HotAir Daily Express 11/06/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

McAuliffe just eked out a victory in Virgina last night. Discuss.
11/6/2013 10:01:53 AM  Erika Johnsen
>From a general seven-point lead in the polls to a victory of barely two and a half points, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s victory in Virginia last night did turn out to be ragingly competitive one — but it was, nonetheless, a

Obama disapproval rating lower than Bush’s at the same point in presidency
11/6/2013 9:21:54 AM  Bruce McQuain
If you recall George W Bush’s 5th year in the presidency, Iraq was still going badly (the surge hadn’t worked yet), the news networks still had a daily count of the dead they featured and we were told that America was tired of war, and

Surprise: ObamaCare will likely increase food stamp enrollment
11/6/2013 8:41:33 AM  Morgen Richmond
Once all of the new ObamaCare mandates, regulations, and taxes are fully priced into the healthcare market we may all be lining up for government butter and cheese, but that’s not the story here. No, apparently the multi-million dollar ObamaCare

Third gun company packs up and leaves New York
11/6/2013 8:01:24 AM  Jazz Shaw
Since the passage of the NY SAFE Act, which we’ve discussed here before, it’s not just Empire State gun owners who have been feeling the pressure. Gun manufacturers and distributors have been the focus of far too much state meddling, not to

Quotes of the day
11/5/2013 11:01:54 PM  Allahpundit
Sections of an op-ed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote on mandatory minimums in The Washington Times in September appear nearly identical to an article by Dan Stewart of The Week that ran a week earlier. The discovery comes amid reports from BuzzFeed that

Christie: Maybe folks in Washington should tune in their TV right now to see how it’s done
11/5/2013 10:49:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’ll update with the whole speech once it’s up, but here’s a bit. It’s clearly a speech with a national pitch. Click to watch: Excerpts: • “We stand here tonight showing that it is possible to put doing your job first. To put

Good news: Amendment 66 tax hike goes down hard in Colorado
11/5/2013 9:31:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Financed with $10 million in out-of-state money, taxpayer rights advocates were majorly outgunned. Our own buddy Kelly Maher was working long, long days on this and feeling pretty defeated about a month ago. So much money spent against taxpayer

Global warming “pause” may last for 20 more years
11/5/2013 8:41:04 PM  Bruce McQuain
Even though the “consensus” described in the IPCC report says it won’t.  Gee, who to believe – the IPCC who has been badly off the mark since it began reporting or other scientists who actually research the climate, like Prof.

Open thread: Christiepalooza; Update: Christie wins; Update: Exit polls added
11/5/2013 7:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
It hath been prophesied by lesser RINOs before him that there shall arise in the northeast a RINO messiah, who shall smite the true conservatives and lay waste the jerky progressives across the land. Tonight’s the night: No matter how big or small

Open thread: Moment of truth in the Old Dominion; McAuliffe wins
11/5/2013 6:41:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
Republican Gov. Chris Christie is cruising toward a historical win in uber-blue New Jersey tonight, but in tonight’s other, less certain gubernatorial race down in Virginia, lifelong Democratic fundraiser and “businessman” Terry

Video: The freaky triple deaky “skydivers’ planes collide” clip
11/5/2013 6:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate before election-night coverage begins, video proof that truth can be stranger than fiction even when the fiction’s directed by Michael Bay. You’re about to watch two planes collide in mid-air with nine skydivers in total

Holder: DoJ may still charge Zimmerman
11/5/2013 5:21:40 PM  Bruce McQuain
Why?  Well, Attorney General Eric Holder has a promise to keep: Holder, during an April speech to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, pledged to “take appropriate action” if the agency finds evidence of a potential federal civil rights crime

Industry insider: Insurers skeptical that ObamaCare website will be ready by December 1st
11/5/2013 4:41:01 PM  Allahpundit
A new dispatch from health-industry consultant Bob Laszewski, who’s one of the many millions to have discovered recently that he can’t keep a plan he liked a lot. HHS is a black box on the progress of the website so we’re forced to rely

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Nothing Obama and I have said about ObamaCare is untrue
11/5/2013 4:01:15 PM  Allahpundit
Via Greg Hengler, a perfect follow-up to Obama’s revisionism last night. Three points. One: What’s the word she utters at around 1:10? Is she … trying to say “misled”? I guess someone needs to tell the nominal head of one of

Horror of horrors: Wind industry might have to deal with a lapse in their production tax credit
11/5/2013 3:21:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
All the wind industry wanted for Christmas last year was a continuation of the much-prized production tax credit on which they so heavily rely for market viability, and they finally received the only slightly belated gift of special federal treatment

Federal employees who worked during the shutdown suing for additional pay
11/5/2013 2:41:07 PM  Steve Eggleston
National Journal reports that five Bureau of Prisons employees filed on October 24 a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all federal employees forced to work during the shutdown and not paid during it: The class action lawsuit filed by five Bureau of

Oh my: Obama falls to 39% job approval in new Gallup poll; Update: Under 50% among Latinos too
11/5/2013 2:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
I told you it was coming and now here it is. His all-time low in Gallup is … 38 percent, which he reached twice in late summer and fall 2011 before rebounding. This is why I thought it was noteworthy last week when his favorable rating ended up

The U.S. faces a doctor shortage
11/5/2013 1:21:29 PM  Bruce McQuain
Even if you manage to finally enroll in ObamaCare and get your subsidized health insurance, you have no guarantee of seeing a doctor.  And that problem is going to be exacerbated in the coming years as a shortage of physicians continues to grow according

NPR: Oregon’s exchange might actually be doing worse than the federal site
11/5/2013 12:41:34 PM  Erika Johnsen
Evidently, the competition for the top spot of Most Bungled ObamaCare Rollout among the program’s avid admirers is actually pretty stiff. I’d say that the federal government’s marketplace takes the title, seeing as how the

Cash for Clunkers a near-total failure says … the Brookings Institute
11/5/2013 12:01:08 PM  Steve Eggleston
With all the stories about the massive failure that is Obamacare, especially the exchanges, that are finally out and about, it is easy to forget the earlier policy and fiscal failures of the Obama administration. Fortunately, the Brookings Institute

Obama: What we said was, you can keep your plan if it hasn’t changed since ObamaCare was passed
11/5/2013 11:21:40 AM  Allahpundit
Via RCP. I posted the key quote last night in the Greenroom but figured you’d want to hear him say it, as proof that he really is willing to lie this shamelessly even when the entire country knows he’s lying. Reporters are laughing at him

Flashback: When Democrats wanted to scrap “embarrassing” gov’t healthcare launches
11/5/2013 10:41:24 AM  Morgen Richmond
On November 14, 2005, less than 2 years after President Bush signed the program into law, enrollment began for Medicare Part D which allowed seniors for the first time to purchase subsidized prescription drug coverage through Medicare. Seniors were