Dept official to Congress: Could you guys maybe hold off on further sanctions on Iran for the time being?
10/3/2013 8:41:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
On the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry assuring everyone that the Obama administration has absolutely zero intentions for any kind of deal-making with Iran without specific disarmament commitments — while simultaneously chiding that it would

Report: Boehner told group of House Republicans he’ll violate the Hastert Rule to raise the debt ceiling if necessary
10/3/2013 8:01:10 PM  Allahpundit
Big news — unless, of course, it’s disinformation, which I doubt. With attention shifting to potential consequences of not increasing the debt limit, one House Republican said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner had told colleagues in a

Carney: The president is “drawing a line” on debt-limit negotation until the government reopens
10/3/2013 7:21:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Another day without any apparent movement in either direction on reversing the government shutdown, with President Obama coming on strong with his “there will be no negotiations” stance this morning. As Ed already pointed out earlier, even if

Video: Teen ordered to remove NRA T-shirt for “promoting violence”
10/3/2013 6:41:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
This isn’t the Los Angeles Unified School District, either, but a school in relatively conservative Orange County that seems to have a strange and inconsistent notion of stamping out images of firearms. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle had already worn

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Um, no, I won’t be forfeiting my congressional pay during the shutdown
10/3/2013 6:01:49 PM  Allahpundit
More than 100 members of Congress, nearly half of them Democrats, have agreed to refuse their pay to share the shutdown hardship with furloughed federal workers. Wasserman-Schultz is, of course, no ordinary member — she’s the chair of the

Also closed due to shutdown for some reason: The U.S. military cemetery in Normandy; Update: “Because we have a tea party”
10/3/2013 5:21:10 PM  Allahpundit
Not just the one in Normandy, either. All 24 overseas cemeteries are being shuttered while the shutdown is on because … that’s just the way it is. Presumably it has to do with lack of funding for security. In that case, do the children and

Kerry: Not trying diplomacy on an issue we’ve been diplomatically pursuing for ten years would be malpractice, or something
10/3/2013 4:41:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
John Kerry and Chuck Hagel want to reassure Israelis and Americans who express concern over Barack Obama’s sudden pursuit of personal diplomacy with Iran.  They have no intention of forging an agreement with Hassan Rouhani simply on the basis of

WaPo: Has anyone been able to sign up for ObamaCare through the federal exchange yet?
10/3/2013 4:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
Ed mentioned this piece in an earlier post but I feel obliged to give it an extra nudge. There are glitches, there are serious glitches, and then there’s number-one ObamaCare fan Ezra Klein running pieces on his WaPo blog wondering if a single

Boom: United States wresting the title of top energy producer from Russia
10/3/2013 3:21:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
While the Obama administration continues to disappoint with their lack of know-how in unburdening our stagnant economy and, painfully recently, in their foreign-policy snafu with Russia, let us instead turn out attention to the private sector which

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Lee Stranahan, Juliette “Baldilocks” Ochieng
10/3/2013 2:51:54 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. Lee Stranahan will then brief us on his trip to the Middle East to report on the plight of Syrian Christians, and tells us how

Report: Gunshots outside Capitol? Update: All from police? Update: Video added
10/3/2013 2:28:54 PM  Allahpundit
No idea what’s happened, but the Capitol is being locked down. Per NRO’s Robert Costa, members of Congress were outside at the time but no word yet on whether anyone’s hurt. Stand by for updates. Horrible news coming over the police

Video: ObamaCare is 0 for … Tennessee?
10/3/2013 2:01:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
And this word comes not just from WSMV in Nashville, but from the social agencies that are tasked with making sure people can comply with the mandate to buy insurance through the exchanges. Tennessee doesn’t have a state exchange, so the failure

McAfee Antivirus founder: “What idiot put this system out there?”
10/3/2013 1:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Whatever other — ahem — eccentricities antivirus software company founder and technology mogul John McAfee may have, I think we can at least safely conclude that the man knows his stuff when it comes to online security, and he is decidedly

Obama: Imagine if workers could shut down a manufacturing plant just because they didn’t get what they want
10/3/2013 12:41:25 PM  Allahpundit
Via Charles Cooke. Imagine it. Imagine a movement so selfish that it would sabotage the operations of a venture on which vast numbers of people depend simply to gain leverage for its own agenda. Then imagine that that movement grew in numbers to the

House GOP looking for a “hail Mary”?
10/3/2013 12:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
“Can’t anyone here play this game?” That’s an old Casey Stengel quote, and it’s the theme of my column today at The Fiscal Times, too.  Republicans have more or less put themselves in a cul-de-sac with the budget showdown

Hot mic: McConnell and Rand Paul on the Democrats’ “we won’t negotiate” stance
10/3/2013 11:24:35 AM  Allahpundit
Via MFP, no incandescent moments of candor in this one but interesting nonetheless as a glimpse into the GOP’s messaging. If you’re wondering why Paul decided to invite the entirety of the Senate for coffee today, this is why: He thinks the

Web experts warn of scammers taking advantage of ObamaCare debacle
10/3/2013 10:41:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, DNI James Clapper warned Congress about the “dreamland” created by the government shutdown for terrorists looking to exploit holes in American national security. The Senate was skeptical of those claims thanks to Clapper’s