HotAir Daily Express 11/26/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Video: Was tip-denial viral story a hoax?
11/26/2013 9:51:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did a New Jersey waitress dupe the media over an $18 tip? Two weeks ago, the story from New Jersey that went viral focused on a restaurant bill that had a note slamming the waitress’ lesbian lifestyle in place of a tip for a $93.55 meal. “IM

The Hill: This is Obama’s fifth pivot to the economy in 2013
11/26/2013 9:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
On Saturday, Barack Obama tried executing yet another “pivot” to the economy — his stock in trade when the White House finds itself under siege thanks to its own incompetence.  It’s gotten so blatant that the news media has begun

Former Iranian hostages: The deal stinks
11/26/2013 8:11:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Thirty-four years ago, dozens of Americans working in our embassy in Tehran got a personal look at Iranian diplomatic integrity and reasonableness in the new mullahcracy.  It took the Carter administration 444 days of impotence to get the hostages

Quotes of the day
11/25/2013 10:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
“It’s the top item on his foreign agenda for the rest of his term,” a source close to the White House’s thinking said of the Iran issue. “He doesn’t want to leave anything to chance.” The stakes are enormous for



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Large employers cite upcoming Obamacare Cadillac tax for reduced benefits
11/25/2013 9:31:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
See? There’s something in this law for everyone, just not exactly the way they said. But take heart, America. Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News is on it, sending investigative reporters to look into the “fine print” of Obamacare.

Of course: Big-money Democrats applaud idea of “nullifying Congress”
11/25/2013 8:41:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
There’s still a place in this nation where rooms full of people pay $15,000 a head to listen to President Obama. That place is San Francisco. And, in that place, there are faithful Democrats who agree with Obama’s vision of a nation that can

“Walking Dead” grumble thread: All of America now rooting for the Governor to liquidate the main characters
11/25/2013 7:51:38 PM  Allahpundit
Am I right or am I right? Always a curious sign when a show starts getting more interesting when it stops being about its main characters. #walkingdead — James Lileks (@Lileks) November 25, 2013 Not that curious. The Governor’s a monster but

About that failed Fisker loan costing U.S. taxpayer $130+ million? Scratch that. It might be way more.
11/25/2013 7:01:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Friday, I mentioned that it seems that the odyssey of fail that was the Obama administration’s commitment to “investing” in Fisker Automotive was finally drawing to a merciful close, as the Department of Energy managed to (kind of

OFA: Be sure to use Thanksgiving dinner to convince relatives to buy a plan on the ObamaCare exchange
11/25/2013 6:11:19 PM  Allahpundit
Via Jonah Goldberg. Believe it or not, these soulless robots have prepared an actual talking-points memo for the occasion replete with tips on how to plan your “talk.” My favorite: “Integrate the talk into family time.” Good

Iowa Gov. Branstad: The EPA is totally waging a “war on corn”
11/25/2013 5:21:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, I’m sure that’s it. This is coming from a Republican governor, no less, with Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steven King by his side. Terrific. Gov. Terry Branstad said the Environmental Protection Agency has “embarked in a war on corn”

Obama: Let’s face it, I’m not particularly ideological
11/25/2013 4:31:49 PM  Allahpundit
This is longstanding Obama shtick but feels more anachronistic by the day. Being seen as post-partisan and “pragmatic” was key to his 2008 Hopenchange message, reassuring centrists and libertarians that their fears of electing a liberal were

Democrats set to turn on Obama if isn’t ready next week
11/25/2013 3:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
Pure, sweet, schadenfreudean goodness from Politico. See now why I think there’s a chance that those new Iran sanctions pass with veto-proof majorities? Turns out, after three years and a half years of development plus two months of frantic triage

Chicago Tribune: Man, the number of ObamaCare losers really seems to be piling up, doesn’t it?
11/25/2013 2:51:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
Much love has evidently been lost between the Obama administration and the editors of President Obama’s hometown paper, particularly since the Chicago Tribune came out swinging against the administration’s incompetence in rolling out

The Ed Morrissey Show: Ira Stoll, Jeff Dunetz
11/25/2013 2:41:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have Ira Stoll on to discuss his retrospective on John F. Kennedy, JFK, Conservative. In the second half, Jeff Dunetz will cover the deal with Iran pushed by the Obama administration, and what it means for

Video: Karzai double-crosses US on pact?
11/25/2013 2:01:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration has more trouble with its diplomacy than just regarding Iran. Last week, the White House let it be known that they had all but concluded a pact with Afghanistan to keep as many as 15,000 troops, mostly American, in place until

Uh oh: Many younger consumers won’t get subsidies in ObamaCare exchanges
11/25/2013 1:11:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
If CNN’s analysis is correct, then the website is the least of the White House’s worries on ObamaCare.  The administration, specifically Kathleen Sebelius, insisted that anyone earning less than 400% of poverty level would qualify for

CNN: Is there really a “knockout game”?
11/25/2013 12:21:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story, perhaps because I’ve seen too many “rainbow bracelet” and other such reality-disconnected hysterias over the years. Moral panics have been with us for as long as

Will congressional Democrats destroy Obama’s Iran deal?
11/25/2013 11:31:24 AM  Allahpundit
Short answer: Probably not. Longer answer: Probably not, but with a member of the leadership talking tough and Democratic aides refusing to give lefty bloggers a straight answer when they’re asked if they have O’s back on this, no one knows

Great news: Obama administration awarded fixer contract for back end on a no-bid basis
11/25/2013 10:41:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
I saw this over the weekend, but I honestly thought the no-bid contract for Novitas had been reported a long time ago. Actually, HHS and the Obama administration handed off the public-relations contract for ObamaCare on a no-bid basis, to politically