HotAir Daily Express 11/01/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Federal appeals court reinstates key provision of new Texas abortion law
11/1/2013 10:01:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
The cheers of victory over a narrow injunction against Texas’ new law restricting late-term abortions and requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards as other outpatient surgical centers was short-lived.  Last night, the 5th Circuit

Great news: Company in charge of fixing got federal rebuke for lax security
11/1/2013 9:21:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
How does the White House restore confidence in the effort to fix a web portal on which they spent $400 million and 42 months?  Apparently, it involves bringing in the same people who had to fix things after their previous substandard deliveries, too. 

Hillary running away from Obama?
11/1/2013 8:41:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Washington Post believes that Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric from her new platform as a high-paid lecturer contains a not-so-subtle rebuke of her former boss — and an attempt to distance herself from him.  In the wake of the shutdown, the

CIA operatives in Benghazi to appear in closed Congressional hearing
11/1/2013 8:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Congress has tried for more than a year to gain access to those who survived the terrorist attack on two American outposts in Benghazi, with little success — until now. Just days after an extensive report by 60 Minutes on the run-up to the attack


Is Apple’s Innovation Lost Without Steve Jobs?
Looks like Apple dropped the ball, again… this time with the new ipad.
Are they now blatantly and unapologetically scamming us all?
Did the era of “thinking differently” die with Steve Jobs?
Let us know how you see it. Click here to vote.

Quotes of the day
10/31/2013 10:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
As Mrs Clinton talked politics, she was asked directly by one of the guests if she had decided to run for the presidency. She smiled and gave what was described as a neutral answer. The guest persisted. Again, Mrs Clinton politely gave a neutral answer.

Video: The Healthcare Mash
10/31/2013 10:01:35 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Remy delivers a scare with the spookiest user experience there is.

The eco-lobby is no less determined about stopping Keystone XL. Oddly, energy companies no less determined to develop oil sands.
10/31/2013 9:21:54 PM  Erika Johnsen
Legitimate question: What is it that eco-radicals are failing (refusing?) to grasp about the Keystone XL pipeline? As one wayward protester aptly demonstrated during President Obama’s zillionth speech trying to make the case for his signature

Rand Paul: What if the NSA’s spying on Obama?
10/31/2013 8:41:06 PM  Allahpundit
Someday, when a phone recording of O telling a friend “you might not be able to keep your plan if you like it” in 2009 finally surfaces, we’ll all know whom to thank. Then again, if Keith Alexander had dirt on Obama in his back pocket,

Eurozone unemployment stuck at record high
10/31/2013 8:01:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
There was a lot of fanfare in August when the eurozone finally emerged from official recession in August with the first signs of [barely there] positive economic growth, but as the latest unemployment numbers aptly demonstrate, stagnation-level growth

CBS exclusive: Total number of ObamaCare website enrollments on launch day was … six people
10/31/2013 7:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
Sharyl Attkisson strikes again. Friendly reminder: According to an administration memo sent to Sebelius on September 5, the target number for sign-ups in October alone was 494,620 or just shy of 16,000 a day. And October was expected to be a “slow

Finally: The Venezuelan Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness
10/31/2013 6:41:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
I don’t know how I could have managed to miss this most glorious of news items last week, but it makes complete sense that the government of a bona fide socialist utopia would have little else to worry about than more perfectly coordinating the

Video: Chris Christie, master politician?
10/31/2013 6:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
I’m giving you this because, to my surprise, it kicked off a mini-debate among righty bloggers earlier on Twitter over just how serious Christie’s prospects for the nomination are. Christie fans (and even a few non-fans) see this clip as

New “glitch”: If you like your hospital, you might not be able to keep your hospital
10/31/2013 5:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
How bad has it gotten? Dude. On how he would evaluate the Obama presidency so far: [Jimmy Carter]: “He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at

Obama admin’s green-energy “investments”: Saving the environment, one abandoned toxic sludge heap at a time
10/31/2013 4:41:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
You may recall the exceptionally unsuccessful saga of Abound Solar, one of the Obama administration’s pet “green”-energy stimulus projects second in infamy only to fellow failed solar-panel maker Solyndra, and the millions of dollars

Peace offering: Ted Cruz reportedly promises Senate colleagues he won’t campaign against them
10/31/2013 4:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
Take it from me, senator: Never go full RINO. No, no, kidding. The bad news? If you were hoping to see a few Cruz missiles lobbed at Republicans like Mitch McConnell in the primaries next year, you’re out of luck. The good news? If you were hoping

Dem congressman to Megyn Kelly on people getting dropped from insurance plans: It’s capitalism
10/31/2013 3:21:17 PM  Allahpundit
Fun fact: If not for Cory Booker, this guy would almost certainly have spent this morning being sworn in as New Jersey’s new senator. There are two ways Democrats can spin the “if you like your plan” debacle. One is Jon Gruber’s

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
10/31/2013 2:51:22 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, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen

Did Russia spy on G-20 by handing out free thumb drives?
10/31/2013 2:41:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
It can’t be this easy, can it? The espionage spotlight shifted abruptly from US surveillance on allies to Russian snooping on fellow G-20 members in St. Petersburg last month.  According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Russians handed out

Video: Democrats moving ObamaCare promise goalposts “literally off the field,” says … Piers Morgan
10/31/2013 2:01:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Well, that’s a Bidenesque “literally,” but I’ll cut Piers Morgan a little slack.  Morgan and Rep. Marsha Blackburn attempted to cut through the whirligig of spin coming from ObamaCare defender Rep. Frank Pallone, when Morgan

White House lobbying Senate against further sanctions on Iran in super-secret meeting
10/31/2013 1:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
Since their big meeting with Iranian officials earlier this month apparently showed some promise, the White House has continued to insist that they would much rather that Congress hold off on passing any further economic sanctions on Iran for the time

Media begins to wonder who’s running the show in the White House
10/31/2013 12:41:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
That question is no longer limited to the conservative media.  A week ago, I wrote about the Ida Know administration.  Now, Joe Klein at Time laments Barack Obama as a “buckpasser,” and the results of electing someone with no executive

Did HHS estimate that 93 million Americans will lose their insurance plans?
10/31/2013 12:01:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
Ever since NBC reported on Monday that HHS knew that their ObamaCare regulations would force the cancellations of “40 to 67 percent” of all insurance plans in the individual market, the White House and its allies have insisted that only a

CBS reveals: Contrary to chief’s testimony, CMS knew ObamaCare website had major problems before launch
10/31/2013 11:21:40 AM  Allahpundit
Via John Hayward, a scoop from Sharyl Attkisson. Alternate headline: “Blogger can’t believe we’re actually debating whether the government knew that it had a nonfunctioning website on its hands.” How did CMS know? Simple: The

Breaking: FAA to allow most electronic devices during “all phases” of flights
10/31/2013 10:31:58 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s only a big deal because of the silliness of the ban on personal electronic devices (PEDs) during takeoffs and landings.  Pilots in commercial airline cockpits have been using tablets for a while now in both phases, yet passengers had to turn