HotAir Daily Express 11/22/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


HHS delays 2015 enrollment to … just past the midterm elections
11/22/2013 10:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Guess who’s worrying about the 2014 midterms?  It’s not Republicans, but the White House. In a nonsense move, HHS has announced a one-month delay in 2015 open enrollments in the ObamaCare exchange, which will mean … nothing at all for

CNN: HHS lied about “Anonymous Shopper” delay in
11/22/2013 9:21:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
Why is this CNN exclusive important?  The ObamaCare website forced Americans to create accounts before looking at prices and plans, which for the first several weeks they couldn’t access anyway.  HHS officials told Congress that the part of the

50 years ago: The JFK assassination
11/22/2013 8:41:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, cut down in Dallas in the third year of his term by Lee Harvey Oswald, who like so many other political assassins in history was nothing more than a failed crank, of the

Dem staffers on Capitol Hill shocked, shocked at ObamaCare costs
11/22/2013 8:01:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
Sometimes, an introduction simply isn’t necessary: Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure. “In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks


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Quotes of the day
11/21/2013 10:01:00 PM  Allahpundit
It may have been “a sad day in the history of the Senate” for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but for the liberal activists and lawmakers who assembled just off the Senate floor Thursday, the mortal wound Democrats delivered to the

George W. Bush surprises GOP governors at RGA meeting
11/21/2013 9:31:05 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Imagine the opposite of this meeting, on steroids. W. dropped by the Republican Governors Association meeting in Arizona Thursday at the request of new RGA head Gov. Chris Christie: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first act as chairman of the Republican

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now
11/21/2013 8:51:11 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Laura Ingraham had Time Magazine‘s Mark Halperin on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to talk about the magazine’s new cover: new @TIME cover: Broken Promise — Dan

Bad news: Yeah, France is probably falling back into recession
11/21/2013 8:01:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Their triumphant return to positive economic (if only just) earlier this year was met with plenty of self-congratulatory optimism on which Socialist President Hollande’s government proclaimed they were fairly confident they’d be able to

CNN poll: Obama’s job approval hits new low at 41%
11/21/2013 7:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
Not much data here, but Ed’s had all the fun lately with national polls showing O’s approval rating crashing through the basement. I’m grabbing this one. An interesting detail in the numbers: It’s not O-Care that spurred the

Cover Oregon might finally be ready by December 16th, but probably not
11/21/2013 6:41:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
As difficult as it might be to top the egregious level of bureaucratic incompetence that the Obama administration’s rollout of HealthCare.Gov is aptly demonstrating, Oregon seems to be having a good go at it — which makes it all the more

Progress: ObamaCare website taking slightly longer to crash for users than it did before
11/21/2013 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
It’s still crashing, sure, but it lets you complete more steps in the application process before 404ing on you. Which … I’m not sure constitutes progress, actually. If a site’s more or less unusable, you’re better off

Obama 2005: Ending the filibuster will only make gridlock worse, you know
11/21/2013 5:21:04 PM  Allahpundit
Nearly everyone’s seen this clip before — O’s opportunistic hypocrisy on judicial appointments is old, old news — but it’s getting a fresh look on Twitter today now that Reid’s dropped the bomb. The lefty spin on this

Reid vows to take up Iranian sanctions while Iran bemoans “trust issues” in Geneva
11/21/2013 4:41:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just before detonating the other “nuclear” matter that rocked the Senate earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to move forward with a standalone bill on a new package of Iranian sanctions after the Thanksgiving recess. The

Boehner to amnesty fans: No way are we done with immigration reform
11/21/2013 4:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
Empty rhetoric from a Speaker caught off guard by a question at today’s presser? Not exactly. Andrew Stiles passes along this tidbit from Politico: Multiple little birdies tell me Boehner's office has asked Hispanic media to attend his weekly

Video: Ohio company cancels insurance coverage for 1,000 employees
11/21/2013 3:21:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just think what will happen when the employer mandate really kicks into gear next year.  One Ohio company has decided to get ahead of the game by acting now — allowing them to save costs on both the premiums and the fines for at least the next

Gallup: Support for ObamaCare drops more than 10 points net when you call it “ObamaCare” or mention Obama
11/21/2013 2:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
Good lord. You know times are tough for The One when his big health-care stinkbomb actually starts smelling better to people the further removed from it he is. I wonder if the White House already knows this from its own polling or if O’s decision

The Ed Morrissey Show: Joe Scarborough, Steven Crowder
11/21/2013 2:37:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough returns to discuss his new book, The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics — and Can Again. We’ll also talk about the

Drama: Yet another round of United Nations climate talks ends in a mass walkout
11/21/2013 2:01:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
The “drama” in my headline is purely facetious, because really, the tremendous impotence that unfailingly results when these globalist-minded, regulation-loving bureaucrats trying to dictate top-down international standards get together is

Nuclear: Reid, Senate Dems pass rule change barring filibusters on executive and judicial nominees, 52/48
11/21/2013 1:21:42 PM  Allahpundit
It’s a 10-kiloton bomb, not a 10-megaton one: Supreme Court nominees will still require 60 votes for cloture before confirmation. The possibility of a Republican president and a Republican Senate pushing through pro-life justices is too horrifying

ObamaCare redistribution not the only drain from young to older Americans
11/21/2013 12:41:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s start this with a clear understanding of the redistributive nature of ObamaCare.  Thomas Edsall admitted this yesterday in his New York Times essay, but got the nature of the redistribution wrong. James Oliphant does better at National

McConnell on nuclear option: “If you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them!”
11/21/2013 12:01:45 PM  Ed Morrissey
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came prepared to deal with Harry Reid’s attempt to detonate the nuclear option on the filibuster with perhaps the most effective weapon — ridicule.  McConnell blasted the Majority Leader for using a

Matt Lewis to Michael Eric Dyson: Why can’t you talk politics without bringing race into it?
11/21/2013 11:26:48 AM  Allahpundit
Via the Daily Caller, is this really the first time Dyson’s been called out on the air for his one-note race-card shtick? Hard to believe, as is the fact that it’s mild-mannered centrist righty Matt Lewis who finally snapped. This feels

Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
11/21/2013 10:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Here’s the inevitable follow-up on the election of a Socialist to the Seattle City Council — although perhaps sooner than anyone would have thought.  Boeing has tried working for years with its unions in the state of Washington, but still