HotAir Daily Express 10/08/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

House considering short-term debt-ceiling increase?
10/8/2013 10:01:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
This story moves quickly, doesn’t it?  While the Senate prepares to vote on a big raise in the debt ceiling, with Harry Reid hoping to pressure Republicans to avoid a filibuster, John Boehner has a new card he’s pulling out of his sleeve,

US moves Marines in position to support Tripoli embassy
10/8/2013 9:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
The government in Libya has called the US ambassador on the carpet over the seizure of Abu Anas al-Libi, the suspected mastermind behind the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, but the Libyan government is hardly our biggest worry.  Early this

Video: Stewart rips Sebelius over ObamaCare
10/8/2013 8:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
It took until the seventh day of ObamaCare for someone to finally challenge the White House on its inconsistencies for mandate enforcement, and that someone was … Jon Stewart. The Daily Show host pushed Kathleen Sebelius on why she and Barack Obama

Senate to vote on clean debt-ceiling increase
10/8/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Consider this a double down in a high-stakes game of poker.  After Harry Reid and Barack Obama dared that John Boehner to hold a vote on a clean debt-ceiling increase, Boehner replied that Reid couldn’t pass one in his own chamber — a warning

Quotes of the day
10/7/2013 10:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
China and Japan ratcheted up pressure on the US to avoid an unprecedented US default on its debt as Democrats and Republicans continued their stand-off over the budget in the second week of a US government shutdown… In its first official reaction

Terry McAuliffe took money from an African gun-runner and a Harry Reid fundraiser’s going to prison
10/7/2013 10:01:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It’s nice to check in on these stories every once in a while since I doubt they’re making it onto your radar thanks to copious national news coverage. As our friend Emily Zanotti puts it, Terry’s “earning himself extra

Redskins’ attorney: “President Obama has better things to worry about” than the team’s name, no?
10/7/2013 9:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
A quick addendum to Jazz’s post from the weekend, covering President Obama’s rather inauspicious offering of his two cents on the Great Debate of Our Time. The Redskin’s attorney, Lanny Davis, was most distressed about the

Good news: Maryland has successfully enrolled 326 people in ObamaCare
10/7/2013 8:41:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration isn’t quite sure how long it’s going to take them to release any data on how many participants they have managed to enroll in ObamaCare — but it’ll probably be around a month, guys, tops! (Mis)managing

Secret weapon of Fox News’s new “Breaking News” deck: Unbelievably huge iPads
10/7/2013 8:01:18 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate. Can it really be “futuristic” if it reminds you of a set from 1960s sci-fi schlock? I keep waiting for George Takei to walk out and tell Shep that he’s detected “an anomaly” in the health-care

Obama to Boehner: I dare you to hold a House vote on a clean CR
10/7/2013 7:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
Now that the White House dream of a discharge petition is dead, they’ve turned to a foolproof Plan B: Politely taunting Boehner to bring a clean CR to the floor himself. O’s game here is to claim that Democrats would win if Boehner allowed

Jay Carney on ObamaCare enrollment numbers: Uh, we’ll get back to you next month
10/7/2013 6:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
If they’re able and willing to release the website’s traffic data, as Carney does here, why can’t they can’t release the number of people who managed to complete the application process successfully? Any website that requires

Better Business Bureau: ObamaCare is turning into a “perfect storm” for scammers
10/7/2013 6:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
No kidding. Whether it be by aggressive phone-, email-, and door-to-door scam operations, or via computer hackers, ObamaCare’s hugely confusing and convoluted nature is providing ample opportunities for fraud and identity theft for the

WH economic advisor on debt ceiling: “Prioritization is default by another name”
10/7/2013 5:21:07 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico, expect to hear a lot of this from The One and his team over the next week to counter Tom Coburn’s and Rand Paul’s message that hitting the debt ceiling will not trigger a default. The Treasury Department takes in roughly 10

Peter King: No, I won’t sign the Democrats’ discharge petition to force a House vote on ending the shutdown
10/7/2013 4:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner, the exciting conclusion to Friday afternoon’s drama about the Dems trying to force Boehner to bring a clean CR to the floor. Pelosi sent a letter to him on Saturday signed by 195 House Democrats calling for a vote; that means all

Good news: National Mall, ostensibly closed due to shutdown, to open for immigration reform rally
10/7/2013 4:01:06 PM  Allahpundit
Another “First Amendment” exception to the shutdown, just like the one that was carved out on false pretenses for Honor Flight vets after the White House took a PR beating for locking them out of the World War II Memorial. I keep trying to

McAuliffe finally endorses Obama admin’s anti-coal regs, and it only took twelve days
10/7/2013 3:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
I missed it last week, but Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire and candidate for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe finally came out with a firm position on whether or not he supports the Obama administration’s artfully spun approach to slowly but

The Ed Morrissey Show: Scott Honour, Matt Lewis
10/7/2013 2:51:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour starts us off by discussing his decision to run in Minnesota against Mark Dayton. I’m hoping to get all of the eventual declared Republican candidates on the

ACLU: ATF blocking whistleblower book on Fast & Furious
10/7/2013 2:41:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
We already know that our friend and colleague Katie Pavlich literally (literally literally, not Joe Biden literally) wrote the book on the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other stories to tell.  One

Video: 9-year-old boy outsmarts TSA, stows away on flight to Vegas
10/7/2013 2:01:16 PM  Ed Morrissey
“He’s got a lot of explaining to do to the authorities,” says CBS News transportation-safety expert Mark Roseneker, but Roseneker has it backwards. It’s the authorities and the airline that has a lot of explaining to do after a

Dr. Carson: I got my first IRS audit after publicly criticizing Obama
10/7/2013 1:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
We missed this on Friday, but Instapundit caught it today — part of his laser focus on the IRS scandals. Dr. Ben Carson, who became a conservative-grassroots favorite after openly criticizing Barack Obama in his presence during a prayer breakfast

Lew: Our metric for last week wasn’t how many people could successfully sign up for ObamaCare, or something
10/7/2013 12:41:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
A facepalm-worthy segment of highly-rehearsed Obama-administration blather that quickly went awry and turned into some hyper-political squirming from Fox News Sunday; Chris Wallace grilled Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew on the administration’s

How much worse will the ObamaCare website glitches get?
10/7/2013 12:01:06 PM  Allahpundit
Said O this weekend of his massive technological faceplant, “Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times.” No doubt that’s true; the shutdown might stop the feds from manning the Amber Alert

White House: We’ll take a short-term deal on the debt ceiling
10/7/2013 11:21:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the White House just blink on the debt-ceiling fight? After weeks of insisting it won’t negotiate on either the budget or the debt ceiling, a top White House adviser said this morning that Barack Obama would sign a short-term lift in the latter

US interrogating captured AQ leader without Miranda rights
10/7/2013 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like the Obama administration learned from its past handling of terrorists — or perhaps the circumstances of a rare capture have forced them to a war footing rather than a law-enforcement approach. NBC News reports that the terrorist