HotAir Daily Express 11/19/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: AQ bomb attack on Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23
11/19/2013 10:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
I just returned from a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land with members of my parish, but we didn’t go into Lebanon. The Syrian civil war arrived there today with a vengeance, as al-Qaeda took responsibility for a terrorist attack on the Iranian

WaPo/ABC poll shows Obama approval tumbling, competence suspect
11/19/2013 9:21:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
When I left on vacation two weeks ago, Barack Obama’s poll numbers had started turning sour.  On my first day back, Obama’s plunge has caught up with the Washington Post/ABC poll, where a majority of voters disapprove of his overall

NY Post: Did Census fake the September 2012 jobs report?
11/19/2013 8:41:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
Readers may remember the strangely optimistic September 2012 jobs report that showed a three-tenths of a percent decline in the U-3 jobless rate just five weeks before the presidential election.  At the time, a number of people wondered if the Bureau of

White House knew in March that site was running off the rails
11/19/2013 8:01:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
Despite assurances all year long that the development of the central web portal of ObamaCare was proceeding as planned, the Obama administration knew full well that the opposite was true — and had their own independent analysts warning of

Quotes of the day
11/18/2013 10:31:41 PM  Allahpundit
Vice President Joe Biden expressed confidence Monday that the administration is going to fix the embattled federal healthcare website. “The truth is, we’re going to fix it,” Biden said at Ellington Field airport in Houston, speaking to

Martin Bashir apologizes for indulging in on-air scatalogical insult to Sarah Palin
11/18/2013 10:01:33 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
There’s a neat trick the Left has. When you do something stupid and vile, make it so stupid and vile that it makes people uncomfortable to even repeat what you’ve done in order to call you on it. Ted Kennedy is a perfect example. It’s

NYT: My, there sure is a lot of racket at these NFL games the kids are attending these days
11/18/2013 9:21:45 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Opening another front in the fight against football, the New York Times gives concerned liberals who never attend NFL games but are keen on ruining everyone else’s fun something to get excited about with this breaking news. Football games are loud.

“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Noted psychotic emerges as show’s most sympathetic character
11/18/2013 8:31:35 PM  Allahpundit
Spend too much time around the Governor and he’ll try to kill you. Spend too much time around Rick and you’ll want to kill yourself. You’re better off taking your chances with Eyepatch, no? @NumbersMuncher @BruceCarrollSC @allahpundit

Wow: Majority now says universal health care is not the federal government’s responsibility
11/18/2013 7:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
Rarely outside of polls about gay marriage or marijuana legalization do you see a trend line like this. Good work, O. How much of that is a reaction to Obama and his pet boondoggle specifically and how much is a product of other forces? The first thing

Merkel: US needs to rebuild trust
11/18/2013 7:01:46 PM  Bruce McQuain
If it wasn’t bad enough that this administration has lost the trust of its citizens in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, it has also lost the trust of many of its allies as well. Germany is one of them: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday

Incoherence: Democrats offer contradictory excuses over ‘keep your plan’ lie
11/18/2013 6:11:18 PM  Guy Benson
Reading Erika’s post this morning got me thinking.  Democrats still haven’t gotten their story straight about the untimely demise of “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — President Obama’s most memorable

Endgame: Hollywood sequel in the works to … “It’s a Wonderful Life”
11/18/2013 5:21:48 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, proof that ObamaCare isn’t the most disastrous trainwreck America will have to cope with in 2015. I’ve been waiting years for our commenters to write these words and now I want to see them: “You were right about

WSJ: Man, the eurozone’s big economic rebound certainly feels a lot like recession…
11/18/2013 4:31:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
Over the summer, there was optimism aplenty that Europe was finally on track for a period of positive (if only barely) economic growth that would slowly and surely gain momentum over the next couple of years — but the third-quarter reports are in,

Is the Obama presidency failing?
11/18/2013 3:41:50 PM  Bruce McQuain
Edward Luce, writing in the Financial Times, certainly seems to think so: Anyone wondering about the scale of the anti-Obama backlash should look at its impact on the 2016 US presidential race. Both major parties are looking for candidates with genuine

Uh oh: White House might have even less time than thought to repair
11/18/2013 2:51:50 PM  Allahpundit
A short but important post from Jeryl Bier at the Standard. To refresh your memory, the reason everyone from Obama to Sebelius to the rank-and-file on the “tech surge” team keeps babbling about fixing the website by the end of this month is

Dem rep: I’m not sure Obama’s “fix” for canceled plans is exactly legal
11/18/2013 2:01:43 PM  Allahpundit
It’s Nick Rahall, who was all of 27 years old when he was sworn in for his first term in the House in 1977 and has been there ever since — well more than half his life. His problem is that he comes from West Virginia, a state that’s

Rasmussen: 58% now view ObamaCare unfavorably, a new high
11/18/2013 1:11:16 PM  Allahpundit
That’s the highest number from any poll tracked by RCP on this subject, but if it’s an outlier, it’s a small one. Both Quinnipiac and Gallup have found 55 percent disapproval in the last few weeks, which placed the law 15-16 points

Hollande and Netanyahu get together; France vows to stay strong on Iranian nuke deal
11/18/2013 12:21:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
French President Francois Hollande began a three-day visit to Israel over the weekend, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was all smiles and full of praise for the French delegation that was apparently the last holdout in thwarting a

House Dem: We must pass immigration reform to save Obamacare, or something
11/18/2013 11:31:15 AM  Guy Benson
The only way to salvage one colossal government failure is to embark on another massive government adventure.  Obviously.  Fun how this works, isn’t it? Rep. Jared Polis said Friday the key problem with health care right now is that illegal

Video: Liz Cheney endorses traditional marriage, sparking war of words with gay sister
11/18/2013 10:51:33 AM  Allahpundit
I’m tempted to call this a clever Cheney family ploy to burnish Liz’s conservative credentials ahead of her primary against Mike Enzi, except … Enzi’s opposed to gay marriage too. It may help her pass a tea-party litmus test but